The development and acceptance of a proposal for the executor of the Dr. Nancy Shaw Trust has enabled N.C. Wesleyan College to secure funds for its Pre-Veterinarian, Biomedical, Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Science majors.

Shaw was a successful physician with ties to Nash County. Her trust’s primary focus was to benefit the health and care of felines, which was a passion of hers.

N.C. Wesleyan will be receiving $2.5 million from the trust, which will allow the college to establish its first endowed professorship to advise and oversee its Pre-Vet major. This professor may also develop additional coursework or concentrations in animal and cat care. The college will also be establishing a highly-selective endowed scholarship for a Pre-Vet major to pay the majority of their educational expenses at Wesleyan.

Part of the funds will be placed into a restricted account to develop additional living and learning space for Wesleyan’s science majors. A portion of the money will also be used to upgrade equipment in the College’s Biology, Biomedical, Environmental Science and Chemistry programs that support Pre-Vet majors.

Meir Magal, chair of the School of Mathematics and Sciences, and several N.C. Wesleyan biologists were instrumental in helping to develop the proposal for the executor of this trust.

“This is an extremely exciting time for the Biology Department, the School (of Mathematics and Sciences) and the college. This gift will allow us to further expand our offerings on campus and provide our science majors with new and exciting experiences and opportunities,” Magal said.

Shaw attended Brown University where she graduated magna cum laude and entered Brown University Medical School, graduating in 1983. She completed her Internship at Framingham Union Hospital in, Framingham, Mass., in 1985. Her Residency in Internal Medicine was completed at the Hospital of St. Raphael in New Haven, Conn., in 1988. She became Board Certified in Internal Medicine in 1989.

Shaw resided in North Carolina from 1992-2012. During that time, she established the Hospitalist Programs for both Cabarrus Memorial Hospital, Concord and Boice-Willis Clinic in Rocky Mount. She and her mother resided in Rocky Mount during these years.