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The following scholarship programs are funded through the generosity of our alumni, parents, former faculty members, and friends of the University. To apply for these scholarships, the student must complete appropriate application below. All scholarships are competitive. Review of scholarships will take place immediately following the advertised deadline. Applications submitted after the deadline will only be considered if additional funds become available. We encourage you to apply.
Wheatley Associate Degree Graduates Transfer
- $1000 per academic year per academic year and renewable with application
- Minimum requirements to be considered:
- Completion of Associate Degree
- Previous college GPA of 3.0
- Application deadline is March 15th
- Recipients are required to reside on campus and participate in an on campus academic program
Goizueta Latino Student
The Goizueta Foundation of Atlanta established a scholarship to provide need-based assistance annually to Hispanic/Latino students whose families currently reside in the United States.
- Scholarship is available to both documented and undocumented students
- $1000 - $1500 per academic year and renewable with application
- Application deadline is May 15th
- Awards are based partially on Financial need
John and Betty Pope Fellowships
The John and Betty Pope Fellowship in Caregiving is a unique program of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving at Georgia Southwestern State University. Fellows must be enrolled in the Caregiving Issues and Management Certificate program at GSW. The amount of the award is determined annually and has ranged from $3000 - $5000 per academic year. Please include an additional one page statement titled “Caregiving” that details your interests, experiences, and aspirations related to caregiving. Applicants must also submit a resume, two letters of recommendation, and if invited, attend the Southwestern Scholars Competition to interview.
Alumni Association Cash Scholarship
- $1000 award for one academic year
- Award may be reapplied for each year
- Must be a family member of a Southwestern alumnus or refered by an alumnus
- Recipients are required to attend at least two Alumni Association events during the year
- For more information and application, click here.
General scholarships are awarded by the Director of Financial Aid at the recommendation of the scholarship committee. Students interested in these scholarships should submit a completed General Scholarships Application to the Office of Financial Aid by the April 15th deadline. All scholarship awards are based on fund availability. Click here for the General Scholarship Application.
ALUMNI ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP
The Alumni Association offers an academic scholarship to a Georgia resident who has a GPA of 2.5 –2.99 and is a sophomore, junior or senior in good standing. This scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students only.
DAPHNE CANTRELL CHAMBLESS SCHOLARSHIP
Established in 2005 by Daphne Ann Chambless in honor of her mother, the Daphne Cantrell Chambless Award criteria is for a Georgia Southwestern State University student pursuing a baccalaureate degree in any academic subject, has a record of academic excellence as demonstrated by a GPA of 3.0 and has achieved a level of a Junior or Senior.
PATE & GAIL BRIDGES CASH SCHOLARSHIP
Mrs. Bridges established this scholarship in memory of her husband, John Pate Bridges, Jr. (class of ’59). This scholarship will be awarded annually as long as the donor is able. This scholarship shall be used for a student who meets the following criteria:
- Student enrolled in GSW who has achieved Junior, Senior or Graduate student status,
- Has a record of academic excellence as demonstrated by a GPA of 2.7 on a 4 point scale
- Preference will be given to legacy of family who attended GSW.
CLASS OF ‘59 SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established by members of the GSW Class of 1959 to benefit GSW students who have achieved Junior, Senior or graduate level and have earned a minimum of 2.5 GPA. First consideration will be given descendants of GSW alumni.
GENERAL ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP
The General Scholarship Fund is an award for students with a SAT of 1000 and 3.0 GPA.
E. R. HOGG SCHOLARSHIP
The Hogg Scholarship award was established by the GSW Class of 1926 to honor their class president, Ernest R. Hogg. This award is given to assist a worthy student leader who has financial need, completes a minimum of 15 hours per semester, and maintains a 2.80 GPA.
DR. HAROLD EARL HOLLOWAY ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship cash award was established by the estate of Dr. Harold E. Holloway, a graduate of GSW. Criteria for selection of recipient:
- A Georgia Southwestern State University student
- A student who attended Schley County Schools, with first consideration given to descendants of Schley County High School graduates prior to 1970.
- Has a record of academic excellence as demonstrated by a GPA of 3.0 on a 4 point scale
- Deserving student with financial need
- Any student benefiting from this scholarship must strive toward and uphold a core value of academic excellence.
- The number, amount, and recipient s) of the Scholarship will be determined by the Scholarship Committee of the appropriate department at GSW. The Scholarship award amount will be credited to the student’s account at GSW.
JULIA BAKER ISAKSON SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established by E.A. Isakson of Roswell, Georgia, to honor his wife Julia, a 1937 graduate of Georgia Southwestern College. This scholarship covers full tuition and is awarded to a deserving student with a positive attitude who would benefit from an education at GSW. It is renewable and not based on financial need.
PEYTON JACOB SCHOLARSHIP
The Alumni Association established this scholarship in honor of Peyton Jacob, President of GSW from ’35 to ’48, for worthy students of good academic standards. Selection is made by the Director of Financial Aid.
MATTIE H. MARSHALL FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP
This memorial scholarship honors Mattie H. Marshall, mother of former Georgia Supreme Court Justice Tom Marshall, and is awarded to a worthy student who is a resident of the State of Georgia and has a minimum GPA of 2.5.
T. HARVEY MATHIS SCHOLARSHIP
Mrs. Elizabeth Cheatham, longtime resident of Sumter County, established the T. Harvey Mathis Scholarship in memory of her father. This academic scholarship is available to deserving students who are residents of Sumter County with a minimum 3.0 GPA and show financial need.
Frances Daniel, caregiver and friend of the late Kenneth (Tip) McMillan, GSW Class of 1959, shared his desire to assist students in obtaining higher education. She established two alumni endowed scholarships in his memory. Consideration is given to residents of the Ga. Sheriff’s Youth Homes, or of Colquitt County, Ga., who have financial need and meet admission standards. Selection is by a Special Committee chaired by Rudolph Patterson, Attorney and awarded by Director of Financial Aid.
MARSHALL PRYOR SCHOLARSHIP
This endowed scholarship was established in memory of Robert Marshall Pryor by his family. The scholarship is available to residents of Sumter County, Georgia, who have financial need. Marshall Pryor, the grandson of the late Judge Thomas O. Marshall, Supreme Court Justice of the State of Georgia, demonstrated great courage in his fight to live and will always be an inspiration to his family and friends.
BLANCHE AND C.L. RHYNE SCHOLARSHIP
The family of Blanche S. Rhyne established this scholarship for a gifted student in any discipline.
LULA FINCH STEPHENS SCHOLARSHIP
This endowed scholarship award was established by Sam P. Stephens of Anderson, South Carolina, Class of 1942, in memory of his mother who was from Americus, Georgia, and sent four of her children to GSW. Criteria are based on need and is renewable.
JENNIE STRANGE SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was the second endowed award established by alumnus Sam P. Stephens (1942), to honor his mother-in-law, Jennie Strange of Ellaville, Georgia. Criteria are based on financial needs of a deserving student. Scholarship is renewable.
G. STANLEY WICKER SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established by the family of GSW alumnus, G. Stanley Wicker, to honor his memory. Mr. Wicker was a faithful alumnus of GSW and served on the GSW alumni board for many years. This a need-based scholarship, determined by the university’s scholarship committee and criteria set by the committee for need-based scholarships. The number, amount, and recipient (s) of the Scholarship will be determined by the Scholarship Committee of the appropriate department at Georgia Southwestern State University. The Scholarship award amount will be credited to the student’s account at GSW.
Departmental scholarships are awarded by the departmental deans at the recommendation of the scholarship committee. Students interested in these scholarships should contact their departmental office for application and deadline. All scholarship awards are based on fund availability.
AGNES E. AGERTON SCHOLARSHIP
This endowed scholarship was created by Dr. Millard Agerton, former GSW Science Professor, to honor the memory of his sister Agnes, a Professor of English at GSW from 1966 to 1976. The recipient must be a full-time student majoring in English, junior or senior status, with a minimum GPA of 2.5.
DANIEL D. ARDEN, JR. SCIENCE SCHOLARSHIP
The science faculty established this scholarship to honor Daniel Arden, a former science professor at GSW. The scholarship is awarded to geo-science majors, either freshmen or transfer students, who have a GPA of 3.0, with consideration given to SAT scores as well as curricula taken while in high school and/or college.
IRIS ARGO SCHOLARSHIP
This endowed scholarship is in memory of Dr. Iris Stewart Argo, an alumnus and Professor of English at GSW for more than thirty years. Dr. Argo was also an accomplished author. Recipients must be English majors with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
This restricted scholarship was established by funds received from the estate of Hans Bertschi, a GSW alumnus who died in 2001. The Foundation researched the donor’s history of giving and determined that his intent would be to use the proceeds for scholarships to students in the English and Foreign Language Program.
The award will be up to $1,000 per academic year (to one or two students) until funds are exhausted following the criteria listed below:
- Minimum of 20 hours in English beyond the English 1102 level
- Minimum of 3.0 in English courses above English 1102
- Minimum of 2.5 overall GPA; 3.0 preferred
- Student must be an undergraduate
- Preference will be given to students with demonstrated participation in college or related academic activities particularly those sponsored by the Chunnel Club and Sirocco;
Final selection of recipient determined by the English faculty.
HUGH D. CARTER, JR. BIOLOGY SCHOLARSHIP
The Courts Foundation of Atlanta, Georgia, provided funds for a biology scholarship to be awarded to students who have completed 30 semester hours of biology course work.
BIOLOGY CLUB SCHOLARSHIP
The Biology Club provides funds for a biology scholarship to be awarded to an active biology club member.
CHEMISTRY CLUB SCHOLARSHIP
GEOLOGY CLUB SCHOLARSHIP
The Chemistry Club provides funds for a chemistry scholarship. To apply, the student must be a chemistry major with a minimum of 12 semester hours of chemistry at or above 2000 level and a minimum of 48 total semester hours. They must also have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 and chemistry GPA of 3.0 and be an active chemistry club member.
The Geology Club provides funds for a geology scholarship to be awarded to an active geology club member.
The John Henry Dorminy Foundation provided funds for this music scholarship. The award is offered to music majors with strong academic standards.
C.K. EWING SCHOLARSHIP
The C. K. Ewing Scholarship was established in honor of Charles "Chick" Ewing, a Professor of Biology at GSW for thirty-four years. This award is for students majoring in pre-medicine, biology or nursing at GSW. Criteria are academic excellence, financial need, and professional potential.
TAMMY LEE FORTNER SCHOLARSHIP
The family of Tammy Lee Fortner in Columbus, Georgia, established this endowed Scholarship in memory of their daughter. Applicants must be majors of either Fine Arts, Psychology or Sociology and maintain a 3.0 GPA in their major. Special consideration is given to students who demonstrate an interest or talent in the use of arts in human services such as art therapy, recreational therapy, occupational therapy, and music therapy.
J. FRED POWER SCHOLARSHIP
The family and friends of J. Fred Power, a former Professor of English at GSW, established this endowment to honor his devotion to the students he taught for thirty-seven years. Awarded annually to a non-traditional GSW student who is in good academic standing.
BETTIE & CLAUDE L. RHYNE, JR. SCHOLARSHIP
The family of Bettie and Claude Rhyne, Jr. created this scholarship for upper-class or graduate students majoring in Biology who have a 3.0 GPA.
PAUL A. RHYNE SCHOLARSHIP
Claude A. Rhyne established this memorial scholarship as a tribute to his son Paul who demonstrated a love for the arts, especially instrumental ensembles. This scholarship is awarded to a student in good standing who is enrolled in a band and/ or instrumental performance course at GSW.
VIVIAN SCHILD SCHOLARSHIP
Established by alumnus Sandra Blaylock Gillis (‘69) this scholarship award is offered to a female chemistry major who has completed 12 semester hrs. of GSW Chemistry courses that apply toward their major and is based upon the highest sum of overall GPA, Science and Math GPA, and Chemistry GPA.
L. R. TOWSON SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established by alumnus Paul Pitts who credits Dr. L. R. Towson, Professor of Chemistry at GSW 1929-1942, for his successful career. Available to a junior or senior Chemistry major with a minimum 2.5 GPA, after completion of 12 semester hours for juniors and 18 hours for seniors in Chemistry.
Non-Scholarship Funding Available:
CHARLES STEPHEN COFER FUND FOR SUPPORT OF STUDENT RESEARCH
This restricted fund was established by Dr. and Mrs. Harland E. Cofer, Jr. and family in honor of their son Charles. The purpose of this fund is to support the research needs of students majoring in sciences and mathematics. A preference will be given to students researching environmental issues. Support could include, but is not limited to, funds for travel for research purposes, travel to professional meetings and research equipment
THE MATTIE MCNEIL MCKISSACK FUND FOR ART, MUSIC AND LITERATURE
Wheatley Music Scholarship
This fund was created in 1990 through a bequest from the estate of Mrs. Ruth M. Johnson who taught English and Music at GSW. The funds are to be used to support the Arts at Georgia Southwestern State University. At the University President’s discretion, these funds may be used to support and recognize student and faculty studies and achievements in Art, Music, and Literature. Submit requests to the University President.
It is open to all students enrolled in the Concert Choir or University Band, primarily music majors and minors. An audition is required. Please contact music faculty for audition requirements.
This scholarship was established in memory of Richard A. Belford and Martha G. Belford and in honor of William Lee Belford. This scholarship shall be used for a student who is an incoming freshman, or a current student pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree at Georgia Southwestern State University in the School of Business Administration. Consideration will be given to student athletes enrolled in the School of Business who meet the stated criteria.
Criteria are as follows:
- Residency. Preference will be given (although not limited to) students who graduated from High School from Chatham, Effingham, Bulloch, Bryan or Liberty counties in Georgia
- A minimum 3.0 (on a scale of 4) grade point average is required for receipt of this scholarship.
The Scholarship recipient will be determined by the Scholarship Committee of the School of Business at Georgia Southwestern State University. The Scholarship award amount will be credited to the student’s account at GSW.
JAMES DERISO SCHOLARSHIP
This memorial endowment was established by the family of James G. Deriso. Mr. Deriso, father of Mrs. Betty Pope, a former Chairperson of Georgia Southwestern Foundation’s Board of Trustees, was a successful businessman in Sumter County. Consideration is given to participation and leadership in campus activities and extra-curricular activities. The scholarship criteria requires recipients to be junior or senior status, accepted into the School of Business, with a GPA of 3.0, and no more than one grade of "C" in upper division courses.
ROTARY/WILLIS SHIVER SCHOLARSHIP
Established by the Americus Rotary Club for members of Students in Free Enterprise, this scholarship honors the memory of a lifelong member, J. Willis Shiver, who started a successful business in Americus, Georgia which is continuing to flourish as a product of the American free enterprise system.
ROTARY/ E.H. KINNEBREW, SR. SCHOLARSHIP
Established by the Americus Rotary Club for members of Students in Free Enterprise, this scholarship honors a lifelong member, the late E. H. Kinnebrew, Sr. whose successful Americus, Georgia business continues as a product of the American free enterprise system.
JEFF SINGLEY CASH SCHOLARSHIP
Mrs. Singley established this scholarship in memory of her husband, Jeff Singley, who suddenly passed away at age 46, while their two sons, Kyle and Ryan, were pursing degrees at Georgia Southwestern State University. This scholarship will be awarded annually at the rate of $500 per year as long as the donor is able to fund the scholarship.
This scholarship shall be used for a student who meets the following criteria:
- Student enrolled in GSW as a business or pre-business major
- Who has achieved Sophomore or greater student status
- Has a record of academic excellence as demonstrated by a GPA of 3.5 on a 4 point scale
- Who works at least a part-time job
- Preference will be given to students who have lost a parent
The Wheeler/Parker Scholarship was established by Jean and Wes Wheeler as an endowment to honor the Parker and Wheeler families. The criterion gives consideration to students who have financial need and meet admission standards. This scholarship will be shared by the School of Business and the School of Nursing.
ALBERT PETERSON SCHOLARSHIP
Former Professor of Chemistry at GSW, Dr. Dowe Carter, established an endowed scholarship to honor her brother, Major Albert Peterson. The Peterson Scholarship is available to students who have completed 15 semester hours in science and math at GSW. Criteria for determining recipients include overall GPA and the student’s Science and Math GPA.
BETTIE TOLSON RHYNE SCHOLARSHIP
Claude L. Rhyne, Ph.D. of Americus, GA, established this memorial scholarship to honor his wife. This scholarship is for a graduate student who is pursuing a master’s degree in reading. If there is no graduate student who applies in this field of study, consideration will be given to a student or students in the Masters Degree Program in Science or Mathematics.
GEORGIA POWER SCHOLARSHIP
The Georgia Power Scholarship supports high school students, who participated in the annual Mathematics tournament, organized by the School of Computing and Mathematics. The scholarship will be offered to winning participants. Should winners not choose to attend the School of Computing and Mathematics at GSW, the funds would still be applied to scholarship support for students in the School of Computing and Mathematics.
MARY G. DUPREE EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established in memory of Mary G. Dupree by the J. Frank Myers family. The purpose of the fund is to assist students in good standing in attaining a degree in teacher education.
GLYNN MATHIS ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established by Glynn Mathis, an alumnus of GSW and a retired career educator in the State of Georgia. This scholarship is awarded to deserving students (undergraduate or graduate) showing financial need that meet admission standards or requirements at Georgia Southwestern and are pursuing a degree in Education and plan to teach. Preference is given to student athletes demonstrating academic proficiency and athletic skills in any of the intercollegiate sports offered at Georgia Southwestern.
JAMES KIRT MYERS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Dr. James “Kirt” Myers, a dedicated GSW Administrator, teacher, coach, and father died tragically in an automobile accident in 2001. His family, friends, and students began this endowment to honor his memory for his contributions to GSW and the Americus community. The award is available to students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and who have been admitted to teacher education with a Special Education major.
BETTIE TOLSON RHYNE SCHOLARSHIP
Claude L. Rhyne, Ph.D. of Americus, GA, established this memorial scholarship to honor his wife. This scholarship is for a graduate student who is pursuing a Master’s degree in reading. If there is no graduate student who applies in this field of study, consideration will be given to a student or students in the Masters Degree Program in Computer Science.
MARGARET RHYNE WAGENER and ROBERT LEE RHYNE SCHOLARSHIP
Claude Rhyne, the brother of Margaret R. Wagener and Robert Rhyne, established this scholarship as a lasting tribute to their memory. This scholarship is to be awarded to a student admitted to the School of Education with a major emphasis on Special Education. Applicants must demonstrate a need and maintain a GPA of 2.5.
CIVITAN SPECIAL EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship established by the Civitan Club of Americus will be awarded to a student admitted to the School of Education at GSW and who has declared a Special Education major. The award is based on highest GPA in college curriculum. Two $500 awards will be made each year based on available funds. Selection is made by the School of Education’s scholarship committee.
THE RANDY WILLIAMS – JOANNA WILLIAMS SCHOLARSHIP
The Randy Williams—Joanna Williams Scholarship is given in memory of two former students in Developmental Studies at Georgia Southwestern College who went on to become exceptional GSW students. This award is given in their memory to promote the fine qualities of scholarship, leadership, and character which they exhibited.
The student who receives this award must have exited the Developmental Studies Program, be a continuing student at GSW, have earned at least 45 hours but no more than 90 hours of academic credit , have a 2.5 GPA and be present to accept the award at the appropriate ceremony.
CYNTHIA DUDLEY ACADEMIC NURSING AWARD
This award was established by Dr. A. Gatewood Dudley and Cynthia Dudley. Award will be made to the graduating student from the School of Nursing at Georgia Southwestern State University who has achieved the highest grade point average while a nursing student. This award will be given to one nursing student per year. The recipient of the award will be determined by the Scholarship Committee of the School of Nursing at Georgia Southwestern State University which should include the Head Nurse at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center.
LILLIE JOSEY DUDLEY ACADEMIC NURSING SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established by Dr. A. Gatewood Dudley and Cynthia Dudley. Scholarship will be awarded to a student with the highest grade point average upon acceptance to the School of Nursing and who has completed all core requirements at Georgia Southwestern State University. This award will be given to one nursing student per year and is renewable based upon the Scholarship Committee’s recommendation. If the scholarship award is not renewed, it will be offered to another newly admitted student ac-cording to the award criteria. The recipient of the Scholarship will be determined by the Scholarship Committee of the School of Nursing at Georgia Southwestern State University which should include the Head Nurse at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center. The Scholarship award amount will be credited to the student’s account at GSW.
BEBE GIBSON NURSING SCHOLARSHIP
The BeBe Gibson Nursing Scholarship was established by Betsy and Henry Crisp in memory of Mrs. Crisp’s mother, BeBe Gibson. This scholarship will be awarded to an incoming freshman, a transfer student or a current student pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in the School of Nursing at GSW.
The criteria are financial need, preference given to students from Sumter, Lee & Clay counties in Georgia, or to non-traditional students who have established verifiable residency in such counties, and students with a minimum 3.0 GPA. The number, amount and recipients will be determined by the Scholarship Committee of the School of Nursing at GSW.
SHANNON PEAVY KNOPES SCHOLARSHIP
This Memorial Scholarship was created by Shannon’s parents as a lasting tribute to their daughter who died as a result of complications caused by a legionella type virus contracted while working as a nurse. The awards are in the amount of $500 per year and are available to second year nursing majors who are in good academic standing at GSW. Preference is given to Houston County, Georgia, residents.
LOVEDA POWELL MCNAIR MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Brenda Hunter Browning, ASN, an alumnus of GSW’s School of Nursing (’64), established this scholarship in memory of her friend and former classmate. The recipient must be enrolled in the School of Nursing and a resident of the State of Georgia.
FRANCES PATRICK SCHOLARSHIP
The Frances Wynn Patrick Scholarship was established in honor of Mrs. Patrick, Class of 1942, by her husband Carl, founder of Carmike Cinemas in Columbus, Georgia. It is available to nursing students of good standing and covers tuition and fees for nursing supplies. Recipients must re-apply each year.
J. EMORY RYLANDER SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established by the family of J. Emory Rylander, founder of The Tog Shop in Americus, Georgia. Recipients must be enrolled full-time in the School of Nursing, possess high academic standards, and demonstrate commitment and good moral character at GSW and in the community. The award covers a year of tuition and $500 for nursing supplies.
HERSCHEL A. SMITH SCHOLARSHIP
The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia honored Dr. Herschel Smith, GSW’s first campus infirmary physician, by naming the GSW infirmary "The Herschel A. Smith Health Center." Dr. Smith was instrumental in creating the nursing program at Georgia Southwestern. The award is offered to non-traditional nursing students of good academic standing with a GPA of 3.0.
JOAN SMITH SCHOLARSHIP
This award was established by Dr. Joan Smith, a former Professor of Nursing at GSW, to encourage career development in nursing. The ideal candidate should be a nontraditional student with preference being given to RN-BSN or second degree students. Financial need as well as academic excellence may also be a consideration.
ARD WATSON SCHOLARSHIP
The Ard Watson Scholarship Fund was created by his family to honor Mr. Watson, former Director of Clinical Labs at Sumter Regional Hospital, to encourage career development in nursing or other healthcare fields. Consideration is given to residents of Sumter County, Georgia, with a minimum GPA of 2.85.
NELL HOLT HOLMAN CASH SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established by Americus resident Tom Holman in honor of his late wife, Nell Holt Holman, who passed away in 2011. Mr. Holman and his sons wanted to honor Mrs. Holman’s service to the community as a charge nurse at Magnolia Manor Nursing Center, providing care to Alzheimer’s patients for 18 years. This scholarship will be granted on the basis of financial need to GSW students who major in nursing – undergraduate or graduate. Preference will be given to students from Sumter County and surrounding areas.
The Wheeler/Parker Scholarship was established by Jean and Wes Wheeler as an endowment to honor the Parker and Wheeler families. The criterion gives consideration to students who have financial need and meet GSW admission standards. This scholarship will be shared by the School of Business and the School of Nursing.