The University of Evansville is the recipient of a more than $3.5 million gift from the John B. and Lucille S. Kelly Trust. The university says the funding will support the Lucy Kelly Nursing Scholarship in the Dunigan Family School of Nursing.

Kelly graduated from UE in 1970 before going on to work at Welborn Baptist Hospital with her husband, who was a urologist for Welborn Clinic.

“We are tremendously grateful for the Kellys’ generosity and foresight in developing a philanthropic plan that will both make the UE Nursing degree more accessible to students and expand the pipeline of professionals in this critical need field,” said Abigail Werling, vice president for university advancement at UE. “Mrs. Kelly was very proud of her UE degree, and today, we are proud of the Kellys’ decision to invest in the University of Evansville’s future with such a beautiful gift of scholarship.”

The university says Lucy Kelly was concerned about the nursing shortage and established the scholarship, which requires applicants be in the top 20% of their class and hold a B grade average. UE guarantees direct entry into the program for eligible freshman and they also receive a nursing scholarship valued at $20,000 per year. 

“Nursing careers, especially in the tri-state region, are currently in high demand,” said Dr. Jerrilee Lamar, chair of the Dunigan Family School of Nursing. “We are incredibly grateful for this generous gift from the John B. and Lucille S. Kelly Trust, which will support nursing students for years to come.”

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