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Thank you to our donors, sponsors, corporate and foundation partners, and alumni for helping the College of Nursing reach a robust fundraising level—our second highest in six years—during our past fiscal year (July 1, 2015–June 30, 2016). With your generous support, the college will be able to continue to invest in excellent programs, recruit faculty members, support students, bolster research and respond to changing demands of the nursing industry. 

Give to the College

Now more than ever the College of Nursing needs your support!

If you haven’t contributed yet, we invite you to consider making a tax-deductible gift to support College of Nursing fundraising initiatives that ignite your passion such as nursing research, scholarly support for faculty, student fellowships or scholarships, or technology and equipment upgrades in our clinical skills labs. 

Please support the FSU College of Nursing!

Fundraising Priorities

The College of Nursing has set forth an ambitious fundraising plan for the 2017 fiscal year (July 1, 2016–June 30, 2017). With your help, we can meet our goal and raise crucial funds to support our clinical programs, students, faculty and endowed scholarships.

  1. Ph.D. Program: There is a strong imperative for the College of Nursing to achieve a seamless progression in nursing scholarly activity to meet the new and ongoing demands of nursing education. Knowledge in and contributions to nursing research are long-acknowledged hallmarks of successful academic programs. In addition, the demand for Ph.D.-prepared nurses both within academic settings and the health care system outstrips the current supply on both state and national levels. Our effort to develop a Ph.D. program closely aligns with FSU’s strategies to retain preeminent status, supports the college’s succession efforts and provides opportunities to increase research funding and productivity. The college will apply to the University for the Ph.D. in Nursing to be considered a new program. Funds are needed for start-up and recruiting costs to establish the new program.


  2. Graduate Fellowships—$250,000: Fellowships are critical in attracting the best and brightest graduate students to FSU. These awards allow talented students to complete their degrees and undertake research without the need for outside employment. The college offers two online master’s degrees: the MSN Nurse Educator and the MSN Nurse Leader. The programs prepare registered nurses to pursue successful careers in patient, staff and student education and to assume higher-level practice and leadership roles in a variety of health care settings. The college also offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice Family Nurse Practitioner Program  to prepare registered nurses for the highest level of clinical practice as a clinician, leader, educator, consultant and researcher. Private contributions are needed to fund graduate fellowships to help recruit and retain top graduate students.


  1. Named Professorships—$200,000: Professorships are the most respected and sought after positions in higher education. Funding a named professorship can help ensure that our students get the best possible education from faculty who have demonstrated excellence and are committed to remaining at the top of their field. Endowed professorships help attract and retain exceptional professors, and income from the endowment contributes to faculty compensation, scholarly research and classroom activities.


  1. Endowed Scholarship for CARE Nursing Student—$25,000: The University’s Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement (CARE) program provides preparation, orientation and academic support programming for students who are among the first in their family to attend college and may face unique challenges because of educational or economic circumstances such as experiences in foster care or homelessness. Scholarships not only reward high achievement and bring the region’s best students to FSU but also enable deserving students with financial need to develop their skills and experience careers and futures they might never have had. The college’s newly formed Advancement Council has selected to endow this scholarship for a first-generation student as their fundraising priority. As of April 2016, there were 23 pre-nursing students enrolled in the CARE program. Join us to help ensure all deserving students can achieve academic success at the College of Nursing.

 Please support the FSU College of Nursing!

Thank you for your commitment to excellence and for investing in the FSU College of Nursing. The college has recently undergone renovations, however, additional naming opportunities are still available for the spaces in the College of Nursing, including the skills labs, archive room, board room, computer lab and classrooms. Schedule a tour of the Duxbury building today to see how you can support the College of Nursing in a tangible way, or contact us to talk about leaving a legacy at your alma mater.

In Seminole Spirit,  

Colette Podgorski


Raise the Torch: The Campaign for Florida State



Florida State University has been distinguished as a preeminent university on the verge of becoming one of the nation’s premier higher education institutions. In order to reach even greater heights, Florida State has launched the most ambitious fundraising campaign in University history—Raise the Torch: The Campaign for Florida State. With a goal of $1 billion, Raise the Torch  will ignite big ideas to improve the student experience, serve as an economic engine for the state, and improve the quality of life for society as a whole. 


At the College of Nursing, funds contributed during Raise the Torch will:

  • Help us provide scholarships and academic programs that will engage and transform the next generation of students;
  • Enable us to recruit and retain world-class faculty members; and
  • Harness the energy and talent of our research faculty and programs to improve the public good.


From creating the nation’s first-of-its-kind interdisciplinary, degree-granting school of entrepreneurship to funding programs that provide deserving students the guidance and academic support needed to succeed, Florida State can only accomplish monumental achievements because of the enthusiastic and unwavering support of donors like you. You inspire creativity and generate transformational opportunities for our University community. Florida State University President John Thrasher believes we live in a world where private philanthropy is the determining factor between a good university and a truly great one, and your support continues to build Florida State’s legacy. Join us to ensure that the College of Nursing can achieve our greatest success with support from individuals like you!


To get involved and to support the FSU College of Nursing and the Raise the Torch campaign, contact:

Colette Podgorski



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