It’s been such an amazing and special year for the Mount Carmel College of Nursing (MCCN). Celebrations of its 120th anniversary have been woven into activities and events throughout the year, including the Annual Scholarship and Donor Recognition Dinner and the installation and blessing of a new college president, Dr. Todd Ambrosia.

As one of our beloved alumni leaders and Foundation donors, Phylis Crook, said, “The world needs more Mount Carmel nurses.” Helping meet that need is a top priority for the Foundation, one that donors generously and consistently support. Ninety percent of MCCN students receive financial assistance to pursue their nursing education. This year, 225 scholarships were awarded, totaling $542,737, with $483,737 coming directly through the Mount Carmel Foundation.

Dr. Todd Ambrosia, who joined the College as its president last May, brings a renewed sense of optimism and excitement for the future. His tenure was blessed at a special mass, held at the College just prior to the Scholarship Dinner, and attended by members of all constituencies and supports of the College and of Mount Carmel. Thanks to a generous donor, Dr. Ambrosia, now has a President’s Excellence Fund, which gives him resources to address emerging opportunities to innovate and enhance nursing education at MCCN.

In last year’s annual report, we highlighted the success of the Our Legacy of Learning campaign, which raised more than $3 million to support three primary areas: scholarships, faculty innovation and the student emergency fund. The pandemic presented tough challenges for the College and its students. While that important campaign – conducted during the worst of the COVID days - has concluded, the gifts made to support it will continue to deliver benefits for years to come.