HRSA Awards $2.1 Million Grant to Nursing and Health Science

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USHRSA Awards $2.1 Million Grant to Lewis University College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Published: June 23, 2021.

Nursing education opportunities for disadvantaged students recently increased with the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration $2.1 million Nursing Workforce Diversity grant to Lewis University College of Nursing and Health Sciences in Romeoville, Ill.

The HRSA Nursing Workforce Diversity grant funds a scholarship program that addresses the needs of disadvantaged students in Cook, DuPage, and Will Counties in Illinois. “This partnership at the national level with HRSA provides significant support of Lewis University’s ability to provide a liberal arts education with professional preparation. It extends our academic programming into the broader community while impacting the workforce and serving our neighbors,” Dr. Christopher Sindt, provost of Lewis University, added.

“Racially and ethnically diverse students, specifically Black and Hispanic students, as well as economically or educationally disadvantaged students will substantially benefit from this program. The goal of this program is to attract, retain, and complete a bachelor of science in nursing degree with a more diverse student population that better represents our community,” commented Daisy Sherry, MSN, PhD, associate professor of nursing and associate dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Dr. Sherry will serve as project director in collaboration with Julia Koklys, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, chair of the Department of Nursing, Maureen Moore, MS, RN, coordinator of retention and interim undergraduate director for the department of Nursing and a new coordinator position to specifically oversee the scholarship program. The new coordinator will implement an academic support program for these students, as well as establish a living-learning community and a mentoring program for first-year nursing students.

The scholarship program for freshman, eligible nursing students is expected to diversify the nursing workforce graduating from Lewis University and begin to address the reduction of healthcare disparities for Black and Hispanic disadvantaged populations in the aforementioned counties. Healthcare disparities for Black/African American and Hispanic/Latinx populations include, but are not limited to, a shortage of primary care providers and a lack of representation from disadvantaged backgrounds in the nursing workforce. The program will support nursing students and expand a nursing workforce that includes individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds and is dedicated to provide quality care and demonstrate inclusivity to communities in need.

Fall 2021 incoming students are eligible for the scholarship program. Email Dr. Sherry at for more information.

Lewis University is an innovative and forward-thinking Catholic university offering market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,300 students. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis University is nationally recognized for preparing intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected and socially responsible graduates. Visit for further information.

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