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Mars Hill University Receives Titmus Foundation Grant for Nursing Scholarships

The Judge-McRae School of Nursing at Mars Hill University is pleased to announce the receipt of $50,000 in grant monies from the Titmus Foundation, to be used for scholarships for eligible students in the university's RN to BSN (registered nurse to bachelor's of science in nursing) program.

The first $25,000 of the grant money will be awarded in January 2016, with an additional $25,000 to be awarded later in 2016. The money will be used for a total of 20 scholarships of $2500 each.

According to Dr. Cathy Franklin-Griffin, Dean of the Judge-McRae School of Nursing, one of the goals of the Titmus Foundation in awarding the monies was to encourage education and retention of BSN-prepared registered nurses in western North Carolina. Consistent with that goal, eligible registered nurses who receive the scholarships are required to work within the 18 counties of western North Carolina during and/or after graduation from the program.

"These scholarship funds, and the nursing programs available through the Judge-McRae School of Nursing, will work to increase the number of healthcare providers in a region that is currently deficient in providers," Franklin-Griffin said. "We hope the availability of these scholarships, in addition to the convenience of the location and scheduling in the RN to BSN program, will be a factor in enabling current RNs to retain their jobs, in a healthcare environment which is demanding more BSN-prepared nurses."

Mars Hill's RN to BSN program began during the 2015-16 academic year as an option offered through the university's Adult & Graduate Studies (AGS) program. Classes for the RN to BSN program are offered at the university's Asheville Center on Airport Road. Contact the MHU Adult and Graduate Studies program for more information, at 828-689-1166 or ags@mhu.edu.