WASHINGTON – A donation of 2 million dollars from philanthropists Joanne and William Conway to College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences – the largest the college has received since its existence – will support three new faculty positions and scholarships for nursing students at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels.
The gift provides five years of funding for the salaries of one full-time and two part-time nursing faculty members. It also offers scholarships for up to 15 Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students and up to five Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) students. It supports the establishment of a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Howard, providing up to five scholarships to DNP students who commit to teaching nursing after graduation.
“It is with deep gratitude that I thank Joanne and William Conway for their generous contribution to the support and expansion of the College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences. This wonderful gift will enhance Howard’s ability to teach and provide further great opportunities to a diverse student body across multiple medical specialties,” said the president of Howard University. Wayne AI Frederick.
“The College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences is thrilled and delighted to receive this $2 million donation from Joanne and William Conway,” said Gina S. Brown, Ph.D., MSA, RN, Dean of the College of Nursing and Allied Health. “This is the largest donation to the college, and we are the only HBCU to have ever been funded for a Bedford Falls Foundation initiative. We are honored that they consider Howard and appreciate their partnership. This will expand Howard’s ability to train nurses who will improve medical outcomes worldwide.
The Conways are trustees of the Bedford Falls Foundation Charitable Trust. William Conway is co-founder of private equity firm The Carlyle Group and serves as interim CEO and non-executive co-chairman of the board. He and his wife Joanne are strong supporters of nursing education. The scholarship program at Howard will be named “Joanne and William Conway Nursing Scholarship” in their honor, and scholarship recipients will be referred to as “Conway Scholars”.
Joanne and William Conway said, “The Bedford Falls Foundation has a long-standing focus on facilitating access to high quality nursing education, particularly among first generation students. Like many HBCUs, Howard University’s nursing program serves many first-generation students.
They continued, “Howard University’s nursing program has the leadership and vision to expand. Howard had more qualified students who wanted to declare nursing majors than he had seats in his program. Given the severe shortage of nurses in the United States, we saw an opportunity to partner with Howard to provide him with the funding he needed to expand his program to admit these qualified students.
The donation supports CNAHS’s goals of increasing enrollment in the undergraduate nursing program and adding the DNP Ph.D. to the curriculum. DNPs are one of the highest levels of nursing obtainable and as such give nurses the ability to influence and implement policy while applying practical knowledge of health care. They are an option for nurses who wish to obtain a higher level degree without having to give up patient care for research.
Brown continues, “The DNP program allows us to educate and train our own nursing academics, so they can teach in the classroom and, in turn, produce more nurses of color, which then enables healing. communities, while empowering Howard nursing graduates to address health disparities globally. So it’s really a very cyclical effect of our ability to put nurses in the field. We can’t teach student nurses if we don’t have nurse educators; we can’t have adequate nurse educators if we don’t have a DNP program.
From its beginnings in 1969 as the Division of Nursing, CNAHS has grown to become a primary reservoir of African Americans and other professionals in clinical laboratory sciences, health sciences and management, nursing, nutritional sciences, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, physician assistants and radiation therapy. therapy. CNAHS also offers graduate programs in nutritional sciences, occupational therapy, and physical therapy, as well as a post-master’s certificate program in Family Nurse Practitioner.
About Howard University
Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private research university comprised of 14 schools and colleges. Students follow more than 140 study programs leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University operates with a commitment to excellence in truth and service and has produced one Schwarzman Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, four Rhodes Scholars, 12 Truman Scholars, 25 Pickering Scholars, and more than 165 Fulbright recipients. Howard is also producing more African-American doctorates on campus. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information about Howard University, visit www.howard.edu.
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