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TWU awarded $968,220 in federal grants for scholarships


DENTON/DALLAS/HOUSTON — Texas Woman’s University will help even more economically disadvantaged students pursue a degree in the healthcare fields with a $968,220 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

The grant, awarded through the Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) Program, will provide scholarships for students pursuing undergraduate degrees in nursing, dental hygiene, dietetics or speech pathology, or graduate degrees in nursing, physical therapy or occupational therapy.

TWU awarded a total of 322 scholarships to students in nursing and occupational therapy with funding from a $900,000 HRSA grant during the 2010-2011 academic year.

“These scholarships will help many outstanding but economically disadvantaged students access or remain enrolled in our strong health-related programs and, in turn, serve the state of Texas as practicing health professionals,” said Dr. Richard Nicholas, TWU vice president for student life.

The Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) Program was established through the Disadvantaged Minority Health Improvement Act of 1990 to increase diversity in the health professions and nursing workforce to ensure culturally effective care and reduce health disparities. The program provides grants to eligible health professions and nursing schools for use in awarding scholarships to students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

For more information regarding the scholarships, contact the TWU Student Life Office at (940) 898-3615 or visit and click on the “2011-2012 HRSA Scholarships Application Information” icon.

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Karen Garcia
Senior Writer

page updated 10/2/2014 11:05 AM