Pfeiffer University has been awarded $500,000 from the Golden LEAF Foundation for its forthcoming Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MS-PAS) program. The support comes as part of funding that totals $1.3 million from the foundation to Stanly County entities from its Community-Based Grantsmaking Initiative for three significant but separate projects.
Pfeiffer’s MS-PAS program, scheduled to launch in January 2020, [pending approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)], will operate from Pfeiffer’s new health science facility currently under development in downtown Albemarle, N.C. Funding from the Golden LEAF Foundation will support technology and simulation equipment, library resources and furnishings for the MS-PAS program.
“Pfeiffer is proud be included in the opportunity to benefit from the Golden LEAF Foundation’s Community-Based Grantsmaking Initiative,” said Dr. Colleen Perry Keith, president. “With the foundation’s focus on projects that strengthen the state’s economy, this support certainly indicates faith in our region and the projects funded. As the physician assistant program develops, particularly with the state-of-the-art technology this grant makes possible, its value to the community—along with that of the occupational therapy program to be based at the Albemarle site—will be increasingly and consistently evident.”
To apply for funding from the Golden LEAF Foundation’s Community-Based Grantsmaking Initiative, the county manager must pre-approve applications based on potential economic social benefit to the county. Historically, the initiative has supported projects proposed by Stanly County, the City of Albemarle and Stanly Community College. This year, the City of Albemarle generously invited Pfeiffer to apply in its place. Also receiving Golden LEAF grants are Stanly Community College to develop a visualization data center designed to help workers acquire the skills employers demand, and Stanly County to expand the county’s water interconnections infrastructure.
The Golden LEAF Foundation, a nonprofit philanthropic organization based in Rocky Mount, N.C., is devoted to the economic wellbeing of North Carolinians and committed to using its assets to support projects with potential to bolster North Carolina’s long-term economy, particularly in rural and economically distressed communities.