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The Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation Donates More Than $1 Million in Scholarships to B-CU Students


Scholarship Recipients and Faculty Share Updates and Impact of Funding

Students from the L. Gale Lemerand School of Nursing recently met with Carrie Davis Conway, Senior Program Officer of the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation, to express their appreciation for the grant scholarships and to provide updates from the nursing program. B-CU was first selected for the grant award in 1984 and has been awarded more than $1 million from the foundation. The  scholarship program supports deserving women in the medical, nursing and allied health fields with a financial need. Currently, 12 students from the B-CU School of Nursing receive the scholarship. 

Dr. Sandra Tucker, Dean of the School of Nursing, facilitated the visit with President Edison O. Jackson, Office of Financial Aid, and Office of Sponsored Programs and Research to share the impact and benefits nursing students have received from the scholarship. “Many of our students come to college with various outside responsibilities,” she mentioned. “Because our curriculum is so rigorous, we try our best to alleviate the cost of books, nursing smocks, etc. to students in need,” Dr. Tucker said. Additionally, the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation scholarship targets over 200 accredited educational institutions; and 19 of them are historically Black colleges and universities. To date, more than 13,000 students in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia have received scholarships from the foundation.

B-CU nursing faculty has greatly assisted students in furthering their knowledge of the field through tutoring sessions and one-on-one attention. This has resulted in the increase of National Council Licensure Exam-RN (NCLEX-RN) pass rates over the last couple of years. “I am thankful for the faculty because they generously give their personal time to make sure our students graduate and are eligible for career placement,” Dean Tucker stated. In spring 2016, 100% of nursing graduates passed the NCLEX. The program was also recently approved for service learning opportunities in Kenya, Africa for summer 2017.

To view a quick recap of The Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation visit, click here. 

For more information on the School of Nursing, contact: Dr. Sandra Tucker, Dean of the School of Nursing, 386-481-2106 or

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