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. The Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program was expanded in 2010 to fund a total 59 doctoral nursing students at nearly two dozen of the nation’s leading academic institutions. In 2012, the program will more than double in size with the addition of 200 new scholars, spreading the program’s reach across all 50 states.