The inaugural Holiday Style Fashion Show and luncheon brought haute couture and runway models to Galveston, raising $150,000 to provide scholarships for the new undergraduate Honors Nursing Program at the School of Nursing at the University of Texas Medical Branch. 

Tootsie’s, a Houston clothing store known for its couture, provided the models and designs for this professional runway show, and much of the production, from auction items to flower arrangements and security, was donated. The event was so successful that plans are underway for the Nov. 14, 2013 show. 

“We are very pleased to be launching our new Honors Program,” said School of Nursing Dean Pamela G. Watson. “These programs are tremendously important in attracting the very best students. Through the extraordinary leadership of event chairwoman Mary Ann Salch and the generosity of all who contributed to make the show an unqualified success, we will be able to provide generous scholarships for these students.” 

Nurses’ roles will continue to expand as the nation’s health care system evolves. The Affordable Care Act increases the number of people with access to health care and nurses will be essential to meeting that need. The Honors Program will attract and support the best students and potential leaders in the profession. 

“Our Honors Nursing Program demonstrates our commitment to excellence and to encouraging the intellectual curiosity of highly qualified students who seek advanced academic challenges in undergraduate nursing education,” said Watson. 

The inaugural class of eight students will begin their studies in Fall 2013 and will be known as McGovern Scholars. In addition to a scholarship, these students also will receive funds to participate in field programs serving the health-care needs of underserved and rural Texans. 

The UTMB School of Nursing was established in 1890 as the first in Texas and the oldest school on a university campus west of the Mississippi.