University of Hawaii Manoa Awards 13 Scholarships to Veterans Pursuing Higher Education Degrees in Nursing
On November 9, 2016, the University of Hawaii Manoa School of Nursing hosted a Veterans Day Celebration to honor all veterans and award scholarships to 13 student veterans pursuing higher education. The student veterans receiving these scholarships are part of the UH Manoa Nursing Veterans to BSN Program which provides college credit to veterans with past medical experience, providing them with a faster pathway to professional nursing and employment.
UH Manoa’s Veteran to BSN Program is the first of its kind in Hawaii and one of only 20 programs nationwide taking part in a national initiative to address the growing demand for nursing and healthcare services. In addition to academic advising and social support that students in the program receive, 12 of those students will also be provided with scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 to further their nursing education at UH Manoa or another college in Hawaii.
The Veteran to BSN program helps veterans transition from military to civilian life, using skills they gained in the military to help them gain education and employment in their post-military life. Veterans face a number of challenges when they choose to return to school, and these scholarships help relieve the financial burden and allow them to focus on succeeding in school. The Veterans Day Celebration was followed by a reception to honor the 241st birthday of the US Marine Corps on November 10.