School of Nursing welcomes GSA scholars

Thu, 2006-05-18 16:07 -- univcomm
May 18, 2006

The Anderson University School of Nursing recently welcomed 13 scholars from the Philippines who will be living in the United States for the next 4 years and six months earning their MSN-MBA degrees while working for Community Health Network---specifically at the Community Hospital North location. The visiting scholars come to Anderson University through a program sponsored by Global Scholarship Alliance (GSA) that provides work/study scholarship programs which combine scholarships at American universities with multi-year work appointments in US hospitals.

“The arrival of the GSA scholars is the culmination of nearly two years of work,” said Dr. Paula Boley, associate professor of Nursing and graduate program coordinator for the Anderson University School of Nursing. “The partnership between Anderson University, Community Health Network and Global Scholarship Alliance is very exciting. These students have already demonstrated hard work and commitment by preparing to take, then passing, the same RN state board licensure exam that all American RNs take - not an easy task for anyone, let alone someone from another country. Secondly, they have left their families and jobs to come here to study and work. I feel honored that they chose Anderson University for this endeavor.”

“Global Scholarship Alliance represents a coordinated effort to improve nursing here at home and around the world,” stated J. William DeVille, chief executive officer at Global Scholarship Alliance. “By partnering with GSA in this worthy cause, our university and hospital partners are making a statement about the solid values of their institutions. What we offer is a long-term, financially sound, sustainable and socially responsible solution to the problem.”

Global Scholarship Alliance partners with leading U.S. universities and healthcare organizations in an effort to improve nursing globally. GSA's mission is to improve global nursing by providing scholarships and professional development for future nurse leaders and educators, building alliances between leading U.S. universities and hospitals, and fostering the equitable distribution of nurses throughout the world.

GSA facilitates cultural exchange programs and provides scholarships to foreign nurses who seek professional development through the combination of a U.S. Masters of Science in Nursing degree and academic training in a U.S. hospital. U.S. universities and hospitals benefit from a long-term solution to the global nursing shortage; and through the requirements of the program, Masters-degreed and U.S. hospital trained nurse-scholars return to contribute to the education and training of future nurses in their home countries. The company currently provides scholarships to nurses from a variety of countries including the Philippines, India, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Global Scholarship Alliance has alliance partnerships in Kansas, Ohio, New York, Minnesota, and Texas.

Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, education and theology.