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Federal Grants Provides Support for Nursing Students
Grants help graduate nursing students pay for their schooling cost.

November 10, 2005
By Mimi Ko Cruz

Master of science in nursing students who are committed to serving those most at risk of suffering health disparities can apply for funding to help pay for their schooling costs thanks to a couple of federal grant traineeships that have been obtained by Christine Latham, professor of nursing and grant recipient.

The grants, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration, total $67,021 for this academic year. Latham said the entire sum benefits students.

“These grants keep Cal State Fullerton’s graduate nursing program competitive with other regional nursing programs, and our ability to assist students with financial needs sends a message to prospective students that we are interested in helping them to be successful,” she said.

Up to 35 graduate students in the second year of the nurse anesthetist concentration will share $17,967 from one traineeship this year, while students pursuing master’s degrees in the nursing administration, family nurse practitioner, women’s health care or school nurse concentrations can compete for a portion of $49,054 from the other traineeship. Those who receive the money are expected to use it to help pay for books and fees, Latham said.

The traineeship grants have been awarded to the Department of Nursing each year since the 2001-02 academic year, when the master’s of science in nursing program was initiated. Including this year’s awards, the total has reached about $340,000.

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