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Nancy Carroll Allen Supports Alton High Graduates With Full Nursing Scholarships

Nancy Carroll Allen Supports Alton High Graduates With Full Nursing Scholarships

Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College has received an unprecedented gift that will provide, annually, a full scholarship to an Alton High School student or graduate pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. This is the first Goldfarb scholarship that covers total tuition and fees.

The gift was made by Nancy Carroll Allen, a 1965 alumna of Jewish Hospital School of Nursing and former staff member of Jewish Hospital, now known as Barnes-Jewish Hospital. A native of Alton, Illinois, Allen has specified the scholarship be offered to a candidate who attended her high school and is currently active in the Alton community.

Allen and her husband, Robert Allen, MD, met while working at Jewish Hospital. Dr. Allen became a renowned physician-scientist, conducting pioneering work in the diagnosis and understanding of deficiencies of vitamin B12 and folate. His research led him to develop a test to measure B12 that is currently used by clinical laboratories throughout the world. Working alongside her husband, Allen was the clinical coordinator of the human studies using the new test. The Allens are now retired and engaged in giving back.

“We’re grateful to the Allens for their visionary philanthropy and generous spirit that will enable more students to follow their dreams of becoming nurses,” says Nancy Ridenour, PhD, RN, APRN, BC, FAAN, the Maxine Clark and Bob Fox Dean and Professor at Goldfarb School of Nursing, and President of Barnes-Jewish College. “More than ever, these scholarships are essential so we can attract the best and brightest as future nurses to meet the growing needs in health care.”

In making their generous gift, Allen says she was grateful for a scholarship that made it possible for her to attend nursing school and wanted to use her resources to “pay it forward” to students from her community who have big dreams and little resources.

The gift was made through The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital, which supports Goldfarb.

To learn more about the Nancy Carroll Allen Scholarship Fund, please contact the financial aid department at Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College at [email protected] or by calling 314.454.7055.

With a legacy beginning in 1902, Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College has a strong tradition of educating health care professionals. Located on the Washington University School of Medicine campus in St. Louis, Goldfarb School of Nursing is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish Hospital, with a second site at Missouri Baptist Medical Center. Goldfarb has nationally recognized educational facilities with state-of-the-art classrooms, lecture halls and sophisticated clinical simulation labs with exam rooms that provide high-tech, advanced nursing care experiences. Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and is approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing. To learn more, please visit

The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports the following: Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Siteman Cancer Center, Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College, BJC Home Care and Hospice, Evelyn’s House (hospice), and Washington University School of Medicine.

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