OHSU School of Nursing Awarded Grant from Jonas Philanthropies

08/13/18  Portland, Ore.

The grant will help tackle the nation’s most pressing healthcare issues through support of high-potential doctoral nursing scholars.

Portland, Ore., August 13, 2018 –OHSU School of Nursing is proud to a new grant of $40,000 from Jonas Philanthropies, a leading national philanthropic funder of graduate nursing education. Matched by $40,000 of its own monies, the grant will fund the scholarship of four doctoral nursing students in 2018. Among the recipients are Molly Campbell, Cory Hoover, Patrick Lohse, and Sierra Windom.

As a grant recipient OHSU School of Nursing joins Jonas Philanthropies' efforts to improve the quality of healthcare by investing in nursing scholars whose research and clinical foci specifically address our nation's most urgent needs. The grant will empower and support nursing students with financial assistance, leadership development and networking to expand the pipeline of future nursing faculty, researchers and advanced practice nurses.

With 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 each day, 1an entire generation of the healthcare workforce is aging at a rapid pace. 2This, coupled with care for the 22.2 million veterans living across the country, 3 means the United States is facing a dire need for anew era of highly educated nursing professionals. OHSU School of Nursing and Jonas Philanthropies believe the investment in the education of nurse leaders is critically important to improve the healthcare system.

"The Jonas Scholars Programs are an opportunity for our students and graduates to develop as leaders and network nationally with other scholars and national nursing leaders. We are so very appreciative of the generosity of Donald and Barbara Jonas and the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence," said Peggy Wros, senior associate dean of student affairs and diversity.

The OHSU School of Nursing's Jonas Nurse Scholars are part of the new 2018-2020 cohort of more than 200 Scholars pursuing Ph.D.,D.N.P. or Ed.D. degrees at 92 universities across the country whose doctoral work will focus on such critical health priorities are focused on preventive health, psychiatric-mental health, and suicide prevention. They join more than 1,000Jonas Scholar alumni representing 157 universities across all 50 states.

 "Each year, we grow more in awe of all our Jonas Scholars have achieved. It is with great honor that we welcome and celebrate this new cohort of nurse leaders," said Donald Jonas, who co-founded Jonas Philanthropies with his wife Barbara Jonas. "With more than 1,200 Jonas Scholars to date who are committed to meeting the greatest health needs of our time, we look forward to continuing our work with our partner nursing schools and expanding our impact to advance care for the country's most vulnerable populations."

OHSU SON has received funding for four cohorts of students since 2012 (cohorts are for 2years) for a total of 17 PhD and DNP scholars.

Previous Jonas scholar, Kalisha Bonds, Ph.D. student and P.M.H.M.P.-B., said, "Being a past recipient of funding from the Jonas Foundation as a Veterans Healthcare Scholar was an amazing opportunity! It helped cover my tuition for 2 years and allowed me the opportunity to meet other scholars and share my research at the yearly conference."

Susan Bakewell-Sachs, OHSU School of Nursing dean and vice president of nursing affairs said, "I am grateful for and proud of the OHSU SON –Jonas Scholars' Program collaboration and the opportunities the program affords our PhD and DNP students. The OHSU SON programs are designed to educate and develop leaders who will contribute to improving health and healthcare as faculty, nurse scientists, and advanced practice nurses and the Jonas program is an important partner in supporting students to reach their goals."


Our Mission

To provide leadership in nursing and health care through thoughtful innovation in healing, teaching and discovery.


The OHSU SON leads through excellence in nursing education, research, and practice to improve health and transform health care.


We value integrity, diversity, collaboration, innovation and excellence. The school's faculty includes nationally and internationally renowned scholars, educators and clinicians dedicated to excellence in the pursuit of knowledge and discovery, the holistic and compassionate care of individuals and communities, and the professional development of each member of the school within a nurturing environment. Baccalaureate and master's degree programs focus on the development of critical thinking and judgment, understanding of health systems and economics, interdisciplinary care, public health and communications in a variety of health care settings. Master's degree programs also prepare students for advanced practice or as public health professionals. Doctoral and postdoctoral programs prepare graduates for scholarly inquiry, independent research and leadership in the health care arena. The members of the school value an educational community that fosters excellence, creativity, self-reflection, accountability, respect for diversity and life long learning.

The campuses of OHSU School of Nursing (Ashland, Klamath Falls, La Grande, Monmouth and Portland) are internationally recognized for excellence in research. School of Nursing faculty members believe that nursing science is not an end in itself, but rather a systematic process used to enhance nursing practice and improve the health care of individuals, families and communities. The school consistently ranks among the top nursing schools funded by the National Institutes of Health. The combined efforts at the campuses contribute to education, practice, research and technology that enable students and faculty to provide advanced education and health care services throughout Oregon.


1 http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2010/12/29/baby-boomers-retire/

2 https://www.ncsbn.org/summary_2013.pdf