Support the Annual Fund

Giving Back for a New Generation of Nurses

Marilyn Henry        

Marilyn Henry, MSN 1982, is retired from a 40-year career in health care — a career she credits to her nursing background, but never thought would be possible when she began nursing school. 

“I held every position in my career because I was a nurse,” said Henry. “When I started out I had no idea so many doors would be open to me because of my nursing background.”  

Henry had a long and distinguished career. Following a few years at the bedside, she worked at Baptist Princeton for 15 years where she held positions in Inservice Education and Nursing Administration. She then joined the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), where she spent 25 years in a variety of roles, including Special Projects for Hospital Administration, Administrative Director of Cardiology, Associate Executive Director in Hospital Administration, and Service Line Director for Cardiology and Pulmonary. 

“During that time, most individuals in hospital administration had master’s degrees in Health Administration. However, when I was hired as an Associate Executive Director it was based on my nursing background and management experience,” she said.

“Looking back, I also realize that my consistent willingness to say ‘yes’ to new opportunities also was key to the various opportunities I was offered.” 

Henry enjoys giving back to the UAB School of Nursing, where she earned her master’s degree, by supporting the Annual Fund. “My education had such a positive impact on my career and life,” she said. “It is important for me to support the future generation of nurses. They are unlimited in what they can accomplish through practice, research and service.” 

The Annual Fund provides critical financial support to ensure that UAB School of Nursing students receive the best education possible. It is funded by alumni like Henry—who, collectively, provide scholarships, opportunities, and experiences that would otherwise be unavailable to today’s students. 

“It is great to see so many nurses giving back to our own community and also communities throughout the world,” said Henry. “Together, we are making an impact on health by investing in the future of nursing.” 

Besides supporting the Annual Fund, Henry also encourages young nurses by counseling them on their career goals. “I always encourage nurses to be open to all opportunities that might come their way, and to be willing to say ‘yes’ to opportunities they may not have thought about,” she said. “I feel so blessed to have been able to take advantage of the wonderful opportunities afforded to me because I was a nurse.”

Are you ready to participate in giving to the UAB School of Nursing Annual Fund? Visit UAB Online Giving or contact the UAB School of Nursing Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 205-975-8936 or to make a gift today!
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The UAB School of Nursing is ranked among the top five percent of nursing schools in the country.  We lead the state in discovery and application of knowledge in nursing education and health care delivery to overcome the most challenging health issues facing Alabama today.  Our educators, clinical nurses and scientists determine the best ways to prepare nurse leaders; provide care and support to patients and their families; and maintain health and quality of life.  These evidence-based breakthroughs become the standard of care that other nursing schools and health care systems across the globe adopt and follow.  Discoveries made at the UAB School of Nursing shape and mold the health of our city, state, country and world.


Gifts help the School of Nursing accomplish a level of excellence that is not possible with state and research funding alone. Partners in that effort include the School of Nursing Board of Visitors and Junior Board of Visitors and the School of Nursing Alumni Chapter of the UAB National Alumni Society, as well as numerous friends of the School. There are quite a variety ways to give a gift that will help shape the School’s future.

Methods of Giving

Annual Gifts
Annual giving provides UAB School of Nursing a strong foundation and vital operating funds for priority initiatives while generating much-needed assistance to improve and enhance academic programs, research, technology and other important campaigns as determined by the Dean.

Class Gifts
Nursing Alumni celebrating class reunions may support the UAB School of Nursing’s programs, projects, or scholarships. This can be done in honor of their class, a beloved faculty member or class member.

Endowed Gifts
Endowed gifts are intended to permanently support students, faculty, and/or programs as designated by the donor. Endowment funds are invested and managed by the University of Alabama, and the income from the gifts is directed toward a purpose selected by the donor. Learn more about How an Endowment Gift Works and Minimum Endowment Levels.

Gifts-in-Kind are donated equipment or supplies that the School can use in its teaching programs. Tax benefits may be available.

Major Gifts
We appreciate the support of all of our generous donors. Donors who support the UAB School of Nursing through major gifts can designate their support toward a specific purpose or program that matches their personal interests within the University’s priorities.

Memorial Gifts/Tribute Gifts
Gifts to the UAB School of Nursing can be given in honor or in memory of a loved one, colleague or friend. This gift will be acknowledged to the person of your choice.

Matching Gifts
The UAB School of Nursing participates in a matching gift program to increase your gift’s impact. If your company matches the gifts of its employees, your gift may be made significantly higher, based upon your employer’s contribution. Contact your company’s human resources department to find out if they will match your gift.

Planned Gifts
A planned gift can benefit the UAB School of Nursing now and in the future. Planned gifts also have unique tax benefits for the donor offering the maximum personal benefits for charitable giving. The Office of Planned Giving would be happy to discuss giving options with you or your legal or tax advisor. Visit the Planned Giving website for more information.

For more information on ways to give, please click here.

Please consult your tax and/or estate planning professional to determine which gift methods are best for you. UAB is a non-profit organization under IRS tax code 501(c)(3).

Payment Instructions

Check or Money Order

Send a check or money order made payable to the UAB School of Nursing. In the memo line specify the purpose of the payment.

Send your payment to:

UAB School of Nursing
Nurse Anesthesia Program
Attn: Stacey Lockard
NB 510
1720 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama 35294-1210

Clinical Coordinator for the UAB Nurse Anesthesia Track/Pathway

If you are a clinical coordinator for the UAB Nurse Anesthesia Track/Pathway, your registration for the event is complimentary and your registration process is complete.

UAB School of Nursing Top Five Philanthropic Priorities

You can join the effort to transform the health of our state, country and world by making a charitable gift or multi-year pledge to the UAB School of Nursing.  What do you want to change today?
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Expand the School of Nursing Building: $17 million
  • Build expansion and reconfigured existing SON building to create newbuildingforweb state-of-the-art space for effective and flexible learning, work, and research spaces.
  • Provide needed space for faculty and student growth, both of which are projected to increase by at least 25 percent over the next five years.
  • Create The Leadership Institute for undergraduate and graduate nursing education and executive/ professional learning; The Nursing Competencies Lab complete with state-of-the-art technologies and simulation rooms; and interactive, hi-tech teaching space.
  • Build interactive collaborating space for research to attract teams of the most promising nursing research faculty, and to attract highly talented, diverse doctoral and post-doctoral research fellows to UAB.

Establish Two Endowed Professorships: $1 million
  • Increase endowment funding to competitively recruit two additional faculty scholars (i.e., mid-career and junior-level investigators) with research that will build on the work and scholarship of existing funded faculty and strategically aligns with the university.
  • Build extramural funding capacity across the three-tiered missions of the School of Nursing; teaching, clinical, and research.
  • Target areas that align with AMC 21 in chronic conditions: oncology, palliative care, aging, cardiovascular, neurological, HIV/AIDS, pediatrics/neonatal, and health disparities.

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  • Competitively attract diverse, high quality graduate nursing students(especially doctoral).
  • Support five full-time PhD students each year.
  • Increase merit and need-based graduate scholarships for Peace Corps Fellows, Accelerated Master’s students and doctoral students.

Research & education program support: $7 million
  • Enhance graduate and undergraduate nursing programs at UAB to overcome the projected faculty and primary care shortage in Alabama and the Southern Region.Students April2015 280
  • Create a Telehealth program (integrated across the three missions) with advanced technologies and ample resources to meet the needs of providers across Alabama, especially in rural areas.
  • Provide needed technologies, equipment, computerized mannequins and supplies for nursing skills simulations, education and research activities.
  • Direct endowed and outright funding toward program support funds, research awards, and doctoral stipends; attract diverse, high quality graduate nursing students (especially doctoral); Support five full-time PhD students each year.

The Florence Nightingale Letters Project: $500,000
  • To build programming that reinforces the fundamental health principles that Florence Nightingale pioneered and demonstrate how those principles can be used to address the most critical health issues facing our Students April2015 107communities today.
  • Implement community-based research and scholarly activity that inspires and motivates current nursing students and faculty to solve health-related issues facing Alabama’s most vulnerable population groups.
  • Increase public and family awareness of preventive measures to improve the health and well-being of our city and state’s most underserved areas and communities.