Bloomsburg University Foundation receives Grant from First Community Foundation Partnership to Support Future Nurses in Surrounding Communities

Bloomsburg, PA (05/11/2022) — The Bloomsburg University Foundation has secured a grant from the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania (FCFP) for $40,000 to help build the future of nursing at Bloomsburg University.

This grant, awarded via the Ralph and Josephine Smith Fund, will be utilized to fund the construction of a state-of-the-art Nursing Simulation Center at Bloomsburg University.

"We are incredibly grateful for this support from the First Community Foundation Partnership. This award will have a tangible impact on the future of nursing in our region," said BU Foundation executive director Jerome Dvorak. "The investment in creating a high-performance clinical practice environment through this grant means the University will graduate more highly-qualified nurses in our surrounding communities."

Bloomsburg University's nursing program is ranked sixth in the state of Pennsylvania and is highly sought after by prospective students. Due to the high demand among local aspiring nurses, the program has outgrown its current space, recently increasing its graduating class by more than 30 percent. The FCFP's support will help BU meet a critical need for the University and the region.

We are honored to be a part of this extraordinary project," said FCFP President and CEO Jennifer D. Wilson. "Bloomsburg University is investing in the future of healthcare, which will create a positive impact on our community in so many ways, and we are thrilled to support that investment."

To learn more about how you can support Bloomsburg University's nursing program, visit or call 570-389-4128.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 7,600 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in five distinct colleges: College of Education, Zeigler College of Business, College of Liberal Arts, College of Science and Technology, and Honors College.

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Pictured are BU nursing students practicing their clinical skills in the current nursing simulation setting.