Recognizing the need to help alleviate a critical shortage of Registered Nurses in Upstate New York, The Mary Porcari Brady Fund (MPB) Fund was established in 2006 at Monroe Community College in Rochester, N.Y. The MPB Fund was designed in collaboration with MCC School of Nursing faculty to support students in the program facing unexpected living costs that put them at risk of suspending – or even dropping out of – their studies. The average grants are less than $2,000, and have been issued to support everything from childcare, to unexpected car repairs to emergency shelter. In 2016, the MPB Fund expanded its scope with the creation of the Mary Porcari Brady Nursing Continuation Education Fund (again designed in collaboration with faculty) offering financial support to students for specific classes – where credits earned transfer to four-year colleges offering a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing Science.
Provides Micro-Grants For Both Unexpected Financial Challenges That Would Otherwise Deter Studies – As Well As Tuition Support For Specific Community College Classes That Transfer To Bachelor Of Nursing Programs At 4-Year Schools.
100 % Of All MPB Fund Donations Are Used To Support Upstate Student Nurses. Overhead And Administrative Costs Are Donated By The Fund Managers.
The MPB Fund Was Designed In Collaboration With The Department Of Nursing At Monroe Community College In Rochester, N.Y., And Has Since Expanded To The Nursing Programs At Onondaga Community College In Syracuse, N.Y. And Tompkins-Cortland Community College In Dryden, N.Y.
As Of January, 2017, With Over $324,000 In Direct Grants Supplemented By Almost $50,000 In Matching Grants, The MPB Fund Has Thus Far Delivered $374,000 In Emergency And Scholarship Funds To Over 100 Nursing Students In Upstate New York.
The MPB Fund Is A Registered 501 (c) (3) (1) Charitable Fund. All Donations Are Tax Deductable.