Friends of Marion Visiting Nurse Association donate $100,000 to College of Nursing

The Friends of the Marion Visiting Nurse Association makes final gift to university before disbanding

Staff recieving large check
From left to right: Jennifer Chrisler, vice chancellor for university advancement at UMass Dartmouth; Jeanne Daly, president of Friends of Marion Visiting Nurse Association board of directors; and Kimberley Christopher, Dean of the College of Nursing at UMass Dartmouth.

After 30 years of operation, the Friends of Marion Visiting Nurse Association has decided to disband and is ensuring a legacy of quality nursing on the SouthCoast through gifts. Towards this end, on Monday September 10, 2018 the UMass Dartmouth College of Nursing received a $100,000 gift from the Association.

“We are pleased to be able to ensure that the legacy of our organization will live on through UMass Dartmouth’s College of Nursing,” said Jeanne Daly, president of Friends of Marion Visiting Nurse Association board of directors.

The group was formed in the early 1990’s to be a central hub for gifts given to local nurses and hospitals for care received. The group began using these grateful gifts to give to local education institutions in the form of scholarships and other nonprofit entities.

The $100,000 scholarship endowment given to the College of Nursing is for qualified Tri Town students that want to obtain an education for a career in nursing. According to a press release, the scholarship is named after Ellen Keogh, a Friends of Marion Visiting Nurse Association board member who died in 2018. Keogh is a former faculty member in the College of Nursing.

“This endowment will give local students the opportunity to obtain a high quality nursing education and make a difference in their communities,” said Dean of the College of Nursing Kimberly Christopher.


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