Nursing students work on a high-tech mannequin during Senior Simulation, an intensive experience in which students are tested on their nursing abilities through a series of patient care scenarios.

Clemson nursing students will get a helping hand from the CVS Foundation thanks to a new scholarship aimed at assisting aspiring family nurse practitioners.
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CLEMSON — The CVS Health Foundation has gifted the Clemson University School of Nursing a $5,000 scholarship to assist students as they complete their studies to become family nurse practitioners. The grant is part of the CVS Health Foundation Advance Practice Nurse and Physician Assistant Scholarship program which launched this year.

The program is aimed at reducing the nationwide shortage of family nurse practitioners and physician assistants by supporting the academic aspirations of the most promising health care professionals of tomorrow. Scholarships are provided to accredited academic institutions across the country and funds are then distributed to family nurse practitioner and physician assistant students through the institution’s internal scholarship process to help cover the cost of tuition, books and academic fees.

“We are honored to be among the schools of nursing in higher education to receive this grant,” said Kathleen Valentine, director and associate dean of Clemson’s School of Nursing and chief nursing academic officer of Greenville Health System. “This scholarship will make a real difference for truly deserving students in our program that will become excellent family nurse practitioners.”

Eileen Howard Boone, president of the CVS Health Foundation, said the scholarship is one of many steps the foundation has taken to satisfy the need for qualified medical professionals in South Carolina and across the country.

“We know how important having a strong pipeline of family nurse practitioners and physician assistants is to making high-quality, convenient and affordable health care services more accessible,” said Boone. “We’re proud to support schools like the Clemson University School of Nursing who are providing quality education to students pursuing a career as a family nurse practitioner.”

Students selected to receive scholarships by their school are in good academic standing and are pursuing an advance practice nursing master’s degree or doctorate as a family nurse practitioner or a master’s degree as a physician assistant. In addition, scholarship recipients must intern or volunteer with an organization that supports underserved populations. At least 25 percent of the school’s scholarship dollars will be awarded to bilingual students.

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