Georgia State’s Lewis School of Nursing was awarded $30,000 by the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare. The payment is for three doctorate nursing students’ education in 2014-2016, according to a university release.
Margaret Wilmoth, Dean of the Lewis School of Nursing, said the school is happy to receive funding for advanced nursing education scholarships, according to the release.
“Scholarships for graduate students, especially those pursing terminal degrees, are rare,” Wilmoth said in the release. “We are also grateful for the support from the Lewis family to be able to provide the necessary matching funds for these scholars.”
Wilmoth also said the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare is a philanthropic organization supporting nursing and education of nurses seeking doctoral degrees (PhD or DNP) with a focus on improving Veteran healthcare and other initiatives.
“I don’t know that there is one specific reason why we were invited to apply for Jonas Scholar Awards, but we are known to produce excellent clinicians, scholars and leaders,” she said. “We also have a positive relationship with the Atlanta Veterans Administration and we have the oldest PhD in nursing program in the state.”
The Jonas Center’s main goal is to increase the effectiveness of America’s professional nurses, according to the Jonas Center website.
“Nurses are the backbone of the American healthcare system. It is essential that we support nurses and the vital role they play in our hospitals, schools, clinics, nursing homes and on the battlefield.” Donald Jonas, Co-founder of Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare, said on the Jonas Center website.
The three scholars to be supported by the grant include a Ph.D Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar, Ph.D. Jonas Veterans Healthcare Scholar and D.N.P. Jonas Veterans Healthcare Scholar, according to the release.
The scholars will participate in leadership activities pertaining to their awarded scholarship, according to Wilmoth.