College Receives $650,000 to Help Students Studying to Become Registered Nurses

June 23, 2014

Dr. Filomela Marshall, dean of the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing

Dr. Filomela Marshall, dean of the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing

The W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing at Thomas Edison State College has received a three-year, $650,000 grant from the Helene Fuld Health Trust to provide scholarships for students working to become registered nurses.

The grant will be used to provide scholarships for students enrolled in the college’s Accelerated 2nd Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program, which is designed for adults who possess a non-nursing bachelor’s degree and are interested in becoming registered nurses. The intense, one-year program combines online and classroom-based courses at the college with clinical experiences at Capital Health facilities in Trenton and Hopewell, N.J. to prepare graduates for the National Council Licensure Exam for RNs (NCLEX-RN).

“We are extremely honored and grateful to receive this grant from the Helene Fuld Health Trust, which will provide financial assistance to students who are interested in becoming registered nurses,” said Filomela Marshall, EdD, RN, CNE, dean of the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing. “These scholarships will ultimately result in more students completing our accelerated BSN program and successfully entering the profession as RNs.”

The grant will be awarded over the course of three years. Of the total, $325,000 will be used to provide scholarships to students in 2014, 2015 and 2016. An additional $325,000 will be used to create an endowment fund for scholarships to be awarded in future years.

The Helene Fuld Health Trust was established by Dr. Leonhard Felix Fuld in 1969 as a successor to the Helene Fuld Health Foundation, which he founded with his sister, Florentine, in 1935. Today, the Helene Fuld Health Trust is the nation's largest private funder devoted exclusively to nursing students and nursing education.