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Grant to help UMass Boston program recruit, retain minority nursing students

Monday January 13, 2014
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The University of Massachusetts Boston’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences has received a $997,556 grant to recruit and retain minority students through a new program: Boston Urban Nurse Leaders in Eliminating Academic Disparities.

The Health Resources and Services Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, awarded the grant.

Over the next three years, the BUN-LEAD program will provide tuition assistance, tuition waivers and mentoring support to CNHS students who are ethnic or racial minorities. Less than 5% of Massachusetts RNs are ethnic or racial minorities, according to a UMass Boston news release. BUN-LEAD is intended to address the economic and academic challenges many minority students face as they pursue careers in nursing.

CNHS Dean Anahid Kulwicki, RN, DNS, FAAN, who spearheaded the grant application, said the BUN-LEAD program will benefit minority students as they work toward their degrees.

“We need more health practitioners who are familiar with underserved and minority communities,” Kulwicki said in the release. “This grant will allow us to create more programs that support minority students in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and meet the urban mission of the University of Massachusetts Boston.”
Stipends will be made available to 15 eligible students in the first year of the program and to 20 students in each of the following two years. The stipends will help nursing students cover general living expenses. Academic scholarships also will be available for eligible students.

LEARN MORE at UMB.edu/Academics/CNHS.


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