Shahs give $10,000 to CSM for nurs­ing, al­lied health

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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.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

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.

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