|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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