Toward a more diverse nursing workforce

Sheryl Sandahl

Sheryl Sandahl

The College has received a seventh and final $50,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's New Careers in Nursing program.
St. Scholastica is one of only a few colleges in the nation to receive the award all seven years of the program; the total award amounted to $350,000.
"This $50,000 will significantly enhance efforts to recruit a larger and more diverse enrollment for our postbaccalaureate nursing program," said Sheryl Sandahl, chair of the department. "We are grateful for the support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on behalf of our students."
The sum pays for five scholarships for bachelor of science in nursing students. It is to be used to offset expenses 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.
As a result of this program, the post-baccalaureate in nursing program is expected to increase enrollment capacity or diversity in its accelerated programs, and increase the number of students from disadvantaged backgrounds who enroll and graduate.