Notre Dame College has received a six-figure contribution from an Ohio health partner to endow scholarships of more than $6,000 each to underrepresented students in nursing.
Medical Mutual of Ohio has gifted the College $100,000 to create the Medical Mutual Nursing Scholars program. Beginning with the 2017-2018 academic year, the funds will provide up to $6,250 in financial aid to a pre-licensure nursing major each fall. The tuition scholarships are intended to aid in the recruitment of students from underrepresented groups in nursing as a means to increase the diversity of the nursing profession. .
The scholarships will be awarded based on prospective students’ commitment to pursuing a career in nursing, high school GPAs and test scores, with preference toward those with financial need. The aid will be renewable based on student academic achievement, persistence and completion.
The College is seeking additional funding to match the Medical Mutual grant and expects to expand the scholars program to support a total of two BSN-seeking students each year for a total of four cohorts, or eight students in the next four years.
Over the last several years, Medical Mutual has supported programs at Notre Dame that reflect the diversity of the College’s student population. More than 30 percent of Notre Dame students are underrepresented minorities.
In addition to valuing the diversity at the College, Medical Mutual has recognized the need for students to have access to financial aid as their means of achieving college education. More than 95 percent of Notre Dame students receive financial aid and nearly 40 percent are the first in their families to attend college
The company previously gifted the College $50,000 for student scholarships in 2013.