The Mary Porcari Brady Nursing Student Support Fund has started a grant at Finger Lakes Community College to help nursing students who may face unexpected costs outside of the classroom.
An initial grant of $20,000 is now available to assist FLCC nursing students with expenses such as car repairs, utility bills, a change in living arrangements or other situations that could impact their education.
“We are excited and grateful for the support of, and partnership with, the Porcari family and the MPB Fund,” said Louis Noce, director of the FLCC Foundation. “Our nursing students will enter the workforce as professional healthcare providers in an era when their skills are never more in demand. Contributions like this assure they get there on time.”
Created in 2006 at Monroe Community College and expanded to Onondaga Community College in Syracuse in 2010, the Mary Porcari Brady Nursing Student Support Fund has to date disbursed over $640,000 to help hundreds of upstate New York nursing students continue their studies and ultimately enter the workforce.
“Growing up we saw how our late Mom and many of her fellow students balanced work, school and home on a string,” said Jinny Porcari Keough, co-founder of the MPB Fund. “We know unexpected bills and other expenses can derail community college students for both short and long periods of time. The MPB Fund was created with those individuals in mind.”
Students can apply for funds through a process administered by the FLCC Nursing Program and the FLCC Foundation.
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