Baltimore, Md. – The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) has been selected – for the fifth time – as a grant recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) Scholarship Program. Ten $10,000 scholarships will be awarded for the 2013-2014 academic year to newly admitted students in UMSON’s Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) master’s degree option. Award preference is given to students from groups underrepresented in nursing or from disadvantaged backgrounds.
NCIN’s Scholarship Program, launched in 2008 by RWJF and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, seeks to expand enrollment in accelerated degree programs in schools of nursing while increasing diversity in the nursing workforce. Grants provided through this competitive program will build upon UMSON’s previous efforts to increase the number of students enrolled in its CNL master’s option and to diversify its student base.
“We are pleased that UMSON has again been awarded these scholarship funds, which will help reduce some of the financial burden for our students,” said Gail Schoen Lemaire, PhD, PMHCNS, BC, CNL, associate professor and director of the CNL Program. “Because the program is so rigorous, students are discouraged from working. Previous scholarship recipients have been very grateful for the funds that can be used for tuition, books, child care, and other living expenses.”
UMSON is one of 52 schools of nursing to receive funding for the upcoming academic year. This latest award brings the total to 53 UMSON CNL students who have or will have received scholarships through RWJF’s NCIN program. Past scholars have experienced a variety of clinical settings and gained knowledge of evidence-based practice, health care quality, and patient outcomes.
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The University of Maryland School of Nursing, founded in 1889, is one of the oldest and largest nursing schools, and is ranked eleventh nationally. Enrolling nearly 1,700 students in its baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs, the School develops leaders who shape the profession of nursing and impact the health care environment.