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UB Nursing Students Receive Petsan Scholarships

Release Date: March 10, 1998

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Three University at Buffalo School of Nursing graduate students have been selected as recipients of the Gustave Petsan & Nova G. Petsan Scholarship.

Peter Anders, Jennifer Datta and Brian Jackson have each received a $1,000 Petsan Scholarship to be used toward a master's degree in nursing. The one-year scholarship is awarded to students who have shown a strong interest in nursing and are in financial need.

Anders, a resident of the City of Tonawanda, is a graduate student in the nursing school's nurse anesthesia program. An intensive care nurse at Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Anders is a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

Datta, a Getzville resident, is pursuing her studies in the family nurse-practitioner program while working part-time in the surgical intensive care unit at Millard Fillmore Hospital-Gates Circle. She also is a flight nurse in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, and a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

Jackson, a Buffalo resident, also is a student in the family nurse-practitioner program. He is vice president of the UB Graduate Nurses Association.

The Gustave Petsan & Nova G. Petsan Scholarship Fund was established in 1986, by the late Nova Petsan, who died in 1997, through an initial $200,000 gift to the nursing school. The scholarship, named in honor of Petsan and her late husband, benefits both undergraduate and graduate nursing students. In 1997, the nursing school also received a $2 million bequest from Petsan that is the largest ever received by the school, and one of the largest in the university's 150-year history. These funds are also dedicated exclusively to nursing scholarships.

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