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New Scholarship Aims to Provide Financial Aid to Nursing Students with Italian Heritage

Penn Nursing is committed to ensuring that our student body is as diverse as the world our graduates will serve—thanks to a new scholarship established by Professor Virginia A. Lucas, Nu’55, GNu’63, undergraduate nursing students with Italian heritage and financial need have a new financial aid resource.

The Virginia A. Lucas Endowed Scholarship Fund, established in fall 2018, will provide the means to attend Penn Nursing for students in need. Lucas has had a long and storied career as a nurse—and an educator. She spent over twenty years of her life as a professor of nursing before retiring in 2002, passing along her incredible knowledge to a wide range of students.

“When I was teaching,” Virginia says, “I’d see students needing help to afford school. Anytime I heard of a student who needed a scholarship, I’d do all I could to help them go after it. I’ve always been interested in education.”

She adds, “And, of course, I established the scholarship as a way to honor my mother and father. They’d be thrilled that I’m able to do this—because education was just as important to them.”

Virginia holds the distinction of being among the first groups of women to graduate from Penn Nursing when it was made an independent school at the University of Pennsylvania in 1950. She is a long-time supporter of Penn Nursing and a member of the Harrison Society.