An anonymous donor, impressed by excellent care provided by nurses during several hospital stays, has established a $50,000 nursing scholarship fund at Utah Valley Community College.

According to information provided by the college, the donor established the fund to assist students pursuing nursing degrees in hopes of lessening the nursing shortage in Utah County. The college will match the donor's contribution."We greatly appreciate the donor's willingness to contribute time and money to help us further our primary goal of attaining educational excellence," said Kerry Romesburg, UVCC president.

The college awards both registered nurse and licensed practical nurse degrees. Approximately 120 LPNs and 40 RNs graduated from UVCC each year.

"The financial assistance this scholarship provides is especially important to students who are single parents or those that must work as well as attend school," said Karin Swendsen, nursing program director. "This scholarship provides an incentive for local residents to enter and complete nursing programs, which is an important benefit to the nursing community."