Thursday, May 15, 2008

Clayton State Nursing and Dental Hygiene Programs Awarded $326K Grant from HRSA

The Clayton State University School of Nursing, and the Department of Dental Hygiene, part of the University’s College of Professional Studies, have been awarded a $326,730 Student Disadvantaged Scholarship Grant (SDS) from the federal Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

The grant, for FY2009, will be split almost equally between the two programs and marks the third consecutive year the University has received an SDS grant from HRSA. The School of Nursing will receive $157,952 for the period from July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009. The Department of Dental Hygiene will receive $168,778 for the same period.

The Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students program was created by Congress under the Disadvantaged Minority Health Improvement Act of 1990 for the purpose of providing financial assistance to disadvantaged health professions and nursing students.

The amount of the individual SDS award was transmitted to Clayton State’s Office of Financial Aid for their records and to the Clayton State Bursars Office for disbursement. The SDS is only used for scholarships for minority or disadvantaged students and funds are applied directly to the recipient’s tuition/fee bill and any remaining balance distributed to the student for the purpose of paying other fees and incidentals associated with their education.

Clayton State University’s student population is roughly two-thirds minorities and has been rated by U.S. News and World Report as the most diverse in the Southeast region of the United States for five out of the last seven years.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.

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