USF receives $275,700 grant for nursing scholarships 

Oct. 16, 2012 FORT WAYNE, Ind.—The Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded the University of Saint Francis a grant of $275,700 for scholarships to students in the final year of the Master of Science in Nursing—Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) program. The grant is the first in a two-year cycle that should bring the program similar funding next spring.

The Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (AENT) funds will provide up to $22,000 per eligible full-time student and up to $11,000 per eligible part-time student for tuition and fees, textbooks and reasonable living expenses during the traineeship.

To be eligible, students in the final two semesters of the MSN-FNP must complete an application and submit an essay describing their career and service goals. While applicants must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2, they will be ranked first on their commitment to practice and volunteer in a health professionals shortage area for a year after graduation.

Graduate Nursing Program Director Mindy Yoder, DNP, FNP-BC, RN, commented on the value of the nurse practitioner. “Studies support the quality of care and satisfaction with care that nurse practitioners provide,” she said. “Multiple areas in Indiana, including Allen County, have been designated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as shortage areas for primary health care professionals.”

The funds will help such students persist toward graduation. “Student scholarships will facilitate FNP program completion by reducing financial barriers and enabling students to work less hours while taking classes,” Yoder said.

Graduates of the university’s MSN-FNP program, ranked in the nation’s top 100 by U.S. News and World Report in 2011, will vastly improve healthcare in their areas of service, she said.

“Ultimately, graduates of our program will help fill the health care provider gap by providing services to our community. According to recent employer feedback, University of Saint Francis nursing graduates step up to leadership roles, are team players who respect other, possess leadership skills and have a systems perspective,” Yoder said.

For more information, contact Executive Director of Enrollment Services Jamie McGrath at (260) 399-8003 or

The University of Saint Francis, founded in 1890 as a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, offers more than 60 undergraduate and 14 graduate programs in five schools: The School of Health Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership, School of Professional Studies and School of Creative Arts. It enrolls more than 2,300 students from a broad geographic region. The university has a regional campus in Crown Point, Ind.

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