Grant to benefit high school nursing students; Foundation's $13,000 gift will help ten go to Coppin


Ten students in the Edmondson Westside Senior High School nursing program are going to continue their studies at Coppin State College, thanks to a grant presented by the Fullwood Foundation yesterday.

Foundation Director Harlow Fullwood Jr. said he met the nursing students when he gave a talk at Edmondson Westside. "I was so impressed, I wanted to do something to help," he said before presenting a check for $13,000 to Coppin State President Calvin W. Burnett.

The students, who all have grade-point averages above 3.0 in the school's practical nursing program, are to graduate this spring and enter Coppin's registered nursing program in the fall. School officials said the 95 percent pass rate for Coppin graduates on the nursing certification test is the highest for any baccalaureate program in the state.

Burnett said the $13,000 will pay half the students' costs for their first year at the nursing school, where tuition and fees are about $2,600 a year.

Edmondson Westside counselor Carolyn Holmes said state scholarships for nursing students and other programs should make up the rest. "We don't want them to be burdened with loans," she said.

Fullwood said his foundation would continue to help the students as long as they maintain their grades.

"We are not going to support failure," he told them during a ceremony at Coppin.

The students include class President Wendy Downing and two students who have grade-point averages of 3.9 -- Sheena McClinton and Sylvia Robertson.

Fullwood, a retired Baltimore police officer who is a KFC franchise owner, has operated his foundation for more than a decade, soliciting donations from corporations and supporting a variety of educational causes.

Pub Date: 2/20/99

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