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Areas to Support

Students, faculty, researchers, and programs all benefit from the generous gifts of our alumni and supporters worldwide.  As one of the nation’s top ranked public education schools, Penn State Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing is dedicated to preparing scholars and professionals to contribute to the advancement of teaching, learning and human development. Private giving from alumni and friends drives this mission forward — enhancing research and programs, classroom experiences and outreach opportunities.

Where You Can Make an Impact

Student Scholarships and Fellowships

In Penn State’s College of Nursing, we educate students to serve all members of our society, and we are committed to creating an academic community that reflects that same diversity. To maintain a vibrant student body, we must ensure a Penn State degree remains accessible to ambitious scholars from every walk of life. Endowed and annually funded scholarships are essential tools to provide meaningful support to our students. Needs-based scholarships play a major role in ensuring that every deserving student has a chance to realize their dream of earning a Penn State Nursing degree.  Merit-based scholarships and fellowships enable the brightest undergraduate and graduate students to achieve their fullest academic potential.

Faculty Impacting the World

With a diverse array of research, education, and outreach programs, the Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing faculty are developing solutions to improve human health and the quality of life across the life spectrum.  Endowed chairs and professorships help the Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing to attract and retain top talent by providing a critical funding stream that supports a faculty member’s research and teaching endeavors by providing funds for tools and equipment, stipends for graduate students, and opportunities for professional development.

Research funds help to launch seed projects that eventually qualify for federal and foundation research funds.  Programs like the Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, the Sexual Assault Forensics Experts Training Center (Safe-T Center) and the Program for Person Centered Living Systems of Care are impacting the way people are diagnosed, treated, and supported to their highest level of health and well-being.

Engaged Co-Curricular Program Support

Extraordinary students choose the Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing not only for the world-class curriculum that Penn State offers, but also for experiences that allow them to grow as individuals and as future leaders. From study abroad programs to lab experiences with faculty researchers and technology challenges to attending state and national nursing and research conferences, our students are engaging in unique, life-changing opportunities outside the classroom that will define their future success. Through the Greater Penn State campaign, alumni and friends can help enrich our academic and engaged co-curricular offerings, enhance student engagement, and strengthen our presence in academic research, and in communities around the world.

Technology Enhancement

The Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing must keep pace with the changing technology demands of simulation and distance learning to stay relevant and to keep our high standards. Updating, expanding, and equipping our programs with the latest educational tools and technologies ensures that our classrooms match our premier program.


Nese College of Nursing named a National League for Nursing Center of Excellence