CLEMSON — The Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare has awarded the Clemson University School of Nursing a $40,000 grant to fund the scholarships of two nursing Ph.D. students.

The Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare has awarded the Clemson University School of Nursing a $40,000 grant to fund the scholarships of two nursing Ph.D. students. The students will be earning a doctorate in healthcare genetics, conducting some of their research in the school’s Healthcare Genetics Laboratory under the direction of research associate Patilee Tate.

The Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare has awarded the Clemson University School of Nursing a $40,000 grant to fund the scholarships of two nursing Ph.D. students. The students will be earning a doctorate in healthcare genetics, conducting some of their research in the school’s Healthcare Genetics Laboratory under the direction of research associate Patilee Tate.

As a recipient of the Jonas Center grant, the School of Nursing is part of a national effort to stem the nursing faculty shortage and prepare future nurses, said Julie Eggert, the School of Nursing’s doctoral program coordinator.

The Clemson scholars will join nearly 600 future nurse educators and leaders at 110 schools who are supported by the Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholars Program.

“We are delighted to receive support for our students who will help to ease the nursing faculty shortage and provide critical knowledge in the field of health-care genetics,” said Rosanne Pruitt, director of the School of Nursing and associate dean of the College of Health, Education and Human Development.

The grant also will enable students to enhance their leadership skills through mentorships with regional and national scholars, Eggert added.

The leading philanthropic funder for nursing, the Jonas Center is addressing the shortage of professional registered nurse program graduates that is associated with a shortage of qualified faculty, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing workforce data.

“We’ve stepped up the pace and expanded our programs to meet this need,” said Donald Jonas, co-founder of the Jonas Center.

— Mary Pat Kiser ’14