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RWJ New Careers in Nursing Spring 2013 Awards

Back row: Liliana Kim, Joseph Tkach, & Sekou Dakarai
Front row: Chanita Coulter, Jacob Fountain, Valerie Kneece & Toya Williams

The College of Nursing received a $150,000 award from the Robert Wood Johnson (RWJF) New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) scholarship program to allocate to 15 students enrolled in the Accelerated BSN degree program during the 2012-13 academic year. Eight awards were made in the fall, and an additional seven students received a one-time award of $10,000 during for the spring 2013 semester. All recipients must have an earned baccalaureate degree in another area. Spring 2013 recipients are: Chanita Coulter, Sekou Dakarai, Jacob Fountain, Lilliana Kim, Valerie Kneee, Jospeh Tkach, and Tonya Williams.

The RWJF NCIN scholarship program is a national program of RWJF and the American Association of College of Nursing. The prestigious program is designed to help alleviate the national nursing shortage, increase the diversity of nursing professionals, expand capacity in baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs, and enhance the pipeline of potential nurse faculty.

According to Nancy Duffy, DNP, RN, CEN, CNE, program coordinator, “I believe our continued funding of this important project is due to the success of our participants and the positive effect it has had on increasing the diversity of the students enrolled in the BSN program.”