ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.The University of New Mexico College of Nursing (UNM CoN) has received a $150,000 grant from the Hearst Foundation to create a scholars program for Native American and Hispanic students entering graduate programs.

UNM will identify three Hispanic and/or Native American students who are currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing (BSN) program or have recently graduated with a BSN. Each student will receive financial support while earning a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree.

As part of the scholars program, the UNM CoN plans to develop a pipeline for these students so once they complete their MSN they enter the Ph.D. in Nursing program under the newly developed Health Policy concentration. This will help the college increase the overall number of nursing students knowledgeable in health policy, and the number of Native American and Hispanic students in graduate programs.

“There is a great need for more nursing scholars in health policy, particularly those who represent populations where health disparities are the greatest,” said Dr. Nancy Ridenour, dean at the UNM CoN. “Although Hispanic and Native American undergraduate nursing students at UNM reflect the ethnic population of New Mexico, they are underrepresented in graduate school at both the master’s and doctoral levels.”

The Hearst Foundation was founded by William Randolph Hearst in 1945. The main objective of the organization is to provide resources for organizations and institutions working in the fields of education , health, culture and social service . For more information on the Hearst Foundation, visit http://www.hearstfdn.org/.


Contact: Lauren Cruse, 272-3322