Fort Hays State University nursing students now have an even better chance at receiving funding for school. That is because the Hadley Foundation Board of Directors has decided to double the funding for the 2004-2005 academic year's special nursing fellowship/loan program.
The Hadley Foundation will provide $70,000 for FHSU nursing students through the FHSU Endowment Association.
Dr. Mary Hassett, chair of FHSU's Department of Nursing, has said that the number of graduating nurses under the age of 30 has declined 41 percent since 1983 and that an additional 450,000 nurses will be needed in the United States by 2008.
The Kansas Hospital Association has documented that a severe shortage of caregivers, including nurses, is limiting hospitals' capacities to care for patients. Hassett indicated the special nursing student funds have enhanced the recruitment of nurses for the Ellis County area.
Nursing students from both FHSU and the Northwest Central Technical College, which was granted $30,000, are eligible for loans if they agree to work for Hays Medical Center as licensed registered nurses after graduation. If graduates fully comply with the agreement, no loan payback is required.
"We are very happy with both nursing programs," said Dave Van Doren, Hadley Foundation board member, "and we would like to expand the number of nursing students who can take advantage of this program."
For more information on the Hadley Foundation special nursing student funds, contact Mary Hassett by phone at (785) 628-4525 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.