St. Elizabeth School of Nursing is celebrating its 125th anniversary and marking the success of a recent fundraising campaign. The Lafayette-based school says it raised nearly $1.3 million as part of its first-ever scholarship campaign.
“Nursing Scholarships are critical to helping address the current nursing shortage,” said Jennifer Eberly, director of development with Franciscan Health Foundation, who spoke at the celebration event. “Because of this fundraising campaign, St. Elizabeth School of Nursing was able to award 102 scholarships for the 2022-2023 academic year to help alleviate some of the financial burden placed on nursing students.”
The celebration included various speakers, a luncheon, and an open-house with tours of the newly renovated St. Elizabeth Chapel and simulation lab, a photo booth and display of memorabilia showcasing the school’s history.
“I believe the original sisters who came here in 1875 would be proud of how we’ve grown and continued to prepare nurses to step confidently into their careers with concept-based, hands-on learning from the get-go,” said Dr. Michelle Gerrety, director of St. Elizabeth School of Nursing. “This fundraising effort will help new student nurses be able to take advantage of everything this school has to offer and then use their education to support their communities as RNs.”
St. Elizabeth currently offers a Diploma-Bachelor of Science in Nursing Cooperative Nursing Program in collaboration with University of Saint Francis.