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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Duquesne's School of Nursing Wins $50,000 Grant for Minority Students

For the fifth time in seven years, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has awarded the Duquesne University School of Nursing a grant to help students from underrepresented groups enter the field of nursing.

The $50,000 grant is administered through the foundation's New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) program, an initiative established to address the national nursing shortage by diversifying the nursing profession. Congratulations to Dr. Joan Such Lockhart, Mrs. Leah Cunningham and Dr. Yvonne Weideman for receiving and administering this prestigious scholarship! Final Cohort of RWJF New Careers in Nursing Program Grantees Receive Awards to Provide 400 Scholarships for Accelerated Degree Nursing Students

The School of Nursing received the block grant for the 2014-2015 academic year. It will be awarded equally to five incoming students in the accelerated Second Degree BSN program, a one-year course of study for students who have already earned a degree in another field of study but wish to earn a bachelor's in nursing.

Only nursing schools that offer accelerated nursing degree programs are eligible for the funding, and schools that earn NCIN grants also provide additional mentoring and leadership development to the students receiving the scholarships.

This is the final year that NCIN funding will be available. Since 2008, the first year that NCIN funds were available, the foundation has provided $400,000 to Duquesne's School of Nursing. That funding has helped pay tuition for 40 eligible Second Degree BSN students at Duquesne.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is the nation's largest philanthropy devoted to public health.

2014-15 Scholarship Awardees

RWJF students

L to R: Kanna Castro, Rebecca Laughery, Dhnujini Hordagoda, Feruz Asmelash and Chidinma Chukwuani

About NCIN
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) joined with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to create New Careers in Nursing (NCIN): an RWJF Scholarship Program to help alleviate the nursing shortage and increase the diversity of nursing professionals. Through annual grants to schools of nursing, NCIN provides $10,000 scholarships to college graduates with degrees in other fields who wish to transition into nursing through an accelerated baccalaureate or master's nursing program. For more information, visit www.newcareersinnursing.org.

About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, measurable, and timely change. For more than 40 years the Foundation has brought experience, commitment, and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime. Follow the Foundation on Twitter at www.rwjf.org/twitter or Facebook at www.rwjf.org/facebook.

About AACN
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for baccalaureate and graduate programs in nursing. Representing more than 720 member schools of nursing at public and private institutions nationwide, AACN's educational, research, governmental advocacy, data collection, publications and other programs work to establish quality standards for bachelor's and graduate degree nursing education, assist deans and directors to implement those standards, influence the nursing profession to improve health care, and promote public support of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, research and practice. For more information, visit www.aacn.nche.edu.