ABINGTON, Pa. — The Independence Blue Cross Foundation (IBC Foundation) awarded the Penn State Abington RN to BSN in nursing program $7,000 to fund undergraduate nursing scholarships for underserved populations.
The Nurses for Tomorrow scholarships from the IBC Foundation are available to part- and full-time nursing students who reside in the Philadelphia region. The amounts range from $500 to $2,500.
Janice Penrod, interim dean of the Penn State College of Nursing, said the scholarships will have a ripple effect.
“Our collaboration with Independence Blue Cross Foundation is an example of the kind of strategic partnerships that we aim to build in order to sustain the College of Nursing’s vision of excellence,” she said. “The impact of this type of support is significant for our underserved populations and, by extension, to Pennsylvania’s communities as a whole.”
Brenda M. Holtzer, assistant professor and coordinator of the RN to BSN program at Abington, said many of the scholarships will be earmarked for first-generation college students.
“I have targeted the scholarships for our community college students who are first generation, demonstrate financial need, reside in Philadelphia and surrounding counties, and able to complete our program full time,” Holtzer said.
Abington recently forged a partnership with Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) that allows MCCC students and county residents to earn a bachelor of science degree in nursing from the College of Nursing with the convenience of taking courses at MCCC.