Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) entering the accelerated baccalaureate program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON) in June of 2010 are eligible for a full-tuition scholarship made possible by a grant from the John R. and Ruth Gurtler Foundation. The award covers tuition and a stipend for the recipient.
The Gurtler Foundation, based in Orlando, FL, has awarded a scholarship to a RPCV pursuing an accelerated baccalaureate degree in nursing at JHUSON every year since 1999. Ruth Ward Gurtler, Class of 1932, was a Hopkins nurse whose primary interest was in community health nursing, and the foundation provides support in this area. Since 1991, the School of Nursing has graduated more than 300 RPCVs. At the school, RPCVs are given special consideration for admission and are eligible to apply for fellowship funding if they agree to participate in the school's Community Outreach Program and other Peace Corps Fellows Program activities. The goal of the program is to provide Fellows with every resource needed to prepare them for their futures as nurses.
The JHUSON accelerated program, launched in 1989, was developed in response to the nationwide nursing shortage to allow students who already hold a degree to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in only 13.5 months. The program begins in June of each year and ends in July of the following year.
Apply for the John R. and Ruth Gurtler Foundation Scholarship online. The deadline to apply is February 1, 2010. Questions can be directed to Mary O'Rourke, Director of the Office of Admissions & Student Services, at (410) 955-7548.