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Carter Family Gives $500K for UAMS Nursing Scholarship

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The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Nursing has received a $500,000 commitment from Michael Carter, Dr. Sarah Carter and their daughter, Elizabeth Carter, to create the Dr. Elois R. Field Endowed Scholarship for Ph.D. Students.

The scholarship will help Ph.D. nursing students, preferably Arkansas residents from underrepresented groups in the nursing profession, to prepare early in their career to conduct research. It will cover tuition and fees for one student. Applicants must demonstrate high interest and potential for being a research scientist.

Field, who died in 2007, was dean of the college from 1965 to 1978 and developed its nurse practitioner program and master’s program. Her vision was to prepare nurses for broad service, including in remote areas that had little access to medical care.

Michael Carter said in a news release that Field was a mentor who encouraged his pursuit of an advanced nursing education. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the UAMS College of Nursing in 1969 and 1973 and holds national certifications as both a family nurse practitioner and a geriatric nurse practitioner.

From 1982 to 2000, Carter served as dean and professor at the College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and he was named a distinguished professor emeritus in 2018. He is an adjunct clinical professor of geriatrics at the UAMS College of Medicine. In 2019, he received the College of Nursing’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Dr. Sarah Carter received her medical degree from the UAMS College of Medicine in 1965. She was one of only six women in her medical school class. She interned at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock and completed an internal medicine residency at UAMS and the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System.

Carter was board certified in internal medicine and geriatrics. She spent the majority of her career treating patients at VA medical centers across the country. She also served as chief of ambulatory care and chief of staff at the Memphis VA Medical Center and was associate dean at the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Elizabeth Carter is the A.N. Yiannopoulos Professor of Law and the Judge Anthony J. Graphia & Jo Ann Graphia Professor of Law at Louisiana State University.

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