Allen College Receives One Of Only Ten Nursing Workforce Diversity Grants Awarded Across The Country

July 19, 2011

altWATERLOO, Iowa — Allen College has secured a Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) grant totaling $984,559 over three years from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Allen College secured one of only 10 grants awarded this year to programs across the country.

The Allen College NWD Project will assist students historically underrepresented in the nursing profession and those from disadvantaged backgrounds, including racial and ethnic minorities. The project will help provide them the skills, knowledge and resources to successfully enroll in and graduate from a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) examination, and enter the professional nursing workforce or pursue advanced degrees in nursing.

The project will further strengthen the cultural competency of the Allen College community of faculty, staff, students and partners in order to remove institutional barriers that jeopardize the success of prospective and current underrepresented, disadvantaged and minority students. The project period began July 1 and ends June 30, 2014.

Assistant professor Doreen Mingo will serve as project director and Chancellor Jerry Durham will be co-director.

“We are so encouraged and very proud to be in the select group of colleges to receive HRSA funding,” Mingo said.  “It truly recognizes the efforts of the Allen College Office of Diversity Services under Dr. Durham's leadership.”

Those efforts are making a tangible difference. Allen’s minority enrollment has more than tripled since the Office of Diversity Services opened in 2008 and the office provides a support system for minority students on campus.

Allen’s three-year diversity programming for the project period will include an institution-wide diversity initiative; educational outreach to 2,400 school-age students and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs); structured pre-entry preparation programs for 75 high school students and 32 LPNs; a student stipend/scholarship program providing 230 participant awards; and a structured retention program serving 123 enrolled BSN students.

Prospective students interested in reaching the Office of Diversity Services or applying to Allen College can call 319-226-2000 or visit

Offering nursing education since 1926, Allen College became a degree-granting institution in 1989. The College offers Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN); Master of Science in Nursing (MSN); Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP); Associate of Science in Radiography (ASR); and Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHS) programs.

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