#GivingTuesday is an international day of giving. How will you ‘Answer the Call’ on November 28?
Frontier Nursing University (FNU) has experienced remarkable growth in the past decade, and currently has more than 2000 students enrolled. But with increased growth comes increased need, and many of our students need your help! Currently, less than 10% of our students are receiving scholarships, while over 80% demonstrate need. Our students are dedicated to improving the health of their communities, however pursuing the education to do so creates a financial strain for many. This strain becomes even more critical when they begin clinical practicums and must reduce or discontinue employment. #GivingTuesday is your opportunity to get involved.
This year, we are asking you to support the educational dreams of our students and improved access to healthcare for rural and underserved communities by making a gift to the FNU scholarship fund. Our goal for Giving Tuesday is to raise at least $25,000, which will permanently endow a scholarship. While this amount may be impossible for some to give, through #GivingTuesday you have the opportunity to leverage your gift with those of others to make a student’s educational dreams come true. For example, if you and 24 friends each donate $1000, a new scholarship is created!
We are pleased to announce that long-time supporter of Frontier Nursing University and Breckinridge family member, Susan Graham, is generously matching each dollar given on #GivingTuesday up to $25,000! This means that if we meet our goal of $25,000, an endowed scholarship will be created in the amount of $50,000, doubling the annual scholarship amount for one deserving student! For all those who donate through the #GivingTuesday campaign, that means that every dollar you donate is doubled!
Scholarships support the education provided by FNU which gives graduates the ability to provide quality, compassionate care to communities who need it most. The majority of current FNU students reside in communities federally designated as either rural or underserved populations. Through FNU’s unique programs, students are able to remain in their home communities while seeking graduate education. Kyle Farmer, an FNP student and scholarship recipient, knows that his education will help him serve the people in his community of Leslie County, Ky.
“I am a lifelong resident of Leslie County, Kentucky and I intend on making Leslie County my home for years to come. Since I was a child, I have never dreamed of living anywhere else. Although during my high school years, many of my classmates spoke of their aspirations to leave the mountains at their first opportunity, the idea of leaving my lifelong home was troubling to me. It is this mindset that I intend to carry into my practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner. I hope to serve the community I was raised in, as well as the people I’ve come to know so closely for the duration of my career.”
Currently, less than 200 students a year are receiving donor funded scholarships, which represents less than 10% of the student body, while more than 80% of students use federal financial aid and student loans to finance their education. Clearly, the need for financial support for our students is great: when a new scholarship for students with financial hardships became available, FNU received 64 applications within 48 hours.
Giving to the Frontier Student Scholarship Fund is investing in the education of FNU students, but beyond that, it is empowering these students to make a difference and to improve the overall healthcare situation in underserved communities.
Please answer the call, as so many of our students have, and consider a gift to the Frontier Student Scholarship Fund on #GivingTuesday, November 28! You can give directly to the cause here.