Leiko V. Lumiere is a 2012 graduate of the Accelerated Nursing Program in the University of Massachusetts Boston's College of Nursing and Health Sciences. While at UMass Boston, Lumiere achieved the monumental feat of completing her studies while caring for a son as a single parent. In October 2013, she gave the college an endowment to create the Leiko V. Lumiere Nursing Scholarship Fund.
The fund was established to support an international and also ESL student enrolled in the nursing program, traditional or accelerated. Since Lumiere is a native of Japan and a single parent, the scholarship fund will give preference to an international and single parent student. Lumiere has expressed a desire to endow a future fund through a bequest that will enhance the study of caring for patients with cancer. The College of Nursing and Health Sciences expresses its warmest appreciation to Lumiere for her generous contribution which will greatly assist the future recipients of this scholarship.