Lucy Tull Scholarship

Lucy Tull Scholarship

At a time of critical shortages in nursing, a caring philanthropist truly made a difference. In December of 2006, The Salisbury University Foundation announced the largest single gift by an individual donor in its history, a $5.3 million bequest to benefit nursing and other medically related professions taught at SU from Lucy Tull.

The gift establishes the Lucy Tull Scholarship Program for students with financial need wishing to pursue a degree in a medically related field. Students must reside in Wicomico, Worcester or Somerset counties. The funds are also available for transfer students from Wor-Wic Community College who meet the scholarship prerequisites. While those studying nursing have priority, students in other programs such as pre-medicine and the health sciences, including respiratory therapy and clinical laboratory science, may apply.

Although she spent the last four decades of her life in Salisbury, Tull’s adopted home was New York City. A Sutton Place socialite who graduated from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the New York School of Interior Design, she was fondly remembered by her family for her charm, wit, and sense of fashion. A regular visitor to the Eastern Shore while growing up, Tull had family ties to Worcester and Somerset counties. In the second half of her life, she built a home near the University in the Ridge Road neighborhood.

“This gift is a remarkable statement about the power of a healing hand and the difference that many believe we can make,” said Dr. Susan Battistoni, now retired chair of the SU Nursing Department. “We, Salisbury University, are proud to be entrusted with Mrs. Tull’s legacy."