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$2 million gift to DePaul University will support School of Nursing scholarships

Susan Hadam Schoenholz and David A. Schoenholz help address vital healthcare need

Susan Hadam Schoenholz and David A. Schoenholz
Susan Hadam Schoenholz and David A. Schoenholz. (Image courtesy of the donors)
CHICAGO — Despite the challenges of a pandemic and a nursing shortage, DePaul University’s School of Nursing is welcoming students who are eager to enter the nursing profession. Alumna Susan Hadam Schoenholz and her husband, David A. Schoenholz, are helping DePaul meet the challenge with a generous gift supporting student scholarships.

The couple’s $2 million legacy gift through their estate plan will create the Susan Hadam and David A. Schoenholz Endowed Scholarship in Nursing. The scholarship will provide recognition and financial assistance to prelicensure students pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree in the School of Nursing.

“I found DePaul’s nursing education to be outstanding as well as inspiring,” said Hadam Schoenholz. “Compassion, commitment and competence are intrinsic to the profession, and DePaul strives to instill all three in its graduates. We are glad for this opportunity to give back and make a difference for students and the people who will benefit from their care when it’s needed more than ever.”

The couple’s philanthropy coincides with this fall’s relaunch of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, the most common entry into nursing practice.

“Scholarships are integral to the success of DePaul students, who are part of a highly diverse student body and are often the first in their families to attend college,” said Stephanie Dance-Barnes, dean of the College of Science and Health. “We are deeply grateful to Susan and David for helping students achieve their dreams as they prepare for critically important careers in a wide array of nursing practices.”

Students in the BSN, Master’s Entry to Nursing Practice, RN to MS in Nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs benefit from experienced nursing faculty members who are active clinicians, researchers and leaders in the profession. During the COVID-19 pandemic, School of Nursing faculty and students served on the front lines, administered vaccines and conducted research to document nurses’ experiences.

“These programs are the perfect way to make a great contribution to society,” said Suling Li, director of the School of Nursing. “We have the resources and faculty knowledge to prepare nurses at this time of great need.”

School of Nursing students
School of Nursing graduate students study in the simulation lab on the Lincoln Park Campus. DePaul enables entry into nursing at both the BSN and master’s levels. (DePaul University/Jeff Carrion)

Supporting transformative education in nursing resonates personally for Susan Hadam Schoenholz. She earned her master’s in nursing at DePaul and served as a clinical specialist in education at Harvard Medical School’s Joslin Diabetes Center and as a clinical specialist in diabetes and pregnancy at Northwestern University. She also worked as director of nursing at a home health agency before retiring. David Schoenholz, also retired, formerly held several executive leadership positions at Household International.

The School of Nursing offers cutting-edge facilities, including simulation labs and the latest physical assessment tools and technology. Students have access to clinical placements in diverse settings throughout the Chicago metro area and an extensive, professional alumni network.

About DePaul University
Celebrating 125 years of engaging, diverse and global learning, DePaul University provides exceptional academics and real-world experiences to prepare students for a changing world. With nearly 22,000 students across more than 300 academic programs, DePaul has two campus locations in Chicago. Students richly benefit from the city’s many opportunities. In turn, DePaul is one of the forces that shapes Chicago’s future. The university was founded in 1898 by the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentians), a Roman Catholic religious community dedicated to following the ideals of St. Vincent de Paul. DePaul is among the nation’s top universities for diversity because of its long tradition of providing a high-quality education to students from a broad range of backgrounds. Today, DePaul is the largest private, nonprofit university in the Midwest and the largest Catholic university in the nation. As it begins its next 125 years, DePaul remains committed to service and leadership as a faith-based institution. Visit to learn more.


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