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Nursing Scholarships Available to Students in Greater Charlotte Area

Nursing Scholarships Available to Students in Greater Charlotte Area

The DaVita Giving Foundation has awarded Western Governors University's (WGU) Michael O. Leavitt School of Health (LSH) a $1 million grant over the next three years to support more than 1,500 nursing students in Start Early, a program co-created by DaVita Inc. and WGU to help increase nursing degree completion at the university nationwide.

Additionally, through the funding from the DaVita Giving Foundation, up to 80 students annually will receive critical, need-based scholarships to help them afford their education. These scholarships will be focused on underserved student populations in the greater Charlotte area, including Alexander, Anson, Cabarrus, Catawba, Iredell, Mecklenburg and Union Counties.

The WGU Start Early program will provide resources for nursing students who demonstrate financial barriers to their education and will support their efforts to complete their nursing degree. These resources include approximately $400,000 for prelicensure scholarship support, approximately $360,000 for prelicensure non-tuition support (for example, childcare costs and scrubs) and approximately $240,000 for non-tuition wrap-around costs (for example, out-of-pocket travel expenses associated with students' mandatory attendance at clinical simulation learning labs).

Underserved student populations include students of color, students with comparatively lower incomes, students in geographically remote areas and/or students who are the first in their families to attend a university. Scholarship applications opened on January 15.

To learn more about WGU’s Start Early scholarships, visit

WGU currently has more than 5,200 students enrolled in North Carolina,

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