Saint Xavier University awarded nearly $1M for Nursing Scholarships

Saint Xavier University is pleased to announce that the School of Nursing (SON) recently received notice of two grants from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), a division of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, to support nursing students.

The first grant, $630,317 from the Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) program, will support scholarships for full-time undergraduate nursing students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Selected students who demonstrate financial need will receive awards of $15,000 for the 2014-15 academic year. SXU’s SDS scholarship recipients will also benefit from intensive mentoring and academic counseling resources to promote the successful completion of their degree program. The SDS program promotes diversity among nursing students and practicing nurses in the health care community.

“The SDS program has had a tremendous impact on our students,” said Director of Financial Aid Sue Swisher.  “We believe that the program will make it easier for students to complete school by reducing financial burdens so that students can focus on their studies, and from what we are hearing it is very successful.”

“We have a very distinctive nursing program at Saint Xavier,” adds Peg Gallagher, RN, Ed.D., associate dean, Undergraduate Nursing Program.  “Our faculty and curriculum are recognized for their high quality.  The nursing faculty work closely with our SDS scholarship recipients to help them develop individual academic strategies that support student mastery of the theory and practice of nursing.”

A second grant, $343,702 from the Advanced Education Nurse Traineeship (AENT) program, will fund traineeships for graduate students enrolled in advanced primary care nurse education programs.  Traineeships will provide student support totaling $22,000 for tuition, textbooks, fees, and stipends during the 2014-15 academic year.  The AENT program responds to a federal priority to increase the number of primary care Family Nurse Practitioners practicing in medically underserved areas and in health professional shortage areas.  “This is a remarkable opportunity for nurses to pursue an advanced practice degree and to serve those who need healthcare the most,” observed Mary Haras, RN, Ph.D., associate dean for Graduate Nursing Programs in the School of Nursing.

“We are pleased to have access to both the Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students program benefitting School of Nursing undergraduate students and the Advanced Education Nurse Traineeship program supporting students preparing for careers as primary care family nurse practitioners,” said Gloria Jacobson, RN, Ph.D., dean of the School of Nursing.  “These awards allow us to expand our responses to federally recognized health care priorities and also provide significant financial support to students as they pursue their nursing education.”  In 2013, the National League for Nursing honored SXU’s School of Nursing with its third consecutive designation as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education.

University President Christine M. Wiseman also noted the alignment of federal and university priorities.  “Two of the University’s most important goals are to prepare students for the 21st century, and to develop supportive partnerships that lead to new resources and improve educational experiences for our students.  These grants recognize the ability of Saint Xavier’s School of Nursing to educate the students who will become the nurse leaders our country needs.”

This is the third consecutive year that Saint Xavier has received federal funding through the revised SDS program, and the first time it has received funding under revised AENT program guidelines. One hundred percent of the cost of Saint Xavier’s Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students awards and Advanced Education Nurse Traineeship Awards is underwritten by HRSA; no non-governmental funds are used for the SDS or AENT program.