Deep roots yield prosperous future
For years, Terry and Susan Eager have supported UC Davis programs through their teaching, gifts and volunteer service. Now, the couple turned their focus to the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. The couple believe in nurses as leaders and hope to give other graduate nursing students the support they need to also be nurse leaders.

Terry and Susan Eager

A daughter’s passion sparks her parents support for nursing
Gary and Camille Lonigan like to say that their charitable remainder unitrust (CRUT) story is a prime example of a child being a role model for her parents.

Gary and Camille Lonigan

Fulfilling a legacy
Read the story of a mother’s commitment to education and philanthropy. Cecelia Vriheas, the mother of Clinical Professor Amy Nichols, explains why the concept of giving is intrinsic to who she is as a person.

Cecelia Vriheas

Alumna’s art donation celebrates personal transformation
In more than three decades as a nurse, Bronwyn Fields served in many capacities, experienced many cultures and collected treasures along the way. To celebrate that history and illustrate her personal transformation at the School of Nursing, she donates works of art that share a story.

Bronwyn and David Fields art donation

Supporting students to grow community-based care
Visiting his mother at her pharmacy, writing pretend prescriptions and soaking up all aspects of the health care environment shaped Ron Ordona as a child. In his Filipino grade school, he thought that would be his future. Ultimately, he chose nursing—a decision that brought him to the United States and will bring opportunity for future nursing students at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis.

Roleto and Amparo Ordona

A nurse’s commitment inspires a legacy
At the time of her retirement at the age of 85, Lillian May Revenig McCoy was the oldest practicing registered nurse in California. To celebrate her legacy, School of Nursing Assistant Clinical Professor Virginia Hass and her twin sister, Kathy Samsom, endow a scholarship to inspire and support future nursing graduate students.

 Lillian May Revenig McCoy

Illustrating gratitude on a personal level
Two weeks into his pursuit of a master’s degree in leadership at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, Ren Bee co-led the initiative to create the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Student and Alumni Scholarship Fund. But this graduate of the inaugural master’s-degree leadership Class of 2012 was just getting started.


Investing in nurse leaders
The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis’ goal ― to prepare more doctorally prepared nurses ― is shared by the Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholars Program. This summer, $40,000 will be awarded to four Doctor of Philosophy students to pursue their passion to prepare new nurses.


La Rue Frederick Scholarship for Nursing
La Rue Frederick was among the first nurses to serve in World War I. Her experiences during and after wartime inspire her children to leave a legacy to benefit future nurses and nurse practitioners.

Jeanette M. Spaulding Memorial Rural Research Fund
Driven by an interest in serving others, Jeanette Spaulding pursued a career in nursing. Motivated to honor her mother and pave the way for future research in rural nursing, Adjunct Professor Jeri Bigbee establishes a fund with a focus.

Frederick and Erda M. Harrold Family Endowed Scholarship
Believing that the nursing profession in an honorable one and hoping to pave the way for future nurses, Frederick Harrold chooses to invest in the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis.

Busch Family Endowed Fund
After more than 20 years working at Intel Corporation, Doug Busch investments in students leading innovation in the future of health care.

Endowed student award memorializes volunteer leader Amy Dean
Amy Dean’s energetic leadership threaded through her life, from her many volunteer pursuits to her career as a social worker, educator and advocate for education reform.

UC Davis nurses assume leadership role in giving to the School of Nursing
A veteran UC Davis Health nurse with more than 20 years of clinical experience, Maureen Craig gives to the School of Nursing because she recognizes it is on the leading edge of revolutionizing the way nurses are taught and care is delivered.

Donor honors longtime friend with gift to scholarship fund
With her gift to the Helen M. Thomson scholarship fund at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, Joyce Wisner found a meaningful way to simultaneously honor Thomson—a longtime friend—and support a cause for which she has great passion.

Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence helps nurses pursue doctoral degrees
Sheridan Miyamoto, a family nurse practitioner and student in the doctoral program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, seeks to affect policy change to improve the protection of some of society’s most vulnerable members—children and youth in abusive or neglectful homes.

Student researches communication gaps during health-care transitions
Once, while working as a nurse for a home-care agency, Laura Jones arrived at a home only to discover five different care providers present to assist the couple who lived there. None of the caregivers knew the others planned to be there, and they were not fully versed on each other’s roles. The health-care providers convened an impromptu meeting to bring each other up to speed. For Jones, the situation provided just one more example of the disconnected, inefficient approach that characterizes so much of the health-care system.

Historic $100 million philanthropic commitment launches the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing
Philanthropy was central to the founding of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. UC Davis established the new school through a $100 million philanthropic commitment from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the largest contribution nationwide in support of nursing education.

Founding Support
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Founding Donors are recognized for their generosity in establishing a culture of philanthropy, making sustainable scholarship, faculty and research support possible for future generations. Learn more about our founding donors and scholarships.