The Gift of Education

In 2020 Igor Grant and his family opted to further honor JoAnn Nallinger Grant by establishing the JoAnn Nallinger Grant Fellowship. This special fellowship provides financial support to students in Penn Nursing’s accelerated BSN and MSN programs who have an interest in the nutrition field, as well as the School’s new Masters of Science in Nutrition Science program.

The fellowship was made possible thanks to the Laporte Challenge Fund, a gift match opportunity offered by Andie Laporte, Nu’69, who serves on Penn Nursing’s Board of Advisors and is emeritus Trustee for the University. Including the JoAnn Nallinger Grant Fellowship, the Laporte Challenge Fund helped create 14 new endowed fellowships designated for accelerated second degree and Masters students.

Laporte recently made a second gift to Penn Nursing, this time to encourage funders to provide financial aid support to PhD students. Gifts made to the PhD education fund from July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024 will receive a one-to-one match through the new Laporte PhD Challenge Fund until the Fund is expended.

Generating new sources of financial aid for accelerated and graduate students are an ongoing priority for Penn Nursing. Limits on the number of
years a student may receive federal financial aid create hardships for second degree and advanced degree students, and Penn Nursing is committed to helping students make their educational goals attainable.

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Investing In A Legacy Of Nutrition
left to right Charlene Compher, PhD, RD, LDN, FASPEN; JoAnn Nallinger Grant, RN; and Charis Louis, BSN, RN, CPN, BMTCN, in 2018

Investing In A Legacy Of Nutrition

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