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Former WVU interim provost, dean establishes School of Nursing scholarship

E. Jane Martin

E. Jane Martin

Graduate students in the West Virginia University School of Nursing’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program will benefit from a new scholarship established by alumna and longtime dean E. Jane Martin.

Martin contributed $100,000 to create the namesake scholarship, which will be awarded to nurse practitioners pursuing a post-master’s certificate in psychiatric mental health. Recipients must be recommended by School officials and demonstrate financial need.

Martin earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from WVU in 1963. She later served as dean of the School of Nursing for 15 years and filled in as WVU’s interim provost from 2008-’09.

In addition to her latest gift, Martin’s legacy at WVU continues via the E. Jane Martin Nursing Professorship, which is currently held by School of Nursing Dean Tara Hulsey.

“We are so grateful for this generous contribution from former Dean E. Jane Martin,” Hulsey said. “Mental health is an essential component of healthcare. This scholarship, which aligns with Dr. Martin's nursing professional specialty area, will go a long way in supporting the educational pursuits of our nurse practitioners.”

Martin’s teaching career began at Ohio State University, where she earned a master’s degree in English and taught undergraduate English courses. After completing a Ph.D., she taught for 30 years at the postgraduate level at the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Akron and WVU. At Pitt, she was an associate dean and led the doctoral program in nursing; at Akron, she was dean of nursing.

Martin’s gift was made through the WVU Foundation, the nonprofit organization that receives and administers private donations on behalf of the University. Her gift supported WVU Day of Givingpushing the WVU School of Nursing to $593,125 raised from 125 gifts. Across the University system, alumni and friends made over 5,600 gifts totaling $15.5 million March 9 to support scholarships, programs and other opportunities at WVU.

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