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National Nurses Week: Grant to provide assistance to OSU-OKC nursing students

OKLAHOMA CITY – National Nurses Week is May 6-12. Nursing is important at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City, where the Nurse Science Associate in Applied Science degree program is considered one of the pre-eminent programs at the university, and in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, with hundreds of students competing for admission.

A fund that provides financial assistance to nursing students at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City received a $15,000 boost from the Gertrude E. Skelly Charitable Foundation.

A previous grant from the foundation established the OSU-OKC Skelly Emergency Fund for Nursing Students in 2018. The new grant was awarded to replenish the fund.  

OSU-OKC uses the money to help nursing students experiencing financial need cover the cost of tuition, textbooks, supplies, uniforms, and other program expenses.  

Helping students complete the degree program and pass the licensure exam is critical, as nursing graduates are in huge demand in Oklahoma and nationally. Nursing students often have limited financial resources because the demands of the rigorous program make it difficult for them to also hold a full-time job. 

 To date, the OSU-OKC Skelly Emergency Fund for Nursing Students has helped 52 nursing students stay in school, graduate and achieve their dream of a career in healthcare.

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