Allen College Receives Hearst Foundation Grant

April 2, 2012

WATERLOO, Iowa — Allen College is the recipient of a $50,000 grant from the San Francisco-based William Randolph Hearst Foundation. The Foundation’s Board of Directors approved the grant at its March 27, 2012. The grant will provide ten scholarships to students enrolled in the College’s 15-month accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. The accelerated BSN program, which qualifies graduates for RN licensure, is the only BSN program of its type in Iowa. Five students entering the program in May 2012 and 2013 will receive the scholarship. According to Allen College chancellor Dr. Jerry Durham, “Many of the students who are admitted to this program do not qualify for federally-guaranteed loans or scholarships because they already hold a four-year degree. Without this financial support, they might struggle to pay for their nursing education.” Durham noted that this is the first time that the College has received support from the Hearst Foundation.

William Randolph Hearst is an important figure from the twentieth century whose influence extended to publishing, politics, Hollywood, the art world and everyday American life. The Hearst Foundation Inc. was founded by Hearst in 1945. In 1948 Mr. Hearst established the California Charities Foundations, later renamed The William Randolph Hearst Foundation. The Hearst Foundation provides grants in the areas of education, culture, health and social service.

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