Amy Hauser, BSN, MBA, MHA, RN, BEA-BC, has named the UNC School of Nursing as a beneficiary of her retirement accounts. With the funds, she has established The Amy Hauser School of Nursing Scholarship Endowment, which will provide financial support to undergraduate students at the School of Nursing.
Hauser graduated with a BSN from the School of Nursing in 1988. After graduation she worked at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for 18 years. Today, she is the administrator of children’s and woman’s health and interim executive director of nursing for the Medical University of South Carolina. She is also an active member of the alumni board at the UNC School of Nursing.
She said her experiences both as a working nurse and an administrator have allowed her to see the transformative impact giving has on institutions and their mission. It’s one of the main reasons she decided to create the Hauser Endowment.
“I wanted to look at a way I could combine several principles important to me and be able to pay forward to others,” she said. “This scholarship is the perfect way to make that happen.”
One of those principles is education, which she believes is one of the best investments someone can make for him or herself. She said she hopes her gift will give students the ability to receive an education without the burden of loans or other financial commitments.
“They can focus on the student experience, like learning and campus life. They can really enjoy the experience that will launch them into the fulfilling profession of nursing,” said Hauser.
Some of the funds will also bolster the School of Nursing’s Dean’s Discretionary Carrington Endowment Fund.
“It’s important for the dean and the School of Nursing to have unrestricted funds to be able to respond to and meet the needs of the School,” Hauser said, emphasizing that these funds can provide both basic needs and exciting opportunities to students and faculty. Ultimately, she said, the addressing of these basic needs will strengthen the position of the School of Nursing and prepare it for the future.
While varied in their allocation, Hauser’s gifts have one singular purpose, she said: to provide a foundation for continued growth within the School of Nursing.
“I want to encourage others to give back to the School that has given us and others so much,” Hauser said. “I’m proud to be a Tar Heel and am honored to share my gratitude with the University and with future Tar Heel nurses.”