The Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program was created in 2008 to support educational development of new nursing faculty and stimulate models for joint faculty appointments between schools of nursing and clinical affiliates. The grants, made through institutional awards, also prepare doctoral candidates to help students address the needs of future patients – from dealing with co-morbidities and chronic illnesses to providing culturally competent care. Since the program's inception in 2008 with six Scholars in New York City, it has grown to include more than 1,000 Jonas Nurse Leader Scholars at 140 schools across all 50 states plus DC.