Once a Nurse, Always a Giver

An anonymous donor created the Granmaz Dream Scholarship

Helping others comes naturally to most nurses, and often, that can be seen in other aspects of a nurse’s life as well. That’s certainly true of a donor to Penn State Behrend who has established a scholarship to benefit Behrend nursing students.

After she and her husband had raised their four children, our donor, who wants to remain anonymous, became a registered nurse through the Saint Vincent School of Nursing in Erie. She said she has always valued her own education and recognizes the importance of nursing students getting a solid education in the field.

“Penn State Behrend has the best reputation for nursing education in the tri-state region,” she said. “I wanted to help young people pay for that outstanding education and make a difference in the lives of others. In helping students become nurses, my hope is that they will pay it forward helping others in turn. That will make it a win-win for me.”

A grandmother of 10, she created a fund she named Granmaz Dream Scholarship for Nursing to help reduce the financial burden on high-achieving students pursuing their degrees in nursing at Behrend.

“Our donor is keenly aware of the important role that nurses play in the recovery of their patients,” said Kevin Moore, director of Development and Alumni Relations. “She is a great example of philanthropy, asking for nothing in return for establishing the scholarship other than the promise that Penn State Behrend continue to provide the best possible nursing education to its students.”

Alumni and friends of the college wishing to provide scholarship support can contribute, in any amount, to existing funds such as Granmaz Dream Scholarship for Nursing or establish their own fund. To learn more, contact Development and Alumni Relations.