Though a young college, the history and traditions of Carolinas College of Health Sciences, in Charlotte, NC, is rich. St. Peter’s Hospital closed in the late 1930s, making way for Charlotte Memorial Hospital (CMH). A new era in healthcare education had begun. The first CMH nursing class began its three-year journey in 1941, with many enrolled in the Cadet Nursing Program, designed to provide nurses for those injured in World War II.
In the 40s and 50s, CMH also offered educational programs in X-ray technology, medical technology and surgical technology. In the mid-90s, all of those programs merged to form today’s Carolinas College of Health Sciences. Today, thousands of graduates of those programs form the Alumni Association of our college. Members give of their time, energy and resources as they are able, and particularly enjoy hosting semi-annual receptions for graduating students. Carolinas College of Health Sciences alumni enjoy returning to campus to see how education has changed!
Alumni Gifts Can Make a Difference!
Alumni giving is vital to the college and demonstrates the powerful connection alumni feel to the needs of current students and to the mission and goals of the college. Giving can take many forms.
Alumni volunteers give of their time, energy, experience and organizational talents. They serve as class representatives, officers of the alumni association or involved members. Alumni host receptions for prospective graduates and organize alumni events and community service opportunities. They serve as tutors, mentors and class speakers. Their involvement enriches the college and our students’ lives.
Alumni and friends of the college generously contribute our annual campaign, the cornerstone of which is the spring phone-a-thon. Gifts may be earmarked for capital needs, scholarships, or individually specified needs; or they may be unrestricted, allowing the college to use the gift for the most pressing needs. Other specific opportunities:
- Memorial gifts: Classmates or family often elect to memorialize a deceased classmate or loved one through a gift in the alumnus’ memory. The creation of a scholarship or special fund in their name is a wonderful tribute. A unique example was the creation the "Wilma Crawford Textbook Collection," by the Class of 1951 and the Crawford family.
- Endowed funds: A large gift or a substantial pledge of future giving may allow the formation of a self-perpetuating, endowed fund. The fund disburses only interest income each year, while the principal balance remains untouched. These may fund student scholarships, faculty development activities or other categories of need. Endowed funds often carry the name of the benefactor.
- In-Kind Gifts allow alumni and friends to make tax advantaged gifts of goods and services. Can be made through the Carolinas HealthCare Foundation or directly to the college. In either case funds are deposited with the foundation, which provides fee-free investment services and account management. The foundation provides investment advice and assistance.
Learn more about making a financial contribution to Carolinas College by clicking on our Alumni Giving page.