Elite Honors Nursing Scholars


Last year, Kennesaw State and the Wellstar Health System demonstrated what can be accomplished when two great organizations come together. Their initial gift to help double enrollment in KSU’s nursing program served to plant a seed that is now taking root.

Today, we are announcing the establishment of the Wellstar-Tom and Betty Phillips Elite Honors Nursing Scholarship, a new $5 million endowment that will create an opportunity for highly qualified undergraduate students to gain acceptance into the Wellstar School of Nursing as early as their freshman year. Currently students must wait until their junior year to apply.

This competitive scholarship will support a cohort of 25 students each year, admitted fully into KSU Journey Honors College as freshmen, and conditionally into the nursing program. This transformational initiative is a joint venture between Kennesaw State’s Wellstar College of Health and Human Services, KSU Journey Honors College, Wellstar Health System, the KSU Foundation, and KSU supporter and Emeritus member of the Wellstar Board of Trustees Tom Phillips. The multi-million-dollar gift also includes matching funds from a $10 million donation to the University’s Honors College from Rosemary and John Brown, which the University received in January 2020.

This exciting alliance will allow KSU to continue to attract the best and brightest students to assume the mantle of tomorrow’s elite nursing professionals. We are grateful for our remarkable partner Wellstar Health System and for the vision of donors like Tom Phillips who helped make this unique program a reality.

At a time when a worldwide pandemic taxes the resources of our hospitals and challenges our healthcare workers, I am proud that Kennesaw State and its partners are working together to find solutions that will help keep our community healthy so that we can all flourish.

Pamela Whitten


Written By Whitten