School of Nursing Earns Third Year of Scholarship Funding

Nursing students at GraduationAlthough the shortage of practicing nurses in the U.S. has eased somewhat due to the recession, many more nurses, particularly those with baccalaureate and higher degrees, will soon be needed to collaborate on reform initiatives and meet the needs of millions more newly-insured Americans entering the health care system.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing created the New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) scholarship program in 2008 to help grow the ranks of dedicated nurses, as well as increase the diversity of nursing professionals, expand the capacity of baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs and strengthen the pipeline of potential nurse faculty.

The School of Nursing has been a proud recipient of NCIN scholarships at both the bachelor’s and master’s level every year since the program was established, and is one of only three schools in the country to have been funded at this level. Schools are selected based on the caliber of programs and students, as well as their demonstrated commitment to racial, ethnic and economic diversity.

 In 2010, the School of Nursing received $100,000 which provided $10,000 scholarships to 10 students enrolled in its accelerated bachelor’s and master’s programs for non-nurses. Since 2008, 38 students have been able to pursue their nursing education goals at the School of Nursing with the help of the $10,000 scholarships.