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Duquesne University Nursing School Secures $500,000 in Funding

Duquesne’s School of Nursing has received more than $500,000 in grant funding to provide financial assistance to second-degree and graduate nursing students for the current academic year.

Designed to expand the pipeline to the profession to address the nation’s shortage of nurses and nurse educators, the funds are helping to support students transitioning to nursing from other disciplines in accelerated programs as well as to registered nurses pursuing graduate degrees.

For the second consecutive year, Duquesne has received funds through the New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program (NCIN), which was launched last year by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to address the national nursing shortage and increase the diversity of nursing professionals. The grant provides scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each to entry-level students in accelerated programs, with preference given to students from groups under-represented in nursing or from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Duquesne’s nursing school awarded 10 scholarships last year to students enrolled in its second-degree BSN program. This year's funding pool was increased by 50 percent, and $150,000 in scholarships was disbursed among 15 students.

“These students come from diverse educational and professional backgrounds," said Leah Vota Cunningham, assistant dean of student services and co-director of the NCIN program at Duquesne. "They all wanted to pursue a new career in nursing, but were unable to do so without financial support. An NCIN scholarship has truly made a difference for them."

The School of Nursing has also received more than $380,000 from the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) for the current school year. Administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration, this loan repayment program is available to graduate nursing students preparing to become future nurse educators. Part and full-time students can apply for NFLP scholarships. Following completion of the program, part- and full-time students may be eligible to have up to 85 percent of their loan forgiven over a consecutive four-year period while they serve as full-time nursing school faculty members.

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