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Abilene nursing school receives $300,000 donation from United Supermarket chain

By Jenna Rogers, Reporter, jrogers@ktxs.com
Published On: May 08 2013 07:32:20 PM CDT
ABILENE, Texas -

The State of Texas, and the nation, are facing a critical shortage of nurses.

"It is so critical still the shortage of nurses and just for Texas alone by the year 2020 we will be 70,000 nurses short," said Dr. Pearl Merritt, Regional Dean of the TTUHSC School of Nursing.

However, even with qualified applicants, many schools don't have the resources to enroll enough students to meet the demand.

Wednesday, the Texas Tech University School of Nursing program in Abilene received $300,000 from the United Supermarket chain to help the situation.

"In small part for increasing the opportunity for young men and women to enter the nursing field then also to fill the shortage that we feel in West Texas," said the CEO of United Supermarkets.

The check was handed over at the recently expanded campus and the Merritt said every bit helps to make room for more students.

"We're able to attract more students into our program with the expansion the money going towards expansion and scholarships," she said.

The supermarket chain says it's happy to donate to such an important cause.

"It felt good. You always wish it could be bigger. That's the only regret that you have," said Taylor.

Right now, the school has 100 students enrolled. By fall, that number will increase by 70.