Benefits undergraduate nursing students from diverse and/or disadvantaged backgrounds

Lourdes University is pleased to announce that the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has granted nearly $2 million in funding (over four academic years) to the institution’s College of Nursing. Designed to increase nursing progression, graduation rates and retention in practice for students who are from diverse and/or disadvantaged backgrounds, the program specifically serves those from racial and ethnic minorities who are underrepresented among registered nurses.

Thirty-four percent of Lourdes University undergraduate nursing students are first-generation college students and 32 percent are minority students. According to fall 2016 data, 44 percent of all Lourdes nursing majors have high rates of low income.

Throughout the four-year grant period, Lourdes University will receive funding to assist new and returning undergraduate nursing majors. The HRSA-funded INSPIRE (Increasing Nursing Student Professionalism, Integrity, Resilience and Engagement) Program is effective July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2021. In the past 10 years, Lourdes University’s College of Nursing has received more than $12 million in funding from HRSA and other federal, state and private funders.

“The INSPIRE Program will use evidence-based, interdisciplinary, multi-level partnership models, approaches and strategies that will guide the interventions and achievement of program goals to impact students, faculty, staff and practicing nurses within the community,” says Lourdes University President Dr. Mary Ann Gawelek. “Ultimately, the residents of our region will be better served by a diverse nursing workforce that is responsive to their needs.”

The INSPIRE Program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under D19HP30848 Nursing Workforce Diversity for $1,967,599. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.


The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary federal agency for improving health care to people who are geographically isolated, economically or medically vulnerable. HRSA programs help those in need of high quality primary health care, people living with HIV/AIDS, pregnant women and mothers. HRSA also supports the training of health professionals, the distribution of providers to areas where they are needed most and improvements in health care delivery. Tens of millions of Americans receive quality, affordable health care and other services through HRSA’s 90-plus programs and more than 3,000 grantees

2 responses to “HRSA awards nearly $2 million grant to Lourdes University

  1. My son is starting in the nursing program this fall. I would love to find out how he can apply for some of this financial help. Please let me know where he can apply.

  2. I am currently a pre-nursing student at Owens CC, but am enthusiastically interested in achieving my nursing career goal with Lourdes University.

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