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PARTNERS Overview

Organized in 1994, PARTNERS (Providing Advancement Resources To Nursing Education,Research and Students) raises funds through its annual Membership Drive, Fall Fundraiser, Spring Luncheon and special events, and through its community advocacy to provide critical funding for nursing scholarships and faculty research for Jane and Robert Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth. In the past 26 years, PARTNERS has provided the nursing school with almost $13,000,000!    

Students Scholarships

Since 1994, through its fundraising events and individual gifts, PARTNERS has been able to award more than 180 full-tuition scholarships to students enrolled in 11 Cizik School of Nursing academic programs. PARTNERS has also created the PARTNERS Scholarship Endowment with a current value of $2.4 million. 

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 and Endowed Professorships

Since 1997, PARTNERS has also awarded a total of 64 faculty research grants, totaling almost $1 million, and in 2009 created the PARTNERS Faculty Research Endowment. These grants are 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 research programs and experienced investigators with an opportunity to further develop their research interests. One of the pilot research grants recently led to NIH grants worth $3.8 million. 

PARTNERS has also been instrumental in encouraging PARTNERS board members and friends to create multiple endowed professorships and a chair that together are valued at more than $3.2 million. 

Student Services

With 100% board participation, PARTNERS raised $250,000 to fund the student lounge on the second floor of the Cizik School of Nursing, a state-of-the-art setting for studying and gathering with friends. It is available to all UTHealth students. 

The PARTNERS Student Services committee provides Cizik School of Nursing students with healthy snacks and refreshments during 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.

PARTNERS Board Members list.

PARTNERS Circle of Support

Members of the Circle of Support assist Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth through dues and gifts. With 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. 

Annual Circle of Support (Sept. 1, 2020 - Aug. 31, 2021) membership levels include:

  • Patron – $100
  • Advocate – $250
  • CSON Student – $35 (Currently enrolled students and new graduates up to one-year post graduation)
  • 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 to 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