Funding the Future
for Nurses:

Kathleen Williams

Funding the Future for Nurses

Advanced Degrees for Nurses Lead to Improved Patient Care

As Kathleen Williams neared the end of her journey to earn a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree from Drexel University, a financial roadblock stood in her path.

She had taken the minimum course requirements for six years so she could depend on Virtua’s tuition reimbursement program for each semester’s cost. Then, in the final semester, Kathleen was required to take more credits than she had the resources to afford.

“I was maxed out on my tuition reimbursement. As with most families, this had the potential to negatively affect my family financially,” said Kathleen, a mother of three young children.

She then applied for a Nursing Scholarship, funded by gifts to Virtua Foundation, and hoped she would be a recipient. Otherwise, she would need to take out a loan or borrow money from her family – anything to ensure reaching her goal.

Just days before the tuition payment deadline, Kathleen received the scholarship.

“You have no idea how much this helped me. The timing was perfect,” she said.

Kathleen graduated in December 2013 and knows that the education and training she received greatly impacts her effectiveness as a nurse educator at Virtua, and as a role model to her children.

“My family and friends, and especially my kids see how I was able to rise above something that wasn’t the easiest thing to do, and accomplish it anyway.”

Kathleen is one of several Virtua nurses who received financial scholarships from Virtua Foundation in 2013. We proudly distributed $35,000 to help our nurses earn advanced degrees and, in 2014 will continue fundraising to support education for nurses at Virtua.


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