Dr. Jane C. Fotos Scholarship Established for New Nursing Program

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Mike and Dr. Jane Fotos
Mike and Dr. Jane Fotos

A Marshall alumna, and her husband have established a scholarship to support  students seeking a doctorate in nursing. 

The Dr. Jane Fotos Scholarship is now available to full-time Marshall students seeking a doctorate in nursing programs.  To qualify, students must be in good academic standing with a 3.25 GPA or higher.

Dr. Jane Fotos earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Marshall. At 45-years-old, Fotos realized she wanted to continue her career in nursing education in an academic setting.

After resigning from her job Fotos enrolled at the University of Cincinnati, as it was one of the closest universities at the time that offered a master’s degree in nursing. Four years later, she earned her doctoral degree in education administration from West Virginia University.

After returning as associate dean of continuing education, Fotos became aware of how much Marshall was needed to aid nurses in receiving advanced degrees so as to further their careers.  During her tenure, she chaired the two committees that developed and implemented the generic B.S.N. and M.S.N. programs.

Even after retirement, Fotos continued to believe  Marshall should and could offer a doctorate in nursing.

“When it was announced that a doctoral degree program in nursing was being developed at Marshall," Fotos said, "we contacted the foundation to explore possibilities about establishing an endowed scholarship for nurses enrolled in this new program."

“We have always loved living and working in Huntington," she added. "When we retired, we decided to stay here and continue to support the community in any way we can as we have done in the past. Since Marshall University is such an important part of what makes Huntington a great place to live, work and enjoy the benefits of living in a university community, we are aware of our responsibility as citizens to support the many and varied contributions it makes in the quality of our lives.”

Additionally, Fotos said it's important for Marshall to recruit and retain faculty and students who can maintain its standing as an excellent place to work and study.

“We know recruitment and retention is not possible without adequate financial support and the role that the Marshall Foundation plays in helping Marshall in fundraising endeavors," she said. "What better way can we show how much we appreciate what Marshall does for our community than to support the efforts of its foundation.”

Jane Fotos is married Mike Fotos, a retired  line superintendent for Appalachian Electric Power's Tri-State division . The couple have two adult children - a daughter who is a pharmacist at an outreach clinic in Elizabeth City, N. C., and a son, who is on the faculty of Yale University - and one grandchild. 

For inquiries about the Dr. Jane C. Fotos Scholarship, please contact Dr. Denise Landry in the School of Nursing, College of Health Professions at 304-696-2630.

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