New 2016 Grants and Scholarships

07/15/16  Portland, Ore.

Both students and faculty to benefit

Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS)

Congratulations to Peggy Wros, Ph.D.and senior associate dean of student affairs, for receiving funding for her HRSA grant. The award is $2.6 M over the next four years ($650,000 per year) for the Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) grant program. Beginning this fall, these funds will provide full support of tuition and fees for 40 educationally and economically disadvantaged BS and ABS students, including underrepresented minorities, across our five campuses each year. Tami Buedefeldt, Director of Recruitment and Admissions and Dr. Wros are working with the financial aid office to develop the application process and communications with eligible students. This award will accelerate our ability to recruit and support students from diverse backgrounds as we continue to develop a learning community that values difference and fosters a variety of perspectives on health care issues.

Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP)

Peggy Wros, Ph.D. and senior associate dean of student affairs, was recently awarded the Nurse Faculty Loan Program grant funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Workforce, Division of Nursing and Public Health. The purpose of this funding is to increase the number of qualified nurse faculty. NFLP is designed to prepare qualified nurse educators to fill faculty vacancies and increase the number of nurses entering the workforce by supporting Schools of Nursing that prepare graduates to serve as faculty. Eligible students at OHSU SON include those in the Ph.D., D.N.P., and M.N.E. programs. OHSU makes loans available to students enrolled in these programs, and requires students to complete specific nursing education courses as part of their program.  Following graduation, the NFLP offers partial loan cancellation (up to 85%) for graduates who serve as full-time nursing faculty at an accredited SON.