CUNY’s Hunter College gets $52 million to fast-track nursing program

The Hunter College School of Nursing has raised a $52 million donation — the largest in college history — at a time when an ongoing shortage of nurses has been exacerbated by the COVID pandemic.

The Manhattan college will use the generous windfall — from billionaire Estée Lauder heir Leonard A. Lauder — to enhance its graduate program for nurse practitioners.

And the gift couldn’t have come at a more perfect time, according to Hunter president Jennifer Raab.

“We all know there aren’t enough doctors and the care they provide is supplemented by nurse practitioners,” Raab told the Post.

“So training more nurse practitioners and working with [NYC] Health + Hospitals is truly a gift not only to Hunter, but to the health of our great city,” she said.

Through a “natural partnership,” according to Raab, more CUNY nurses are employed by NYC Health + Hospitals than any other health system in the Big Apple.

The Hunter College School of Nursing has raised a $52 million donation amid a national nursing shortage.
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The historic donation comes from Lauder, Chairman Emeritus of the Estée Lauder Societies, in honor of his late wife Evelyn Lauder.

As an alumnus of Hunter College High School and Hunter College, Evelyn lived by the college motto “mihi cura futuri” – the care of the future is mine, Raab said.

“She always wanted to think about how to help people. And this gift not only helps nursing school nursing students, it empowers them to do more for more New Yorkers,” Raab said. “So it’s really the gift that keeps on giving.”

Lauder's donation will help pay for a new community care nurse practitioner program, named after Evelyn Lauder.
Hunter will use the funds to enhance its graduate program for nurse practitioners.
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The donation is not only the largest Hunter has ever received, but the largest philanthropic gift given to a single CUNY school.

Lauder’s donation will help pay for a new community care nurse practitioner program, named after Evelyn Lauder.

This program will provide stipends of $30,000 to 25 students each year, which do not have to be earmarked for tuition, but could be used as a way for students to complete their education earlier if they work on time. full and go to school.

The donation will also enable the creation of new state-of-the-art simulation labs, expand the curriculum, and allow Hunter to hire additional faculty.

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