$2.5 Million Gift Will Support Veterans

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05/11/2020 12:16

GW School of Nursing recently received $2.5 million, the largest philanthropic gift in the school’s history, to offer financial assistance to veterans pursuing a bachelor of science degree in nursing.

The gift was made possible by William Conway, co-founder of The Carlyle Group, a private equity company, and his wife Joanne. It will launch the William and Joanne Conway Transitioning Warriors Nursing Scholars Initiative. The Conways have long been committed to educating nurses to help fill a vital societal need. The school and university thank them for their generosity.

The Transitioning Warriors Nursing Scholars Initiative is designed to reward members of our armed forces looking to continue their service to our country. Over the next five years, the gift will support more than 65 students and increase the number of veterans in the civilian nursing workforce.

Despite the availability of other military benefits to fund veterans’ education, like the Post-9/11 GI Bill, many still struggle financially while they pursue higher education. Since its founding, GW Nursing has worked to support veterans through scholarships, specialized student resources, credit transfer, an accelerated bachelor’s degree option and other unique pathways to degrees.

GW Nursing has also been ranked third best for online master's programs for veterans in the U.S. News & World Report annual graduate nursing school rankings. 

The Conways’ commitment to our veteran students is unwavering, and so is the school's. As we celebrate our 10th anniversary, it's gifts like these that enable us to grow our veteran student population while providing vital financial support so they can focus on succeeding in the classroom.