UND awarded nearly $1M in nursing student assistant grants


David L. Dodds

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College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines


Bulk of support coming from the U.S. Health Resources and Service Administration for workforce development in North Dakota headed to UND’s College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines

Three of the five grants awarded to North Dakota universities through the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Health Workforce Grant program this year went to the University of North Dakota College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines (CNPD’s).

The UND grants total nearly $1 million for the current academic year and benefit programs in nurse anesthesia traineeship, advanced nursing education and a scholarship for disadvantaged students.

The scholarship money is part of a four-year grant award totaling more than $2.5 million.

“UND CNPD’s achievement in earning these grant awards not only helps our nursing students, but also, especially when compared with other regional nursing programs, helps reinforce our reputation as the premier nursing program in North Dakota,” said Gayle Roux, dean of the College.

The grants, ranging from $1,700-$10,000 per semester, depending on the academic program, provide funding directly to students for help with tuition, fees, book and reasonable living expenses. Common to all grant programs is the goal of providing assistance to students from diverse, rural, racial, ethnic, economic and social backgrounds who might otherwise not be able to complete a college education.

Additionally, these programs are designed to increase the number of graduates committed to respond to the growing demands for healthcare services in rural and underserved regions of the United States.

The mission of UND’s CNPD and the Health Workforce Grant program are well aligned as both seek to prepare futures leaders through high-quality innovative inter-professional education.

“The faculty and administration of all three departments within the College continue to seek out opportunities to support its students on their journey toward graduation and a rewarding professional experience,” Roux said.