Cardiovascular Institute of the South (CIS) has established an endowment fund to benefit nursing students at South Louisiana Community College in honor of the late Michael McElderry, who provided cardiovascular care to the Acadiana community for nearly 30 years.
The Cardiovascular Institute of the South, Mike McElderry Endowed Nursing Scholarship will be used for tuition, fees, uniforms and supplies for qualified students.
“Our hearts will always be with the McElderry family,” said CIS CEO David Konur. Mike was very passionate about patient care, and his patients loved him and were fiercely loyal to him.”
The CIS scholarship investment will be leveraged for one-to-one matching funds from the Louisiana Board of Regents through its Support Fund program for Two-Year Workforce Scholarships.
This donation is in line with CIS’s commitment to education in the growing field of medicine. CIS’s mission is to provide the highest-quality cardiovascular care available.
“Cardiovascular Institute of the South is a critical workforce partner of South Louisiana Community College, and we are proud to partner with CIS for clinical rotations of our nursing students,” said SLCC interim chancellor Dr. Vincent June. “Through this investment, CIS is adding yet another layer of support to the industry’s pipeline of high-quality nurses into the local workforce.”
The first award(s) for the endowment, which is based on the endowment’s market earnings, is expected to be made in Fall 2021. Practical Nursing and Registered Nursing students at SLCC with a 3.0 GPA or higher will be eligible to apply for the scholarship.
To learn more about CIS, visit www.cardio.com.
About Cardiovascular Institute of the South
Founded by Dr. Craig Walker in 1983, Cardiovascular Institute of the South (CIS) is a world-leader in preventing, detecting and treating cardiovascular and peripheral vascular disease. CIS offers a comprehensive heart and vascular program with expert physicians trained in many specialties, including internal medicine, nuclear cardiology, electrophysiology, lipid management, coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, valve disease and interventional cardiovascular procedures. CIS has earned international acclaim as a pioneer of research, development and education, as well as an innovator in the treatment of peripheral vascular disease. With a dedicated team of more than 850 team members, CIS provides comprehensive cardiovascular care at 19 locations across Louisiana and Mississippi, with nine telemedicine programs. CIS remains at the forefront of technology, providing the highest-quality, compassionate care. This mission has guided the institute for more than 36 years of excellence. For more information about CIS, call 1-800-425-2565 or visit www.cardio.com.
About Acadiana’s Community College
South Louisiana Community College is a comprehensive community college that operates campuses in Abbeville, Crowley, Franklin, Houma, Lafayette, Morgan City, New Iberia, Opelousas, St. Martinville, and Ville Platte. The college serves more than 15,000 students annually and offers an array of academic programs. Students earn associate degrees, technical diplomas, certificates, and industry-based certifications. It is ranked 14th among the Top 100 Associate Degree Producers as determined by Community College Week.