Loyola University New Orleans Names First Five Graduate Nursing Students to Receive $22,500 in Online Scholarships -- Next Round of Applications Now Being Accepted

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Loyola University New Orleans recently announced the first five winners who will each receive individual scholarships of $4,500 to enter the school’s top ranked online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program beginning in the Summer 2012 semester.

Online MS in Nursing Scholarship at Loyola University New Orleans
We look forward to reviewing the next round of submissions, because each essay reconfirms our faith in America’s nurses and the value of an advanced nurse management education.

Loyola University New Orleans recently announced the first five winners who will each receive individual scholarships of $4,500 to enter the school’s top ranked online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program beginning in the Summer 2012 semester.

In January, students applying to the online graduate nursing program were asked to submit an essay explaining what nursing means to them and what a Master of Science in Nursing with a Healthcare Systems Management Specialization would mean for their careers. The program will award a series of scholarships in recognition of 100 years of university success at Loyola University New Orleans and a 33-year history of providing world-class higher education to America’s nurses in a healthcare marketplace struggling with increasing patient demand and a significant shortage of nurse leaders.

Having received an overwhelming response from potential students seeking admission to the program, Loyola faculty and staff reviewed and thoughtfully selected the first five scholarship winners entering the MSN program. The winning students, who will begin online studies on May 14, 2012, will each receive a $4,500 credit to their tuition costs over the course of the two-year program:

Summer 2012 Scholarship Recipients:
1.    Erin Berry
2.    Erica Brown, RNC-MNN, IBCLC
3.    Yolawnda McKinney, RN, LT CDR
4.    David Pickett
5.    Charlene Le-Roy

“Not only will a graduate degree from Loyola University provide opportunities to promote advancements in healthcare, but it also will equip me to provide the best care possible to the most vulnerable populations,” says scholarship recipient Yolawnda McKinney. “As a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Public Health Service, receiving a graduate degree helps fulfill its mission, which is to protect, promote and advance the health and safety of the Nation.”

“It was inspiring to hear the thoughts and aspirations of our scholarship applicants, and selecting only five first-round winners was a tremendous challenge,” says Jane Savage, Associate Professor of Nursing at Loyola University New Orleans and Coordinator of the online Master of Science in Nursing program and Healthcare Systems Management Specialization. “These emerging nurse leaders will help ensure the future success of our healthcare system during a time of change and a multitude of challenges ahead. We look forward to reviewing the next round of submissions, because each essay reconfirms our faith in America’s nurses and the value of an advanced nurse management education.”

Registered nurses who are ready to explore the advanced career options made possible with a nursing master’s degree can apply for the next round of scholarships to attend Loyola’s highly honored, online MSN program by visiting http://scholarship.loyolaneworleansonline.com/msn. Essays are now being accepted with the next group of winners to be announced shortly before the Fall 2012 semester begins in August.

For more information, or to request a scheduled interview, please call toll-free (866) 789-9809 or visit http://scholarship.loyolaneworleansonline.com/msn.

About Loyola University New Orleans
Chartered in July of 1912, Loyola University New Orleans is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States and one of the largest Jesuit institutions in the Southeast. The 2012 edition of the U.S. News & World Report Top Online Education Programs guide singled out the Loyola University New Orleans School of Nursing as one of the best online graduate programs in the country. Loyola was one of only five nursing schools in the country and the only Jesuit institution to receive the honor roll designation from U.S. News & World Report. The publication has also ranked Loyola among the top ten regional universities in the South for the last 21 consecutive years. The fully NLNAC accredited online Master of Science in Nursing program currently serves students throughout the United States and in several foreign countries. Loyola University New Orleans is a not-for-profit, Catholic Jesuit institution welcoming students of all faiths.

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