Department of Health offers $5 million in grants to Nebraska nursing students

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Nursing students in Nebraska now have access to $5 million in grants from the Department of Health and Human Services to make school more accessible.

Funding for the new grant was provided to the department from the American Rescue Plan Act.

Recipients will be awarded $2,500 per semester.

Any Nebraska resident currently enrolled or who plans to enroll in a Certified Nursing Assistant, Licensed Practical Nurse or accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program within the state is eligible to apply.

Qualified applicants will receive scholarships on a first-come, first-served basis each semester until their nursing program is complete or funds run out.

Upon completion of a qualified nursing program, scholarship recipients will be required to be active nurses in Nebraska for a minimum of two years.

The department says the scholarships will reduce barriers, making it easier to enter the nursing field and grow Nebraska’s public health workforce.

Each recipient will play a vital role in rebuilding Nebraska’s public health infrastructure and will help the state recover from COVID-induced nursing shortages.

“Nurses are an indispensable part of healthcare across our state,” said Charity Menefee, director of operations for the department’s public health division.  “In the wake of the pandemic, it is important that we support future nurses and provide them with the resources they need to become effective members of our medical community.”

All current and prospective CNA, LPN and accelerated BSN students are encouraged to apply online.

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