Robert Wood Johnson Grant
For the fourth year in a row, the University of Rochester School of Nursing has received funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) Scholarship Program to support the enrollment of students who are traditionally under-represented in the field of nursing.
During the 2011-12 academic year, the School will receive $150,000 which will provide $10,000 scholarships for 15 students entering the School’s Accelerated Program for Non-Nurses (A.P.N.N.). Since 2008, NCIN has provided $530,000 in scholarship funds to the School, which has supported 53 A.P.N.N. scholars. The UR School of Nursing is one of only 19 nursing schools in the country to receive this level of funding for all four years.
Although the number of applicants to the A.P.N.N. has increased dramatically over the years, students who already hold degrees in other fields are often disqualified from receiving federal financial aid for entry-level programs. The RWJF NCIN initiative not only addresses this issue but specifically supports the enrollment of students from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds.
“The men and women entering this program from across the country bring rich life experiences and valuable cultural perspectives to our profession,” said Kathy Rideout, Ed.D., P.N.P.-B.C., F.N.A.P., associate dean for academic affairs at the School of Nursing. “We are thrilled to once again receive this award which makes it possible for our most deserving students to attend, and for our School to play a role in preparing a diverse national nursing workforce for the future. “Scholarship details and application procedures are available by calling 585-275-2375.