ABINGTON, Pa. — The Independence Blue Cross Foundation (IBC Foundation) has awarded $12,901 to the Penn State Abington RN to B.S.N. in nursing program to fund undergraduate nursing scholarships for underserved populations.
The Nurses for Tomorrow Scholarships from the IBC Foundation are available to nursing students who are graduates of community college nursing programs. Criteria for awards includes unmet financial need, full-time attendance in the Abington B.S.N. program, residency in the Philadelphia region, and a required GPA minimum. The scholarships will be valued at a minimum of $1,000 each.
“This award and scholarship is a perfect example of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation's collaboration and commitment to the Penn State Abington Nursing program and to the College of Nursing's goal of excellence in all that we do. The impact of the support is significant for the RN to B.S.N. students who practice in surrounding communities,” Raymonde Ann Brown, associate dean for Undergraduate Education and teaching professor in the Penn State College of Nursing, said.
Brenda M. Holtzer, assistant professor and coordinator of the RN to B.S.N. program at Abington, said, “This award supports the continuing education of nurses completing their bachelor’s degrees in nursing at Penn State Abington. The graduates of community colleges are motivated to pursue full-time programs of study in order to obtain employment at our local hospitals. Penn State Abington and the College of Nursing are committed to student success and completion of this program.”