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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 

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.


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    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.

  • Trustees’ Council of Penn Women Gift Supports West Philadelphia Women

    Penn Nursing’s West Philadelphia Women’s Day event will continue, thanks to a new grant from The Trustees’ Council of Penn Women (TCPW). Funding from TCPW will support Dr. Wendy Grube’s partnership with women from the medically underserved West Philadelphia community to investigate their most pressing health concerns and move forward with a second West Philadelphia Women’s Day event.

  • Sandy Samberg, Nu'94, GNu'95 and husband Joe Samberg

    Penn Nursing Family’s Generosity Impacts Global Travel and Storytelling

    New gifts from Sandy Samberg, Nu’94, GNu’95, and her husband, Joe Samberg are supporting life changing experiences for Penn Nursing students, and opportunities for students to share those experiences with a wider audience. The Sambergs’ investments in the Global Impact Fund and the Nursing Story Slam will help our students make the most of their Penn education.