SXU’s School of Nursing awarded more than $600,000 for nursing scholarships

Saint Xavier University’s (SXU) School of Nursing has been awarded $604,945 from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) program. The grant will provide forty-two scholarships of approximately $14,400 each for the 2013-14 academic year. SXU has been recommended for continued funding for two additional years, subject to the availability of federal funds and progress of the project.

SXU’s grant is one of 99 made nationally to support students in a range of accredited health professions programs, and one of four in Illinois. SXU also is the only private university in Illinois to receive funding through the program this year. A complete list of HRSA SDS grant recipients is available here.

The SDS grant will provide scholarships to full-time undergraduate SXU nursing students from disadvantaged backgrounds who demonstrate financial need. The initiative promotes diversity among nursing students and practicing nurses in the health care community; most SXU graduates remain in the Chicago area to contribute to the health care workforce. SDS scholarship recipients at SXU also will benefit from intensive mentoring and academic counseling resources to promote their successful completion of the rigorous nursing education program.

“This grant will significantly impact students as they complete their undergraduate nursing education at Saint Xavier University,” said School of Nursing Dean Gloria Jacobson, R.N., Ph.D. “The generous scholarships they receive will allow many talented and committed students with limited financial resources the ability to achieve their goal of entry into the profession as baccalaureate prepared nurses.”

Founded and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, SXU’s commitment to education includes vulnerable and underserved populations. More than half of the University’s incoming freshman class is eligible for Pell grants, which are awarded to students who demonstrate a high degree of financial need. HRSA noted the strength of SXU’s commitment to the education of disadvantaged students, and to increasing graduates working in medically underserved communities. HRSA also noted SXU’s work to address the Special Health Needs identified nationally by the Department of Health and Human Services.

One-hundred percent of the program costs of $604,945 for this academic year are financed by a federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration; no non-governmental funds contribute to this program.

SXU’s School of Nursing is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and is also one of only seventeen programs in the country designated as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing. For more information, please contact SXU’s School of Nursing at (773) 298-3701.