"Creating a scholarship—a permanent tribute to the School of Nursing Class of 1961—is a way for us to ensure that current students receive the same opportunities we did at Adelphi.”
The Class of 1961 School of Nursing Scholarship“To commemorate the 50th anniversary of our graduation, we knew we wanted to find a meaningful way to honor our class and especially the five classmates who are no longer with us. Creating a scholarship—a permanent tribute to the School of Nursing Class of 1961—is a way for us to ensure that current students receive the same opportunities we did at Adelphi.”—Ronnie Leibowitz ’61
In 1961, twenty-three women graduated from the Adelphi School of Nursing. At the time these alumni started, Adelphi was a small liberal arts college, not a university, and the tuition was $700 a year. Many members of the Class of 1961 would not have been able to attend Adelphi had they not received financial aid from Adelphi and other sources.
To this day, these nursing alumni still remember the pride they felt putting on their (bright yellow) student uniforms for the very first time, living in the nurses’ residence at Meadowbrook Hospital (Nassau County Medical Center), playing bridge into the night or finding other things to do when they should have been studying, driving to Nathan’s in Coney Island for hot dogs just because they felt like it, completing assignments given by instructors, and forming strong bonds of friendship during their four years at Adelphi that continue on today.
As the class’ 50th anniversary approached, these alumnae started to think of ways to commemorate this milestone, for they felt it was thanks to Adelphi that they were able to achieve all that they have throughout their lives and professional careers.
In 2009, the Class of 1961 began their fundraising effort for The Class of 1961 School of Nursing Scholarship as a way to ensure current students receive the same opportunities they did at Adelphi. The first scholarship was awarded in 2011, the year they celebrated their 50th anniversary.
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