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The Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans has awarded $20,000 to the College of Nursing. The grant will fund scholarships for two doctoral nursing students for the upcoming fall semester.

sthomasJonas awarded the grant to help address the nursing faculty shortage, which is expected to worsen as the nation’s population ages.

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, US nursing schools turned away nearly 70,000 qualified applicants from baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs in 2014 due in large part to an insufficient number of faculty.

“This grant provides an invaluable opportunity for doctoral nursing students at UT to be mentored for two years by outstanding national leaders as they prepare for careers as academic scientists,” said Sandra Thomas, professor and chair of the PhD program in the College of Nursing.



Tyra Haag (865-974-5460, tyra.haag@tennessee.edu)

Emily Kissel (865-974-2755, ekissel@utk.edu)