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Nursing Majors Receive Scholarship Opportunity

IUP’s nursing program received a boost from PHEAA’s Pennsylvania Higher Education Foundation with $111,000 in funding for student scholarships.

Nursing programs at 127 schools received a total of $10.4 million, while thirty-five graduate nursing programs will share $3 million in grant funding.  IUP’s awarded amount reflects $1,000 for each nursing student who graduated from the university last year.

“Nursing students frequently tell me how important these awards are to them,” said Elinor Taylor, the foundation’s board chairman. “Sometimes the foundation's awards make the difference between continuing their program of study or dropping out. With the shortage of nurses we are experiencing, every nursing student that graduates is important.”

According to Lisa Palmer, chair of the Department of Nursing and Allied Health at IUP, fifty to sixty students have benefited each year from the foundation grant award, which IUP has received for several years in a row. She expects as many students to receive awards this year. 

“It really has helped us in the past with enrollment and even more with retention, especially with graduate students,” Palmer said. “Graduate students often also are working nurses. Nursing is an expensive program in general, and the funding helps students defray the costs of things like uniforms and gas to travel to clinical experiences.”