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Paying It Forward to Nursing Students

 Pictured: Burt Lewis with Marilyn K. Wideman, DNP, RN, BC, president of the Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Nurses Alumni Association.
When Erma Page Lewis, a 1944 graduate of St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing*, passed away, her husband wanted to establish a scholarship fund in her honor.
“You make a living from your profession, which all begins with your schooling — so it’s important to give back to the institution that gave you your start,” said Burt Lewis, a longtime Rush donor and member of the Anchor Cross, Rush Heritage and Golden Lamp donor recognition societies.
Additionally he established a charitable gift annuity with Rush, paying him quarterly distributions for the rest of his life, at which point the remainder will be rolled into the Erma Page Lewis and Burton Lewis Endowed Nursing Scholarship fund — helping even more nursing students get their start at Rush.
For the first time since 2012, charitable gift annuity rates are increasing for donors like Burt who choose to give back through this vehicle starting July 1, 2018.
*St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing is a predecessor school of Rush University College of Nursing.