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 am a Latina woman who grew up in Burbank, Calif. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Science, and have always been interested in science. Now I want to serve the community through an advanced degree in healthcare. My interest in nursing arose from the inspiration I received from observing the care my father received from nurses at a hospital. Those compassionate nurses maintained his physical health and emotional morale as he battled with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation award helps me overcome financial barriers in pursuing my education. I am grateful for the award because it will enable me to achieve a brighter future for my family, my community and myself. I hope to become an educator and to develop population-based healthcare programs. Aside from my interest in nursing I enjoy reading novels, spending time with loved ones and admiring artwork.