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Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio Awards $94,000 to Nursing Program

At their annual event to recognize area colleges and universities, the Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio (BHFSA) awarded TLU Nursing $94,000 in scholarship grants for students. Initially, the organization was planning to donate $60,000 but decided to increase the amount an additional $34,000 after learning more about how successful the nursing program has become.

According to TLU's Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations Theresa Cook Spiess, the university is fortunate to be a funded partner institution with generous gifts of annual scholarship funds for the Nursing program totaling $367,000 since 2013.

"The BHFSA sustains the education and training of tomorrow’s health care providers and leaders by providing scholarship funding to partner institutions offering health education in Bexar County and the seven contiguous counties," she said. "This year, BHFSA increased their generous support of TLU to their highest level yet with an initial $60,000 award, followed by an additional $34,000 specifically approved by the BHFSA Board."

TLU was the only school to receive such a grant from the foundation’s Board.

“Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio is providing a tremendous investment in our future health leaders with this generous gift," said TLU Vice President for Development & Alumni Relations Renee Rehfeld. "We are honored to continue this partnership and see the impact on our Nursing program."

VP for Development & Alumni Relations Renee Rehfeld and TLU President Dr. Debbie Cottrell.

More about BHFSA

Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio distributes grants annually to nonprofit organizations that provide health care services and health education throughout Bexar County and contiguous counties in South Texas. The Foundation strives to become a philanthropic change-agent leader whose grants will make a difference in meeting the vast unmet healthcare needs in their region, joining their distinguished funding partners in “Improving the Health of Our Community.”

Since 2005, the Foundation in conjunction with Baptist Health Services Foundation has awarded 1,276 grants totaling nearly $90 million to organizations in their eight-county region. In 2020, the organization awarded 111 grants totaling $8,159,718.