University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

ARCHIVE: $1 Million Gift to Fund Nursing Scholarships

June 20, 2014
$1 Million Gift to Fund Nursing Scholarships
$1 Million Gift to Fund Nursing Scholarships

Belton, Texas—Officials at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor announced today the establishment of an endowed scholarship which will provide full tuition for two nursing students at UMHB each year. The Loye White Bray Endowed Scholarship has been established through a $1 million gift from a donor who asked to remain anonymous.  The scholarship is designed to provide significant financial assistance each year to two nursing students with demonstrated financial need, to help them complete a degree program that they otherwise could not afford. 

“This is a gift that will truly change lives, not only those of the students who receive the scholarship but also those of the many people they will care for throughout their careers,” said Dr. Randy O’Rear, university president.   “Our nursing graduates learn the technical skills needed in their profession, but they also learn to be compassionate caretakers who are attuned to the physical, mental, and spiritual needs of their patients.  This generous donor’s gift will give deserving students the helping hand they need to complete their studies and dedicate their lives to helping others.”

UMHB’s Scott and White College of Nursing is recognized for providing one of the finest nursing programs in the country.  Graduates of the program score consistently higher pass rates on the NCLEX-RN licensing exam than the state and national averages and are highly sought in all areas of healthcare.  Nursing is the largest major at UMHB, with 484 students enrolled in the program this year. With the opening of the state-of-the-art Isabelle Rutherford Meyer Nursing Education Center in 2013, enrollments in UMHB’s nursing program have steadily grown, and administrators expect that trend to continue as the need for nurses continues to escalate nationwide.