Frank Phillips College

The overarching goal of Educating LVNs and RNs: a Regional Solution for Rural Areas is to develop and implement a new model for delivering nurse training in rural counties of the Texas Panhandle. Recently, a consortium was formed to address the shortage of healthcare providers in rural areas of the Panhandle. Frank Phillips College (FPC) has joined with Amarillo College (AC), Dallam Hartley Counties Hospital District, Deaf Smith County Hospital District, Hutchinson County Hospital District, and Moore County Hospital District to form the Rural Nursing Education Consortium (RNEC). This cooperative arrangement is led by the four rural hospital districts, who have agreed to support this project, and the two colleges that have agreed to work across districts in order to create opportunity where challenges currently exist.

RNEC envisions a new model for the delivery of nursing education that includes advanced technology for real-time interactive telecommunication, linking designated classrooms across the Panhandle. This allows rural areas to train local students in their own community, provide rigorous hands-on training in simulation labs, and complete their clinical studies at a local hospital or clinic. Key to the success of this model is the cooperation between the consortium members. Frank Phillips College (fiscal manager of the grant) and Amarillo College will share resources across districts, and the consortium members will each financially support the project on an ongoing basis. The project will focus on piloting the new model starting with LVN training beginning in fall 2020 and will continue with development and implementation of LVN to RN training beginning in fall 2021.

Project implementation can begin immediately because the underlying cooperative agreement is already in place and the dedicated classrooms and simulation lab spaces have been identified for each site. A dedicated Program Director has been hired to oversee the operations and will run parallel tracts for activities related to community/parent/student engagement and for technical aspects including finalizing lists of needed technology and simulation lab equipment and supplies.

RNEC is requesting a total of $500,000: $216,000 of which is to purchase/install classroom audio-visual equipment (2 need full equipment, 2 need upgrades) and $284,000 to purchase major simulation equipment for the nursing simulation labs.

2019 CNSP Recipients

2019 CNSP Recipients Amount Purpose
A World for Children $5,000 to support the Bridging the Gap program
Amarillo Area CASA $5,000 to recruit, train, and retain CASA Volunteer Advocates
Amarillo Children’s Home $7,500 to support the First Steps to Success program
American Red Cross $5,000 to support the Home Fire Campaign
Another Chance House $5,000 to support the Live to Work, Work to Live program
Arrow Child and Family Ministries $5,000 to provide improved food service for children
Buckner Children and Family Services $5,000 to support the Fostering Youth independence (FYi) program
Catholic Charities of the TX Panhandle $5,000 to support the Youth Shelter Bus purchase
Claude Community Recreation $2,500 to support the Claude Softball Complex Construction
Don Harrington Discovery Center $2,500 to support Family Discovery Membership
Faith City Mission $5,000 to support Basic Needs for the Homeless
Family Care Foundation $7,500 to support Dental Assistance
Golden Spread Council, Boy Scouts of America $5,000 to support the Scoutreach Mobile Park Camp
Harrington Cancer and Health Foundation $5,000 to support the CMN Beads of Courage Program
Hidden Falls Ranch $5,000 to support HFR Camper Scholarships
High Plains Food Bank $5,000 to support the Rural Food Delivery Service
Hope Lives Here $7,500 to support the Harley’s Legacy program for support dogs and vets
Make-A-Wish Foundation $5,000 to support Wish Granting in the Texas Panhandle
Sharing Hope Ministry $7,500 to support the Empowering At-Risk Women program
The Salvation Army $5,000 to support the Nights of Shelter program
Transformations by Amarillo Angels $5,000 to support the Love Box/Dare to Dream Programs
Turn Center $10,000 to support the Augmentative Communication Project
Upbring $5,000 to support the Amarillo Foster in Texas Program

Special Fund Distributions

Pattern Panhandle Wind Competitive Grant Program

Organization / Purpose Amount
City of Panhandle
to purchase computers for the Panhandle Police Department
Lone Star Ballet
to support the LSB Academies Outreach
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Amarillo
to support the Keeping Families Close Campaign
Skellytown Area Volunteer Firefighters-EMS Association
to purchase 10 sets of structural turnout gear, 14 sets of wildland gear, and boots as needed
White Deer Volunteer EMS
to purchase equipment
White Deer-Skellytown Lighthouse Food Pantry
to purchase food and school supplies
Ogallala Commons
to fund the Playa Festival for Carson County 5th graders
Panhandle Education Foundation
to purchase technology, books and provide teacher grants
Panhandle Independent School District
to purchase security equipment, computers and curriculum materials
Panhandle Independent School District
to provide two, $2,500 scholarships to graduating seniors from Panhandle
Window On a Wider World
to support Carson County WOWW programming
White Deer Independent School District
to purchase Technology & Ag Support
White Deer Independent School District
to provide two, $2,500 scholarships to graduating seniors from White Deer
Total Amount $149,179.00

2019 Slentz Grant

Louise Bowers Slentz Foundation Advise and Consult Fund:

Applicant Name Purpose Amount
Texas Tech Foundation fbo Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center – Amarillo to purchase one EPIQ 5W Ultrasound System $93,467
Turn Center to purchase an updated security camera system and technology for Turn Center’s physical security and for the speech/feeding therapy department $41,593
The Bridge Children’s Advocacy Center in Pampa to provide a fire safety system and wiring, as well as interior paint to their facility $23,850
Refuge Ministries to support their shelter renovation, purchase appliances, and cover capacity growth training costs up to $3,050 of the total grant for nonprofit board governance, fundraising and strategic planning $30,000
Amarillo College Foundation to purchase simulation lab equipment for nurse training in rural counties of the Texas Panhandle over a 2-year period ($125K for 2019/$125K for 2020)* $250,000
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Amarillo to provide temporary housing for families of pediatric patients who live outside the city limits during RM House renovations as an emergency request $27,840
Cactus Nazarene Health Center to support The Well Health Center Vaccine Clinic $33,250

2019 Women’s Philanthropy Fund




Amarillo Children’s Home


Transitional Living Program

7 Star Therapeutic Riding Center


Horses Healing Children

Buckner Children and Family Services


Family Pathways Program

Opportunity School


Capital Campaign Project

Mission Amarillo


Teen Mother Mentoring

Harrington Cancer and Health Foundation


Mammograms to Save Women

Total Amount


2019 Discretionary Grants