Mercy College awarded a $2,146,905 Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) grant

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Mercy College was awarded a $2,146,905 Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) grant, from the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) to increase nursing education opportunities for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. The grant will support students in Mercy College's associate and bachelor's degree nursing programs from July of 2021 through June of 2025.

Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds include racial and ethnic minorities that are underrepresented among registered nurses and those from rural residential areas and/or low-socioeconomic areas. The grant will be used to provide scholarships and stipends for program participants, cultural competence training for Mercy College faculty and staff, increased support services. Increased services include but are not limited to a comprehensive and robust program of mentoring, tutoring, increased NCLEX-RN preparation, and engagement activities.

Susan Wajert, PhD, President of Mercy College says, "We believe this will support our efforts to recruit and retain underrepresented individuals in our nursing programs and increase the number of nurses from underrepresented populations providing care. These support services can be the difference in students completing their courses, obtaining licensure and successfully launching their careers as nurses."

Jodi Pahl, Group Chief Nursing Executive, Bon Secours Mercy Health says, "Nurses really are needed more than ever and as a ministry, we are focused on and committed to hiring and developing a workforce that reflects the communities in which we live and work. Mercy College's NWD grant will assist us in our goals of attracting, retaining and developing nurses from every walk of life to provide excellent healthcare."

Incoming and continuing Mercy College nursing students (associate and bachelor's degree-seeking) who are interested in participating in Mercy College's Nursing Workforce Diversity program should contact their admissions officer or academic advisor to obtain more information about this grant or to be notified when the application opens please complete this form.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $544,661 in the fiscal year 2022, with zero percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit

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