University Of Saint Joseph Receives $930,000 For Nursing Scholarships

Aug 25, 2016
WEST HARTFORD — Beginning this fall, the university will award seven scholarships of $20,000 to $25,000 per year for four years to assist "exceptional" female students studying full time for a bachelor of science in nursing. The funding was granted by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration.

"This additional scholarship money that we are able to give out will allow students to make the choice to attend the University of Saint Joseph," Provost Michelle Kalis said. "For us, we are going to get very high-quality students that might have made a different choice without this additional funding."

Kalis said more scholarships will be offered to deserving students in the future, and has planned for a total of 17 using the grant funding.

"Providing opportunity for students to enroll in our nationally recognized nursing program is integral in developing the next generation of nurses," Raouf Boules, dean of the School of Health and Natural Sciences, said in a statement. "Equally important, these scholarship recipients will reinforce the mission of our Sisters of Mercy founders by serving medically underserved communities during their clinical rotations."

Patricia Padula Morgan, chairwoman of the Department of Nursing and associate dean of the School of Health and Natural Sciences, was named the scholarship project director and will oversee aspects of the program, including mentoring, weekly student and faculty advising sessions, supplemental instruction and workshops, the university announced.