The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) scholarship program aims to help alleviate the nursing shortage and to increase the diversity of nursing professionals. Mount St. Mary's College has been selected as a grant recipient of the program for five consecutive years (2008-2012).
By the end of the 2012-13 school year, 51 Mount nursing students will have been supported by more than $500,000 in NCIN grants. The Mount is applying current NCIN funding to support students in the College's Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. The NCIN Scholarship Program was launched in 2008 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. To learn more, visit www.newcareersinnursing.org.
Below are bios of recent Mount students who have been named Robert Wood Johnson Scholars, and who have received scholarship support thanks to the New Careers in Nursing program.
I'm a native Los Angelino and I take pride in being born, raised and schooled in L.A. I received my Bachelor of Arts in sociology from UCLA and earned a Master of Science in biology from California State University, Dominguez Hills. Before nursing, I was awarded a fellowship from the National Institutes of Health to work as a research fellow in the Obstetrics/Gynecology department at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. During my time there, I explored how maternal health affects fetal development at the molecular level. My passion for women’s health motivated me to start a community-based advocacy group called Cancer Libre (Cancer Free) that celebrates breast-cancer awareness, promotes early detection and raises funds for programs that fight breast cancer.
An interesting fact about me is that I am one of 16 children. I enjoy spending time with all my family and friends, as well as cooking and exploring different parts of Los Angeles. I appreciate this award because the funds helped cover a substantial portion of my school tuition and textbooks. I have access to amazing mentors who are leaders in the nursing field. I am also provided with the tools and resources to facilitate networking opportunities with fellow classmates and the greater Mount St. Mary’s College community. I am humbled and sincerely grateful for the award.