Bill and Mary Lou Booth have a passion for service— one they hope to share with students and faculty within the School of Nursing with their establishment of the Bill and Mary Lou Booth Fund for Community Service and Outreach. The Fund, created by a generous donation to the UNC School of Nursing Foundation, aids students and faculty who wish to engage in community service for the betterment of the health and welfare of North Carolinians.
“I hope the fund will enable students to pursue their educational goals of using their expertise to provide knowledge and medical care for areas that have been neglected because of location, cultural barriers, or funding,” Mary Lou said.
This new fund is bound to have the same lasting impact as the Booths’ other contributions to the School’s Foundation. In 2008, the Booths established a Global Health Award to honor retiring Dean Linda Cronenwett, and it continues to give students the opportunity to aid underserved patients around the world, providing them with the global scope of service the Booths envisioned.
“We are so grateful to the Booths for their ongoing and visionary generosity to the School,” said Dean Nena Peragallo Montano. “Their Global Health Award was the first of its kind here and
has provided incredible opportunities for our students to learn and grow as globally minded professionals. This new fund will likewise open important new windows of opportunity to faculty and students to serve.”
As a global leader in nursing education, the School of Nursing has been influential in stressing the importance of public health nursing and its ability to positively impact communities both global and local. This mission, however, would not be possible without alumni and friends like the Booths, who have given both tirelessly and generously to support it.