School officials reach out to prospective applicants from backgrounds underrepresented in nursing as much as a year before application dead-lines to help them navigate application and financial aid processes.
Round 2: 2009 – 2010
Each year, financial barriers cause 15 to 20 minority or disadvantaged students to decline to enroll in Mary- mount’s BSN program, even though they had applied and been accepted. Marymount used its NCIN grant to help these students enroll in the program and used other NCIN tools to help them remain enrolled and succeed. NCIN scholarships allowed the university to hire an adjunct faculty member to lead and implement a leadership development program for scholars, and made it possible for the chair of the school’s BSN program to reduce her teaching hours, devote more attention to managing and supporting a faculty-led student group, and create a more formal mentoring program.