Nursing School Receives Funding from Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare

The Duquesne University School of Nursing will be able to fund the scholarship of four of its doctoral nursing students in 2016 and 2017, thanks to a $40,000-grant from the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare.

The grant-which will run from June 1, 2016, through July 31, 2018-will enable the School of Nursing to provide a $10,000 scholarship (over two years) to one Ph.D. Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar, two Ph.D. Jonas Veterans Healthcare Scholars and one DNP Jonas Veterans Health Scholar at Duquesne University.

In addition, the Ph.D. Nurse Leader Scholar will receive an additional $10,000 in matching funds from the University.

"We are proud to be part of a national effort to prepare the next generation of nurse faculty leaders, which is critical as we face a national nursing shortage," said Associate Dean for Research Dr. Melissa Kalarchian. "Our newest cohort of scholars will be announced in June. They will focus on key health care priorities including veterans' care."

The Jonas Scholars at Duquesne University's School of Nursing will join more than 1,000 future nurse educators and leaders at 140 universities across all 50 states supported by Jonas Center programs, the Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholars Program and the Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program (JVHP). These scholarships support nurses pursuing Ph.D.s and DNPs, the terminal degrees in the field.

Duquesne's School of Nursing received a $30,000 grant from the Jonas Center in 2014-2016 and allocated the funds to three of its doctoral students: Emerson Ea, Salena Wright-Brown and Sara Jennings.

"In 2008, we set an ambitious goal to support 1,000 Jonas Nurse Scholars. This year, on our center's 10th anniversary, we celebrate this achievement and are amazed by the talent of this cohort of future nurse leaders," said Donald Jonas, who co-founded the Center with Barbara Jonas, his wife. "In the decade to come, we look forward to continuing to work with our partner nursing schools and to the great impact that the Jonas Scholars will have on improving health care around the world."

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