WGU Indiana Commits $100,000 to Nursing

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WGU Indiana says it is making $100,000 available for nurses in Indiana through its "Quality Counts in Nursing" scholarships. The scholarships will be awarded to new students on track to earn a bachelor's or master's degree from WGU Indiana's College of Health Professions. October 31, 2014

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- As daylight saving time comes to an end this weekend, WGU Indiana is showing its support and appreciation for night shift nurses who are working the extra hour from 2 to 3 a.m. on November 2. During the Night Owl Nurses blitz, a WGU Indiana team (including a special salute from night owl mascot, Sage) will deliver 1,500 locally-made Insomnia Cookies to 10 hospital networks around the state, including Community Health, IU Health and St. Vincent locations.

Additionally, WGU Indiana will continue to support the growing need for nurses in Indiana by making $100,000 available for new “Quality Counts in Nursing” scholarships. Scholarships will be awarded to new students who are seeking bachelor’s or master’s degrees from WGU Indiana’s College of Health Professions. Recipients may be awarded up to $2,000 for use across four terms – $500 per term.

“While we celebrate our nurses all year-round at WGU Indiana, we hope this scholarship and blitz showcases the importance of these professionals in our workforce,” said Allison Barber, chancellor of WGU Indiana. “We also want to ensure night shift nurses know WGU Indiana’s online, flexible model is a perfect option to fit their schedule if they want to advance their college degree but can’t attend a campus classroom.”

Since WGU Indiana’s inception more than four years ago, the online university has awarded nursing degrees to 628 students and has a current Nursing program enrollment of 955. Aimed at addressing Indiana's growing shortage of registered nurses, WGU Indiana's eight healthcare programs offer degrees ranging from Indiana Board of Nursing-approved B.S. Nursing (Prelicensure) to M.S. Nursing – Leadership and Management.

Insomnia Cookies has made the Night Owl Nurses blitz possible through its partnership with WGU Indiana. In addition, the late-night bakery has generously donated 100 cookies toward the special movement.

“We’re happy to support WGU Indiana in their efforts to recognize Hoosier nurses,” said Megan Brock, senior director of marketing at Insomnia Cookies. “We hope the treats will help express our appreciation for their service not just during the extra hour, but every hour.”

Source: WGU Indiana