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Shepherd University receives grants

November 17, 2011

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — Shepherd University recently received two grants from the United States Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration, including the Nursing Workforce Diversity grant, totaling $1 million over three years, and the second, to provide scholarships for disadvantaged students, funded for $58,000.

The grant will be used to implement the Partnership for Academic and Social Student Success Program (PASSS), aimed at improving health care quality and increasing nursing workforce diversity in the Shenandoah Valley.

Dr. Clarise Ottley, assistant professor of nursing, will serve as the project director for the grant.

A second grant was also received from HRSA to provide scholarships for disadvantaged nursing students in the amount of $58,000 for the upcoming academic year.

The purpose of the grant is to increase diversity in the health professions and nursing workforce by providing grants to eligible health professions and nursing schools for use in awarding scholarships to financially needy students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The grants will be given to students currently in the nursing program.

Students interested in applying for scholarships should contact Dr. Sharon Mailey, chair of the nursing department at smailey@shepherd.edu.

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