UM School of Nursing gets $1.7M Helene Fuld Health Trust Grant

One of the nation’s largest private funders, devoted exclusively to nursing students and nursing education, has awarded $1.7 million to the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies (SONHS).

The Helene Fuld Health Trust will provide funding to build a cutting-edge skills resource center within the school’s new Simulation Hospital, currently under construction, and also to educate second-career nursing students.

In November 2015, the school broke ground on the five-story, 41,000-square-foot Simulation Hospital. This transformative facility is expected to provide an enhanced education center for students by replicating the true activity of a clinical practice and hospital.

The Helene Fuld Skills Resource Center, supported by the Helene Fuld Health Trust grant will occupy the entire fifth floor of the hospital and provide a setting for students to master such fundamental techniques and procedures.

The award also will fund three years of scholarships for eight full-time students per year enrolled in the school’s accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) degree program. The ABSN is a rigorous, fast-track, second degree program which gives individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing to complete the BSN. The financial aid to these students is critical, because most of the students in this program have exhausted other scholarship support while earning their first non-nursing degrees.

“We are excited that a national leader of the caliber of the Helene Fuld Health Trust is joining us in our mission to deliver innovative, state-of-the-art education to our nation’s future nursing professionals,” said Nilda Peragallo Montano, dean of the School of Nursing and Health Studies.

The primary mission of the Helene Fuld Health Trust is to support and promote the health, welfare, and education of nursing students. For more information, visit the school website at

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