Baptist Health Foundation Funding Scholarships for Nursing Students
$65,000 in new scholarship funds are now available to students in Hallmark University’s School of Nursing, thanks to a grant from the Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio. The grant is a continuation of support from the Baptist Health Foundation, which awarded $75,000 to the School of Nursing this past year.
The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted nurses’ crucial role in a healthy society, pushing healthcare systems to the brink of collapse during the worst surges in cases and hospitalizations. Nurses have borne the weight of the pandemic, continually working long hours and risking exposure to a virus that has taken the lives of over half a million Americans since 2020.
“Students entering into the nursing field will face challenges unknown to previous generations of nurses,” said Cody Knowlton, President and CEO of the Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio. “The Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio believes these students deserve all our support as they enter one of the most demanding careers in today’s economy.”
Support from the Baptist Health Foundation has grown steadily over recent years, awarding $15,000 to Hallmark University’s students in 2019 alone. The foundation’s recent grant is the second-largest grant allocated towards scholarships for students studying nursing at Hallmark University.
“The grant from the Baptist Health Foundation is such a big help to our nursing students,” shared Dr. Claudia Oglivie, Dean for Hallmark University’s School of Nursing. “Scholarships like this are incredibly impactful to the morale and enthusiasm of the recipients, their families, and their classmates.”
Hallmark University is preparing to graduate it’s fourth cohort of nurses from its BSN program, which has achieved a 100% NCLEX pass rate with every group of graduating nurses. With the current stress on the nation’s healthcare system resulting from COVID-19, new nurses are a much-welcomed sight to the industry.
“All of our nursing students are going to be a part of a community that needs their help, especially in this era of the pandemic,” said Dr. Claudia Oglivie, Dean for Hallmark University’s School of Nursing. “A lot of nurses are falling out of the profession for one reason or another, so we are getting our students ready for what comes next in their careers.”