NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Nursing careers are within reach for students who can't afford an education at the College of New Rochelle, which was awarded for 2.6 million grant.
It will provide scholarships for economically disadvantaged students who pursue careers in nursing or other health fields over the next four years, according to an announcement.
The funding is from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), which manages grant programs to benefit nursing education, like the Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) program. SDS is mandated by Congress to promote diversity in the nursing workforce and in other healthcare professions.
The program awards scholarship funding to colleges and universities to be distributed to students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The College of New Rochelle will receive $649,980 annually – $2,599,920 over the grant’s duration – through HRSA for the SDS program.
The HRSA grants were awarded to 99 colleges and universities, the announcement said.
“No one should be denied an education in their field of choice because of their background,” said U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel, (D-Westchester), a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Health Subcommittee.
“This funding will ensure that students from low-income homes can pursue careers in healthcare and, in turn, care for the people of our community,” Engel said.
The grant will "broaden access to higher education as we work purposefully to prepare our students to meet the rapidly growing work force needs in healthcare," Judith Huntington, president of The College of New Rochelle said.
It will enable the college to provide scholarships covering a minimum of 50 percent of annual tuition and related costs to incoming freshmen and transfer students who enroll full-time in the college’s nursing program, according to the release.