Funds for Student Support
The following scholarship funds are available to all School of Nursing students, regardless of degree track.
Alexandra Beebe, BSN `74, Student Emergency Fund was established in 2004 by Nancy Gray Pyne as a memorial to her daughter, Alexandra Beebe. Ms. Beebe was raised in Washington, DC, but chose to attend Carolina because of the quality of education she would receive and the legacy of her step-father, Gordon Gray, a president of the UNC System. She obtained her master’s degree in oncology nursing, published and lectured on cancer and pain management before her untimely death in 1991.
The Alexandra Beebe, BSN ’74, Student Emergency Fund provides financial support when unexpected circumstances threaten a student’s ability to complete the nursing program and graduate from UNC.
Kay Burwell Graduate Student Fund was established in 1977 by Thurston and Kitty Burwell Hicks in memory of Ms. Hicks’s cousin, Kay Burwell. Kay was a master’s student at Carolina in the mid 1970’s pursuing a specialty in pediatric nursing. Kay, a Project Hope nurse who had intended to set up a pediatric clinic in Brazil, was diagnosed during a routine physical with a metastasized melanoma that had been treated earlier. She died at age 29 just after completing her master’s degree.
Ruth Cullis Lynn Short Term Student Loan Fund was established in 2005 by School of Nursing Professor Dr. Mary Lynn in memory of her mother, Ruth Cullis Lynn. Funds are available to provide small but immediate, temporary loans to students with need.
Kindred Spirit Award is made to the individual(s) who exemplify the SON’s commitment to a climate of interpersonal and cross-cultural understanding, and upholding the principles of respect for diversity. Awards are made and presented during May graduation ceremonies.
George Livas Award was established by the Class of 1956 and Franklin Street merchants to remember Mr. George Livas, the kind Carolina Coffee Shop owner and Greek immigrant, who hosted the co-eds at the window table and treated them to coffee and snacks. Mr. Livas died suddenly and the students and townspeople felt this was a perfect way to remember him.
George Livas Awards are made each year to graduating seniors in both the 14-month and 24-month options who demonstrate outstanding leadership potential based on faculty selection.
Tammy Flake Honors Award was established by the classmates and family of Tammy Flake to honor her memory. Tammy was a nursing student who died in a car accident just before her graduation in 1989. Through a fund endowed by Tammy’s parents, Jimmy and Jean Flake, awards are made each year to all seniors who graduate with honors.