Rhode Island College Receives $3M Gift for Nursing Program

Rhode Island College (RIC), a NEC member, received its largest individual grant in the college’s history in support of its nursing program. Philanthropist Edward Avedisian awarded the state college with a $3 million gift, which will both financially aid nursing students and modernize the program itself.

Mr. Avedisian’s experiences include being a member of the Boston Pops for over 35 years, as well as performing with the Boston Ballet Orchestra for over 40 years. His success as a private investor also allows him to engage in many philanthropic activities and donations. For example, in 2017, Mr. Avedisian donated $5 million to the University of Rhode Island’s college of pharmacy, which created an endowed professorship in organic chemistry and a scholarship, the Paramaz Avedisian Pharmacy Scholarship, named after his late brother. His recent gift of $3 million to RIC led to a vote by the Rhode Island Council on Postsecondary Education to rename the college’s School of Nursing to the Zvart Onanian School of Nursing after Mr. Avedesian’s sister, a former nurse.

The New England Council celebrates this important grant awarded to Rhode Island College’s nursing school, as it provides vital support during a critical time for healthcare workers.

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