Giving

Together we can do more - Please give to the UIC College of Nursing

At our College of Nursing we energize our students and build healthy minds and strong hearts. We hope that you can look inside and give to our advanced education and research.

Overview

For more than 50 years, the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing has provided inspiring vision and leadership to more than 11,000 nursing students in Illinois, the United States and around the globe.  Consistently rated among the top U.S. nursing schools, we currently rank 8th in research funding from the National Institutes of Health and our practices have received the Edge Runner designation from the American Academy of Nursing.

Our standing as a national leader in learning, discovery and practice relies on our ability to provide the resources necessary to attract and retain a talented, diverse student body and the highest caliber faculty.  Increased support for scholarships, fellowships and endowed chairs and professorships—bolstered by funding for research, faculty and student initiatives, and technology—ensures that the College will meet tomorrow’s challenges and demands.

Your generosity is critical to our success.  Alumni and friends sustain the College through contributions to our annual fund, recurring support for strategic initiatives, leadership gifts that help as we transform nursing practice and policy, and deferred gifts that guarantee long-term success. We invite you to join us as we define the future of health care.

Giving Opportunities

Your generous support will increase opportunities for and access to nursing education, practice, and research through:

  • Student Support
  • Faculty Support
  • Research Center Support
  • Facilities Improvement
  • Simulation and classroom technology
  • Annual Fund

Student Support

The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse student population by attracting and supporting the best and the brightest, regardless of means. Scholarships and fellowships are crucial to this goal and to help students graduate without excessive debt.

Many of our students juggle the demands of work, family and life along with their undergraduate or advanced-level studies. Scholarships help ease this burden and offer support to students who might not otherwise have the opportunity to attend our top-ranked College of Nursing or earn a nursing degree. Graduate fellowships make our programs more attractive and make it possible for the most highly qualified and motivated individuals to receive advanced training in specialized areas and become clinicians and scientists who promote healthy outcomes throughout the lifespan, increase disease prevention, enhance quality of life, eliminate health disparities, and expand knowledge in research, education and clinical practice.

With campus locations in Chicago, Peoria, Quad Cities, Rockford, Springfield and Urbana, the College of Nursing reaches far and wide to provide best-in-class nursing education to our students, many of whom are the first in their families to attend college. Additionally, outreach efforts such as our Urban Health Program attract traditionally underrepresented nursing students and ensure their success. We provide students at all levels the opportunity to advance their careers, often right in their own community.

Faculty Support

Endowed chairs and professorships are the highest honor to bestow on faculty members. Endowments give us the resources to recruit and retain dynamic and accomplished faculty and to provide them the means to excel as educators, researchers and mentors to students and junior faculty. This creates a lasting ripple effect, since highly accomplished faculty attract top students, junior faculty, researchers, recognition and more resources.

The College seeks to establish endowed positions to lead and develop programs in:

  • Healthful Aging
  • Promoting Health Across Chronic Conditions
  • Women, Children and Family
  • Health Nursing Systems and Health Informatics Science
  • Cancer Screening and Prevention Education
  • Community and Public Health Science
  • Teaching / Learning Scholarship

Research Center Support

The College of Nursing has two research centers developing transformational healthcare and education:

Center for End-of-Life Transition Research serves to advance the science of care for people facing the end-of-life transition across the lifespan, from infants, children, and adolescents to adults and elders. The goal is to emphasize patient-centered, family-focused respectful death with care that is consistent with the patients’ and families’ values and priorities and includes advance care planning and palliative care. 

The Center for Narcolepsy, Sleep and Health Research (formerly the Center for Narcolepsy) is an important source of sleep science and conducts leading-edge basic, clinical and bio-behavioral research for improving, preserving or promoting health through good sleep, and provides support for people suffering from narcolepsy and their families. 

Facilities Improvement

New technologies and improved facilities foster creativity and support 21st century learning and discovery. They help us attract and retain the highest caliber researchers, faculty, staff and students and reflects our high standing in the nursing community. A first-class facility also provides an environment that fosters pride, comfort, and productivity.

Our laboratories were designed in the early 1960s, long before the emergence of modern nursing research and technology. To remain competitive, they need to be continually upgraded to match current standards and enable the highest level of scientific inquiry. The CON’s laboratories address a number of healthcare forefronts:

  • Breathing improvement therapies
  • Innovative treatments for chronic pain
  • Substance abuse and the development of heart failure
  • Assessment and management of sleep disorders

Annual Fund

Unrestricted gifts to the College of Nursing’s Annual Fund provide the flexibility and resilience needed to meet unexpected and pressing challenges and opportunities.  Gifts to the Annual Fund support a wide variety of student and faculty initiatives, including:

  • Laboratory equipment
  • Classroom technology
  • Travel to professional conferences
  • Scholarships and fellowships

Types of Gifts

Unrestricted Gifts

Unrestricted gifts allow the CON to address immediate priorities by providing critical resources for scholarships, student services, travel to conferences, technology upgrades … and much more.

Recurring Gifts

Recurring credit or debit card gifts provide consistent monthly or annual support.  Your gift is divided into manageable increments, allowing you to maximize the impact of your giving while avoiding a large, one-time expense. 

Your credit or debit card will be charged in increments according to your instructions, and you can change or cancel at any time. A record of each gift will appear on your monthly bank or credit-card statement, and you will receive an annual statement by mail for tax purposes in the first quarter of each calendar year. It's easy and secure and it cuts down on administrative costs and paper waste.

Memorial and Honorific Gifts

Support for the College of Nursing is an especially thoughtful way to honor the memory of a loved one, recognize the legacy of a mentor or celebrate the accomplishments of friends, colleagues and family members.  Memorial and honorific gifts can be unrestricted, enabling the College to address our greatest needs, or they may be designated to any department, program or fund. 

When making a gift in memory or in honor of an individual, please provide the following:

  • Name of the gift fund (or area of research) you wish to fund
  • Name of individual to be memorialized or honored.  Include class year if applicable.
  • Name and address to which any notification of gift should be sent

Employer Matching Gifts

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs that supplement their employees’ charitable donations.  Check your company’s giving policy to see if they will match, double or even triple your initial gift. See a list of participating companies.

Eligible donors for a corporate matching gift may include:

  • A current, full-time or part-time employee
  • A retired employee
  • Spouse of an employee
  • Widow and/or widower of a former employee

Many matching gifts require that participants provide the Federal Tax ID # of the recipient organization when applying for a match. The Tax ID # for the University of Illinois Foundation is 37-6006007.  The University of Illinois Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization exempt from federal income tax.

Leadership Gifts

Leadership gifts are crucial to building a stronger college and to supporting the future of nursing leadership.  Dean’s Circle donors show that they understand the value of investing in our students and CON initiatives with their annual leadership gifts of $1,000 or more.

Members will have the opportunity to interact with CON leaders and other supporters who share their excitement and commitment to our vision.  Dean’s Circle members engage with the CON through

  • Exclusive annual donor events hosted by the dean
  • Special invitations to signature College of Nursing and UIC events
  • Annual honor roll recognition in the CON’s alumni magazine, Vital Signs. 

Our recurring giving program allows you to make your contributions at a leadership level because your gift is divided into manageable monthly increments.  For example, a monthly gift of $83.33 allows you to make your yearly contribution at the Dean’ Circle level and be recognized as a leadership contributor. 

Planned Gifts

Planned giving allows to you to balance your personal finance and your charitable giving while achieving important tax benefits.  Planned giving includes stock or mutual funds, wills and living trusts, charitable gift annuities, retirement plans, life insurance, real estate and more.

Learn how you can create a lasting legacy.

How and Where to Give

Thank you for choosing to support the College of Nursing!

To make a gift to a fund of your choice, please visit our online donation form where you may enter the amount you want to contribute next to the fund name. You will be then be asked to enter your personal and credit card information.

If you would prefer to make a donation by check, please make your check payable to the University of Illinois Foundation and mail to: UIC College of Nursing, Office of Advancement, 845 S. Damen (MC 802), Chicago, IL 60612

The University of Illinois Foundation (UIF) is an independent Illinois not-for-profit corporation and the official fundraising and private gift-receiving agency for the University of Illinois. All gifts are tax deductible as allowed by law. EIN: 37-6006007. 

If you are interested in making a donation to a fund that is not listed on the online form or need additional information, please contact Sara Almassian, Development Coordinator, at salmas1@uic.edu or 312.996.2315.

University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing Funds

College of Nursing Annual Fund

Unrestricted support for student scholarships and fellowships, equipment for the skills and simulation labs, seed money for research initiatives, and travel for students and faculty to present at conferences.

Cardew-Mullane Award for Clinical Excellence and Leadership

Established by Mary Kelly Mullane, former dean of the College of Nursing, this award recognizes outstanding clinical skill and leadership abilities in graduating students. The award also serves as a memorial to Emily Cardew, the first dean of the college. More than one student can win this cash award which is customarily given at the May commencement.

College of Nursing Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship

Supports scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students who have demonstrated leadership and service to the school, profession, and community, with secondary consideration given to academic standing and financial need. Established by the UIC College of Nursing Alumni Association.

College of Nursing Scholarship

Awarded to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at any College of Nursing campus based on academic merit and financial need.

College of Nursing Pave the Way Fund

Proceeds from the purchase of engraved granite pavers for the College of Nursing Alumni Courtyard will support nursing students and faculty research.

Gloria A. Henderson Scholarship

Awarded to a junior or senior undergraduate with high scholastic achievement who has exhibited leadership in extracurricular activities. Established by Professor Emerita Gloria Henderson.

Midwest Nursing History Research Center

Support for the Midwest Nursing History Research Center including the advancement of historical research and/or scholarly activities consistent with the purpose of the Center.

Regional Campus Scholarships

Regional Nursing Scholarship Fund

Awarded to students from the regional campuses (Peoria, Quad Cities, Rockford, Urbana). Established in 1994 by alumni from the regional campuses and fully endowed in 1995 with a generous gift from a regional faculty member and her husband.

Kellogg Family Peoria Nursing Scholarship Fund

Awarded to students at the Peoria Regional Campus. Established by Robah Kellogg, long-time member of the Peoria Regional Campus faculty, and others.

Norma R. Kelly Peoria Nursing Scholarship Fund

Awarded to students at the Peoria Regional Campus. Established by Dr. Norma R. Kelly, former Peoria Regional Campus Director, and others.

College of Nursing Quad Cities Legacy Fund

Supports students at the Quad Cities Regional Campus by providing financial assistance with tuition, books, fees, travel to conferences, and related academic expenses with criteria of financial need and academic merit.

Jeanne A. Gittings Memorial Scholarship Fund

Awarded to graduate nursing students in the Quad Cities area, with preference to students who demonstrate financial need and good academic standing. Established in memory of Jeanne Gittings, former Quad Cities Regional Campus librarian, in tribute to her outstanding commitment to students and faculty.

Quad Cities Classic Nursing Scholarship Fund

Awarded to students at the Quad Cities Regional Campus.

College of Nursing Rockford Regional Program Scholarship Fund

Supports nursing students in the Rockford regional program.

College of Nursing Urbana Regional Campus Support Fund

Supports the Urbana Regional Campus, providing funds for student research posters and lab and simulation center equipment.

Awarded to students at the Urbana Regional Campus.

Research Funds

College of Nursing Research in Narcolepsy, Sleep and Health Research Fund

The Center for Narcolepsy, Sleep and Health Research (formerly the Center for Narcolepsy) conducts important basic, clinical and bio-behavioral research for improving, preserving or promoting health through good sleep, and provides support for narcoleptics and their families.

Doctoral Student Funds

College of Nursing Doctoral Student Research Fund

Supports doctoral students by providing financial assistance with the direct costs of their dissertation research.

Practice Funds

Integrated Health Care Fund

To provide support for an innovative program of nurse-managed health centers specializing in providing integrated primary and mental healthcare services affiliated with the Institute for Healthcare Innovation in the College of Nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Midwifery Clinic Fund

Supports the UIC Midwifery Clinic.

Global Health Leadership Office

Beverly J. McElmurry Scholarship Fund

Awarded to PhD nursing students with a record of nursing leadership and strong evidence of a research focus appropriate to global or local health concerns, with preference to international or minority students. Established to honor the late Dr. Beverly J. McElmurry, former Global Health Leadership Office Director, for her contributions to the nursing profession locally and globally.

Chieko Onoda Endowed Scholarship Fund

Awarded to graduate students with a preference to international students who are residents of Southeast Asia. Established to honor Professor Emerita Chieko Onoda for her work on behalf of the international students.

Virginia M. Ohlson International Studies Fund

Provides scholarships for international students and support for the Annual World Health Day Symposia. Established by the late Dr. Virginia M. Ohlson, founder of the Global Health Leadership Office.

Department of Women, Children and Family Health Science

College of Nursing Women, Children, and Family Health Science Fund

Supports the Department of Women, Children, and Family Health Services.

Lillian Runnerstrom Institute for Excellence Fund

Supports scholarships for initiatives in the Department of Women, Children and Family Health Science Nursing. Established by Dr. Lillian Runnerstrom, former department head.

 Mitzi Duxbury Perinatal, Neonatal and or Midwifery Scholarship Fund

Provides scholarships to graduate students who demonstrate outstanding academic performance in perinatal nursing, neonatal  nursing and or midwifery in the Department of Women, Children and Family Health Science. Financial need may be considered.

Mitzi L. Duxbury Graduate Student Perinatal Scholarship Fund in Memory of Dr. Alexander (Mack) Schmidt

Awarded to graduate students in the Department of Women, Children and Family Health Science Nursing. Established by Dr. Mitzi Duxbury, former dean, in memory of Dr. Alexander (Mack) Schmidt, who served as UIC Vice Chancellor for Health Services.

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Scholarship

Awarded to students in the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program.

Sabina Dambrauskas Midwifery Scholarship Fund

Awarded to students in the Nurse Midwifery program. Established by educator and  nurse midwife Sabina Dambrauskas.

Traut Family Scholarship

Supports graduate students in the Department of Women, Children and Family Health Science Nursing with preference to students who demonstrate financial need and good academic standing and who are members of underrepresented groups within the nursing profession. Established by Department Head Dr. Rosemary White-Traut and her husband, David Traut.

Department of Biobehavioral Health Science

College of Nursing Biobehavioral Health Science Fund

To support the Department of Biobehavioral Health Science at the College of Nursing. 

Current Scholarship Recipients

Access Illinois Scholarship

  • Erica Segura
  • Paulina Rios
  • Neema Patel

Alumni Association Scholarship

  • Kathleen Kobler

Boothroyd Scholars Program

  • John Hayes
  • Oluwasegun Ogunsile
  • Jessica Ojeda
  • Blake Waters
  • Jesse White

Craig and Sarah Allen Scholarship in Memory of Hal Gold

  • Mary Leung

Dean Joan L. Shaver Scholarship

  • Inah Kim

Dorothy J. Dethloff Scholarship

  • Cesar Hernandez

Dorothy Mayer Memorial Endowed Scholarship

  • Pressian Gueorguiev
  • Tricia Arianne Santos
  • Jessica Trieu

Elizabeth M. Joyce Scholars

  • Jennifer Domingo
  • Jessica Wardach

Elizabeth M. Roche Memorial Scholarship

  • Meenhye Lee

Emily C. Cardew Scholarship

  • Jesse White

Gertrude Hess Nursing Scholarship

  • Inah Kim

Gloria A. Henderson Scholarship

  • Kristyna Perillo

Helene Fuld Graduate Entry Scholarship

  • Evanthia Arianas
  • Edith Barnes
  • Courtney Blissitt
  • America Carrillo
  • Amy Cates
  • Anna Fitzgerald
  • Megan Gordon
  • Natalie Hunt
  • Lillian Oberlander
  • Lindsey Owens
  • Annie Perry
  • Carolyn Pike
  • Cailan Shannon
  • Alyssa Toland
  • Melissa Vargas
  • Jeanne Vega-Byrnes
  • Karen Vermillion
  • Olivia Williams
  • Erin Wright

Helene Fuld BSN Scholarship

  • Ortensia Bode
  • Jennifer Domingo
  • Cesar Hernandez
  • Kristyna Perillo

Joan Syer-Bailar Scholarship

  • John Hayes

Jonas Scholars Program

  • Katherine Durham
  • Kelly Jones
  • Stephanie Rivera
  • Rachel Newhouse

Joyce Roberts Midwifery Scholarship Fund

  • Angella Knobbe

Kathryn Venolia Memorial Scholarship

  • Kathleen Kobler

Kellogg Family Peoria Nursing Scholarship

  • Stephanie Beckstrom
  • Kathleen Carlson

Lisa Corsini Memorial Scholarship

  • Alexandra Koryznski

Memorial Health System Scholarship

  • Heather Austif
  • Amy Bartyzel
  • Victoria Farris
  • Katie Grider
  • Sarah Lotz
  • Thomas McClure
  • Clara Ortells-Faci
  • Filza Zahoor

Mitzi L. Duxbury Perinatal Nursing, Neonatal Nursing, and Midwifery Scholarship

  • Erika Jang

Mitzi L. Duxbury Perinatal Nursing, Neonatal Nursing, and Midwifery Scholarship in honor of Dr. Alexander (Mack) Schmidt

  • Erika Jang
  • Matthew Larsen

Norma R. Kelly Peoria Nursing Scholarship Fund

  • Hannah Corley
  • Justin Leas
  • Elizabeth Saunches

Nursing Dean’s Scholarship

  • Sujeong Kim
  • Keke Lin

Owen Graduate Student Scholarship

  • Karen Beagles

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Scholarship

  • Carly Wylde
  • Molly Geaman

Quad Cities Classic Scholarship

  • Cheryl Ehrler
  • Michael Tapia

Regional Nursing Scholarship

  • Alexandra Koryznski

Rockford Regional Scholarship

  • Angella Knobbe

Sabina Dambrauskas Midwifery Scholarship

  • Mary Leung

Urbana Regional Scholarship

  • Karen Beagles
  • Alexandra Korzynski
  • Matthew Larsen

W.E. Van Doren Scholarship

  • Karen Beagles
  • Ortensia Bode
  • Jennifer Domingo
  • Pressian Gueorguiev
  • John Hayes
  • Cesar Hernandez
  • Susan Hovers
  • Erika Jang
  • Inah Kim
  • Sujeong Kim
  • Angella Knobbe
  • Kathleen Kobler
  • Alexandra Korzynski
  • Matthew Larsen
  • Meenhye Lee
  • Mary Leung
  • Keke Lin
  • Oluwasegun Ogunsile
  • Jessica Ojeda
  • Kristyna Perillo
  • Tricia Arianne Santos
  • Jessica Trieu
  • Jessica Wardach
  • Blake Waters
  • Jesse White

FAQs

Why is my support important?

You help us provide the quality of education expected of an internationally recognized institution serving the best and brightest minds in Illinois and beyond. Thanks to you, the CON attracts and retains the highest caliber of faculty and students, offers access to cutting edge advances in clinical training and technology, and provides programming that pairs our students and faculty with the field’s leading scholars.

Why is unrestricted giving important?

Unrestricted gifts afford the CON flexibility in determining how best to use the funding where it can have the greatest impact, address priorities, and offer immediate benefits.  These funds often support

  • Scholarships
  • Curricular development
  • Faculty development and recruitment
  • Technology upgrades

Can I support a specific program?

Absolutely! To help departments and programs meet their most pressing needs, many alumni and friends choose to designate a gift to an established and specialized fund.

What are endowment gifts?

Endowment gifts are a lasting and powerful resources because they provide a steady stream of income from permanently invested funds. Endowments provide increasing support in perpetuity as the gift is invested by the University of Illinois Foundation with a percentage of the annual earned income dedicated to the  donor’s specified intent while the remainder is re-invested in the body of the fund so that it grows over time.

How can I make a gift?

You can make an online gift right now with your credit or debit card, or you can mail your gift (check, credit or debit card) to the following address:

Office of Advancement
UIC College of Nursing (MC 802)
845 South Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612

How can I double or even triple my gift?

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs that supplement their employees’ charitable donations.  Check your company’s giving policy to see if they will match, double or even triple your initial gift. Click here for our participating companies database.

Eligible donors for a corporate matching gift may include:

  • A current, full-time or part-time employee
  • A retired employee
  • Spouse of an employee
  • Widow and/or widower of a former employee

How will my gift be recognized?

The University of Illinois Foundation will mail a tax receipt one to two weeks after your gift is received. You will also receive a personalized acknowledgement from the College of Nursing, and you will be listed in the annual honor roll recognition in the CON magazine, Vital Signs, for alumni and friends.

Why are gifts directed to the University of Illinois Foundation?

The University of Illinois Foundation (UIF) is an independent Illinois not-for-profit corporation and the official fundraising and private gift-receiving agency for the University of Illinois. EIN: 37-6006007.

Still have questions about giving to the CON?

The Office of Advancement will be happy to answer your questions.

Sara Almassian, Development Coordinator
salmas1@uic.edu
312.996.2315

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