Four students in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill., received the prestigious 2014 NURSE Corps Scholarship, awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, according to a news release.
The Olivet scholarship recipients were Larina Branch, Margaret Luckenbill and Kendra Vansant, graduate students in the MSN, family nursing practitioner program, and Brianna Wolf, a senior nursing major.
The students received the NURSE Corps Scholarship for their commitment to primary care. The scholarship enables these students to receive funding for tuition, fees and other educational costs in exchange for working at an eligible critical shortage facility for at least two years after graduation. They will earn the same competitive salary and benefits as any new employee.
“We are proud of these Olivet students and their willingness to use their skills and education in service to the underserved,” said Linda Davison, MSN, EdD, RN, dean of Olivet’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences. “Their dedication to nursing is demonstrated by their commitment to being part of the NURSE Corps program.”
For fiscal year 2014, HRSA received 2,467 applications from students at more than 700 schools. Olivet ranked among the top 20 schools for number of students receiving these scholarships. Less than 10% of the applicants received scholarships. The application process is highly competitive, and those applying must fulfill several requirements, including professional reference letters, transcripts, résumé and an essay, according to the release.
NURSE Corps gives nurses nationwide the opportunity to turn their passion for service into a lifelong career. The scholarship program supports nursing students as they work in communities with inadequate access to care, and has helped critical shortage facilities meet their urgent need for nurses since 2002, according to the release.