Ensuring Success Among Future Nurses: Linda Del Monte, BSN ’77/CON

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

After receiving a full-tuition scholarship during her time at Rush, Linda Del Monte, BSN ’77/CON, felt it was time to pay it forward so others too could have a successful nursing career.

“The shortage of nurses in the U.S. will probably only get worse,” said Del Monte, a member of Rush’s Golden Lamp Society, supporting educational and research opportunities for Rush University College of Nursing students. “Although there are many reasons for this shortage, financial need shouldn’t be the reason qualified candidates can’t attend college.”

To meet this growing need, she established the Linda Del Monte Endowed Scholarship. Her gift will give future nurses a chance at their own meaningful health care career at Rush — where four nursing programs are ranked No. 1 in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

While Del Monte initially funded the scholarship with a gift pledge, she also made a bequest intention which will later widen the scholarship’s reach to more students through her estate.

This blended gift to Rush came at a perfect time for Del Monte as she also began taking a required minimum distribution from her retirement account, maximizing tax advantages while funding the scholarship. What’s more, Del Monte’s company (Medtronic) is matching a portion of her donation, amplifying her already generous gift, as well as her Rush legacy.

“There are so many fulfilling moments as a nurse, working with patients and families during what is often a stressful time for them,” said Del Monte. “Rush taught me a lot about life, death, joy and acceptance — and I want to help provide other nursing students those same life-altering lessons and moments.”

Although semi-retired, Del Monte still works as a consultant for Stryker Physio-Control, a medical device company specializing in resuscitation products, and she credits Rush for her gratifying and diverse nursing journey.

“I was fortunate to have many rewarding experiences as a nurse — working seven years at Rush, five years nursing in Saudi Arabia, and more than 20 years in clinical marketing for a multinational corporation,” said Del Monte, who has interacted with health professionals and systems around the world.

“But it all started at Rush, where I was taught critical thinking skills and how to be a strong patient advocate — all skills that transferred into the different paths I took in my career.”

Del Monte is also a member of the Rush Heritage Society and Anchor Cross Society. Learn more about Rush’s giving societies, what they support and how they celebrate our donors’ generosity.