University of Portland
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University of Portland School of Nursing awarded $960,000 from the Helene Fuld Health Trust for second degree baccalaureate nursing students

University of Portland’s School of Nursing has been awarded $960,000 by the Helene Fuld Health Trust to establish scholarships for BSN students who have a prior bachelor’s degree in another field.

Financial issues are often the biggest barrier for students transferring to the University of Portland to complete an additional bachelor’s degree, according to UP nursing dean Joanne Warner.

“An endowed scholarship fund from the Helene Fuld Health Trust helps us remove that barrier,” says Warner, “and allows us to focus on preparing transformational nurse leaders who make a difference.”

One of six schools of nursing nationwide to receive funding for Second Degree Baccalaureate Students in Nursing from The Helene Fuld Health Trust Scholarship Fund, the grant will be paid in three installments over a four-year period. Half of the funds are for annual scholarships, the first to be awarded fall 2013. The other half will create an endowment, with the first scholarships awarded in the 2016-17 academic year.

The award and the partnership with the Helene Fuld Health Trust encourages students with a prior degree, and often more life experience than the traditional student out of high school, to enter nursing.

“This partnership supports the School of Nursing’s priority on increasing the diversity of the nursing work force, including gender, ethnicity and non-traditional students” says Warner.

The Helene Fuld Health Trust's mission is to support and promote the health, welfare, and education of student nurses and is the nation's largest private funder devoted exclusively to nursing students and nursing education. University of Portland’s School of Nursing received a previous grant from the Helene Fuld Health Trust in 2006. The $550,000 grant established scholarships for undergraduate nursing students.

The $960,000 grant is part of the University’s RISE Campaign, which was announced in December 2010 and seeks to raise $175 million by 2014. The RISE Campaign, which has raised more than $161 million to date, is one of the largest development campaigns ever for a Pacific Northwest private college or university.

The University of Portland is an independently governed Catholic university guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross. U.S. News & World Report ranks the institution as one of the top ten regional universities in the West. It is the only school in Oregon to offer a College of Arts & Sciences, a graduate school, and nationally accredited programs in the schools of business, education, engineering, and nursing.

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