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UT School of Nursing Awarded $1.2 Million for Scholarships

Published: May 04, 2009 by

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Nursing has been awarded $1.2 million for scholarships by the John S. Dunn Research Foundation.

The money will be used exclusively to fund scholarships for students entering the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Accelerated Nursing Program. These are students who already have degrees in other fields who want to enter the nursing profession as quickly as possible. The curriculum is completed in three semesters.

The School of Nursing currently has 36 students in the BSN Accelerated Program and has graduated a total of 53 students since its program began in May 2004. Thirty-four more graduate in May.

"This is the largest single gift ever received by the School of Nursing," said Patricia Starck, D.S.N., dean of the nursing school. "It will provide full-tuition scholarships for 78 nursing students through 2013. A nurse touches at least 1,000 patients and their families a year. The Dunn Foundation is making a great contribution to the health of this community with this magnanimous gift."

The John S. Dunn Research Foundation supports organizations and programs engaged in biomedical, educational and research programs, primarily in the Greater Houston area.

"The John S. Dunn Research Foundation has long been interested in alleviating the shortage of trained nurses," said Foundation President Charles W. Hall. "So a grant to the UT Health Science Center at Houston to provide nursing scholarships was a perfect fit for us. We are delighted with the opportunity."

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported more than 1 million new and replacement nurses will be needed by the year 2016, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The AACN also stated that government analysts project that more than 587,000 new nursing positions will be created by 2016, making nursing the nation's top profession in terms of projected job growth.