HRSA Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) Grant

Students in a nursing lab

Grand Valley State University has partnered with McLaren Health Care and Trinity Health Muskegon to transform the delivery of and access to primary, mental health, and substance use disorder care services in rural and underserved communities for nurses from disadvantaged backgrounds and underrepresented minorities.

This program provides financial support for qualified students from McLaren Health Care and Trinity Health Muskegon/Grand Rapids who gain admission into the GVSU Kirkhof College of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

McLaren Health Care and Trinity Health Muskegon/Grand Rapids nurses will be selected for the following degree programs. Each program is 8 semesters long with applied learning experiences coordinated by their respective organizations.

Graduates from these degree programs will be able to deliver culturally aligned primary and mental health care to rural and medically underserved communities.

Approximately 80% of tuition will be funded for admitted McLaren Health Care or Trinity Health Muskegon/Grand Rapids nursing students by a GVSU tuition discount, tuition reimbursement (if eligible) from the employer, and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Advanced Nursing Education Workforce grant.

The application deadline for a fall start for the DNP program is June 1, 2024.

Interested in applying? Contact Michelle McElroy for assistance with the application process: [email protected]

Admissions Process

Thank you for your interest in the HRSA ANEW grant funding opportunity to expand your community impact through a GVSU nursing degree.

This is a two-step process

Both steps must be completed before June 1, 2024. 
Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. 

To ensure all of your materials are submitted prior to the deadline, we recommend requesting and submitting digital transcripts from previous institutions as soon as possible. These are submitted directly to the GVSU Office of Admissions as part of the online program application.

Step One: Complete the Eligibility Survey

HRSA Eligibility

  • Underrepresented Minority
    • Black or African American
    • Hispanic or Latino
    • American Indian
    • Alaskan Native
    • Native Hawaiians
    • Other

To determine if you meet the high school criteria below, you can find information pertaining to Michigan High Schools here along with the state average. If your High School falls below the state average in any of these categories, you are eligible for the grant:


  • Family received/receives public assistance
  • Income level below a level based on low-income household thresholds.
    • Family of 1: $30,120
    • Related Family of 2: $40,880           
    • Related Family of 3: $51,640
    • Related Family of 4: $62,400
    • Related Family of 5: $73,160
    • Related Family of 6: $83,920
    • Related Family of 7: $94,680
    • Related Family of 8: $105,440

*For families/household with more than 8 persons, add $5,380.00 for each additional person, then multiply by 2.0 for 200% of Poverty Guidelines (for OCS/CED).

Complete the eligibility survey before starting the application.

This opportunity provides assistance for nurses from underrepresented minority groups, and those who come from an educationally or economically disadvantaged background. McLaren Health Care and Trinity Health Muskegon/Grand Rapids nurses are eligible to apply if they self-identify one criterion from the list above in any of the three categories. Please review the criteria on this page before filling out the survey.

Self-identifying more than one required criterion will not impact your admission application.

Take the Eligibility Survey

If you meet one of the criteria listed above, complete the eligibility survey.

Step Two: Complete Your Application

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program Application

DNP Application

Complete and submit your application online at the link below. It can take two to three weeks for a completed application to be processed. Please allow adequate time.


Official copies of transcripts from all institutions of higher education previously attended. Transcripts must be sent from those institutions directly to the GVSU Admissions Office. 


Following an application review for eligibility, you will be emailed instructions on how to schedule an interview with faculty. Interviews will be conducted through June 2024.

Apply Now

Please select the fall 2024 semester on your GVSU application. The application deadline for the DNP program is June 1, 2024. 

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $2,592,857 with 0% financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit

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