TTUHSC El Paso and El Paso Electric Announce “Champions of Trusted Heroes” Gift for the Hunt School of Nursing

TTUHSC El Paso and El Paso Electric Announce “Champions of Trusted Heroes” Gift for the Hunt School of Nursing

Gift supports school’s 10-year anniversary scholarship campaign

As Hunt School of Nursing students touch the community through their sacrifice and commitment, local businesses are showing their support.

On Thursday, May 6, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso announced El Paso Electric as a new “Signature Champion of Trusted Heroes.” El Paso Electric presented a $25,000 gift to the Hunt School of Nursing’s Scholarship Fund to provide scholarships and other financial and educational support to help students complete their degrees.

The $25,000 gift is part of a $45,000 commitment from El Paso Electric to benefit multiple programs at TTUHSC El Paso, including Cookies, Cocoa & Holiday Cheer 2021; the Medical Student Run Clinic; Medventure for Your Future; the Pre-Dental Society and summer camps. 

“Over the last year, we have witnessed the resiliency and compassion of the human spirit and the bravery of our front-line workers, like nurses, caring for those when they are at their most vulnerable,” said El Paso Electric President and CEO Kelly A. Tomblin. “At El Paso Electric, we firmly believe that our community deserves access to the best medical care available along with the energy needed every day to support this important endeavor for our loved ones. Our commitment to our region is exemplified in our support of the Hunt School of Nursing by supporting nursing scholarships, and celebrating National Nurses Week alongside the school’s 10-year anniversary.”

El Paso Electric joins Lone Star Title Company of El Paso as a Signature Champion of Trusted Heroes. The Champions of Trusted Heroes campaign raises awareness of the personal sacrifices students make as they work clinical rotations and a rigorous 16-month accelerated program, all while preparing for the front lines of the pandemic. It also demonstrates that every gift supports future health care heroes, which is especially important as the region faces a shortage of nurses. By supporting opportunities in critical fields, like nursing, the campaign promotes an economically vibrant region through the next generation of health care leaders. This is especially true for nursing students who are the first in their family to graduate.

The announcement was made during a National Nurses Week celebration event on May 6 and kicked off the university’s year-long celebration of the Hunt School of Nursing’s decade milestone. During the celebration event, volunteers from El Paso Electric, Lone Star Title and State Farm joined TTUHSC El Paso and Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso to distribute lunches to students, faculty and nurses working at Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso clinics and partner hospitals.

To participate in the Champions of Trusted Heroes campaign and support future health care heroes, contact Craig Holden, assistant vice president for the TTUHSC El Paso Office of Institutional Advancement, at 915-215-5943 or

Hunt School of Nursing Celebrates 10 Years in El Paso

In September 2011, the Hunt School of Nursing seated an inaugural class of 38 future health care heroes. Established by a monumental $10 million gift from the Hunt Family Foundation, the school of nursing focused its mission on graduating the next generation of talented nurses to address critical shortages in the Borderland. The Hunt School of Nursing offers the only accelerated program in the region where students earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) in just 16 months.

Throughout 2021, TTUHSC El Paso will celebrate the Hunt School of Nursing’s 10-year anniversary and its contributions to higher education, health care in the Paso del Norte region and combating the critical shortage of nurses in West Texas.

To date, the Hunt School of Nursing has graduated more than 800 students, with the vast majority of those graduates staying in the region. The school of nursing currently has partnerships with every hospital in the El Paso community, which includes both clinical rotation opportunities and job placements post-graduation.

Currently, 75% of students from the Hunt School of Nursing are El Paso natives, fulfilling TTUHSC El Paso’s mission to create more educational opportunities for Borderland residents.

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