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PRINCETON -- The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program is granting scholarships through 63 schools around the country to over 500 low-income students and students from ethnic groups that are underrepresented within the nursing field.

Eligible schools will receive money from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Each school will award 7 college scholarships for the academic school year to a total of 397 students enrolled in accelerated baccalaureate programs and 114 students enrolled in an accelerated master?s program.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program was formed in 2008 to counter the nursing shortage and promote ethnic diversity within the field. The grants provided by the NCIN have already helped hundreds of students earn their nursing degrees and begin a career in nursing.

Based in Princeton, New Jersey, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is the country's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care. With over $7.5 billion in assets, the foundation?s mission is to improve the health and health care of all Americans.

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