Michigan State University nursing students enrolled in the College of Nursing’s accelerated second-degree bachelor program have received a generous grant from the Helene Fuld Health Trust. The $600,000 award is in effort to expand the state’s professional nursing force.
$300,000 of the grant will be used to set up a permanent endowment fund for future students. The remaining $300,000 will be accessible for current students in the next three years.
This award is a sign of the excellent nursing program at MSU, and it is a way for the college to respond to the needs of the nursing work force and prepare the next generations of nursing leaders.”
In 1935, the Helene Fuld Health Trust was created by Leonhard Felix Fuld and his sister, Florentine, in honor of their mother Helene. Since that time, the trust has become the largest private funder of nursing education. In the fiscal year 2009, HFT has awarded grants totaling $5,521,424 to twenty-two nursing programs. Most of the grants are earmarked to create endowments that will provide continual financial aid to students seeking a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing (BSN).
The accelerated second-degree program of MSU was developed in 2005. It is designed for students who have already obtained a bachelor’s degree in another field and now wish to pursue a second degree in nursing. Full time students can complete the program in 14 months.
The fast-track program is another example of the flexibility of the college in responding to the growing needs of an aging population and the national needs for increased access to health care.
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