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8/10/2007 Linfield to bolster Hispanic nursing workforce

McMINNVILLE ? Linfield College will continue to strengthen its enrollment of Hispanic nursing students, thanks to the renewal of a grant from the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, according to Thomas L. Hellie, Linfield president.

The new grant will provide $758,692 over a three-year period to support Linfield?s efforts to recruit and retain Hispanic students as well as students from other groups underrepresented in Oregon?s nursing workforce.

Of this total, $225,000 will be for student scholarships and stipends. Other funds will be used to continue building student support services, including the establishment of a comprehensive peer mentorship program. The grant will also provide resources for a targeted outreach program that includes workshops to help pre-nursing students improve their academic skills and learn how to apply for scholarships and other forms of financial aid.

The grant builds upon an initial three-year nursing workforce diversity grant made by HRSA in 2003, which developed resources at the Linfield Good Samaritan School of Nursing to support the academic success of students from educationally and economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

?Linfield is becoming a regional leader in diversifying the nursing workforce and we are grateful for the support of HRSA in continuing this important trend,? Hellie said, noting that Linfield?s application received a 97 percent score from HRSA reviewers. ?The first grant expressed confidence in our potential. This renewal recognizes achievement.?