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Dean's Message

For 75 years, the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing has attracted and retained the best and brightest students from around the world.  In fact, more than 77% of our Fall 2014 freshman class ranked in the top 10% of their high school graduating class.  We are proud of our more than 13,000 alumni who have been integral to delivering quality health care and shaping nursing’s future as educators and researchers. 


Many of our graduates who received scholarships as students are now giving back through donations to scholarship funds. These alumni are shining examples for our current students and demonstrate a commitment to the profession. These deserving students often remark that, without scholarship support, they would not have achieved their academic goals.  Scholarship support not only assists them financially but is also a vote of confidence as they move along their educational journeys.

In the spring and summer of 2014, 290 students graduated from one of our three nursing programs.  Many of these students wouldn’t have had the opportunity to earn a nursing degree without the scholarship support provided by School of Nursing donors.  For the 2017- 18 academic year, over 250 undergraduate and graduate students received scholarship assistance from School of Nursing donor-funded scholarships.  More than three quarters of a million dollars was awarded to students. Thanks to our generous donors and friends of the School of Nursing.  Our scholars hailed from 13 states and internationally with 60% being from Pennsylvania.  


This essential type of giving is vital to the School of Nursing's achieving its mission. It facilitates the advancement of the science and practice of nursing through the education and preparation of top-notch nursing professionals. It has also helped build our prestigious reputation and positively impacted the lives of our students. 

Jacqueline Dunbar-Jacob, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean and Distinguished Professor of Nursing

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