Martin Methodist College (MMC) officially announced at its board of trustees meeting on April 18 receiving a $2 million grant award from the Jeanette Travis Foundation, making this the fourth and largest gift the foundation has made to the College in the last five years.

Chartered in 2003 by Jeanette Travis after the death of her husband, Leon Travis, the Jeanette Travis Foundation exists today because of the Travis’s simple way of life that resulted from growing up in the Great Depression. The foundation’s principal mission is to further the profession of nursing and assist organizations that provide primary healthcare and other basic services to vulnerable and underserved populations. 

“Our philosophy of stewardship for the Foundation is to seek to identify opportunities to support people and programs that would have pleased Mrs. Travis and that meet a significant need in the community,” Travis Foundation President and Trustee Richard Warren. “We are confident that it would have gladdened her heart to see these funds benefitting the nursing program at Martin Methodist.”

The grant funds are designated to renovating the MMC Biology and Chemistry Labs and for expanding and enhancing the Nursing Program. As a result of the Travis Foundation’s generosity and continued support of the College, the MMC Board of Trustees unanimously voted to rename the Martin Methodist College Nursing Program in memory of Jeanette M. Travis and will now bear the new name Jeanette M. Travis School of Nursing.

 “This extraordinary and historic commitment will ensure the quality and growth of our nursing and health science programs,” President of MMC Mark La Branche said. “The rural communities we serve will be the beneficiaries as these well trained professionals enter the workforce. Ms. Travis embodies the life of a good and faithful servant. Her legacy will live on in the lives of those prepared by the Nursing School that now bears her name.”

Martin Methodist College, founded in 1870, is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Martin Methodist offers baccalaureate degrees in 39 programs of study that include English, religious studies, music and dramatic arts, mathematics and natural sciences to business, social sciences, education, criminal justice, and nursing.


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