The College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Valdosta State University has received a major grant for the second time. The grant money will fund scholarships to help diversify and increase the nursing workforce.
Valdosta State University is getting $50,000 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to help new nursing students pay for school. Through the foundation’s grant, VSU will award funding to aspiring nurses who already have a bachelors degree in another field.
Rebecca Green, a VSU associate professor and the grant writer, says the school also plans to use the grant to boost groups underrepresented in nursing like ethnic minorities and men.
“The scholarships are specifically designed to sort of diversify the nursing profession by bring in underrepresented group," she says.
It is the second time in a row the VSU School of Nursing has received this grant. Five students will get $10,000 each in May 2015. The School of Nursing will be accepting scholarship applications until December.