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Spend an hour with Jean Stout, a retired medical office administrator, and you will quickly learn she has high regard for the work that nurses do. Stout spent her career working in surgical practice and has been a longtime hospice volunteer. She has witnessed the tremendous impact nurses have on patient care.
“Nurses are our angels on earth,” says Stout. “They are the ones who care for us, so it only seemed right to do something that might give a little bit back to them.”
Stout established the Jean C. Stout Nursing Scholarship to honor and support nursing students pursuing Ph.D. degrees at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC). To date she has established six charitable gift annuities (CGAs) at the University of Illinois Foundation (UIF) that provide her steady payments in retirement and will benefit UIC after her passing.
“Without the Urban Health Program (UHP) and my scholarship money, I’d have been lost. UHP kept me focused and motivated and put me in the company of like-minded students. The scholarships kept me out of serious debt and avoided real financial burdens for my parents.”
Billy Fountain B.S. Nursing, Class of 2017 Health Service Nurse, Beasley Academic Center, Chicago
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