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The VNA Foundation Nursing Scholarship program ran from 2005 to 2010, and awarded grants to the Accelerated Bachelor of Nursing (ABSN) programs at Rush and Loyola Universities.
The goals of our scholarship program were two-fold: first, to encourage qualified candidates, who might otherwise not attend nursing school due to financial considerations, to apply to the ABSN programs; and second, to support and promote community nursing services to the underserved, by requiring scholarship recipients to practice in a Chicago-area community- or home-based setting for at least two years after graduation.
When Rush College of Nursing discontinued its ABSN program and implemented a Generalist Entry Master (GEM) of Science in Nursing program with a focus on clinical leadership, VNA Foundation agreed to continue its support and three GEM students also received VNA Foundation scholarships in support of their education.
Over the five year period, VNA Foundation’s scholarship program awarded 11 nursing scholarships totaling $369,100. And, as a result of their post-scholarship commitment to service, by the time the last scholarship was completed, underserved communities in Chicago received 23 years of nursing services from these well-prepared and dedicated young people.
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