Nursing Workforce Diversity Program Purpose

The purpose of the Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) Program is to increase nursing education opportunities for individuals who are from disadvantaged backgrounds (including racial and ethnic minorities underrepresented among registered nurses).

The NWD program aims to expand and support a nursing workforce that includes individuals who are from disadvantaged backgrounds, and that is equipped with the tools to provide quality, culturally-aligned care to rural and underserved communities in need.

The objective of the NWD program is to increase the diversity of the nursing workforce by supporting students from disadvantaged backgrounds in becoming registered nurses to decrease health disparities and increase health equity.

How can the Program Help you?

  • Financial Support
  • Academic Support
    • Tutoring
    • NCLEX review for seniors
    • Advising
  • Student Support
    • Monthly programming
    • Intervention and referrals as needed
    • Peer mentoring
  • Professional Support
    • Mentoring (Nursing professional in the community)
    • Service
    • Career planning

What is expected from an NWD grant recipient?

  • Application process
  • Attend mentoring and one-to-one or group mentoring meetings
  • Attendance at monthly meetings
  • Freshmen students: Knight Summer Connections Program
  • Senior Students: NCLEX prep
  • Service or Volunteer activities 

NWD Scholarship

MSMC seeks to serve 50 undergraduate nursing students annually from 2022-2025.

The scholarship requires that applicants meet the following criteria:

  • Is enrolled in the Mount Saint Mary College nursing program
  • Is a citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States
  • Is from a Disadvantaged background —an individual who comes from an economically and or educationally disadvantaged background (including racial and ethnic minorities underrepresented among registered nurses)

Applications will open prior to fall semester, deadlines are determined per academic year. 

For more information please email:

This Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $548,113 with 0% financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.

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Linda Kelly

Associate Professor of Nursing
Email Address
Aquinas 210G
Office Hours
12:30-1:30pm and 3:30-4:30pm

Irene Belen-Jones

Assistant Director for Nursing Workforce Diversity
Aquinas 210

Kaitlin Pevny

Project Coordinator for Nursing Workforce Diversity
Email Address

Erica Torres

Nursing Administrative Assistant
Email Address

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