John S. Dunn Foundation brings $25,000 in scholarships for nursing students

07.14.2015 | By Jeannie Peng-Armao

Foundation has given $110,000 for San Jacinto College nursing scholarships since 1997

PASADENA, Texas – Just as San Jacinto College nursing students have made their decision to care for others, so has the John S. Dunn Foundation in caring for the program that trains them.

The board members and officers of the Dunn Foundation recently visited the College's nursing program to meet faculty members, tour the health sciences facility, and meet with two nursing students who each received $1,000 scholarships from the Dunn Foundation's June 2014 grant of $25,000. 

"There are so many worthy causes which make our selection for grants very difficult," said Dagmar Dunn Pickens Gipe, vice president of the John S. Dunn Foundation and daughter of the late John S. Dunn. "We have loved everything we've seen here at the San Jacinto College nursing program. The students are very impressive, and it was wonderful to hear their stories and let us know about their experiences."

The Dunn Foundation has given a total of $110,000 in grants since 1997 to San Jacinto College for nursing scholarships. Scholarship recipient, Gilbert Austin, considers his scholarship as a sign to persevere in his studies toward becoming a nurse.

"This is God's way of whispering in my ear to keep going," said Austin. "When I learned that I received this scholarship, I immediately wanted to know more about Mr. Dunn and to thank the Dunn Foundation for this gift."

John S. Dunn formed the John S. Dunn Foundation in 1977. The foundation's current focus is to support nursing programs, health care clinics for the underserved, mental health programs, and medical research and education within the greater Houston area. 

To be eligible for a John S. Dunn Foundation Nursing Scholarship, a student must be admitted to the San Jacinto College associate degree nursing program, have a minimum GPA of 2.5, and be enrolled in a minimum of eight credit hours. To learn more, visit the San Jacinto College Foundation Web page. 

About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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