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D’Youville Nursing Faculty Member Receives Prestigious National Scholarship

BUFFALO, NEW YORK – Kendra Schmitz, RN, MSN, a clinical associate professor in D’Youville’s Patricia H. Garman School of Nursing, is one of only 16 graduate nursing students nationwide to receive a scholarship from the National League for Nursing (NLN) this year.

Schmitz is currently studying for a Doctor of Education in Health Professions Education at D’Youville. “Completing my doctoral program will provide me with the opportunity to advance my writing, research and teaching, which will collectively impact the educational experience for our students in the nursing program,” Schmitz says.

The NLN Foundation Scholarship Awards Program supports nurses committed to careers in academic nursing education. The Nursing Education Faculty Scholarship Awards provides up to $8,000 to nurses enrolled in accredited master’s or doctoral programs and have completed at least one year of advanced academic study toward their degrees.

Along with Schmitz, nine other nurses received the Nursing Education Faculty Scholarship Award, including those from universities such as Johns Hopkins, Villanova, Duke, and Penn State. An additional six scholarships focused on geriatric nursing education were awarded through NLN and Home Instead Senior Care.

“This award is highly selective and I’m delighted Kendra received it,” says Deborah Garrison, RN, PhD, interim dean of D’Youville’s School of Nursing. “As director of our RN to BSN program, Kendra emphasizes the importance of innovative approaches to educating nurses who prepared through associate or diploma programs, which in turn helps advance healthcare and nursing in Western New York.”

“We are proud to continue the NLN Foundation’s tradition of scholarship support to deserving students who have demonstrated a deep commitment to pursuing excellence. They represent the future of nursing education, fulfilling the League’s mission to prepare a culturally sensitive, diverse nursing workforce to deliver outstanding and equitable care to advance the health of the nation and global community,” said NLN Foundation Chair Cole Edmonson, DNP, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, FAAN, chief clinical officer at AMN Healthcare.

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