Two important initiatives born from the same desire of BWH nurses to give back and support one another have been combined to help make the goal of academic advancement possible. The Mary Lou Moore Fund was established by her family to honor the memory of Mary Lou Moore, MSN, RN, and the importance she placed on developing and growing as a nurse and caregiver.
The Nursing Scholarship Fund arose from a clinical nurses’ focus group and their discussion about the financial challenges of higher education. Founded with a generous lead gift from Ellen Downing, BSN, RN, and a matching gift from the office of the chief nursing officer, this fund was created to encourage BWH nurses to support each other’s educational goals.
The combined strength of these two separate funds is reflected in the new Mary Lou Moore Scholarship in Nursing for Academic Advancement, which provides BWH nurses with a valuable resource that can help ease the financial burden of pursuing advanced nursing degrees.