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Lourdes University to award ~$2 million in scholarships to nursing students

Heath & Human Resources grant provides funding for tuition to disadvantaged students

Lourdes is pleased to announce that its College of Nursing was recently granted nearly $2 million in funding (over 4 academic years) through the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA). Funding from the HRSA grant will financially support disadvantaged undergraduate nursing students through a new scholarship program. The Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) program promotes diversity among health profession students and practitioners by providing scholarships to full-time students with financial need from disadvantaged backgrounds, enrolled in health professions and nursing programs.


Students enrolled in Lourdes’ Bachelor of Science in Nursing program are a diverse group; 28% are first-generation college students, 43% are low income, 20% are underrepresented minorities, and 18% are educationally disadvantaged. In order to better financially assist these populations in achieving their degree, Lourdes Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students grant will award up to 53 eligible nursing students scholarships equal to 50% of their full time tuition each academic year. In order to be eligible for the scholarship, the student must be admitted to Lourdes as a full time student, qualify as low income, either be a member of an underrepresented racial or ethnic minority or be educationally disadvantaged and have the potential to succeed academically.


In the last five years, Lourdes University’s College of Nursing has received more than $6 million in funding from HRSA and other federal, state and private funders. “Our College of Nursing has been successful at acquiring grant funding because it has a terrific reputation throughout the country,” shares Manda Rice, Director of Corporate, Foundation & Government Relations. “Additionally, the grants that Lourdes’ College of Nursing has received have proven to be successful in recruiting and retaining a diverse population of students.”


In 2011, Lourdes received a similar HRSA grant, of which 100% of the students served have remained in school, and some are currently preparing for their NCLEX state boards. Similarly, a HRSA Nursing Workforce Diversity grant, also awarded to Lourdes in 2010, has provided over $80,000 in scholarships and more than $168,000 in stipends. This financial support directly contributed to increasing the College of Nursing’s retention rate of underrepresented and disadvantaged students.


First established in 1982, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is the primary Federal agency aimed at improving health and health equity through access to quality services, a skilled health workforce and innovative programs.


The College of Nursing at Lourdes offers a variety of programs including the Operating Room First Assistant, Nurse-Aid to BSN, Pre-Nursing to BSN, Licensed Practical Nurse to BSN, Registered Nurse (RN) to BSN and the RN to MSN with a Nurse Leader, Nurse Educator or Nurse Anesthetist concentration. For more information about the School of Nursing contact visit

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