MNU School of Nursing Receives $50,000 Grant for Scholarships
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The MNU School of Nursing is one of six institutions to be awarded a $50,000 grant for student scholarships from the Butterfield Memorial Foundation. The grant specifies awardees must be junior and senior traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students.
The MNU School of Nursing ranks in the top 25 by enrollment in Missouri and Kansas according to Ingram's magazine, having grown 55% since 2007. Offering a traditional BSN, an accelerated (12-month) BSN, an RN to BSN (12-month) program and the 12-month Master of Science in Nursing, MNU attracts nursing students from all walks of life looking to re-tool for a new career as well as those seeking leadership opportunities in their current nursing careers. Recent efforts to increase minority representation in MNU's nursing programs resulted in 40% minority and 20% male enrollment in the university's accelerated program last summer. This is double the national average in the field of nursing.
According to Dr. Susan Larson, acting dean of the MNU School of Nursing, approximately 25 schools applied for the funding. Although the foundation is required to give preference to schools in Oklahoma and Wesleyan schools, MNU's application was among the top contenders. Other universities receiving funding: Azusa Pacific University, Southern Nazarene University, Seattle Pacific University, Roberts Wesleyan College, and Oklahoma Wesleyan University.
The Butterfield Memorial Foundation is a Christian charitable organization serving the health needs of the community in harmony with the tenets of the Free Methodist Church of North America. Christian colleges with accredited four-year nursing degree programs or graduate nursing degree programs were the intended grant recipients. The foundation's web site is www.butterfieldfoundation.org