MANCHESTER — Catholic Charities New Hampshire announced the creation of a new scholarship fund for licensed nursing assistants seeking to advance their nursing careers through licensed practical nurse degrees.
Catholic Charities New Hampshire will provide full-tuition scholarships for approximately 10 LNAs beginning this fall. Funds for the scholarships are made available as a result of the sale of an asset.
“We’re continually searching for more ways to invest in our incredible staff, knowing many possess a strong ambition to pursue additional education opportunities yet lack the resources to follow those dreams,” said Tom Blonski, president and CEO of Catholic Charities New Hampshire. “For some, this is not only a chance to advance their careers, but it’s a way to remove major life obstacles through education. We’re excited and honored to walk with them as we, together, open the doors to futures full of opportunity.”
This announcement comes on the heels of Catholic Charities New Hampshire’s collaboration with Rivier University’s Project Advance program late last month, which includes scholarships for LPNs employed by Catholic Charities New Hampshire to pursue their associate of science in nursing degree at Rivier.
“Thanks to this generous contribution, we’re able to build on our commitment of providing our staff with the continual resources for both professional and personal growth in their lives,” said Darlene Underhill, director of clinical services for Catholic Charities New Hampshire. “While the program will have lasting change for this select group of LNAs and their own families, the impact extends to the residents and those we serve, who can expect the highest level of continuity amid the most compassionate and person-centered care.”
Prospective scholarship candidates must be employed by one of the following Catholic Charities New Hampshire skilled nursing facilities: Mt. Carmel Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Manchester, St. Teresa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Manchester, St. Joseph Residence in Manchester, Bishop Peterson Residence in Manchester, St. Ann Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Dover, St. Vincent Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Berlin, and St. Francis Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Laconia. Recipients will be able to attend class either full-time or part-time based on their preferences.
Candidates will be able to apply directly through Healthcare Services department at Catholic Charities New Hampshire. Applications must be submitted by April 30.