Allen College Re-Awarded Scholarships Through RWJF New Careers in Nursing Program

July 25, 2011

Scholarships will support Allen College in training a demographically representative pool of nursing professionals

WATERLOO, Iowa—Allen College is pleased to announce it has been selected as a grant recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program (NCIN). Allen College is one of 52 schools of nursing across the U.S., and the only school in Iowa, to receive this funding. The College also received the grant in 2009. Allen College will receive $50,000 for the 2012-2013 academic year to support students in its Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program who are traditionally underrepresented in the field of nursing.  

The NCIN Scholarship Program was launched in 2008 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to address the national nursing shortage, develop a diverse professional nursing workforce and fuel the pipeline of nurse faculty and leaders. 

“Through the NCIN program, we are challenging nursing schools across the country to expand nurse leadership and strengthen education, two clear goals of the landmark 2010 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report on The Future of Nursing,” said Denise A. Davis, RWJF program officer for NCIN. “By diversifying the nursing profession through these scholarships, we are also helping to create a healthcare workforce ready to meet the needs of the 21st-century American patient.”

At Allen College, scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each will be awarded to five students entering the accelerated nursing program during the 2012-2013 academic year. To date, the NCIN program has supported five Allen College students over the last year, and continues to develop culturally competent health professionals and future leaders of the profession.

“We are extremely pleased to receive this grant again this year,” said Allen College chancellor Dr. Jerry Durham. “It will aid us in our continuing efforts to attract an even more diverse student population by making our accelerated nursing program an option for a greater number of students.” 

A $50,000 grant from RWJF enabled Allen College to offer $10,000 scholarships to five students in its Accelerated BSN Program in the 2010-2011 academic year. Not only did the grant allow Allen to increase the number of students in its Accelerated BSN Program, but it also provided an opportunity to carefully examine, create and develop mentoring and leadership activities for all Allen BSN students. These initiatives serve as a foundation for novice nurses as they move into professional practice.

Created in response to a growing need for nurses in Iowa and across the nation, Allen College’s accelerated nursing program is designed for career changers who already hold a bachelor’s degree in another field or outstanding students who have completed specified college coursework.

The NCIN program was created to enable schools of nursing to expand student capacity in accelerated baccalaureate and master’s programs, and build a more diverse workforce ready to serve the needs of a changing patient population. Schools receiving grants through NCIN provide scholarships directly to students from groups underrepresented in nursing or from disadvantaged backgrounds. In the 2011-2012 academic year, 400 students in accelerated baccalaureate and master’s programs will receive scholarship funding.

The NCIN program addresses a number of the challenges confronting nursing education, professional development and the national workforce shortage. Accelerated programs like the ones supported by NCIN provide scholars with the most efficient route to licensure as a registered nurse (RN) and create opportunities for adults who have already completed a baccalaureate or graduate degree in a field other than nursing. These programs prepare students to pass the licensure examine required for all RNs in as little as 12-18 months and provide quicker routes to workforce eligibility than traditional programs.

For information about how the scholarships will be awarded to students at Allen College, call 319-226-2000. Allen College has offered nursing education since 1926 and became a degree-granting institution in 1989. Allen College offers Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN); Master of Science in Nursing (MSN); Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP); Associate of Science in Radiography (ASR); and Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHS) programs. For more information on Allen College, visit

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