Scholarships continue effort to ramp up nursing at Ivy Tech
NCHS puts $875,000 over next five years to covering students’ costs as next step in helping Ivy Tech address shortage of nurses in Greater Lafayette
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SCHOLARSHIPS CONTINUE EFFORT TO RAMP UP NURSING AT IVY TECH
Sandra Fights, dean of Ivy Tech’s School of Nursing, says there’s not a semester that goes by without a few students, on their way to a degree and a market begging for more nurses, coming to her to say they need to step back from coursework to deal with everyday finances at home.
“These are dreams people have, and they’ve decided to do it,” Fights said. “And they know that when they get through, jobs are just out there waiting. … We sit down and say, Wait, what can we do here? But we understand they have to find that balance when it comes doing this and taking care of things at home.”
A new $875,000 grant from North Central Health Services, starting with the next semesters in 2024 and spread over the next five years, will help cover costs for nursing students working toward degrees at Ivy Tech’s campus in Lafayette. The grant, when combined with other scholarships, Pell Grant funding and other resources, is expected to help Ivy Tech nursing students cover the bulk of their tuition.
“Hopefully,” Fights said, “this will help with that balance.”