Samford’s nursing school receives grantcomment (0)
July 3, 2014
Samford University’s Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing has received the third largest award nationally of the 92 Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) grants for 2014–15. This is the 12th year for the Birmingham university to receive the grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
Exceeding $1 million
Samford’s grant of $1,310,955 is one of only four grants nationally that exceed $1 million.
Samford received the largest of five grants in the state of Alabama and was more than double the combined grants of other Alabama institutions.
The grants are designed to help ease a national shortage of nursing educators, according to Jane Martin, associate nursing dean and the HRSA grant administrator at Samford. Students who receive loans for master’s or doctoral degree programs can have up to 85 percent of the loan forgiven in exchange for service as full-time nursing faculty members at an accredited school of nursing. Students continue to receive funds for the duration of their degree program as long as they maintain good academic standing.
According to a report by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, U.S. nursing schools turned away 79,659 qualified applicants from baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs in 2012; 2,396 of those applicants were in Alabama. Almost two-thirds of the nursing schools responding to the survey pointed to faculty shortages as a reason for not accepting all qualified applicants into entry-level baccalaureate programs.
The NFLP was approved by Congress in 2002, and Samford was one of the first 55 nursing schools from across the U.S. to receive funds. Samford’s NFLP grants now total more than $5.4 million.
The 2014–15 grant is expected to help up to 87 students at Samford.