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CVS Health Foundation Awards Scholarship to Support Family Nurse Practitioner Students at SXU


The CVS Health Foundation has awarded Saint Xavier University a $5,000 scholarship to assist students as they complete their studies to become a Family Nurse Practitioner.

The grant is part of the CVS Health Foundation Advance Practice Nurse and Physician Assistant Scholarship program which launched this year. The program is aimed at reducing the nationwide shortage of Family Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants by supporting the academic aspirations of the most promising health care professionals of tomorrow. Scholarships are provided to accredited academic institutions across the country and funds are then distributed to students through the institution's internal scholarship process to help cover the cost of tuition, books, and academic fees.

"Saint Xavier University is happy to receive the CVS Health Foundation grant to support FNP students, especially those who are bilingual and committed to providing needed healthcare services to the underserved in the Chicagoland area. This award will make a difference in the lives of the student recipients, lessening the financial burden of graduate education," said Mary S. Haras, Associate Dean for Graduate Nursing Programs.

"As the need for qualified medical professionals in the United States grows, we know how important having a strong pipeline of Family Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants is to making high quality, convenient, and affordable healthcare services more accessible," said Eileen Howard Boone, president of the CVS Health Foundation. "We’re proud to support schools like Saint Xavier University who are providing quality education to students pursuing a career as a nurse practitioner."

Students selected to receive scholarships by their school are in good academic standing and are pursuing an advance practice nursing master’s degree or doctorate as a Family Nurse Practitioner or a master’s degree as a Physician Assistant. In addition, scholarship recipients must intern or volunteer some with an organization that supports underserved populations. At least twenty-five percent of the school's scholarship dollars will be awarded to bilingual students.

About CVS Health

CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,600 retail pharmacies, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 80 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses, and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes, and lowers overall healthcare costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health on their website.