March 11, 2024
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Group of UWG nursing students holding the letters LPW

The Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation has been a longtime beacon of hope and support for aspiring nurses at the University of West Georgia’s Tanner Health System School of Nursing. Since 2005, their dedication has translated into nearly $2.5 million in grants, benefiting more than 950 students and shaping the future of healthcare. 

“Our commitment to nursing has grown over time because we recognize the critical role nurses play in improving health outcomes for all,” said Grants Program Administrator for Lettie Pate Whitehead, Emily Patteson. “We also know that obtaining a nursing degree changes the life trajectory for a student and her family because it offers the promise of a meaningful career and upward mobility.”

Founded in 1946 by Conkey Pate Whitehead in honor of his mother, Lettie Pate Whitehead, the foundation’s mission resonates deeply with the spirit of empowerment and upliftment of deserving women.

Someone taking a photo of three UWG nursing students holding the letters LPW

“Scholarship funding plays a critical role in helping students persist and graduate because so many face significant financial barriers in their pursuit of higher education,” explained Patteson. “Scholarship support also signifies to students that someone thought they were worthy of investment, and it gives them the confidence to persevere.”

The foundation’s commitment to nursing education extends beyond financial support. Representatives Carrie Conway, senior program officer; Emily Patteson, grants program administrator; and Litzy Perez, foundation fellow, recently visited UWG’s Tanner Health System School of Nursing to meet a few of their scholarship recipients. 

“These women’s personal stories and commitment to their educational endeavors were inspirational to hear,” said Patteson. “We know these students will go on to touch countless lives through their service to the nursing profession.”

UWG nursing student in front of a Go West backdrop that has the letters LPW

“Philanthropy is the foundation of our institution, and we are deeply grateful to the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation for their unwavering support of our nursing students. Their generosity not only provides financial assistance but also instills a sense of confidence and purpose in our scholars,” said Allyson Bretch, UWG interim vice president for university advancement and CEO of university foundations. “Together, we are transforming lives and strengthening the fabric of healthcare. We are nurturing the next generation of nurses who will undoubtedly profoundly impact our communities.”

For more information about how you can make an impact by supporting UWG, please visit UWG’s Give West page.

photography by Miranda Daniel