URI receives $1M gift to start nursing scholarship

Updated 2:57 p.m.

THE UNIVERISTY OF RHODE ISLAND received a $1 million gift from the Eleanor F. and Edward W. Barlow estate to create the Eleanor F. Barlow Nursing Scholarship Endowment. / COURTESY URI
THE UNIVERISTY OF RHODE ISLAND received a $1 million gift from the Eleanor F. and Edward W. Barlow estate to create the Eleanor F. Barlow Nursing Scholarship Endowment. / COURTESY URI

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The University of Rhode Island has received a $1 million gift to provide scholarships for students of the College of Nursing, the university announced Monday.

The gift was given by the estate of Eleanor Ferrante Barlow and her late husband, Edward W. Barlow. The money will be used to create the Eleanor F. Barlow Nursing Scholarship Endowment, which will be used to support students from Rhode Island public high schools that enroll in URI’s nursing program.

“The future of nursing and its critical role in the delivery of health care depends heavily on our ability to provide opportunities to explore innovation and discovery, through research and experiential learning,” said College of Nursing Dean Barbara Wolfe in prepared remarks. “This generous gift from Eleanor and Edward Barlow will make these opportunities available to a greater number of Rhode Island students interested in pursuing Mrs. Barlow’s own profession. I am deeply grateful and excited about the future of the program.”

According to the university, Barlow was a 1947 graduate of the Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, began her career as a registered nurse and later served as nursing supervisor of the operating rooms at Memorial Hospital. Barlow was also a founding member of the hospital corporation and an active member of the hospital’s nursing alumni association.

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The scholarship will allocate $35,000 a year which will be distributed by the Dean of the College of Nursing.

Earlier this year, the Edward W. and Eleanor F. Barlowe estate gifted the Pawtucket Boys & Girls Club $5.1 million.

Chris Bergenheim is the PBN web editor.