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Fayetteville State University (FSU) recently received a major donation from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. The $1 million donation to FSU’s nursing program will go toward scholarships and helping improve a shortage of qualified nurses in the state.

Blue Cross NC’s contribution to Fayetteville State University is part of the company’s decision to provide $50 million in support of community health initiatives this year. The university plans to use the money for scholarships to address access to care and nursing shortages across the state and nation.

Dr. Patrick Conway, president and CEO of Blue Cross NC, tells, “We are excited to be able to help Fayetteville State University admit and train new nurses, especially from rural North Carolina. To bring costs down and increase quality, we have to think more broadly about what it means to invest in health — this is a great example of that principle in action.”

Thanks to the generous gift from Blue Cross NC, the FSU School of Nursing will be able to expand its service offerings, update equipment, and provide scholarship support for nursing students. According to, a recent study conducted by Georgetown University found that North Carolina is projected to have the second-largest shortage of nurses in the nation with a total deficit of 12,900 nurses. With a state and national shortage of trained nurses, it is essential that nursing programs begin addressing this critical problem.

To learn more about Blue Cross NC’s $1 million donation to Fayetteville State University’s nursing program, visit here.

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