Thomas Fox, M.D., and his wife Landon, BSN ’56, are long-time supporters of the School of Nursing. Their latest gift establishes the SON’s first Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) scholarship, which will be awarded to students wishing to pursue a career in advanced practice pediatric nursing.
The Thomas and Landon Fox Graduate Pediatric Nursing Scholarship will help fill a key need for DNP scholarships. Launched in 2013, the DNP program prepares nurses for clinical leadership and hands-on advanced practice. More than 60 DNP students are currently enrolled at SON.
“We are enthusiastic about offering this new opportunity to future students,” says Tom. “By establishing this first DNP Scholarship, our hope is that this will stimulate others to consider investing in this new opportunity for an advanced degree.”
Tom and Landon (Landy) say that they make supporting nursing education a priority because as nurses continue to play increasingly important roles in the delivery of health care, their education for these increased responsibilities is even more vitally important. They focused the scholarship on pediatrics because of Landy’s work experience in this field.
In 2010, Tom and Landy established an endowed undergraduate scholarship that has already given opportunities to many students. They also give generously of their time. Landon is a member of the School’s Alumni Association Board of Directors, and Tom is a former member and former treasurer of the SON Foundation Board of Directors.
“Because Landy is a graduate of the SON and benefitted so much from her experience at UNC, we have a strong loyalty to the School,” says Tom. “Having supported the University for over 50 years, we want the SON to be outstanding and remain among the highest ranked schools in the United States. We appreciate having Anne Webb’s guidance as we were looking for another way to support the SON.”
The SON DNP program builds upon baccalaureate education and expands current Master of Science in Nursing education. Graduates receive preparation in such key areas as evidence-based practice, organization and systems leadership, finance, health policy, information technology, population health, patient safety, and translational research.