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Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation makes $1 million donation

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The BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation has awarded a $1,005,902 grant to the Charleston Southern University College of Nursing to be awarded over three years to fund scholarships for nursing students who commit to work in community or home-based settings upon graduation.

The BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation will present the gift on Friday, March 20 at a ceremony in the Drew Conference Center at the Whitfield Center for Christian Leadership on the campus of Charleston Southern.

Were pleased to partner with CSU on this scholarship program, said Harvey Galloway, executive director of the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation. Our work together to address the significant shortage of community-based nurses is another step in realizing our shared goal of underserved, high-risk populations receiving cost-effective care from strategically-placed providers.

The grant will fund up to 18 Community and Home Health Nursing Scholarships for CSU junior and senior nursing students per year for three years beginning in fall 2015. In addition, several of those students will be eligible for a full room and board scholarship at CSU.

Dr. Andreea Meier, dean of the College of Nursing, said the scholarships will help to address the shortage of nurses in community and home health care organizations in South Carolina.

Nursing students receiving the scholarship will be required to remain in South Carolina after graduation and work in this setting for a specified amount of time.

The benefits of working in community and home health include flexible working hours, establishing long-term relationships with patients and family members, providing patients with health education and the promotion of preventive health care, said Meier.

The College of Nursing at Charleston Southern University will work with already established community partners to set up clinicals and job placements for students in these settings while they are completing their BSN program and after graduation when they begin seeking employment.

To be eligible for consideration for this scholarship, student applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a resident of South Carolina
  • Be either a junior or senior nursing student for the 2015-2016 academic year
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Sign the Scholarship Agreement and Promissory Note
  • Be enrolled full-time (12 or more semester hours)
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Participate in all clinical practice and course activities pertaining to the scholarship program.

The BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Its mission is to promote the health of South Carolinians and to expand access to health care in South Carolina for the economically disadvantaged by supporting integrated research, education and community service.

Charleston Southern is a liberal arts university and is one of South Carolinas largest accredited, independent universities, enrolling 3,400 students. Recognized as one of Americas Best Christian Colleges, CSU is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. The University's vision is to be a Christian university nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning, leading and serving.