The Perpetual Cycle of Caring


“Tomorrow’s legacy is being fashioned today by the College’s students and teachers who earnestly believe in honor, reciprocity and joy — those were Kay’s most cherished qualities.”

— B G Carter

B G Carter and Kay Carpenter


VISION: To create access to excellence for the next generation of nurses

SUPPORT: Kay Carpenter and B G Carter

When B G Carter and Kay Carpenter moved to St. Andrews Estates - South years ago, Kay was on a mission: she was motivated to create an association of retired nurses in the neighborhood who could not only share their experiences — they could take action in support of nurses who would follow in their footsteps.

A perpetual pioneer in her field, Kay wanted one stipulation: as the students graduated and found employment, they would repay the scholarship over a period of 10 years, creating a never-ending cycle of philanthropy — and caring.

The Kay Carpenter “Pay it Forward” Scholarship was established at the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing in 2018. Many of its recipients helped push that year’s class to a 100 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination. Most recently, the fund has become a lifeline for nursing students struggling to continue their studies in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.

After an extraordinary life, Kay passed away in March 2020, proud that she had achieved her vision to perpetuate the cycle of caring and open the doors of opportunity.


Charting new courses. Beginning new traditions. And rising in the ranks.

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