MCC receives $2.6M grant to fund nursing scholarships

Metropolitan Community College has been awarded a $2.6 million grant to provide scholarships for disadvantaged students looking to train for a career in nursing.

The grant, which will be paid out over four years, comes from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), a division of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. All funds will go directly to student scholarships to cover 50 percent of the cost of tuition and fees and a stipend for living expenses.

MCC applied for the grant because of a persistent gap between local employers’ demand for skilled nurses and prospective students’ need for financial resources in order to pursue nursing education. Scholarship recipients must have an income that falls below the federal poverty level. Of the approximately 250 nursing students admitted into MCC’s nursing program every year, roughly 50% live below the poverty level.

“The nursing student population often has barriers and distractions that keep them from completing the rigorous program,” said MCC Chancellor Mark James. “By relieving the fiscal barrier, students can focus their time and attention on learning, which will increase program completion, resulting in a larger number of graduates and a larger nursing workforce pool. Everyone wins.”

MCC’s health-career students who obtain certificates and degrees have a 92% hiring rate. Of the nursing graduates, 30% choose employment in area hospitals and clinics that primarily serve the area’s uninsured and underinsured populations.

Prospective students interested in learning more about the MCC nursing program should call 816.604.4175. Students interested in this scholarship opportunity should contact Lisa Bray at lisa.bray@mcckc.edu or 816.604.1536.