Ensuring Quality Nursing Education
Hill Crest Foundation Establishes New Scholarship in School of Nursing
Hill Crest Foundation board member Bill Eddleman (left) and Hill Crest Foundation
The Hill Crest Foundation is continuing its longstanding support of the UAB School of Nursing by generously pledging $200,000 to establish the Hill Crest Foundation Endowed Nursing Scholarship. This generous gift, and the additional support that will come from this perpetual endowment, is a testament to the foundation’s steadfast commitment to the school’s work to ensure the provision of a qualified nursing workforce for the state of Alabama and the advancement of professional nursing.
“I’m extremely grateful to the Hill Crest Foundation for their years of dedication and support,” says Doreen Harper, Ph.D., dean of the School of Nursing. “They are true partners with us in creating exceptional nurse leaders for our state, region, and world. This scholarship is very meaningful to the talented students enrolled in the School of Nursing’s Accelerated Masters in Nursing Pathway—a program for students who have college degrees in fields other than nursing and are now pursuing a master’s degree in nursing.”
The Hill Crest Foundation was founded in Birmingham in 1967. The foundation has been a faithful and generous supporter of UAB for nearly three decades, giving and committing funds of nearly $3.5 million to various initiatives and programs that have benefited countless lives.
Hill Crest Foundation’s contributions to UAB include substantial gifts to help equip the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute, to complete the Hugh Kaul Human Genetics Building, for laboratory space in the Civitan International Research Center, and most recently for construction of the women’s perioperative services (post-anesthesia recovery) area in the UAB Women & Infants Center in memory of longtime foundation board member Price Hightower.
Likewise, the foundation has been one of the School of Nursing’s most ardent and benevolent supporters, giving funds to advance the school’s teaching and research efforts—including a gift to support the establishment of the Marie O’Koren Endowed Chair in Nursing.
Harper adds, “The resolution marking the establishment of this endowment is displayed at the school with great pride. The Hill Crest Foundation is a part of our school and always in our hearts.”