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.This grant supports 1 of 55 nursing schools selected for funding through a competitive application process. It is expected that applicant 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. 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; and (2) the number of students from disadvantaged backgrounds that enroll and graduate from the program. This institution will receive five scholarships for BSNs.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $50,000.00

Awarded on: 6/6/2012

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

Grant Number: 70065


University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Nursing

Skinner Hall
651 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, 01003-9299


Donna M. Zucker
Project Director