University receives $50,000 grant from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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June 12, 2014 - The School of Nursing has received a $50,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as part of the New Careers in Nursing Scholarship program. Quinnipiac was one of 52 schools to receive a grant through the NCIN program, which supports traditionally underrepresented students who make a career switch to nursing through an accelerated nursing degree program. 

Quinnipiac's grant will be split into $10,000 scholarships to support five different students for the 2014-2015 academic year. 

"This grant supports the tuition for students from diverse backgrounds," said Jean Lange, founding dean of the School of Nursing. "This year's recipients include men and students with backgrounds in military service and health policy."

Lange commended Cory Ann Boyd, associate professor of nursing and director of the accelerated and RN to BSN degree programs, for preparing the grant application. 

"We take our role in providing experiences that will enrich our scholars' potential as future leaders in nursing very seriously," said Boyd. "This grant enables us to provide our students with the very best leadership and mentoring experiences. To that end, I am deeply grateful to have Dr. Lisa O'Connor, Stacey Sienko and Dr. Patricia Giannelli as part of the grant writing team and for their commitment to the program." 

"New Careers in Nursing has made amazing strides in helping schools of nursing recruit and retain diverse students in these competitive and rigorous accelerated degree programs," said David Krol, senior program officer of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. "Through supporting these institutions, NCIN is working to increase the diversity of our nursing workforce, while also assisting schools of nursing in making their institutions more inclusive. The leadership, mentoring and other support these institutions provide are helping to prepare a diverse nursing workforce able to meet the challenges associated with building a culture of health in our nation." 

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation joined with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to create New Careers in Nursing: an RWJF Scholarship Program to help alleviate the nursing shortage and increase the diversity of nursing professionals. Since 2008, the NCIN program has distributed 3,517 scholarships to students at 130 unique schools of nursing.