For release: May 2, 2013
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Dr. Janet A. Levy and Ralph Levy III, siblings and children of the late Ralph Levy
Jr., have made a significant gift to the Loewenberg School of Nursing at the University
of Memphis to support students pursuing the goal of becoming registered nurses.
The gift establishes the Ralph Levy Jr. Endowed Scholarship in Nursing, which will
be awarded to multiple students from underrepresented populations who attended a public
high school in Memphis. Recipients must be and remain in good academic standing with
the University and the School of Nursing and demonstrate financial need.
Pictured (from left) are Ralph Levy III; Dr. Lin Zhan, dean of the nursing school;
Hazzie Hubbert (caregiver to Ralph Levy Jr. and inspiration for gift); and Dr. Janet
Janet Levy is an assistant research professor and statistical methodologist at Duke
University School of Nursing; she has been a practicing statistician and research
methodologist for 25 years. Ralph Levy III is an associate with Leahy, Wright and
Associates LLC; he has more than 30 years of experience as a trial attorney in the
St. Louis area. The scholarship honors their father, the late Ralph Levy Jr., a native
Memphian, businessman and amateur golfer.
“We are establishing this scholarship to express our deep gratitude and appreciation
of the members of the African-American community in Memphis who provided nurturing
and compassionate care to my family in our times of need, to me and my brother as
small children and to my father as he aged,” said Janet Levy.
Some 20 percent of students in the Loewenberg School are African-American. A goal
of the School is to retain and graduate African-American students so they can join
the nursing workforce and care for diverse patient populations.
“We are honored and humbled to receive such a generous gift from the Levy family in
support of African-American nursing students from Memphis,” said Dr. Lin Zhan, dean
and professor in the Loewenberg School. “The Levy family’s gift reflects the values
of caring, compassion and humanity. Nurses make a difference every day, and this generous
gift will further encourage our African-American students to become professional nurses,
leaders and practitioners.”