(COLLEGE STATION, TX) — The children of Edmund Francis and Willie Mae Quinlan have made a $105,000 gift to create an endowed scholarship that honors their parents and benefits a student in the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Nursing.

“This scholarship will provide up to $5,000 per year to a nursing student and could very well make the difference in whether or not a student can afford a nursing education,” said Melissa McIlhaney, development officer for the HSC-College of Nursing. “We are very grateful to the Quinlan family for their leadership and commitment to the College of Nursing and for their support of our exceptional students.”

The Edmund Francis and Willie Mae Quinlan Endowed Scholarship will be used to provide a four-year scholarship to a nursing student. The first two years will be for prerequisite course work at Texas A&M University, followed by two years of upper-division courses at the HSC-College of Nursing. Graduates of the nursing program are granted a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree.

Donors include Gerry Quinlan, Class of ’68 of Albuquerque, N.M.; Suzanne Quinlan Davis, Class of ’75 of Houston; Linda Quinlan, Class of ’77 of Mokena, Ill.; Patrick Quinlan, Class of ’79 of Cypress, Texas; and Mary Hughes of East Amherst, N.Y.

“My parents believed in the value of a Texas A&M education, and there is a tremendous need for nurses,” Gerry Quinlan said. “This scholarship is a way to honor their commitment to education and my mother’s career in nursing.”

Four of the six children of Edmund Francis and Willie Mae Quinlan were graduates of Texas A&M University. Both Mr. and Mrs. Quinlan served as commissioned officers in the U.S. Army during World War II. Willie Mae Quinlan, a Washington County native, served as an Army nurse. To further honor the family’s personal history, students from Washington County will receive special consideration for the scholarship.

For more information about the Edmund Francis and Willie Mae Quinlan Endowed Scholarship and other giving opportunities at the Texas A&M Health Science Center, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at (979) 862-2655 or online at http://giving.tamhsc.edu

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