The University of Maryland School of Nursing has received a $13.83 million commitment from Bill and Joanne Conway in support of scholarships and capital improvements.
Awarded through the couple's Bedford Falls Foundation, the largest gift in UMSON history will create an additional three hundred and forty-five Conway Scholarships across all degree programs and includes $1 million for renovations to the nursing building at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville. Nearly three in five Conway Scholars (59 percent) are from minority and underrepresented communities and 11 percent are male.
With their fourth commitment in support of the program since 2015, the Conways have pledged nearly $30 million to the School of Nursing and will have funded more than eight hundred and thirty scholarships by the fall of 2027. In recognition of their support, the UMSON deanship has been renamed for the Conways.
"[T]he increasing need for primary care throughout our state means that education of advanced practice nurses is essential," said Jane Kirschling, the Bill and Joanne Conway Dean of the University of Maryland School of Nursing. "Through the Conways' ongoing scholarship support, we are continuing to expand access to nursing education at all levels and with it, our nursing workforce. These Conway Scholars are critical to providing the caliber of nursing care our patients, their families, and our communities require and deserve; they will help ensure that we can meet healthcare needs in all parts of our state, now and in the years to come."
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