HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — UAH's nursing program just received a huge donation from Bryant Bank.
Bryant bank has sponsored a $100,000 scholarship for this year - and they're also committed to donating 3 million dollars over 30 years - a commitment that the Dr. Karen Frith, Dean of the College of Nursing, says will help students tremendously.
Frith explains, "Our students have worked through COVID so we are on campus, we are in classes together, and they go to the hospital, and of course we use the hospital grade personal protective equipment the PPE. So our student have been on the ground with the exception of about two months in 2020."
And Frith says this freshman scholarship will help retain nurses in the Tennessee Valley. It is offered to those that have at least a 3.5 GPA, and a 28 or higher on the ACT. "We've been working with the staff in the hospital throughout the pandemic and it makes sense because we're educating students to go and work in hospital settings and in other settings as well."
There are around four hundred nursing students at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and the program was established eight years ago in 2014. The student nurses are extremely useful because they help out at hospitals in the Tennessee Valley.
Frith says, "What that means is if you're a high achieving high school student and maybe your family doesn't have as many financial resources as you might think you need to go to UAH, well maybe you can get something with the Bryant Bank scholarship."