CINCINNATIóOn Monday, Nov. 8, donors and students will gather at the ninth annual University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Nursing Scholarship Awards Dinner to celebrate $437,600 in financial assistance distributed this year to 172 nursing students.
The dinner, which takes place in Tangeman University Centerís Great Hall, is hosted by the college to honor donors and connect students with their benefactors.
"Donor scholarships are critical, not only for attracting high performing students with financial need, but also for recognizing leadership and academic performance. Providing these students with the opportunity to obtain their nursing education ultimately helps the profession evolve with the changing health care landscape,Ē says Andrea Lindell, PhD, dean of the College of Nursing.
The scholarships can be earned based on either need or merit. More than half of the scholarships are in excess of $1,000.
Dayton, Ohio, resident Vanessa Martin, a senior in the bachelorís of nursing (BSN) program, received $3,500 from the Eileen Duncan and Robert McCarthy Scholarship. She has been awarded this scholarship each year since her freshman year. Martin was also awarded $10,000 through the UC Health University Hospital Diversity Scholarship program.
"Itís a nice experience. I get to sit and talk with the donors and tell them how Iím doing in school and what classes Iím taking, and they get to see where their money is going,Ē says Martin.
Funding for the scholarships has remained consistent over the past five years.
The UC College of Nursing enrolled approximately 2,300 students in the 2010Ė11 academic year. The college is ranked in the top 10 percent of nursing programs in the country by U.S.News & World Report.