From the press release July 1:
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced the awarding of $96 million in grants to increase diversity in the health professions workforce and encourage nurses to choose careers as nurse educators.
The grants will go to schools to give scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds with financial need, many of whom are underrepresented minorities. Funds will also provide low-interest loans to nurse faculty students – students who want to teach nursing – as incentive for nurses to select careers as nurse educators.
“A critical part of HRSA’s mission is to help make sure that we have the right kinds of health care professionals serving in the right places – places where they can do the most good for the most people,” said HRSA Administrator Mary Wakefield, Ph.D, R.N. “With this new infusion of funds, we will be able to increase training opportunities for a future generation of health care professionals.”
Of the total funding, $66 million will be used to provide scholarships to 28,000 disadvantaged students under the Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) program.
Jefferson has received 2 awards under the SDS program: $50,653 for Allopathic Medicine, and $13,602 for the Nursing Baccalaureate program.
Read the full press release.