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SVC Receives Gift to Support Nursing Scholarships

Nicholas Donofrio Speaking at CommencementSouthern Vermont College (SVC) has announced the receipt of a generous gift of $100,000 from award-winning former IBM executive Nicholas M. Donofrio to support scholarships for new nursing students entering the BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) program. The scholarship also applies to transfer students entering the BSN program.

Distribution of The Nicholas Donofrio Distinguished Nursing Scholarship funds will begin in the Fall 2018 semester. The deadline to apply for the scholarship will be April 13, 2018, with decisions and notifications shortly thereafter to applicants. In addition to meeting scholarship requirements, students applying for the BSN program must first meet admission requirements.

“We are grateful for the opportunity this scholarship provides for students who otherwise might not have been able to attend a BSN program to achieve their academic and career goals,” said Chair of the Division of Nursing and Health Services Mary Botter, PhD, RN. “With a shortage of BSN prepared RNs in the region and nation, this scholarship also serves to strengthen healthcare in our communities.”

SVC’s BSN program prepares individuals for professional careers. The academic requirements are rigorous and require motivation and dedication well beyond the classroom and clinical laboratory assignments and expectations. The BSN program includes active learning, exploration, empowerment, citizenship, personalized learning as a process which fosters responsibility, accountability, self-knowledge, and critical thinking in a caring environment. The College’s top-notch BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Graduates of the BSN program are eligible to apply for licensure by examination through any State Board of Nursing. Successful completion of the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX-RN) and compliance with all requirements for licensure as established by the State Board of Nursing are required for licensure as a Registered Nurse. The College’s 2017 pre-licensure BSN graduates had a 100% first-time pass rate on the NCLEX. SVC’s cumulative first-time pass rate for the 2016 and 2017 pre-licensure BSN classes is 94.4 percent, surpassing the 2016 national average of 84.5 percent and the 2015 Vermont average of 84 percent.

Donofrio is a 44-year IBM veteran who, as Executive Vice President of Innovation and Technology, helped steward the company through tremendous periods of change and growth. In 2008, he became an IBM fellow, the company’s highest technical honor. Throughout his career, Donofrio worked to advance education, employment, and career opportunities for underrepresented minorities and women. Since his retirement, this is a cause that continues to occupy a great deal of his focus and attention. In May 2017, Donofrio was awarded the Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters at SVC’s commencement ceremony.

Additional information on SVC’s Nursing program is available by contacting the Office of Admissions at 802-447-6300 or

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