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PHEF, Blue Cross Provide Grants for Nursing Students

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s nursing program has received continued grant funding from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Foundation and Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania to help students pay for college expenses.

The nursing program was awarded $117,000 from PHEF for the 2008-09 academic year. From those funds, the program will award grants to eligible students whose other financial aid does not cover all schooling costs. This is the sixth year that the college has received the funds.

In addition to the funding provided by PHEF, Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania provided more than $34,000 to be distributed in the same manner to Penn College nursing students from Bradford, Carbon, Clinton, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Lycoming, Monroe, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wayne and Wyoming counties.

The funds are available to students in all four of Penn College’s nursing majors, which include a practical nursing certificate, a registered nurse preparation associate degree, a bachelor of science in nursing, and a bachelor of science in nursing completion major for already-licensed registered nurses.

Scholarship recipients are chosen based on financial need, and they may use the funds for any required college expense.

To be eligible for a grant, applicants must qualify for financial aid, maintain at least a 2.0 grade-point average and may not be in default on any student loans. Students whose expenses are already covered by grants and students who are related to a person who serves on the selection committee are not eligible.

For more information about the academic programs offered at the School of Health Sciences at Penn College visit online or call (570) 327-4519.

For more information about Penn College, visit on the Web , e-mail or call toll-free (800) 367-9222.

For more information about grant-funding opportunities, faculty and staff may contact the Grants and Contracts Office at ext. 7562 or through its Web portal.

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