Program Description

The NWD program increases nursing education opportunities for individuals who are from disadvantaged backgrounds (including racial and ethnic minorities under-represented among registered nurses) by providing (1) student scholarships or stipends for diploma or associate degree nurses to enter a bridge or degree completion program, and (2) student scholarships or stipends for accelerated nursing degree programs, pre-entry preparation, advanced education preparation, and retention activities.

General Program Requirements

Eligible institutions must identify and describe the root causes of attrition among students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The description must include a discussion of the social determinants that inhibit student achievement and success.

Applicants must propose a feasible plan to apply evidence-based strategies to increase retention of students from disadvantaged backgrounds in schools of nursing. Successful evidence-based strategies to address student retention will include various combinations of:

  • Academic and peer support
  • Mentoring
  • Institutional and community partnerships
  • Student financial support
  • Applicants are also expected to demonstrate that a combination of academic/peer support, mentoring, institutional and community partnerships, and/or student financial support will be effectively used to retain students from disadvantaged backgrounds with low academic achievement who are at risk of failing in schools of nursing.
  • And other program requirements as specified in Funding Opportunity Announcement(s).

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

For more information about all this and other potential HRSA funding opportunities, please visit the HRSA Opportunity page.

For additional information go to the Nursing Workforce Diversity Program page.

Program Contact Information

Tara Spencer
Project Officer/Nurse Consultant
TSpencer@hrsa.gov
(301) 443-3192

Additional Information

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number93.178
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityProgram not specific to American Indians and Alaska Natives, but they are eligible
Can the funding from the program be renewedNo
Funding TypeDiscretionary
Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceFederally Recognized Tribes and Tribal Organizations, Non-Tribal Entities
Matching Funds RequiredNo
Number of People Served by this Program (Approximate)4,444
Length of Program4 years
Recurring Base Funding for TribesNo
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?Yes
Tribes Funded by this Program1- Salish Kootenai College

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