Campus: CSU, Chico -- April 6, 2000

Sierra Health Foundation Funds Nursing Scholarship

California State University, Chico's School of Nursing has received a $100,000 grant award from Sacramento-based Sierra Health Foundation to create a scholarship program for nursing students in Northern California.

A Sierra Health Foundation Nursing Scholarship recipient will receive $2,500 per semester for five semesters for a total of $12,500. Eight nursing students over the next six years will receive scholarships.

Scholarship recipients will be chosen based on merit. To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be admitted to the CSU, Chico nursing program, have a minimum 3.5 GPA in nursing prerequisites and be from one of 26 Northern California counties in the Sierra Health Foundation's funding region.

The first recipient will be chosen from among those students admitted to the fall 2000 class.

"There is currently a shortage of nurses in Northern California," said Sherry Fox, director of the school. "This will be a significant scholarship opportunity for incoming students, many of whom must continue to work while they attend school."

Manuel Esteban, president of CSU, Chico, said, "This substantial scholarship will be a strong incentive for college graduates from Northern California to consider the field of nursing." Esteban is on the board of directors of Sierra Health Foundation.

Len McCandliss, president of Sierra Health Foundation, said, "It is our hope that these scholarships will attract good students from the region to CSU, Chico. We think this type of scholarship assistance will help to make students' educational experience a positive one-in turn motivating them to seek employment in the region after graduation." McCandliss, a CSU, Chico alumnus, is on the CSU, Chico University Advisory Board.

CSU, Chico's School of Nursing offers a baccalaureate in nursing and a master's of science in nursing program. The baccalaureate program accepts 30 students each semester out of an applicant pool of approximately 100.

The CSU, Chico nursing program was the first baccalaureate program in the state university system to achieve National League for Nursing accreditation. It is also accredited by the California Board of Registered Nursing.

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