RWJF grants fund second-career nursing students

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has awarded grants to 52 schools of nursing as part of the foundation’s New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program, according to a news release. For the 2014-2015 academic year, the schools will receive grants to support traditionally underrepresented students who are making a career switch to nursing through an accelerated baccalaureate or master’s degree program.

“Nursing and nursing education are at a critical juncture right now, and NCIN’s exemplary approach to supporting nursing schools is helping to strengthen both,” American Association of Colleges of Nursing President Eileen Breslin, RN, PhD, FAAN, said in a news release. “NCIN’s creative, innovative and responsive approach to providing grantees with tools to ensure academic success will result in lasting changes at nursing schools nationwide. ”

NCIN scholars hold bachelor’s degrees in other fields and transition to nursing through an accelerated nursing degree program. Students are educated to become RNs in as little as 12 to 18 months.

In addition to a $10,000 scholarship, NCIN scholars receive other support to help them meet the demands of an accelerated degree program.

All NCIN grantee schools maintain a leadership program and a mentoring program for their scholars, as well as a pre-entry immersion program to assist scholars in learning essential study, test-taking and other skills needed to succeed in their programs of study.

The schools awarded grants include:
Bellarmine University
Boston College
College of St. Scholastica
Columbia University
Duke University
Duquesne University
Edgewood College
Georgia Regents University
Indiana University
Lewis University
Linfield College
Marquette University
Medical University of South Carolina
MidAmerica Nazarene University
Mount Carmel Health System Foundation
Nebraska Methodist 
New Jersey City University
New York University
Oregon Health & Science University
Pace University
Quinnipiac University
Rush University Medical Center
Saint Louis University
Samford University
Samuel Merritt University
Seattle University
Seton Hall University
Southern Connecticut State University
Stony Brook Foundation
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
The University of Texas at El Paso
Thomas Edison State College
Thomas Jefferson University
University of Cincinnati
University of Delaware
University of Hawaii at Manoa
University of Maryland, Baltimore
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Miami
University of Michigan, Flint
University of Minnesota
University of Mississippi Medical Center
University of Missouri, Kansas City
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of Rochester
University of San Diego
University of South Alabama
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Valdosta State University
Winston-Salem State University
Yale University

Since 2008, the NCIN program has distributed 3,517 scholarships to students at 130 schools of nursing, according to the release. NCIN is a national program of RWJF and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

To learn about the NCIN program, visit