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Delta State receives $638K grant from Bower Foundation

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Delta State University’s Robert E. Smith School of Nursing has been given a three-year, $638,000 grant from the Bower Foundation to provide support for upcoming nurses through a Summer Nursing Profession Program.

The program is set to begin in July 2022 and will take a month to complete. Participants that are selected for the program will be given math and science content, ACT preparation resources, test-taking strategies, study skills, stress and time management techniques, and financial literacy.

During the first year of the program, only Delta State students will be eligible to become a Bower Scholar; however, the program will expand to include students enrolled in courses for a nursing major at community colleges during year two.

In year three, the program will expand again to include high school students between 10th through 12th grade who are interested in nursing.

“We are so grateful to the Bower Foundation for an opportunity to offer this pilot program at Delta State University,” said Delta State’s Dean of Nursing Dr. Vicki Bingham. “We are excited about the outcomes that will be achieved and anticipate this program to serve as a model for other nursing programs throughout the state.”

To be eligible for the Bower Scholars program, students must have an ACT composite score of 18-20, complete a program application, and submit a letter of recommendation from a faculty member.

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