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Tuesday, December 06, 2022

La Salle receives six-figure grant to support undergraduate nursing education

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An amount of $300,000 from the Regina Charitable Fund in Philadelphia Foundation will create undergraduate scholarships and establish an ended scholarship fund in La Salle.

La Salle University has received a $300,000 grant through the Philadelphia Foundation’s Regina Charitable Fund, a substantial amount that will help support graduate nursing students completing their degrees and the establishment of a thriving scholarship fund in La Salle.

Beginning in Fall 2023, the Endowed Scholarship portion of this grant will provide partial scholarships on an annual basis for La Salle undergraduate nursing students. The gift will support the Dean’s Scholarship for Nursing and help create the University’s Regina Charitable Fund Endowed Scholarship for Nursing.

“La Salle University is strengthened by the support of advocates, friends, philanthropists and organizations such as the Philadelphia Foundation. This $300,000 grant from the Regina Charitable Fund will provide financial support for our undergraduate nursing students and prepare them to take leadership in their fields. “

– Daniel P. Joyce, MA ’01, Vice President of La Salle Advancement

La Salle’s undergraduate nursing program is ranked among the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report. BSN students in La Salle regularly average first and first pass rates in Pennsylvania higher than the National Council Licensure Examination, or NCLEX. The program produces graduates who go on to take leadership in clinical settings ranging from community clinics to the largest health care systems in the region.

“This level of support from the Regina Charitable Fund in Philadelphia Foundation is an outsized recognition of the quality of our undergraduate nursing program in La Salle and its impact in health care systems here in Philadelphia and around the world,” said Kathleen Zekanski, PhD. D., Dean of the La Salle School of Nursing. “With this grant, for which we are very grateful, future nurses will receive support each year to complete their degrees at La Salle and begin their path toward becoming compassionate and leading carers.”

“La Salle University is strengthened by the support of advocates, friends, philanthropists, and organizations such as the Philadelphia Foundation,” said Daniel P. Joyce, MA ’01, vice president of La Salle Advancement. “This $300,000 grant from the Regina Charitable Fund will provide financial support for our undergraduate nursing students and prepare them to take leadership in their fields.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has put the need for more registered nurses at the forefront at the national level. In fact, the American Nurses Association (ANA) points to an upcoming talent gap. According to the ANA, the average age of registered nurses was 52 years as of 2020, with more than 20% planning to retire by 2025. The professional organization estimates that the healthcare system will employ approximately 200,000 registered nurses annually over this decade to meet the demand for more skilled nurses.

—Christopher A. Vito

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