PARTNERS

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PARTNERS Overview

PARTNERS (Providing Advancement Resources To Nursing Education Research and Students) was organized in 1994 to support and encourage the students and faculty of Jane and Robert Cizik School of Nursing at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). PARTNERS raises funds through the Circle of Support and special events to provide nursing scholarships and faculty research grants.

PARTNERS supports students from enrollment to graduation. The PARTNERS Scholarship Endowment has grown in value to more than $2 million in value. PARTNERS has provided over 150 full-tuition nursing scholarships, 56 faculty research grants and four PARTNERS endowed professorships. PARTNERS funded the student lounge on the second floor of the Cizik School of Nursing with a state-of-the-art setting for studying and gathering with friends. In addition, PARTNERS was a major contributor to the Center on Nursing Research Biological Sciences Laboratory and the Pre-Clinical Critical Care Laboratory. Upon graduation, PARTNERS provides the traditional Cizik School of Nursing pins to all Bachelor of Science students, signifying the transition from student nurse to practicing nurse.

For more information about PARTNERS, download the PARTNERS Informational Brochure.

PARTNERS Board Members list.

PARTNERS Circle of Support

For 25 years, PARTNERS has supported the mission of Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth. Your gift provides transformational scholarship support for nursing students and critical resources for faculty research projects. Through this support, the school is able to recruit the best and brightest students and faculty. As a supporter, you will receive invitations to exclusive PARTNERS events throughout the year.

PARTNERS will be celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. In honor of this anniversary, PARTNERS is offering a special alumni membership to the 2018-2019 Annual Circle of Support for Cizik School of Nursing alumni to commemorate “$25 for 25 Years.” Your gift to the Circle of Support at the special alumni level will provide integral support for nursing education and research through the PARTNERS organization.

Annual Circle of Support (Sept. 1, 2018 – Aug. 31, 2019) membership levels include:
• Patron - $100
• Advocate - $250
• CSON Student* - $35
• CSON Alumni Special - $25
*Currently enrolled students and new graduates up to one year post graduation

Lifetime Circle of Support membership levels include:
• Lifetime - $2,500
• Endowed Lifetime* - $5,000
*Current lifetime members may increase their gift by $2,500 to become an endowed lifetime member

To join the Circle of Support online, please visit the PARTNERS online giving page.

To mail your donation, please make your check out to “UTHealth—PARTNERS,” be sure to include “Circle of Support” in the memo line and send to the address listed below:
    UTHealth Office of Development—PARTNERS
    7000 Fannin Street, Suite 1200
    Houston, TX 77030

Donations

In addition joining the Circle of Support, there are other ways to support Cizik School of Nursing through PARTNERS. You may consider giving a gift to the PARTNERS Scholarship Endowment fund, or supporting the Dean directly through the Cizik School of Nursing Dean’s Excellence Fund. Additional donation opportunities include scholarship and tuition support and student supplies support.

To make a donation online, please visit the PARTNERS online giving page.

To mail your donation, please make your check out to “UTHealth—PARTNERS,” be sure to include your gift designation (Endowment, School Supplies, etc.) in the memo line and send to the address listed below:
    UTHealth Office of Development—PARTNERS
    7000 Fannin Street, Suite 1200
    Houston, TX 77030

Scholarships and Endowments

Since 1994, PARTNERS has awarded over 150 full-tuition scholarships and funded four endowed professorships through fundraising events and individual gifts. The PARTNERS Scholarship Endowment Fund is valued over $2 million. PARTNERS scholarship recipients include students enrolled in over ten Cizik School of Nursing academic programs.

To apply for a PARTNERS scholarship or learn more about the scholarships supported by PARTNERS, please visit Cizik School of Nursing’s scholarship information page.

Faculty Research Grants

PARTNERS provides research grants to assist faculty in their pilot projects. PARTNERS has awarded a total of 56 faculty research grants since 1997, totaling over $800,000. Grants are awarded each year for pilot projects that will lead to the development of research grant proposals to be submitted for major extramural funding. These grants provide new investigators with an opportunity to begin developing a research program and experienced investigators with an opportunity to further develop their research interests.

Student Services

PARTNERS funded the student lounge on the second floor of the Cizik School of Nursing with a state-of-the-art setting for studying and gathering with friends. It is available to all UTHealth students. In addition, PARTNERS was a major contributor to the Center on Nursing Research Biological Sciences Laboratory and the Pre-Clinical Critical Care Laboratory. The PARTNERS Student Services committee provides a variety of snacks and refreshments to students on exam days in the lounge. Upon graduation, PARTNERS provides the traditional Cizik School of Nursing pins to all Bachelor of Science students, signifying the transition from student nurse to practicing nurse.

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If you are interested in contributing to PARTNERS Scholarships, Endowments, Faculty Research Grants, or Student Services, please contact Matt Perkins at matthew.r.perkins@uth.tmc.edu or call 713-500-2006.