The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Nursing has received a gift commitment of $500,000 for a new endowed scholarship geared toward doctoral students.
Michael Carter, D.N.Sc., D.N.P., and Sarah Carter, M.D. have pledged the gift, which would create the Dr. Elois R. Field Endowed Scholarship for Ph.D. Students. This gift is a family commitment from both of the Carter and their daughter, Elizabeth Carter, J.D., LL.M.This endowment would fund scholarships for Ph.D. nursing students, covering tuition and fees for one Ph.D. nursing student.
The scholarship is designed to encourage Arkansas residents from underrepresented groups to pursue higher nursing study and prepare for research careers.
“The real goal here is to prepare an emerging scientist who can answer some of the perplexing questions that face us as nurses when we care for patients,” Michael Carter said in a statement. “Research has to have the voice of nursing – the way we see the world, the way we see the patient.”
The scholarship is named for former UAMS College of Nursing dean, Dr. Elois R. Field. She served in the role from 1965 to 1978 and developed the school’s nurse practitioner program and the master’s program.
Michael Carter is an adjunct clinical professor of geriatrics at the UAMS College of Medicine, and previously served as the dean and a professor at the College of Nursing, University of Tennessee Health Science Centerfrom 1982 to 2000.
He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the College of Nursing and counts Field as a mentor.
Sarah Carter received a medical degree from UAMS College of Medicine and served as the chief of ambulatory care and chief of staff at the Memphis VA Medical Center and was associate dean at the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
Elizabeth Carter is the A.N. Yiannopoulos Professor of Law and the Judge Anthony J. Graphia & Jo Ann Graphia Professor of Law at Louisiana State University.