TNCC Receives Grant from Williamsburg Community Health Foundation to Strengthen Initiatives

Published: February 18, 2008

The Williamsburg Community Health Foundation has awarded $85,000 in grants to the Thomas Nelson Community College Educational Foundation, Inc. to strengthen health care workforce initiatives at the College.  One grant of $60,000 will provide scholarships for TNCC nursing and other allied health students while another totaling $25,000 will support a Health and Medical Services Pathway project that targets Historic Triangle area high school students.

A three-year grant, the nursing and allied health scholarship funds will be provided to the College at $20,000 each year to help current students offset the costs of their education.  To be eligible for a scholarship, students must be either employed by Eastern State Hospital or a local healthcare facility or be a resident of the greater Williamsburg community.  The grant will also assist graduating TNCC nursing students who will enroll in Bachelor of Science in Nursing Programs at four-year colleges and universities in Virginia.

The second grant will enable TNCC to partner with Williamsburg/James City County high schools to strengthen the career path in health sciences for young students; thus, the College can meet the region’s need for trained health care professionals as the Health and Medical Services Pathway project can lead to a two-year degree or industry certification for students. Funds provided by the grant will purchase instructional materials, supplies, and equipment such as manuals and anatomical models. The grant will also cover some of the project’s marketing and promotional costs.

Thomas Nelson’s Educational Foundation, a private, nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, enhances access to higher education opportunities at the College by reducing financial barriers for students. Also a non-profit, private organization, the Williamsburg Community Health Foundation strives “to improve the health of the people living in Williamsburg and surrounding counties in collaboration with community partners” through its grant making.

For more information about the scholarships, please call the College’s Scholarship Office at (757) 825-2848 or contact the Educational Foundation at 825-2719 for other details about the grants.

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