FEBRUARY 12, 2003
CONTACT: Becky Zelinski, 661/664-2138, bzelinski@csub.edu or Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456, mstepanovich@csub.edu

Four California State University, Bakersfield nursing students received prestigious scholarships from the Central Valley Nursing Scholarship Program of the California Health Professions Foundation.

Agustin Munoz, Rigoberto Lopez and Patricia Chavez received three of eight scholarships awarded to students completing bachelors of science degrees in nursing, and Florentino Robles received the only masters of science in nursing scholarship.

The Foundation awarded 25 scholarships ranging from $8,000 to $12,000 each to nursing students from Kern, Fresno, Madera, Kings, Merced and Tulare counties. These included one master's, eight bachelor's and 16 associate's degree scholarships. Of the 153 applications processed, 22 percent came from CSUB students and 59 percent were associate degree students.

The $1.1 million nursing endowment was established to help reduce the nursing shortage in the Central Valley, where the problem has reached catastrophic levels. Recipients are expected to work in the Central Valley for two years after they receive their nursing degrees.

Scholarship applications for the 2003-04 academic year are now available and must be filed by April 2003. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to nursing students who are from under-represented groups or economically disadvantaged. Latino, Southeast Asian and male nursing students are strongly encouraged to apply. Students may reapply for the scholarship each year they are enrolled in the nursing program.

For more information about this, and other nursing scholarships, contact the CSUB Department of Nursing at (661) 664-3103 or visit www.healthprofessions.ca.gov.