Rahall Announces Grant for Marshall Nursing Program

From a Rep. Nick Rahall Release
BECKLEY, W.Va. - U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) Tuesday announced that Marshall University would receive $36,000 in federal funding to provide stipends for graduate and post-graduate students enrolled in the university’s family nurse practitioner program to support the delivery of quality healthcare in rural areas of West Virginia.

“The expertise of a nurse practitioner is at the center of care for many medically underserved areas in our region, making the quality of life difference for so many of our citizens,” said Rahall.  “Their service is vital to expanding the accessibility of quality healthcare in rural areas of our state where the need is greatest.  Thanks to this funding, Marshall can ease the financial burden of several deserving students, encouraging them to ‘pay it forward’ upon graduation with their commitment to care for their fellow West Virginians.”

The Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (AENT) federal grant award was made available through the Health Resources and Services Administration at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  The program provides stipends for graduate and post-graduate students in family nurse practitioner programs.  Student need is not a factor in making the award although preference may be given to economically or environmentally disadvantaged students and to those who live and work in rural Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) or Medically Underserved Areas (MUSA) of the state.  The maximum award allowed is $8,800 with $500 allowed for textbooks.

Students of the College of Health Professions at Marshall University who accept funds from the AENT traineeship, upon completion of their degree or post-master’s certificate, are encouraged to work in a rural area for a period of time in return for the tuition support provided by the stipends, offering important primary health care services to the more rural populations in West Virginia.


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