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Foundation: Collective generosity changing lives at ULM

Published Feb. 20, 2020

Valued benefactors have generously invested in the University of Louisiana Monroe College of Health Sciences and College of Pharmacy by establishing newly endowed faculty positions and endowed scholarships. 

Kitty DeGree School of Nursing

“The ULM Foundation greatly appreciates these esteemed donors and their desire to positively impact higher education at ULM,” said Susan Chappell, executive director of ULM Advancement, Foundation and Alumni Relations.


Michael Woods, former chair of the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors, established two First Generation Endowed Scholarships of $100,000 each to provide financial support to students who are the first in their family to earn a college degree. 


Harold Turner (’71 BBA) established ULM’s first $100,000 Superior Graduate Endowed Scholarship after the Louisiana State Board of Regents launched this sponsored program. Turner designated the scholarship in biology for students pursuing a Master Degree in Biomedical Sciences (biotechnology, cell biology, molecular biology, microbiology, and physiology).

ULM College of Pharmacy

Linda Holyfield (’76 BSN) established a $100,000 Endowed Professorship in Nursing to support an exceptional nursing faculty member in the Kitty DeGree School of Nursing.

Willis-Knighton Health System established five $100,000 endowed professorships: 1) Gaye Eason Dean Professorship in Nursing; 2) Tessa Albritton Professorship in Pharmacy; 3) Willis-Knighton Health System Professorship in Pharmacy; 4) Helen Mena Professorship in Nursing; and 5) Willis-Knighton Professorship for Nursing – to recruit and retain exceptionally qualified faculty in these disciplines.

All of these endowments include matching funds from the Board of Regents Sponsored Programs Fund.  Donors recognize the impact their investments in the colleges of Health Sciences and Pharmacy makes as exemplified by the 100 percent passage rate of students in the Dental Hygiene, Medical Laboratory Sciences and Nursing programs. Additionally, ULM has the only state-funded pharmacy program in Louisiana which also encourages their active support.

ULM Health Science programs and contributions to the community

There are 10 professional health sciences programs offered in the College of Health Sciences. Each has a proven and sustained track record of service to Monroe and the surrounding areas. 

Four of the 10 professional programs have clinics that provide assessment and intervention to community members.

Table 1 (below) lists the clinics, number of community members served, and the estimated market value for 2018-19. The total number of individuals served by these four clinics was 7,504 for a market value of $1,819,715. The five year projection for community members served is 37,520 and market value is $9,098,575.

Table 2 (below) lists the other six programs, the number of community service hours, and the estimated market value for 2018-2019. The total number of service hours provided by faculty and students from six departments was 46,908 hours for a market value of $1,637,416. The five year projections are 234,540 hours of service with a market value of $8,187,080.

Table 1. Clinics, Number of Individuals Served, Annual Market Value, and Five Year Projections


Individuals Served

Market Value

Dental Hygiene



Occupational Therapy



Marriage and Family Therapy



Speech Language Pathology




Total: 7,504

Five year projection: 37,520

Total: $1,819,715

Five year projection: $9,098,575


Table 2. Program, Service Hours, Annual Market Value, and Five Year Projections


Service Hours

Market Value







Health Studies



Radiologic Technology



Medical Laboratory Sciences







Total: 46,908

Five year projection: 234,540

Total: $1,637,416

Five year projection: $8,187,080