The Montgomery County Community College Nursing Program has been awarded $38,247 in scholarship grants from the Independence Blue Cross Foundation.
This is the largest amount received by MCCC in the last five years from the Foundation and part of its annual Nurses for Tomorrow Scholarship grant. This program awards grants to nursing schools to fund scholarships for undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral nursing students.
According to Linda Roy, Director of the Nursing Program at MCCC, nursing students who maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher in the program’s clinical component and have not repeated a course are eligible for the scholarship.
To receive the scholarship, qualifying students must write an essay on how they plan to use the money for their education and a second essay at the end of the semester about how the scholarship helped them personally.
This increase in funding from the Foundation for this year came as a surprise, said Roy.
“I think this is tremendous,” she said. “This rewards students in the Nursing program who have successfully completed clinical coursework. Maintaining a 3.4 GPA in Nursing is not an easy task. Plus it’s a reward for students who have managed to do so without having to repeat a nursing course.”