Corning Incorporated Foundation Gifts to Support Scholarships and Health Sciences Center Construction

August 21 2014
Category: Academics

Corning Incorporated Foundation Gifts

From left to right:

Ms. Karen Martin, President, Corning Incorporated Foundation, Dr. Stephen F. Coleman, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, Dr. Kathleen Lucke, Dean of Health Sciences and Professor of Nurse Education, Dr. Katherine Douglas, President, Corning Community College

On Tuesday, August 19, a ceremony was held in Cowles Hall to recognize grants from Corning Incorporated Foundation that will provide scholarship opportunities for graduates of Corning Community College’s Health and Nursing program and support construction on the Elmira College Health Sciences Center.

The Elmira College – Corning Incorporated Foundation Nursing Scholarship provides students who hold an Associate’s in Applied Science degree (A.A.S.) from Corning Community College with scholarship funding to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) from Elmira College. The Scholarship is made possible by a generous gift of up to $250,000 over five years from Corning Incorporated Foundation.

Corning Incorporated Foundation also approved an additional grant of $250,000 to support construction of the Elmira College Health Sciences Center located in historic Cowles Hall. The state-of-the-art Health Sciences Center, with its innovative educational programs, positions the College as a transformation leader in the delivery of health sciences education in this region and beyond. The College expects construction on the Health Sciences Center to be completed in the fall of 2015.

“The College is enormously grateful to the Corning Incorporated Foundation for establishing this scholarship and for supporting the Elmira College Health Sciences Center. There is a tremendous demand for health care professionals in this region, particularly nurses with Bachelor’s degrees,” said President Ronald Champagne.

“That need is going to grow quickly. The Elmira College – Corning Incorporated Foundation Nursing Scholarship will provide immediate funding for graduates of Corning Community College’s Health and Nursing program. The College recognizes and deeply appreciates Corning Incorporated Foundation’s generosity and commitment to health sciences education and for improving the quality of life for residents in this community and beyond. It is also an honor to collaborate with Corning Community College on this endeavor.”

From Karen C. Martin, President
Corning Incorporated Foundation

“It is a pleasure to participate in this important initiative by Elmira College. We anticipate that the impact of The Elmira College-Corning Incorporated Foundation Nursing Scholarship will be positive for students and employers in the region and, by extension, individuals and families in need of high-quality health care. Health sciences education always has been a key factor in creating healthy communities across the country. The fact that we have two local institutions of higher education that understand the need, and that have the capacity and collective will to meet it, speaks so well for our region. We are confident that Foundation funding will help strengthen the pipeline of health sciences professionals entering the workforce.”

From Dr. Katherine P. Douglas, President
Corning Community College

“Corning Community College nursing graduates are recognized by area employers as talented and reliable professionals,” said Dr. Katherine P. Douglas. “Their CCC degree is a solid investment in their future and provides entry into this high demand field. As professional standards and educational requirements continue to evolve, CCC’s nursing graduates must look for innovative opportunities to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing. This partnership between Corning Community College and Elmira College, made possible with the very generous support from the Corning Incorporated Foundation, is cause for great celebration as it creates an opportunity for these skilled care-givers to leverage the power of education to secure a rewarding career for the length of their professional lives.”