GPC Awarded $80,000 Grant from Kaiser Permanente

10/23/2012
Contact: Beverly James
Phone: 678-891-2686
Fax: 678-891-2966
Author: Beverly James

For Immediate Release

Georgia Perimeter College has been awarded an $80,000 grant from the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Georgia, Inc. The grant will support nursing students, and faculty recruitment and retention.

“Our mission at Kaiser Permanente is to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve,” said Madelyn Adams, director of Community Benefit for Kaiser. “As a nonprofit health plan, we strive to make a difference in the community and make them better places to live, work and thrive.”

Kaiser has been a donor to the college since 2002. The Kaiser Endowed Nursing Scholarship has existed since 2005.

“Kaiser has been a valued partner for over five years with the department of nursing. The financial support of Kaiser has had a direct impact on faculty recruitment and retention, along with student retention and success,” said Diane White, GPC dean of allied health sciences. “We are fortunate to have such a strong community partner that aligns itself with organizations such as ours that prepare nurses for the 21st century and seek to promote health for all citizens.”

Lillian Morara, a second-year nursing student at GPC, said the Kaiser scholarship changed her life. “The scholarship helped reduce the amount of fees that I had to pay to stay in school,” Morara said. “I have a family to support and I have not been able to work while in the nursing program. So, the funds helped me stay in school. I really appreciate what Kaiser did for me.”

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Georgia Perimeter College, the third largest institution of the University System of Georgia, serves approximately 24,000 students through four campuses and several sites in metro Atlanta. For additional information, visit www.gpc.edu.