SLU Receives Grant to Provide Scholarships, Mentoring for Disadvantaged Nursing Students
Saint Louis University School of Nursing will receive $1.5 million in federal funds
over the next four years to support disadvantaged students by providing them student
mentors, faculty mentors and pre-entry work experiences.
The HRSA nursing workforce diversity grant will help SLU’s School of Nursing increase
the recruitment, enrollment, retention and graduation of students from disadvantaged
backgrounds, especially for students who are African American or Hispanic/Latino.
Both groups are underrepresented in nursing education.
The grant funding will aid 40 students (10 each year).
“These funds will help increase diversity within SLU School of Nursing,” said Teri
Murray, Ph.D., dean of the School of Nursing. “The racially diverse students, from
populations currently underrepresented in nursing, will be paired with peer mentors,
faculty mentors and seasoned nurse mentors who are out working in the field.”
The peer mentors are upper-division nursing students who can assist the incoming students
as they navigate academic life and nursing school. SLU is also partnering with SSM
Health, the Black Nurses of Association of Greater St. Louis and the National Association
of Hispanic Nurses to identify professional mentors for students in the target group.
“By providing a cadre of mentors we hope to provide Hispanic and African-American
students with leaders that can help them navigate nursing school and clinical experiences,”
The freshman and sophomore students will receive stipends, which include $5,000 for
tuition, books and fees assistance, a $200 monthly stipend toward food/housing and
a monthly Metro transportation pass, as needed.
The program also includes the University 101 program to prepare students for college
life and a dedicated retention specialist.
In 2016, Saint Louis University was awarded $2.1 million in federal funds for scholarships to nursing students who come from economically
disadvantaged backgrounds. The 2016 proposal awarded scholarships to 10 freshmen and
10 sophomore nursing students for the 2016-17 academic year.
Those awarded scholarships demonstrated financial need and included students who are
members of racial and ethnic minority groups. Selected by the school’s scholarship
committee, these students will be mentored and supported during their time at SLU
to ensure their academic success.
Part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Health Resources and
Services Administration (HRSA) is the primary federal agency for improving access
to health care services for people who are geographically isolated and economically
or medically vulnerable. It achieves its goal in part by strengthening the skills
and diversity of the health work force and expanding the ability of health providers
to see patients in underserved areas.
Founded in 1928, Saint Louis University School of Nursing has achieved a national
reputation for its innovative and pioneering programs. Offering bachelor's, master's,
and doctoral nursing programs, its faculty members are nationally recognized for their
teaching, research and clinical expertise.