Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing

The Foundation's New Careers in Nursing program was designed to address the nursing shortage by funding scholarships in accelerated bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing, with preference given to schools that increase the number of students in these programs or increase enrollment and retention of disadvantaged or minority students.Through grants to schools of nursing, the program will provide scholarships to non-nursing college graduates enrolled in accelerated baccalaureate and master's nursing programs. These fast-track programs allow talented individuals from other disciplines to enter the nursing profession by earning a baccalaureate nursing degree in 12 to 18 months or a master's degree in 24-36 months.This grant supports one of 55 nursing schools selected for funding through a competitive application process. It is expected that grantee institutions will allocate RWJF scholarship funds to enrolled students accepted into accelerated baccalaureate or master's degree nursing programs who will receive the New Careers in Nursing scholarships. The intent is to support students and offset expenses encumbered as a result of participating in an accelerated degree program. These funds will not to be used to supplant other financial resources such as loan funds that the student is eligible to receive due to need. Students may use their scholarship funds to pay tuition, academic fees or as a subsidy to living expenses to reduce their financial burden while in school. The school will report on the progress of scholarship recipients during the academic year. As a result of this program, the nursing school is expected to increase: (1) student enrollment capacity or increase diversity in its accelerated program(s); and (2) the number of students from disadvantaged backgrounds that enroll and graduate from the program.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $50,000.00

Awarded on: 5/22/2012

Time frame: 9/1/2012 - 8/31/2013

Grant Number: 70069


University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing

985330 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, 68198-5330


Louise M. LaFramboise
Project Director