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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 and disadvantaged backgrounds enter the field of nursing.

The $50,000 grant is administered through the foundation's New Careers in Nursing program (NCIN), an initiative established to address the national nursing shortage by diversifying the nursing profession.

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.

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