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New Funding Provides Opportunities for Hopkins Nursing Students

Posted: 6/22/2010

More than $360,000 in new scholarships will make it possible for students to receive a Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON) education. Individual donors and a variety of organizations have helped create these opportunities for traditional and accelerated undergraduate students.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) "New Careers in Nursing" grant, administered by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), is providing a $10,000 scholarship to six incoming 2011 accelerated baccalaureate students.  Funded through a 2009 grant that has now been renewed for 2011-2012, the monies allow schools of nursing to expand student capacity in entry-level accelerated programs, with scholarship preference going to students from groups underrepresented in nursing who demonstrate significant financial need.

A bequest from a member of the Class of 1930 provides matching funds for these RWJF "New Careers" scholars and, coupled with JHUSON support, brings the scholarship package to more than $20,000 for each recipient. 

Baccalaureate students from minority and disadvantaged backgrounds will benefit from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Leadership, Excellence, Achievement, Diversity, and Success (LEADS) Scholarship Nursing Workforce Diversity grant.  Money in this grant ($77,000) will be used to offer scholarships/stipends to students in the traditional baccalaureate program who meet the requirements of representing a demographic group underrepresented in nursing and demonstrating strong financial need.

Additional funding for both baccalaureate and graduate student scholarships during the current academic year comes from another HRSA award of  more than $75,000 to cover tuition costs for Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) students, and $300,000 given by individual donors to  provide scholarships for other baccalaureate students in the 2010-2011 academic year.  The JHUSON has also committed to a 17 percent increase in money allocated for financial aid for FY 2011.

"These scholarships assist the School of Nursing in attracting a diverse student body," said Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Sandra Angell.  "The financial assistance provided by these monies help students achieve their dreams and professional goals."