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Thomas Edison College receives $650,000 grant for nursing scholarships

Wednesday August 6, 2014
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The W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing at Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, N.J., has received a three-year, $650,000 grant from the Helene Fuld Health Trust to provide scholarships for students working to become registered nurses, according to a news release.

The grant will be used to provide scholarships for students enrolled in the college’s accelerated second degree BSN program, which is designed for adults who possess a non-nursing bachelor’s degree and are interested in becoming RNs. The one-year program combines online and classroom-based courses at the college with clinical experiences at Capital Health facilities in Trenton and Hopewell, N.J., to prepare graduates for the NCLEX for RNs.

“We are extremely honored and grateful to receive this grant from the Helene Fuld Health Trust, which will provide financial assistance to students who are interested in becoming registered nurses,” Filomela Marshall, RN, EdD, CNE, dean of the nursing school, said in the release. “These scholarships will ultimately result in more students completing our accelerated BSN program and successfully entering the profession as RNs.”

Of the total grant, $325,000 will be used to provide scholarships to students in 2014, 2015 and 2016. An additional $325,000 will be used to create an endowment fund for scholarships to be awarded in future years, according to the release.

The Helene Fuld Health Trust was established by Leonhard Felix Fuld, PhD, in 1969 as a successor to the Helene Fuld Health Foundation, which he founded with his sister, Florentine, in 1935. Now the trust is the nation’s largest private funder devoted exclusively to nursing students and nursing education, according to the release.

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