Lincoln Memorial University


Phillips Family Donates $1 Million for LMU Nursing Scholarships

Left to Right: Dr. Mary Anne Modrcin, Vice President of Extended Sites and Dean, LMU Caylor School of Nursing, Mike Schultz, President and CEO, Florida Hospital, West Florida Division, Dr. Pete DeBusk, LMU Chairman of the Board, Avis Phillips, Ted Phillips and Dr. Clayton Hess, LMU President


November 13, 2017 (Harrogate, Tennessee) – Ted and Avis Phillips, founders of Phillips and Jordan headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, and owners of 4G Ranch in Pasco County, Florida, have generously donated $1 million to Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) to create an endowment fund for nursing scholarships.

“In numerous conversations with my dear friends Ted and Avis Phillips, we have discussed the exciting opportunity for Lincoln Memorial University to open a new campus for the Caylor School of Nursing in Tampa, Florida,” said LMU Chairman of the Board, O.V. Autry “Pete” DeBusk. “The Phillips have always valued both education and opportunity, and are longtime supporters of LMU and its mission.”

The Ted and Avis Phillips Endowed Nursing Scholarship Fund will provide academic scholarships to assist nursing students in need at the LMU-Tampa Extended Learning Site. Recipients of the scholarships will be deemed “Phillips Scholars,” with first priority given to students from Pasco County, Florida. Secondary priority will consist of qualified students from Pinellas, Hillsborough, Polk, Sumpter, or Hernando Counties, Florida. Scholarships will be awarded to both part-time and full-time students on an annual basis.

“This is a tremendous gift that will help support our nursing students for years to come,” LMU President Clayton Hess said. “We are so grateful to the Phillips for their generous donation and are excited about the future growth of our nursing programs in the Tampa Bay area.”

Ted and Avis Phillips with students from LMU's inaugural BSN class in Tampa.

As the need for health care grows, so does the need for qualified nurses. LMU has collaborated with Florida Hospital West Florida Region to help fill that need. In August, LMU opened the doors of the LMU-Tampa Extended Learning Site and welcomed its first Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) class, including 18 students. The new site for the Caylor School of Nursing is located on the Florida Hospital Tampa campus, at 3102 East 138th Street Tampa, Florida 33613. The location includes administrative offices, classrooms, study rooms, a skills laboratory and library.

LMU is now enrolling for the Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program that will begin January 2018, as well as for the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner scheduled to begin in fall 2018.

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423.869.6280 or e-mail at






The ASN and BSN programs offered in Florida are approved by the Florida Board of Nursing. At present, the ASN, BSN, and MSN degree programs in Tampa, Florida have been deemed eligible for the Candidacy process with the ACEN. ACEN is officially recognized as a national accrediting agency for nursing education by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and by the U.S. Department of Education. ACEN, may be contacted at 3343 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326 or call 404-975-5000 or visit All sites where nursing programs are located have received approval from Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Contact SACS at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions regarding accreditation of Lincoln Memorial University programs. Lincoln Memorial University’s extended learning site in Tampa Florida, is located at: 3102 East 138th Avenue, Tampa, FL 33613. This site is licensed by the Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education. Additional information regarding this institution may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400, toll-free telephone number (888)224-6684.




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