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Howard University Division of Nursing Receives $750,000 from the Helene Fuld Health Trust for Student Scholarships

With a gift that will help alleviate the nation’s persistent nursing shortage, the Helene Fuld HealthTrust has awarded Howard University’s Division of Nursing a $750,000 grant for nursing scholarships. The grant will be used to establish the Helene Fuld Health Trust Scholarship Fund for Baccalaureate Nursing Students.

“This is fantastic,” said Beatrice Adderley-Kelly, Ph.D., RN, dean and professor of the College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences. “We are so pleased to receive this award from the Helene Fuld Health Trust.

“This generous scholarship fund will help the Division of Nursing recruit the best and the brightest students to Howard University. It will also support deserving students who are currently enrolled.”

A total of $450,000 is earmarked for endowment. Meanwhile, $300,000 will be awarded over the next three years in scholarships to students enrolled in the division’s baccalaureate nursing program.

“This is going to assist in adding more nurses to the nursing workforce, and it will particularly help increase the number of underrepresented minority nurses,” Adderley-Kelly said.

The United States is in the midst of a nursing shortage that is expected to intensify as baby boomers age and the need for health care grows. The Council on Physician and Nurse Supply, an independent group of health care leaders, reported in March that 30,000 additional nurses should be graduated annually to meet the nation's healthcare needs, an expansion of 30% over the current number of annual nurse graduates.

Howard University is one of 48 U.S. private, Doctoral/Research-Extensive universities and comprises 12 schools and colleges. Founded in 1867, students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, a Truman Scholar, 19 Fulbright Scholars and 10 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African- American Ph.D.s than any other university in the world. For more information about Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University’s Web site at


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