Cumberland University


CU Receives $70,000 Grant from the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation


The Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions has received a $70,000 grant from the Atlanta based Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation. It is the latest gift from a foundation that has a long history of giving to the University.


The grant will be used to fund scholarships for 35 deserving female nursing students, greatly reducing or eliminating the out of pocket expenses of students and their families. Since 1998, the foundation has assisted 193 nursing students at Cumberland.


Cumberland is responding to the changing needs of healthcare and the need to increase the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree from 50 to 80 percent by 2020 as recommended by the 2010 Institute of Medicine, The Future of Nursing report.


“The generosity of the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation directly benefits our female nursing students and their pursuit of a degree at Cumberland,” said Dr. Carole Ann Bach, Dean of the Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions. “Without it many students simply would not be able to pursue their passion for nursing - so this fund is extremely important to Cumberland’s efforts of ensuring that quality nurses enter the field and meet the healthcare demands of our country.”


The need for quality health care continues to grow annually. The U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics estimates that new nursing jobs will be available in the U.S. for the foreseeable future, and the amount of nurses around the country is expected to fall far short of the demand.


Chartered in 1946, the Foundation places special emphasis on women studying in the fields of nursing and healthcare. The foundation’s mission is to benefit the education of Christian women in financial need in nine southeastern states. Since its inception the Foundation has awarded more than $496 million in grants to poor and deserving nursing students in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.


Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans was a generous philanthropist and accomplished businesswoman She was the wife of Joseph B. Whitehead, one of the original bottlers of Coca-Cola. At his death, she assumed management of his business affairs, establishing the Whitehead Holding Company and the Whitehead Realty Company and leading the Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Atlanta.


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