Applications are not being accepted at this time.

The purpose of the Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) grant is to increase nursing education opportunities for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, including ethnic and racial minorities who are underrepresented among registered nurses and individuals who are educationally and/or economically disadvantaged. The goals of the NWD program at Francis Marion University are to establish an innovative nursing advisement/mentorship program for identified disadvantaged freshmen students by implementing a holistic admissions process. The nursing advisement/mentorship program includes collaboration with external and internal partners and financial support, to increase the number of disadvantaged students admitted to the upper division nursing program, the retention rate, and the number of disadvantaged students attaining their baccalaureate RN to decrease regional workforce disparities.

FMU graduate students may apply to work as mentors of pre-nursing undergraduate students.


$3,500 per eligible semester (this scholarship covers the academic year)


  1. Be enrolled full- or part-time in the MSN, M.Ed, MBA, or MSAP program;
  2. Be a citizen of the United States, a non-citizen national of the United States, or a foreign national who possesses a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States.

To Apply

Applications are not being accepted at this time.

More Information

For any questions about the NWD grant or the application process please contact:

Suzan M. Orrico, Grant Manager

This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant #D19HP30845, Nursing Workforce Diversity, $452,494.00, 0% financed with non-governmental sources. The information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.