Shahs give $10,000 to CSM for nursing, allied health
College of Southern Maryland Foundation Director Dr. Ila Shah and her husband Dr. Vinod K. Shah continued their generous support of CSM and commitment to student success with a $100,000 donation to mark Vinod Shah’s recent birthday.
The funds will be used to bolster the Southern Maryland Nursing and Health Alliance Scholarship set up by the Shahs in 2016 in support of nursing and allied health programs.
“When you support education, you are giving a gift which is really remarkable,” Vinod Shah said in a press release. “Being a doctor, I think saving lives is important but with education, it’s more than saving lives. You are making a life.”
“I have seen the students, from all over the place, doing the work and trying to get an education,” said Ila Shah, who has been practicing in the community since 1974. “I’m very proud of [CSM] because of the support they have given. We are employing a lot of medical students from CSM [including] the nurses and all of the health alliances. Our scholarship is specifically for the nurses, medical assistants and the health alliance.”
“The Shahs weave their amazing generosity throughout Southern Maryland,” CSM President Maureen Murphy said. “Our students are so incredibly fortunate to have the Shahs in their corner, being their champion and cheering them on. The CSM Foundation is honored to join forces with the Shahs and work hard – every day – to change lives.”
Ila Shah, who was honored with the CSM Trustee Distinguished Service Award in 2018, is a retired pediatrician who serves on the college’s Foundation Board. She is also a co-founder of MedStar Shah Medical Group, a leader in the health sciences industry locally and globally and is known as a visionary who uses her expertise and network of colleagues to reduce barriers to education and healthcare.
“She is passionate about education and understands how important it is toward the vitality of our community and she believes no one should be denied an education due to financial difficulties,” CSM Trustee Chair Ted Harwood said when he announced the award for Shah.
In addition to being a philanthropist, Ila Shah is known for her love and compassion for the well-being of children, as reflected through her support of the St. Charles Children’s Learning Center at the college’s La Plata Campus, and the Shahs were instrumental in the purchase of tricycles and shade umbrellas for the children.
“Dr. Shah is a humanitarian who also makes an impact internationally,” Harwood said. “Through her service as a member of the Rotary Club of Charlotte Hall, Dr. Shah often partners with Rotary International on global projects. For example, she recently led the effort to bring clean drinking water to 18 villages in India and she is currently working with a team of doctors to provide cataract surgeries on 1,400 blind adults and children in Nigeria.”
“Dr. Shah makes the world a better place and we are fortunate to have her as a friend and supporter,” Murphy said.
When asked about her spirit of giving and service, Ila Shah was quick to respond.
“The community has given me so much love and affection,” she said. “I cannot put a price tag on that.”
The Southern Maryland Nursing and Health Alliance Scholarship will provide financial support for students who are pursuing careers in nursing, pre-nursing, medical lab technician or phlebotomy technician. Scholarship applicants must be a resident of Calvert, Charles or St. Mary’s counties; demonstrate financial need; possess and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA; and be enrolled in one of specified Health Science programs at the college.
Recipients will receive financial assistance for tuition, fees and books for nursing, pre-nursing, medical lab tech, phlebotomy tech and future programs identified by the donor as well as up to $1,500 per semester for four consecutive semesters if they comply with the eligibility requirements and remain in good academic standing.
For information about the CSM Foundation, go to https://foundation.csmd.edu/ index.html, or for more information about the college, call 301-934-7765, or go to www. csmd.edu.
CSM President Maureen Murphy, left, looks on as College of Southern Maryland Foundation Director Dr. Ila Shah, left, and husband Dr. Vinod K. Shah, right, continue their generous support of the college and commitment to student success by recently giving the college a $100,000 gift with CSM Foundation Chair Nancy Hempstead.