February 18, 2005

Grant boosts Nursing School scholarship

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Joe Putnam Jr., M.D.

Grant boosts Nursing School scholarship

Students interested in pursuing a degree in nursing from Vanderbilt, but who are concerned about financial obstacles, could get a big boost thanks to a grant from the Christy-Houston Foundation.

The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing has been awarded a $175,000 grant from the foundation to provide five $35,000 scholarships to advanced practice nursing students interested in the area of pediatrics. Under the agreement, a scholarship recipient must either be a resident of Rutherford County or a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, with a bachelor of science in Nursing degree. After graduating, scholarship recipients will be asked to work for two years at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

VUSN offers four programs in the area of Pediatrics: the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner for Primary Care or Acute Care, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, and Clinical Management in Pediatrics.

Each program is offered in a blocked learning format to accommodate students who live or work at a distance, using video streaming and online conferencing, designated campus visits and other tools.

Nursing students who are interested in applying for these scholarships and learning about numerous other scholarship opportunities should contact Kristie Smith, director of financial aid at the Vanderbilt School of Nursing at 322-8986, or visit www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/nursing/msn/scholarshipsint.html.