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FSW School of Health Professions Receives $300,000 Donation from Shady Rest Foundation

Jul 21, 2022

JULY 21, 2022 – FORT MYERS, FLA —Florida SouthWestern State College’s (FSW) School of Health Professions has received a $300,000 donation from the Shady Rest Foundation. The funds will be used to create scholarships for FSW School of Health Professions students.

The $300,000 donation will be split into three scholarship designations: $100,000 will create immediate scholarships for FSW RN to BSN nursing students; $100,000 will be used to create permanently endowed scholarships for future FSW RN to BSN nursing students; and $100,000 will be used to create permanently endowed scholarships for all degree-seeking students in FSW’s School of Health Professions.

“The Shady Rest Foundation feels an obligation to assist in the care to the elder population of Lee County,” said Robert Murray, president, Shady Rest Foundation. “The nursing and health care programs provided by FSW will continue to deliver qualified nursing candidates to our local workforce and this will help support the elder care needs. If our Foundation can assist these candidates to lessen the financial burden and encourage a few to go further with their education and career, maybe we can help make a difference!”

“We appreciate the Shady Rest Foundation's commitment to elevating opportunities for FSW students who are pursuing health care professions,” said Dr. Jeff Allbritten, president, FSW. “Scholarships like these truly change the lives of our students and help FSW continue to serve the Southwest Florida community and workforce as we have over the last 60 years.”

About The Shady Rest Foundation: The mission of the Shady Rest Foundation is to provide financial support to organizations in the community dedicated to providing education and wellness services benefitting older adults. We believe that advances in learning and increased access to services will improve the health and safety of older adults.


Florida SouthWestern State College is Southwest Florida’s largest and most affordable institution of higher education. Annually serving nearly 22,000 students globally, FSW offers a variety of nationally-ranked, career-focused academic programs with two- and four-year degrees and professional certifications, several with 100 percent licensure pass and job placements rates. Study and travel abroad opportunities are available for students through FSW’s Center for International Education. Students are also active in clubs and programs catered to their interests. Visit for more information.

Last Updated: September 6, 2022

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