The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), a
division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has awarded Rivier
University a $230,000 HRSA Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant for 2014. This grant
comes with a recommendation for two additional years of funding totaling
$700,000 for a three-year maximum award of $930,000.
This federal grant, one of
approximately 15 awarded nationally, is designed to enhance nursing workforce
diversity within the Nashua region. “The grant focuses on underrepresented and
first-generation students and will support scholarships and stipends, academic
enrichment and diversity activities, and enhanced cultural competency
programs,” says Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, President, who credits the
Rivier University Division of Nursing for the grant award.
Dean of Nursing Paula Williams
noted, “Receiving this grant is truly an honor and a privilege. We now
look forward to welcoming and supporting many more students from diverse
backgrounds into our programs. The scholarships, stipends, and academic
enrichment opportunities, which the grant will allow, open so many paths for
students who otherwise might not have found their way to Rivier University and
to the nursing workforce in the Nashua region and beyond.”
Rivier University offers an associate and a bachelor’s
degree in nursing, a Master of Science in Nursing with several track options,
three post-master’s certificates, a Doctorate of Education in Leadership and
Learning with a Nursing Education Specialization, and a new Bachelor of Science
in Public Health. Classes are held at Rivier’s Nashua campus, and several
degree programs are available 100% online.
Committed to cultural
diversity and global engagement for all students, these grant funds will
further the University’s and the Division of Nursing’s mission to graduate
culturally competent nursing professionals to serve the greater global community.