Fund­ing For Six Na­tive Nurses

MidWeek Islander (East Oahu) - - EAST OAHU SPORTS -

With help from Queen’s Health Sys­tems, Kame­hameha Schools and the Of­fice of Hawai­ian Af­fairs, Cham­i­nade Univer­sity has es­tab­lished a full schol­ar­ship pro­gram for six Na­tive Hawai­ian nurs­ing stu­dents.

The grants cover yearly tu­ition and fees — cur­rently $24,860 — for a full four years for each se­lected first-year stu­dent.

Founded by Henry Gomes dur­ing his ten­ure as di­rec­tor of Na­tive Hawai­ian Part­ner­ships at Cham­i­nade, and Dr. Jamie Boyd, Health Pro­grams co­or­di­na­tor at Wind­ward Com­mu­nity Col­lege, the pro­gram tar­gets na­tive stu­dents who would be less likely to af­ford it. Can­di­dates are re­ferred to the CU nurs­ing school from WCC and f r om Wa­ianae Coast Com­pre­hen­sive Health Center.

The univer­sity’s pas­sion is for all stu­dents to achieve their ed­u­ca­tion goals, stated Cham­i­nade pres­i­dent Bro. Bernard Ploeger, adding that he’s com­mit­ted “to pro­vid­ing ac­cess for Na­tive Hawai­ians to higher ed­u­ca­tion.”

CU en­roll­ment in­cludes nearly 15 per­cent Na­tive Hawai­ian un­der­grad­u­ates, and it re­ceives fund­ing from the U.S. Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion. More than 97 per­cent of the Kaimuki Catholic col­lege’s stu­dents re­ceive fi­nan­cial aid.

Hav­ing re­cently earned full ac­cred­i­ta­tion, the nurs­ing pro­gram aims to de­velop highly skilled Na­tive Hawai­ian nurses with cul­tural com­pe­tency. For de­tails on the grants, call 735-4750.

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