SONHS Receives $1.7 Million Helene Fuld Health Trust Grant


SONHS Receives $1.7 Million 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 of 2015, the school broke ground on the 5-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 5th floor of the hospital and provide a setting for students to master such fundamental techniques and procedures.

The award will also 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.

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Established in 1948 as South Florida’s first collegiate nursing program, the School of Nursing and Health Studies at the University of Miami has a distinguished tradition of preparing nurses to provide compassionate quality care to local, national and international communities. Nursing students at the undergraduate and graduate levels are educated by renowned scholars, and exposed to a broad range of clinical experiences and cutting-edge research. Since its inception, the program has provided diverse educational opportunities for over 6,000 nursing professionals at the undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels. The curriculum includes degree programs leading to the BSN, the MSN, the Ph.D. and DNP degrees, as well as the BSHS (Bachelor of Science in Health Science) and BSPH (Bachelor of Science in Public Health). For more information, please visit the school website at


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