Rush University College of Nursing in Chicago announced that for the fifth time, it has been selected as a grant recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program. During the 2013-2014 academic year, Rush University College of Nursing will receive $120,000 to support students in the schools masters program who are traditionally underrepresented in nursing and are pursuing second careers in the field. NCIN is a program of RWJF and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
“We believe these scholarships will make a significant impact in reducing student debt while increasing the opportunity for diverse or disadvantaged students to receive a graduate education in nursing,” Lisa Rosenberg, RN, PhD, associate dean for admissions and recruitment at Rush and principal investigator for the NCIN grant, said in a news release.
At Rush University College of Nursing, 12 students will be awarded NCIN scholarships. Since 2008, the NCIN program has distributed 3,117 scholarships to students at 125 schools of nursing. This year, funding for 400 scholarships was granted to 52 schools of nursing.
“NCIN is strengthening nursing education and creating a culture of change at schools of nursing across the country,” AACN President Jane Kirschling, RN, PhD, FAAN, said in the release. “Our grantee schools are committed to enrolling students traditionally underrepresented in nursing, and students are benefiting from the emphasis on mentoring and leadership development that are hallmarks of the NCIN program. AACN is proud to collaborate with RWJF on this groundbreaking effort.”