HRSA Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant


Students in a nursing lab

Grand Valley State University has partnered with McLaren Health Care and Spectrum Health to transform the nursing workforce by targeting the need to increase nursing education opportunities for nurses from disadvantaged backgrounds and underrepresented minorities.

This program provides financial support for qualified students from McLaren and Spectrum, who gain admission into select GVSU Kirkhof College of Nursing (KCON) programs. Graduates will be able to deliver culturally aligned care and leadership in providing care for medically underserved areas and populations.

Spectrum and McLaren nurses will be selected for the following degree programs. Each program is 5 semesters long with applied learning experiences in their place of employment:

  • Registered Nurse (RN) to BSN program (online format) - next cohort Spring/Summer 2023 (May)
    • Build on your nursing associate’s degree and prepare for BSN-level nursing courses during the spring/summer 2023 semester before diving into your BSN coursework in the fall 2023 semester.
      • Spring/Summer 2023 Semester: Students may complete necessary pre-requisite coursework, meet with their academic advisor, and obtain their individual program plan.
      • Fall 2023 Semester: Nursing courses begin.
      • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) - Clinical Nurse Leader program (online format)- next cohort Spring/Summer 2023 (May)
      • Build on your nursing bachelor's degree and prepare for MSN-level courses during the spring/summer 2023 semester before diving into MSN coursework in the fall 2023 semester.

 

Admitted McLaren and Spectrum* nurses will be individually responsible for approximately 20% of their tuition and program fees. The remainder of the program cost will be funded by GVSU, McLaren/Spectrum, and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

*Spectrum Health funding will be provided via the tuition assistance program. Team members must be in a benefit-eligible status to qualify for tuition assistance.

The application deadline for a spring/summer start for the RN to BSN and the MSN program is January 15, 2023.

Interested in applying? Contact us as soon as you are ready and we will help you through the process: [email protected]

Application

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

This is a four-step process, which includes: completing an eligibility survey, submitting a personal statement, completing a student profile and completing the online program application.

All four steps must be completed before January 15, 2023. No late or incomplete applications will 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 Office of Admissions as part of the online program application.

Step One: Complete the Eligibility Survey


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 and Spectrum nurses are eligible to apply if they self-identify one criterion from the list below in any of the three categories. 

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

Please review the criteria on this page before filling out the 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: https://www.mischooldata.org/dashboard-home/

 

  • Family received/receives public assistance
  • Income level below a level based on low-income household thresholds.
    • Family of 1: $27,180
    • Related Family of 2: $36,620            
    • Related Family of 3: $46,060
    • Related Family of 4: $55,500
    • Related Family of 5: $64,940
    • Related Family of 6: $74,380
    • Related Family of 7: $83,820
    • Related Family of 8: $93,260

*For families/household with more than 8 persons, add $4720.00 for each additional person, then multiply by 1.25 or 2.0 for 125%-200% of Poverty Guidelines (for OCS/CED).

Survey

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


Step Two: Complete the Personal Statement

For RN to BSN Program Applicants ONLY

Complete your personal statement prior to your application.

  • RN to BSN Program Applicants: submit your essay on this page prior to moving on to step 3. 
  • Graduate Program Applicants: You can move on to step 4 to fill out the Graduate School application.

Instructions:

  1. Type your personal statement in a Word document. 
  2. Double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12pt font. 
  3. Save the file as a Word document with the file name: Statement_Last Name_First Name
  4. Upload your personal statement and submit it.

Prompt:

The HRSA Workforce Diversity Grant is designed to graduate students who will deliver culturally aligned care and leadership in providing care for medically underserved areas and populations.

In 600-800 words, please write a personal statement describing your experience with and commitment to diversity and marginalized groups, your thoughts regarding inequities in health care, and discuss how you believe a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree will prepare you as a leader to enhance patient outcomes. 


Step Three: Complete Your Student Profile

HRSA RN-BSN Student Profile

Complete your student profile prior to your application.

Instructions:

  1. Download the student profile form.
  2. Complete the form per provided instructions
  3. Save the document as a Word Doc (.doc or .docx) and with the file name: Profile_Last Name_First Name
  4. Upload your student profile and submit it.

Step Four: Complete Your Application

RN to BSN Program Application

RN to BSN Application

Complete and submit your application online.

Transcripts

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. 

Interview

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

The application deadline for the RN to BSN and the MSN program is January 15, 2023. 

Graduate Program Application (MSN)


Graduate School Application

Complete the graduate application for admission online. The application includes a written goals statement and the submission of a piece of scholarly work.

Transcripts

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. NOTE:  We do not require official transcripts from Grand Valley.

 

Interview

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

The application deadline for the RN to BSN and MSN program is January 15, 2023. 

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 $2,219,682 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 HRSA.gov.



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