DETROIT — Wayne State University’s College of Nursing has received a $12,000 grant from the Metro Health Foundation to fund three scholarships for undergraduate nursing students.

Scholarship recipients will be selected from third- and fourth-year students enrolled full-time in the college who maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average and demonstrate the need for financial support to finish their undergraduate studies.

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“The College of Nursing is grateful to the Metro Health Foundation for its support in funding these much-needed scholarships,” said Dean Barbara K. Redman. “Many of our students rely on tuition support, and the foundation’s generosity encourages highly qualified students to continue their studies and achieve their goal of a career in nursing.”

Many students in the College of Nursing require some form of tuition assistance to finance their education, and the college is able to meet only part of this need. In today’s challenged economy, combined with decreased state support for higher education, the generosity of private foundations and individual donors is vital to the college’s ability to support its students and prepare future generations of Michigan’s nursing professionals.

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“The vast majority of our nursing graduates remain in southeast Michigan,” Dean Redman said. “These talented and dedicated professionals have an essential role in the health of our community, as does the Metro Health Foundation.”

Metro Health Foundation is a private Detroit grant-making foundation supporting Michigan organizations in health care and health-related fields.

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Since 1945, the Wayne State University College of Nursing has educated men and women to be leaders in nursing practice, scholarship and research. Its goal is to continue as an academic center of nursing excellence, promoting healthy people and healthy communities.