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MNU Awards $100,000 in RWJF NCIN Scholarships

MNU Awards $100,000 in Coveted RWJF NCIN Scholarships to Accelerated BSN Students

Feb. 2, 2013

MidAmerica Nazarene University announced 10 recipients of this year’s $10,000 scholarships for students entering the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program. The funding originated from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) program. The RWJF NCIN program has supported 35 students in four years at MNU, in an effort to develop culturally competent nurses and future leaders of the profession.

The 2013 NCIN scholarship recipients include six men and four women:

Shannon Cross of Overland Park, Kan.

Linh Huynh of Orange, Calif.

Kevin Jones of Olathe, Kan.

Penina Kiguha of Cudahy, Wis.

Taylor Lewis of Olathe, Kan.

Jonathan Peaco of Overland Park, Kan.

Alexandra Pierce of Raymore, Mo.

Daniel Schuckman of Overland Park, Kan.

Graciela Stanley of Overland Park, Kan.

Tom Van Holt of Lawrence, Kan.

MNU is one of only eight nursing schools to receive NCIN scholarship funding for four years in a row. Additionally, NCIN included a case study of MNU’s website in the recently published diversity recruitment toolkit. The toolkit was published by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to assist schools of nursing to recruit members of groups considered underrepresented in nursing.

MNU Grant Manager Whitney Gray says the intent for the toolkit is that it will be used by applicants and awardees to the NCIN scholarship grant program.

“The toolkit serves as a resource of best practices for recruiting a diverse student body into accelerated nursing programs.  Successful NCIN grantees should be able to demonstrate the incorporation of these strategies into their own recruitment efforts,” Gray said. “MNU is the only nursing school used as a case study in the toolkit so it is quite an honor to be included.”

Gray says MNU has applied for the next round of funding and if awarded will have scholarships available for its fall 2013 and winter 2014 ABSN program starts.  Scholarship recipients will be selected by a committee. Students in the program are able to apply previous college credit or a bachelor’s degree in another field toward a BSN. ABSN students take the nursing courses and clinicals required to earn the degree in just one year allowing them to enter the field of nursing very quickly.

While the program is extremely challenging, it is also quite popular. MNU consistently has hundreds of applications for the 35 spots in each of its two start dates. Alumnus Giang Vu, who completed the program in December 2012 gave her experience at MNU high marks. The mentoring program, which pairs ABSN students with experienced nurses, was especially helpful in Vu’s transition to becoming a nurse.

“I most appreciated my mentor’s thoughts on where she found it most valuable to volunteer,” Vu said.  “I also valued her insight about interviewing for jobs. I really liked my mentor and hope to keep in contact with her.”

After gaining more clinical experience on the job, Vu plans to pursue a Master of Science in Nursing or a Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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