Cronenwett Doctoral Scholarship

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Linda R. Cronenwett, PhD, RN, FAAN Endowed Doctoral Scholarship in Nursing

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Linda R. Cronenwett, PhD, RN, FAAN

To recognize and honor Linda Cronenwett for her 10 years of outstanding service to the School of Nursing as its fifth dean, alumni, friends and colleagues created an endowed doctoral scholarship fund in her name. On July 1, 2009, Dean Cronenwett returned to the faculty ranks as professor, and, until 2012, she led the national Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded initiative to integrate quality and safety education for nurses into the undergraduate and graduate curricula nationwide.

Making a Gift
Funding for the scholarship depends upon the contributions and support of many. We welcome all gifts, regardless of size. We also welcome three- to five-year pledges. Thank you.

About the Scholarship
The endowment will create a scholarship fund available to future students in perpetuity who pursue the doctoral degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing to become academic faculty—educators, clinicians and research leaders. Through this scholarship, they will develop the expertise to contribute to the science and practice of improved patient care. Endowing a doctoral scholarship contributes more, too. It makes an investment in future faculty members who will teach students, thereby directly addressing the nursing shortage. The lack of doctorally-educated faculty has direct impact on our ability to teach students.

The Linda R. Cronenwett, PhD, RN, FAAN Endowed Doctoral Scholarship will be used at the Dean’s discretion to assist doctoral students with tuition, fees and other expenses associated with the pursuit of this degree program to the extent possible provided by the annual payout of interest from the principal. Priority consideration will be given to students wanting to add to the state of the science as nurse leaders who influence the practice and patient care.

Dean Cronenwett’s Leadership
During Dean Cronenwett’s tenure, the School maintained its national scholarly and leadership position, consistently ranking among the top 10 nursing schools nationally in grant funding received from the National Institutes of Health. The SON also increased its commitment to multiculturalism and diversity by hiring more minority faculty members and admitting many more students from diverse backgrounds. During the Carolina First Campaign, donors raised $15.8 million to support scholarships, professorships, programs and infrastructure. There is much to celebrate as the School honors Dean Cronenwett for her service.

To make a gift, select the Linda R. Cronenwett Endowed Doctoral Scholarship fund, on our secure giving site.