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$10,000 Donation Given For Emergency Assistance to TC3 Nursing Students

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The Mary Porcari Brady Fund has established a $10,000 Mary Porcari Brady Emergency Nursing Fund at TC3 aimed towards assisting students with emergency needs that could otherwise sidetracked their education in the nursing profession.


Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3) says their nursing program has between 60 and 90 students graduating each year with the majority of the students receiving scholarships and financial aid towards their education. TC3 says though, unexpected burdens do arise.

“Nursing students typically have very busy lives with multiple responsibilities and frequently we lose an academically well prepared student due to financial reasons,” said Professor Kimberly Sharp, chair of the TC3 Nursing Program.

Mary Porcari Brady was a nurse herself for almost 30 years with part of her career at Cortland Memorial Hospital (now Guthrie). Brady died in 2001 with her surviving children establishing the Mary Porcari Brady Fund to assist nursing students in her honor. The fund began assisting nursing students at Monroe Community College, and now assists at four different community colleges within the state.

“Our Mom loved living in Cortland County and working as an RN at Cortland Memorial Hospital”, said Jinny Porcari Keough of Atlanta, Georgia, Mary Porcari Brady’s eldest surviving child. “Giving back to others was one of the most important lessons she taught us. We are thrilled to support Tompkins-Cortland Community College and provide assistance to help student nurses meet unexpected expenses that might derail their education.”

Funding will be administered by the TC3 nursing faculty. TC3 says with this, there will not be any administrative or overhead costs associated with the grant and 100% of all contributions to the Mary Porcari Brady Fund go to nursing students.

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