Mid-career nursing students at UMass Boston can receive up to $10,000 in each of the next two years under the terms of a new scholarship program funded by Goddard House, the oldest nonprofit elder care organization in Massachusetts.
The Brookline-based nonprofit has pledged $170,000 over two years to fund the Goddard House Doane Scholarships. Financial support will be available for UMass Boston nursing students pursuing any degree or certification program who have previously worked for at least 10 years as a registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, or certified nursing assistant in the city of Boston.
“I am honored and humbled that Goddard House has created this scholarship program at Boston’s public research university,” said Anahid Kulwicki, dean of the nationally ranked College of Nursing and Health Sciences. “Our students are exemplary ambassadors to our urban communities, with an unwavering commitment to improving the health and well-being of the people we serve. The generosity of Goddard House will help our students fulfill their dreams.”
Funding for the program, and the highly specific eligibility requirements, were established by an 1851 bequest. Elizabeth Molodovsky, president of the Goddard House Board of Trustees, says the organization was delighted to find a way to use the funds that honored the intentions of the donors. Once Goddard House began reaching out to area nursing schools, UMass Boston emerged as a perfect fit.
“Other schools said ‘Most of our students haven’t practiced in the city for 10 years’,” Molodovsky said. "It was only UMass that said: 'We have a lot of those candidates.'’'
In fact, UMass Boston is the only university Goddard House partnered with to award the scholarships. Goddard House Doane Scholars can receive between $2,500 and $10,000 annually for the next two years, based on need and other factors.
In keeping with the mission of Goddard House, preference may be given to students who have worked in, or expressed interest in, an elder care career. UMass Boston offers a strong adult/geriatric nurse practitioner program and is home to world-renowned research in elder care. Some of the scholarship recipients may serve internships at Goddard House Assisted Living in Brookline.
“This partnership will provide opportunities for our RN-BS students and our advanced practice nurses to achieve the highest level of excellence in their fields,” Kulwicki said. “The support of Goddard House will help us attract and retain highly qualified nurses from Boston’s best hospitals, which are recognized throughout the world.”
Scholarship applications for the 2015-2016 academic year are due by June 1. Interested students may apply here.
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