MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Hoping to make a difference in nursing students’ quality of life, West Virginia University School of Nursing alumna Patricia Chambers Anido, M.S.N., has established the Anido Family Nursing Scholarship.

A native of Charleston, Anido graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from WVU in 1976 before going on to earn her master’s degree in nursing at the University of Kansas in 1981. At Avila College in Kansas City, Mo., she taught medical surgical nursing to undergraduates while working in the medical and surgical intensive care units at Kansas City’s St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Her $50,000 scholarship gift will be split equally between a $25,000 endowment and a cash fund to provide immediate support to WVU undergraduate nursing students. Anido passionately believes that with the rising cost of college tuition, it is important to her to be able to help students right away.

“Even though we no longer live in West Virginia, my husband Vince and I love the state and still feel a very close connection to the University,” she said. “With this scholarship, we hope to make a difference in the lives of nursing students by helping to relieve some of the stress that comes with paying college tuition.”

Anido wants her scholars to graduate without the tremendous debt burden so many new nurses carry as they begin their professional careers. The first Anido Family Nursing Scholarship will be awarded for the fall and spring semesters of the 2013-14 school year, and Anido especially hopes to help first generation Hispanic students defray their educational costs.

As her husband grew up in Morgantown, the Anidos often return to West Virginia and the WVU campus from their home in California to visit family and friends. In February, the WVU School of Pharmacy, of which Vince is an alumnus, announced the creation of the Anido Family Pharmacy Scholarship.

Both gifts are part of “A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University,” the $750 million comprehensive campaign now being conducted by the WVU Foundation on behalf of the University.
For more information: Leigh Limerick, Communications Specialist, 304-293-7087
lal: 05-29-13