Support Future Nurses, Leave a Legacy

Scholarship Endowment for the Jameson School of Nursing at UPMC Hamot

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This is about tradition

UPMC Hamot’s legacy of nursing education dates to 1890. For generations, dedicated students at the Hamot School of Nursing formed lasting bonds while learning together. 

The original Hamot School of Nursing closed in 1976 due to changes in industry standards. In 2020, UPMC Hamot leadership explored reinventing the program; their findings pointed toward immediate demand for an RN training program. With courses beginning in August 2021, the tradition of excellence has been reinvigorated.

This is about health care

UPMC Hamot is one of the fastest growing hospitals in the state of Pennsylvania. With a rapidly evolving campus and a growing patient base, demand for nurses is at an all-time high.

Nursing excellence is a point of pride at UPMC Hamot. Our nursing team holds the coveted ANCC Magnet® designation, a distinction held by only 7% of nursing teams in the nation. The UPMC Jameson School of Nursing at UPMC Hamot is the next step in ensuring our patients have the most skilled nurses at their bedside for years to come.  

This is about people

With an accessible east Erie location, a concise course format, and abundant scholarship support, this program creates a clear path to career success for a diverse group of students. The UPMC Jameson School of Nursing at UPMC Hamot has attracted students ranging from recent high school grads to mid-career professionals.

Our graduates will have exceptional career opportunities available at UPMC Hamot and will be provided with the support they need to continue their education at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels, if they choose.

Wayne Entrance

School of Nursing Fast Facts

  • RN program; estimated starting salary of $26/hour with guaranteed job placement.
  • More than 75 students anticipated in each cohort; persons of color comprise 33% of inaugural class.
  • Classroom instruction is held at the former Wayne School, where a $12 million renovation created a hub for health care and job training.
  • Every student completes 900 hours of clinical training at UPMC Hamot.
  • Supplemental courses are taught at Gannon University.

Wayne School Reimagined

For 103 years, Wayne School served as a home for education on Erie’s lower east side. Creativity and collaboration have fueled a $12 million renovation at the former school, creating a new home for a dynamic group of community organizations. Wayne’s core tenants — including ECAT, the Jameson School of Nursing at UPMC Hamot, Wayne Primary Care, and United Way of Erie County — have co-located to align their work in one of the unhealthiest zip codes in the state of Pennsylvania.  

Hamot Health Foundation has proudly committed over $1 million to drive the work at Wayne.

Give Now — Scholarship and Dedication Opportunities

Hamot Health Foundation is proud to offer a variety of exclusive dedication opportunities to supporters of the scholarship endowment for the Jameson School of Nursing at UPMC Hamot. Donors can name scholarships and dedicate spaces in the new facility to honor or memorialize loved ones. Custom signage will provide an opportunity to share the story of those recognized. A variety of giving options are available, ranging from one-time payments to multiyear pledges.

Dedication Opportunity Description Available Value
Project Partner Opportunity to make a lasting impact on students as a scholarship endowment supporter. 20 of 20 $3,000
Faculty Offices Individual employee offices located in the school’s leadership wing. 7 of 10 $5,000
Lactation Room Private space for students who are nursing mothers. 1 of 1 $10,000
Conference Room Executive space for meetings and discussion, located in the school’s leadership wing. 1 of 1 $15,000
Endowed Scholarship Opportunity to create a permanent endowed scholarship award, named by the donor to recognize an honoree of their choice. 18 of 20 $20,000
Student Lounge Dedication and Endowed Scholarship Comfortable space overlooking Wayne Park for students to eat, study, and gather. PENDING $40,000
Computer Lab Dedication and Endowed Scholarship Workspace featuring 18 desktop computers with fiber-optic internet connection. 1 of 1 $50,000
Classroom Dedication and Endowed Scholarship Key academic spaces, accommodating 40-50 students. All classrooms feature abundant natural light and dual 85-inch monitors for instruction. 3 of 3 $75,000
Skills Lab Dedication and Endowed Scholarship Experiential learning space providing a vital opportunity for hands-on mastery of nursing methods. 1 of 1 $100,000
Leadership Wing Dedication and Endowed Scholarship Administrative wing housing faculty offices, a conference room, and student waiting areas. 1 of 1 $200,000
Academic Wing Dedication and Endowed Scholarship Student wing housing three classrooms, a computer lab, student lounge, and lactation room for mothers. 1 of 1 $250,000

For more information, contact Nick Cianci (ciancin@upmc.edu; 814-877-2464) or Mark Louis (louismb@upmc.edu; 814-877-3962).