Making a Meaningful Difference

Born in Brooklyn N.Y., and raised by her single mother in Pennsylvania, Nancy Wisnom Stuever graduated from Carlow College in 1973 with her bachelor’s degree in nursing. She went on to earn her master’s in cardiovascular nursing and nursing education as well as an EdD in educational leadership and nursing education. She held positions as an urgent care nurse and a critical care nurse before becoming a nurse educator. Today, Nancy serves on the Carlow Board of Trustees and as a member of the Development and Alumni Engagement Committee.

Between Nancy and her husband Larry, they have degrees from four different universities, but they’ve always held Carlow University’s mission close to their hearts.

In 2007 Nancy and her husband felt called to give back, and they established a renewable scholarship for first-generation full-time college students from single-parent families who are majoring in nursing. The named Maysie E. Wisnom Endowed Scholarship is in honor of Nancy’s mother.

“If it was not for all the support I received from Carlow, I would have not been able to pursue my education or career. I am thrilled to be able to give back to students so they, too, can be successful in their future.” Ten students have received the Maysie E. Wisnom Endowed Scholarship since its creation.

The couple was honored at Carlow University’s annual President’s Legacy Reception on Oct. 16. They received the second annual David and Barbara Capozzi Kirr ’60 Leadership in Philanthropy Award—named in honor of the Kirrs’ transformational, philanthropic leadership at the university.

The award honors benefactors of Carlow University who demonstrate dedication and commitment to the transformational mission of Carlow University through their financial support in the form of lifetime contributions, pledges or planned gifts, as well as service to the university and the community.

“I am pleased beyond measure to count Nancy and Larry among the Carlow family. Their commitment to the university is passing on a legacy of service and compassion,” said Suzanne K. Mellon, PhD, president of Carlow University.

The reception was also an opportunity for Carlow’s endowments benefactors to meet face-to-face with dozens of Carlow students who are recipients of academic scholarships made possible through these endowments. It was a time for students to say “thank you.”

This year, respiratory care student Jason Grubbs spoke about the positive impact receiving a scholarship award has made on him and the rest of his family. “I want to thank Carlow and all those who willingly gave to a scholarship fund to support students who otherwise could not afford to go to college—and for easing the financial burden on families,” Grubbs said.

According to Dr. Mellon, through giving to Carlow, donors offer endless possibilities to students in building a brighter future for themselves, their families and the community.

Carlow University extends a special thank you to Jones Passodelis P LLC law firm for its sponsorship of the President’s Legacy Reception.

Consider Giving

Nearly 15 years ago, David and Barbara Capozzi Kirr ’60 created a unique way to grow Carlow University’s endowment. This year, in celebration of 90 years of Carlow University providing transformational learning opportunities that inspire students to make a meaningful difference, the Kirrs proposed a new challenge.

Capozzi Kirr challenge to grow scholarship support for adult and graduate students*:

The Kirrs pledged $50,000 to use as a dollar-for-dollar match for all gifts up to $10,000. The goal is to raise $100,000 for adult and graduate students by June 30, 2020.

*Includes a gift given by an individual, group of individuals or organization.

To make a gift, visit or contact Carlow University’s Office of Advancement at 412.578.6120 or

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