Fairleigh Dickinson University has just received a donation of $1 million from global medical technology company BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company). The funds are to support health science education.
BD’s financial support was announced during FDU’s 25th Annual Charter Day Scholarship Dinner on Friday, June 6, at the school’s Florham Campus. BD CEO Vincent Forlenza also was honored at the event.
“BD is very proud of our longstanding relationship with FDU and we are excited to be an ongoing partner in FDU’s growth and mission,” Forlenza said in a news release. “Given our institutions’ shared history – and the philanthropic, volunteer and business partnership dimensions that exist between us today – it is clear BD and FDU are united more than ever by our common ideals and aspirations. FDU’s School of Nursing and School of Pharmacy are closely aligned with BD’s purpose of helping all people live healthy lives. We both seek to better educate the public about health care and to better train health care professionals who can have a real impact in the world.”
The financial assistance will help back various additions to the school’s health care program, including the redesign and renovation of science laboratories, the construction of a Sterile Compounding Training Center at the university’s new School of Pharmacy, as well as undergraduate nursing scholarships and fellowships for economically disadvantaged graduate nursing students.
FDU President Sheldon Drucker was happy to partner with private industry to better prepare their students for the future.
“BD’s generous gift and ongoing support is paramount for our strategic priorities in the area of health sciences and brings FDU closer to achieving our bold aspirations,” he said in the release. “We thank BD for helping us prepare students who will make a difference in the world.”
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