Fort Myers Couple Bequeaths $728,000

An anonymous Fort Myers couple carried a deep respect for nurses. The late wife had always wanted to be a nurse, but never had the chance.

The Edison State College Foundation announced the couple’s estate gift of $728,000 on Monday to the School of Nursing on Lee Campus. Now the late wife’s generous gift will give others the opportunity for a strong nursing education and increase the number of qualified nurses in Southwest Florida.

“We’re grateful that this gift allows us to sustain our superior record of training and educating nurses for the future,” said Mary Myers, Interim Dean of Professional and Technical Studies. “It is comforting to know that when you need care Edison State College nurses are well prepared to respond. The generous support of this couple enhances our mission to deliver quality care.”

More than 200 students are enrolled in The Nursing Program at Edison State College. The National Council Licensure Examination passage rates for the Associate of Science Nursing Degree was more than 90 percent for the last testing period.

“This large gift shows that there is tremendous trust in Edison State College and our Nursing Program,” said J. Dudley Goodlette, Interim District President. “This gift will make a significant impact on nursing care in our community and in our ability to continue providing excellent educational opportunities.”

For media inquiries contact Francesca Donlan (239) 433-6917 or email at fdonlan@edison.edu