The Saint Xavier University School of Nursing in Orland Park, Ill., has been awarded $604,945 from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students program. The grant will provide 42 scholarships of about $14,400 each for the 2013-14 academic year. SXU has been recommended for continued funding for two additional years, subject to the availability of federal funds and progress of the project, according to a news release.
The SDS grant will provide scholarships to full-time undergraduate SXU nursing students from disadvantaged backgrounds who demonstrate financial need. SDS scholarship recipients at SXU also can receive intensive mentoring and academic counseling resources.
“This grant will significantly impact students as they complete their undergraduate nursing education at Saint Xavier University,” School of Nursing Dean Gloria Jacobson, RN, PhD, said in the release. “The generous scholarships they receive will allow many talented and committed students with limited financial resources the ability to achieve their goal of entry into the profession as baccalaureate prepared nurses.”