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Why it’s urgent

The average debt load of a nursing graduate student is almost $90,000, which is a heavy burden of debt on a typical nurse’s salary. Increasing scholarships (especially at the graduate level) and non-tuition support for students is critical to helping us broadly diversify our study body and the nursing field at-large. We need experts in educational innovation to lead faculty as academic entrepreneurs, ensuring Penn Nursing sets the pace for nursing curricula globally. Finally, we must maintain state-of-the-art classrooms and simulation technologies to support new ways of teaching and learning, and offer unrestricted support for the Dean’s other highest priorities.

Sample giving opportunities:

  • A named/endowed degree program
  • A named/endowed scholarship fund for exceptional students
  • Endowed support for cutting-edge, learning technology
  • Endowed innovation experts (e.g. an innovation specialist)
  • Term support for learning technology, individually named/endowed scholarships
  • Non-tuition support for first generation and/or underrepresented students
  • The Annual Fund 

Special Giving Opportunities Related to COVID-19

Emergency Scholarship Fund
Penn Nursing’s COVID-19 Emergency Scholarship Fund supports Penn nursing students at every level (BSN, MS, PhD) who are experiencing economic challenges due to the current Pandemic. Penn is educating nurses who are fighting COVID today, and are our future nurse leaders of tomorrow. Generosity like yours will have a lasting impact on Penn Nursing, our scholars, and the future of healthcare. Please know that we greatly value your support in helping prepare current and future Penn Nurses during the COVID-19 global crisis.
Telehealth Support Fund
Providers across the country and the world lack the knowledge and skills to successfully connect, treat, and improve accessibility for patients using telehealth.  Penn Nursing is responding to this urgent need by providing new online training in telehealth practices (free-of-charge) to fellow health providers at this critical time. To support Penn Nursing’s new training initiative, donors can give to the Penn Nursing COVID-19 Telehealth Support Fund.

Partner with Us: Invest in Penn Nursing’s Transformative Power

Contact us or make a gift today and discover how, together, we can expand our reach and our impact to truly make a difference in the world!


Innovation in action

Over half of the recipients of Penn’s university-wide prize for engagement are either Penn Nursing students or mentored by Penn Nursing faculty. In the words of President Gutmann, Penn Nursing prizewinners “tackle timely, consequential challenges with innovative, inspiring solutions.” Our students and faculty are pioneering solutions to crucial issues like the lack of health care access for the homeless, a dearth of after-school programs for teen Latinos, and the short time frame of benefits for the formerly incarcerated after reentry into the community.


  • Delaney Lawson, Nu'18, Sands Nursing Scholar

    New Gift to Penn Nursing Continues Sands Nursing Scholars Program

    Delaney R. Lawson, BSN, RN, Nu’18 chose to attend Penn Nursing for numerous reasons—Ivy League education, commitment to excellence, faculty expertise, career opportunities—but it was the Estelle M. Sands and George H. Sands Nursing Scholars program that made attending possible. “The funding from the Sands Nursing Scholar Program made a tremendous difference for me—it truly eased the financial burden of affording tuition,” she said. “And later, after graduation, the program granted me the opportunity to work at a prestigious medical center.”

  • Jerusalem

    Penn Nursing’s Elizabeth Wright Fund to Turn 40

    The Elizabeth Wright Fund—which gave Penn Nursing its first student exchange program—has its roots in a time when post-operative hospital stays were longer, and when private duty nurses attended patients in the hospital as well as at home after discharge.