The William Randolph Hearst Foundations recently awarded the UNC Charlotte School of Nursing (SON) in the College of Health and Human Services a $100,000 grant to support diverse and minority graduate students enrolled in its Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs.
While approximately 31 percent of North Carolina’s population consists of racial minority groups, only 11.9 percent of state registered nurses represent ethnic minorities. With the scholarship support provided by the Hearst Foundations, the School can recruit and retain students from underrepresented minority groups and increase the diversity of nurses who deliver advanced nursing care.
“As the diversity of the student body in the School of Nursing continues to increase, offering scholarship funding for recruitment and retention of our graduate students becomes paramount in our efforts to assist in preparation of a diverse nursing workforce,” said Dee Baldwin, Associate Dean and Director of the School of Nursing.
The grant builds on the success of the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship Fund, established in 2005, Baldwin noted. The SON will award the scholarship each year to students enrolled in the graduate nursing programs.