New scholarship program will increase the number of doctorally prepared nurses.
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing graduate student Sarah Brown Blake is among the 16 nurses who are the first recipients of the Future of Nursing Scholars program awards. This new multifunder scholarship program, spearheaded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), is aimed at increasing the number of doctorally prepared nurses. Brown Blake’s scholarship is funded by RWJF and was awarded by UC Davis.
Brown Blake intends to focus her doctoral research on exploring environmental health disparities. She is particularly concerned about issues related to clean, accessible and affordable drinking water and the impact of water contamination on the health of rural and agricultural communities in California’s San Joaquin Valley. Brown Blake completed the interprofessional and innovative Master of Science — Leadership in Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Degree Program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis in spring 2014. Prior to that, Brown Blake was a public health nurse with the Arlington County Health Department in Arlington, Virginia, where she specialized in maternal, child and adolescent health.
“I am tremendously grateful to receive this scholarship and other support from the RWJF. I have no doubt that this opportunity will significantly impact my career as a future researcher, educator and nurse leader,” Brown Blake said.
The Future of Nursing Scholars program provides grants to schools of nursing so that they can provide scholarships to doctoral students who commit to completing the program in three years. Brown Blake will receive an award of $75,000, as well as mentoring and leadership development over the course of the Doctor of Philosophy program.
“We are honored to be included as one of the first nursing schools to receive the Future of Nursing Scholars grants, especially as a new school that this year graduated our first Doctors of Philosophy,” said Heather M. Young, associate vice chancellor for nursing and dean of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. “Being a part of the Future for Nursing: Campaign for Action has brought home to me the importance of increasing the number of doctorally prepared nurses in the nation. This effort goes a long way toward promoting that goal. It’s a wonderful way to create community among doctoral scholars who will be our future leaders.”
In addition to RWJF, Independence Blue Cross Foundation, United Health Foundation, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and the Rhode Island Foundation are supporting the Future of Nursing Scholars grants to schools of nursing this year.