Kent State College of Nursing Awarded Grant from Jonas Philanthropies to Fund DNP Students

The grant will help tackle the nation’s most pressing healthcare issues through support of high-potential doctoral nursing scholars

Kent State University's College of Nursing is proud to announce it has been awarded a new grant of $10,000 from Jonas Philanthropies, a leading national philanthropic funder of graduate nursing

Kent State College of Nursing’s first Jonas Nurse Scholar recipient, Kay Gianantonio, (center), stands with Dean Barbara Broome, Ph.D., RN, FAAN (right) and Lisa Onesko, DNP, APRN-BC, director of the DNP program.
education. Matched by $10,000 of its own monies, the grant will fund the scholarship of one doctoral nursing student in 2018.

As a grant recipient, Kent State joins Jonas Philanthropies’ efforts to improve the quality of healthcare by investing in nursing scholars whose research and clinical foci specifically address our nation’s most urgent needs. The grant will empower and support nursing students with financial assistance, leadership development and networking to expand the pipeline of future nursing faculty, researchers and advanced practice nurses.

With 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 each day, an entire generation of the healthcare workforce is aging at a rapid pace. This, coupled with care for the 22.2 million veterans living throughout the country, means the United States is facing a dire need for a new era of highly educated nursing professionals. Kent State and Jonas Philanthropies believe the investment in the education of nurse leaders is critically important to improve the healthcare system.

“The Jonas Scholar grant allows us to contribute to the preparation of nurses who will become future nurse leaders,” says Kent State College of Nursing Dean Barbara Broome, Ph.D., RN, FAAN. “We are pleased and honored to know that our students will benefit our nation’s healthcare needs and make a difference in the lives of many.”

The Kent State’s Jonas Nurse Scholar is part of the new 2018-2020 cohort of more than 200 scholars pursuing Ph.D., DNP or Ed.D. degrees at 92 universities across the country, whose doctoral work will focus on such critical health priorities as preventive health. They join more than 1,000 Jonas Scholar alumni representing 157 universities across all 50 states.

“Each year, we grow more in awe of all our Jonas Scholars have achieved,” says Donald Jonas, who co-founded Jonas Philanthropies with his wife, Barbara Jonas. “It is with great honor that we welcome and celebrate this new cohort of nurse leaders. With more than 1,200 Jonas Scholars to date who are committed to meeting the greatest health needs of our time, we look forward to continuing our work with our partner nursing schools and expanding our impact to advance care for the country’s most vulnerable populations.”

“This is the first Jonas Nurse Scholar at Kent State College of Nursing,” Dean Broome says. “The opportunity to expand this support to other doctoral students is exciting and is an investment in the future.”

POSTED: Thursday, October 18, 2018 10:52 AM
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Mariah Gibbons