MAILED: July 12, 2000
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire School of Nursing has received an increase in grant monies from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the next fiscal year.
The grant, used to provide scholarships to disadvantaged students, has been approved in the amount of $138,940. This is an increase of nearly $35,000 from last year and about $125,000 from 1998.
The money is made available to undergraduate nursing students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Susan Johnson Warner, former associate dean of the School of Nursing, said until 1999 the grant proposal only identified the economically disadvantaged.
Since that time, the grant requests have broadened the definition of disadvantaged to include first-generation college students as well as students from health profession shortage areas and from disadvantaged high schools.
The School of Nursing first received the Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students Grant award in 1993-94. Professor emeritus Marge Bottoms, who was the associate dean of the School of Nursing at the time, proposed it. Johnson Warner wrote the grant proposal for the last three years.
Johnson Warner said the distribution of these scholarships is important to the improvement of the field of nursing.
"The profession of nursing serves all people from all backgrounds and economic situations. It is important for the nursing work force to be diverse to match the population we serve," she said.
"This grant has been extremely helpful to students and they are very appreciative," Johnson Warner said. "It is an example of an excellent federal program that benefits Wisconsin citizens."
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: July 19, 2000