The Office of Development recently hosted a celebration to mark the completion of a $2.5 million pledge to the Leon and Jeanette Travis Scholarship Endowment for Nursing. Since 2004, the Foundation has donated $3,550,000 to the fund, which has provided scholarships for 177 nursing students to date including traditional students and many second-degree accelerated students.
Pictured above are Jeanette Travis Foundation trustees Richard Warren and Tom Baker who were in attendance for the event along with two Travis Scholarship recipients, Christy Chicas and Hannah Abbunag, who spoke at the event.
Chicas graduates in December and will begin her career in the Adult Oncology Nurse Residency Program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center with plans to one day purse a Master’s in Nursing “so that I can provide a higher level of care to my patients and become a nurse educator,” she said. “My passion for nursing has grown since I have been at Belmont University, and I know this would not be the case without the professors here who have taught me by sharing their experiences as well as prayed for and encouraged me when they saw potential in me that I could not see myself… Yet, pursuing my Bachelor of Nursing would not be possible without your help, and I am extremely humbled by your support. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve people through this career.”