UHV School of Nursing receives $205,000 in grants for scholarships, equipment

The University of Houston-Victoria School of Nursing recently received a $205,000 grant from the M.G. and Lillie A. Johnson Foundation in Victoria to fund scholarships and purchase state-of-the-art training equipment.

Out of that amount, $130,000 will be used to fund scholarships, and $75,000 will be used to purchase equipment, said Kathryn Tart, founding dean of the School of Nursing.

“One of the greatest needs voiced by our students has been nursing scholarships,” Tart said. “I’m very glad to be able to partner with the Johnson Foundation to meet this need.”

All $130,000 will go directly to UHV nursing students, she said.

The $75,000 will be used to purchase equipment for advanced nursing assessment courses at the Victoria campus, including a SimMan 3G, a human model capable of simulating most functions of a real body to help educate nurses in evaluating and diagnosing patients with a host of conditions.

“The generosity of the Johnson Foundation will improve the overall quality of care for patients across this area by increasing the knowledge and skill base in the nursing profession,” Tart said.

The UHV School of Nursing offers programs to allow nurses to earn bachelor’s or master’s degrees.

For more information about programs and scholarships, contact senior recruiter Tammy Neeley Whatley at 361-570-4297 or, or visit

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

Thomas Doyle 361-570-4342