Forty and Eight Society Scholarship


Forty and Eight Society

Pictured left to right: Owen Martin, Walker Biggs, Dr. James McCann, Harold Davis, Manly Davis and Dean Charles Hardy

Forty and Eight Society Increases Its Scholarship Endowment in Nursing at UNCW

The Forty and Eight Society Voiture 245 recently increased their scholarship endowment in nursing with a generous gift of $2,000. The local chapter has invested in UNCW students’ journeys of learning since 1979. The Forty and Eight Society has awarded scholarships of $1,000 each to as many as eight recipients in an academic year. Scholarships are available to nursing students who have been residents of Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover or Pender Counties for a minimum of five years.

The Forty and Eight Society was formed in 1920 by veterans of World War I. Soldiers were often transported to the front in French railroad boxcars with signs for cargo capacity of “40/8” - forty men and eight horses.

After the Korean War, nursing scholarships became a priority for the national Forty and Eight Society when the shortage of registered nurses became apparent. The local chapter of the Forty and Eight Society established the scholarship in nursing at UNCW in memory of John H. McInnis, former director of Voiture 245’s Nurses Training Committee; Miss Dorothy Dixon, former director of the UNCW Nursing Department; and Harold Sternberger.

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