Friends of Nursing - The Associates

The Associates

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History of the Associates

The Associates originally formed out of a need to help the public understand why changing from a hospital program to a more expensive university program would improve nursing education and health care.  In April 1959, Nursing Dean, Ada Fort invited Mary Todd Rockefeller, known for her efforts to enlist laywomen in the support of collegiate schools, to the Emory campus.  Dean Fort used the occasion to garner the interest and support of area health professionals, the Emory academic community, and Atlanta community leaders.

After Mary Rockefeller's visit, a core group of interested women, the "original twelve," emerged.  On August 27, 1959, this group formally adopted the name "Associates of Emory University School of Nursing."  Their goals were to support nursing education within a university system by educating and informing the local public; to recruit and develop outstanding nursing students; and to stimulate public interest in agencies that provide the working environment for nursing care.

The Associates have been active in providing scholarship support for the School of Nursing.  In 1983, they were instrumental in the decision to place a development officer in the School of Nursing. One of the group's most important and long-lasting contributions has been the Associates Scholarship, which is partially funded through the group's annual membership dues.  In addition, the Ellen F. Bowden Memorial Scholarship was established in 1987 to honor a founding member and first president of the group.

The Associates have also worked on behalf of the nursing school in the political arena.  In 1979 when the School stood to lose all government funding, the Associates campaigned in support of the Nurse Training Act.  Response was great, and in November 1979, President Carter signed this Act into law, securing funds for 1980-81.

The Associates substantial efforts since its inception have truly been a labor of love.  They receive no pay and no perks, and most have no connection to the school other than a desire to help young nurses who aspire to help others. In the fall of 1982, when the National League for Nursing interviewed the president and several members of the Associates as part of an accreditation visit, the Associates were declared to be unique in the nation. The Associates are a truly special group, and the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing is fortunate to have their support.

Interested in Joining The Associates?

To become a member of the Associates, please contact the Development and Alumni Relations Office 404-727-6917 or for more information. 

A nominal yearly membership fee of $25 is requested from each member.  The proceeds benefit the Associates' Scholarship Endowment.  The Associates meet twice a year at a spring and fall luncheon.