SHU College of Nursing Awarded Jonas Philanthropies Grant

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart 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 education. Matched by $10,000 of its own monies, the grant will fund the scholarship of one doctoral nursing student in 2018. This year’s recipient is Nicole Colline.  

As a grant recipient, Sacred Heart University College of Nursing 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.

“I am honored to represent Sacred Heart in the Jonas Scholars Program and grateful for this incredible opportunity,” said Colline. “The grant supports my professional goals of educating future nurses on a collegiate level while performing scholarly research that will positively affect patient outcomes in the primary care setting.”

With 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 each day, 1 an entire generation of the healthcare workforce is aging at a rapid pace. 2This, coupled with care for the 22.2 million veterans living across the country, 3 means the United States is facing a dire need for a new era of highly educated nursing professionals. Sacred Heart University and Jonas Philanthropies believe the investment in the education of nurse leaders is critically important to improve the healthcare system.

“It is an honor to be recognized for our academic program and to increase the number of doctoral-prepared nurse leaders,” said Mary Alice Donius, dean of the College of Nursing. “We encourage students to apply for this great opportunity and we are excited to award one well-deserving recipient.” 

The Sacred Heart University College of Nursing’s Jonas Nurse Scholar is part of the new 2018-2020 cohort of more than 200 Scholars pursuing PhD, DNP or EdD degrees at 92 universities across the country whose doctoral work will focus on such critical health priorities as Chronic Health and Psych-Mental 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. It is with great honor that we welcome and celebrate this new cohort of nurse leaders,” said Donald Jonas, who co-founded Jonas Philanthropies with his wife Barbara Jonas. “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.”




PHOTO CAPTION: Sacred Heart University College of Nursing Jonas Scholar recipient Nicole Colline, left, with Dean Mary Alice Donius. Photo by Tracy Deer-Mirek


About Sacred Heart University
As the second-largest independent Catholic university in New England, and one of the fastest-growing in the U.S., Sacred Heart University is a national leader in shaping higher education for the 21st century. SHU offers more than 80 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs on its Fairfield, Conn., campus, which is located about an hour from Manhattan and 2.5 hours from Boston. Sacred Heart also has satellites in Connecticut, Luxembourg and Ireland. More than 8,500 students attend the University’s eight colleges and schools: Arts & Sciences; Communication, Media & the Arts; Computer Science & Engineering; Health Professions; the Isabelle Farrington College of Education; the Jack Welch College of Business; Nursing; and St. Vincent’s College. Sacred Heart is rooted in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition and the liberal arts, yet at the same time develops students to be forward thinkers who enact change—in their own lives and professions and in their communities. A spirit of service, entrepreneurship and social justice is the essence of who we are and can be seen inside and outside the classroom as students learn how to make a difference far beyond Fairfield. The Princeton Review includes SHU in its Best 384 Colleges–2019 Edition, “Best in the Northeast” and Best 267 Business Schools–2018 Edition. It also placed SHU on its lists for “Happiest Students” and “Most Engaged in Community Service,” each of which comprises only 20 U.S. schools. Sacred Heart has a Division I athletics program. www.sacredheart.edu



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