NWHSSI Doubles Scholarships for ISU Nursing Students

POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI) – Students at Idaho State University School of Nursing will receive $28,000 in scholarships this year from the Northwest Health Science Scholarship Initiative – John William Jackson Fund.

The Northwest Health Science Scholarship Initiative – John William Jackson Fund (NWHSSI) has doubled its annual funding for nursing and health science scholarships to $200,000. In the Fund’s second grant-making cycle, 100 scholarships of $2,000 each were awarded to 12 schools in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Utah.

“Now more than ever, it is essential to recruit and retain qualified candidates for nursing and other health sciences occupations,” said Cy Gearhard, Nursing and Health Sciences Advisor at the John William Jackson Fund, announcing the increased commitment.

“For some time, health care leaders have been planning specific strategies to alleviate the shortage of nurses due to the impending retirements of baby boomers,” she said. “The global pandemic has further exacerbated the nursing workforce challenge we all face. In many cases, the limiting factor when it comes to recruiting the student with the personal qualities and life experiences needed to be an excellent healthcare professional is financial funding.

The initiative builds on previous scholarships from the Jackson family, John William Jackson Fund (JWJF) leaders, friends, supporters and iYERP metal recycling partners. Since 2017, $445,000 has been awarded to nursing and health science programs across the Northwest. The majority of funds are raised by recycling metals and other building materials from construction projects in the Pacific Northwest.

“Thanks to the generous donors of JWJF and the tireless activism of Bill ‘Action’ Jackson, future nurses can achieve their dreams, and our communities will have the healthcare team they need for the future,” said Gearhard, formerly Chief Nursing Officer of St. Luke’s Health System. and Vice President of Patient Care Services.

The Fund was established in memory of John William Jackson, a psychology graduate from Georgetown University who lost his life in a rock climbing accident in the Kyrgyz Republic in 2000.

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