A Million Reasons to Thank the Fulton Family

Arizona philanthropist Mr. Ira A. Fulton made a $1 million contribution to his already established Myrtie Fulton Mentored Learning Award in the College of Nursing at Brigham Young University. The fund allows the College to spend the account’s interest each year and provides nursing students with a mentored learning experience as they work with faculty members who have received these award grants.

The projects conducted by recipient faculty members and their students greatly impact not only the patient populations they serve but also the community.

Below are two examples from the 2019 Myrtie Fulton Mentored Learning Award:

IMG_8547Earlier this year, undergraduate nursing students Alyssa Hildt and Abby Anderson were mentored by Dr. Leslie Miles. As a group, they reviewed hundreds of case files to determine pain levels following sexual assault and the treatment provided. They shared their findings at the 2019 International Association of Forensic Nurses annual conference as a research poster and received third-place competing against PhD and DNP candidates.

Dr. Bret Lyman is currently mentoring four undergraduate students in his learning history research project: Camie Mendon, Grace Rainey, Marisa Biddulph, and Julie Brogan. He and his team have been trailblazers in researching how to apply organizational learning in a healthcare setting. Because of this guidance, the students have gained much more than a greater understanding of nursing—they have practiced knowledge application, organization, and leadership skills.

Ira and his wife Mary Lou established the account in 2011 and named the College award in honor of Myrtle “Myrtie” Lee Markwell Fulton, his mother whose courage and faith saw her through difficult times. As a devoted mother of 11, four of whom died in their youth, Myrtie not only raised the children in a Christ-centered home but also provided for their physical needs (Ira is the youngest of the children). Of his mother, Ira says, “She was a hard worker, and along with my wife, was the greatest woman I have known. She always gave, even when she had nothing to give. Thank goodness I had a special mother who showed me how to give.”

Conducting research often requires a heroic effort to study, test, and learn about a nursing phenomenon to improve health care. Myrtie Fulton’s example of persistence, dedication to hard work, and being an example of kindness and compassion to others is central to the success of award recipients and their mentored students.

Accepting the donation was dean and professor Dr. Patricia Ravert.

“The College of Nursing is thankful for this recent generous gift and appreciates the continued support of Mr. Fulton—not only for ongoing faculty projects but for future student experiences,” says Ravert. “The Myrtie Fulton endowed fund helps prepare nurses who will be valued members of health care teams and improve the nursing profession.”



Alan J. Moore, a donor liaison for the Philanthropies Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, presents College of Nursing Dean Patricia Ravert with a check from Ira A. Fulton for one-million dollars; interest from the monies will be used to benefit mentored learning experiences with nursing students and faculty members.

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