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Dorothy Zug Taylor’s generosity “Pays it Forward”


Dorothy Zug Taylor created a significant endowment to provide St. Luke’s nursing students with scholarships.

Her longstanding ties to St. Luke’s University Health Network date back to her time as a 1957 graduate of St. Luke’s School of Nursing. “Dotty,” as she was known to her friends and family, passed away in July 2023, following a lifetime of accomplishment and service to her community.

The newly established Dorothy Zug Taylor St. Luke’s School of Nursing Scholarship Endowment Fund will be used to provide scholarships to nursing students with demonstrated financial need and an interest in entering a nursing career in acute care or behavioral health. Preference will be given to first-generation, post-high school students who intend to work at St. Luke’s following graduation.

Her original “Pay It Forward” endowed scholarship fund to benefit the St. Luke’s School of Nursing was created in 2007 to support and advance the education of students and faculty members. The most recent endowment continues her long-standing commitment to providing educational opportunities for aspiring nurses.

According to her daughter, Dr. Kathryn Zug, her mother “always viewed her nursing school education as a door to growth and opportunity. Her generous gift for the scholarship program reflects her strong desire to promote that opportunity. She was very proud of being a nurse and her time working in public health and she was a strong believer in passing on the opportunity for education to others, viewing education as a critical pillar one could lean on for life.”

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