The Jonas Nurse Scholar Program was started in 2008 to address the nursing faculty shortage. The program began with six doctoral nurse Scholars in three states and expanded in just four years to include 270 PhD and DNP Nurse Scholars in all 50 states. In 2014, with the addition of 330 new Scholars, we grew the total network of Jonas Scholars to 600, well on the way of reaching our goal of 1,000 Scholars by 2016. The overall approach of the program is to “train the trainer,” thus creating a series of concentric circles around each advanced practice nurse that will spread her or his compassionate expertise to thousands of patients, healthcare workers, and future nurses. The number of people impacted over the course of the anticipated 1,000 Jonas Scholars’ careers is estimated at 10 million: five million patients and five million students.
Each Scholar receives financial support; leadership training through the Jonas Leadership Project; access to valuable resources, webinars and other events; the opportunity to network with nurse leaders throughout the country, including the 600 Jonas Scholars; an invitation to attend the 2015 Jonas Scholars Conference, which will feature national leaders in nursing, healthcare, education and policy; national leadership support from an expert team of Senior Advisors (Dr. Claire Fagin, Brigadier General (Ret.) William Bester and Cathy Rick) and the Jonas Center team; and long-term mentoring, career opportunities, tracking, and coordination for alumni of the program through an extensive alumni network, which includes a managed online community.
In 2011, the Jonas Center’s signature program— the Jonas Nurse Scholars Program—was expanded upon to include the Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program (JVHP), which is now the premier national initiative to support nurses who are on the front lines of improving veterans’ healthcare. The Jonas Center created the program to respond to an urgent need to improve the physical, emotional and mental health of our veteran population, particularly those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Jonas Scholars IV (2014 – 2016)
Our largest group yet, the fourth cohort of Jonas Scholars includes 330 PhD and DNP students to 125 universities in all 50 states.
Jonas Scholars III (2012 – 2014)
The third cohort of the Jonas Nurse Leaders Program was launched in fall 2012 to increase the number of doctorally-prepared nursing faculty and clinical leaders. Grants were awarded to 88 schools in all 50 states, supporting 202 Scholars.
Jonas Scholars II (2010 – 2012)
The second round of the Jonas Nurse Scholars Program was launched in fall 2010 to: 1) facilitate doctoral education to increase the number of nursing faculty; and 2) prepare nurse leaders for a future in community health, geriatrics, policy and workforce, education (technology), mental health and nursing administration.
Grants were awarded to 23 schools in 17 states, supporting 59 Scholars:
- Columbia University School of Nursing (Four Scholars)
- The City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center (Seven Scholars)
- Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (Four Scholars)
- New York University College of Nursing (Three Scholars)
- Rutgers College of Nursing (One Scholar)
- University of California, Davis Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing (Two Scholars)
- University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies (Two Scholars)
- University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Two Scholars)
- Yale University School of Nursing (Four Scholars)
- National League for Nursing (Ten Scholars)
- Boston College (Two Scholars)
- Case Western Reserve (Two Scholars)
- Indiana University (Two Scholars)
- University of Washington (Two Scholars)
- Villanova University (Two Scholars)
- Hartford/BAGNC (Nine Scholars)
- Arizona State University (One Scholar)
- Oregon Health and Science University (One Scholar)
- Pennsylvania State University (One Scholar)
- University of Arkansas (One Scholar)
- University of California San Francisco (One Scholar)
- University of Iowa (One Scholar)
- University of Minnesota (One Scholar)
- University of Pennsylvania (One Scholar)
- University of Utah (One Scholar)
Jonas Scholars I (2008 – 2012)
The program’s first $2.25 million in grants were awarded to six scholars at four academic institutions encompassing six leading schools of nursing that have affiliations with numerous clinical settings. The inaugural Jonas Scholars grantees are:
- The City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center and Yale School of Nursing (One Scholar)
- Columbia University School of Nursing and Columbia University's Irving Institute of Translational Science (Two Scholars)
- Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and Columbia University School of Nursing (One Scholar)
- New York University College of Nursing (One Scholar)
- University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (One Scholar)
Other Scholarship Grants:
Barbara Jonas Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Scholars at New York University (2014 – 2018)
The Jonas Center will support 20 doctoral students at New York University between 2014 and 2018 who are focused on mental health. This cohort of PhD and DNP students will be known as the Barbara Jonas Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Scholars.
Jonas Nursing Honors Scholar Program at Hunter College (2014 – 2016)
The Jonas Center is pleased to support the Jonas Nursing Honors Scholar Program at Hunter College, which provides scholarship support to 18 high-performing undergraduate nursing students.
National League for Nursing (2014 - 2016)
The Jonas Center awarded a grant to the National League for Nursing to provide one-year scholarships to 14 nursing doctoral students who are in their final year of their doctoral program and are working in the field of nursing education.
University of Southern California Price School (2014 – 2016)
This grant will support one scholarship to a student with a nursing background who is pursuing either a PhD or Master’s degree in Health Care Administration at USC Price School of Public Policy.
Mount Sinai Beth Israel (2014-2016)
The Jonas Center will support two-year scholarships for two Beth Israel nursing employees who are pursuing doctoral degrees.
Northeastern University (2014-2016)
The Jonas Center, in partnership with the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Care, awarded a grant to Northeastern University to provide scholarships to two graduate nursing students who are completing a capstone project at the Schwartz Center. The grant was fully matched by Northeastern University.
Visiting Nurse Service of New York (2013 – 2016)
The Jonas Center will support ten VNSNY nurse employees obtain a doctoral degree.
Johns Hopkins University (2013-2014)
The Jonas Center awarded a grant to Johns Hopkins School of Nursing to support scholarships for five current DNP students who are also employees of the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Each student received a 100% funding match from Johns Hopkins as well as tuition support from the Johns Hopkins Hospital.
University of South Florida (2013)
The Jonas Center provided a grant to the University of South Florida (USF) to support a two-year scholarship for a Veterans Healthcare Scholar at USF whose research is focused on military sexual trauma. This funding was provided by the California Community Foundation Iraq Afghanistan Deployment Impact Fund.
University of California Los Angeles (2013)
The Jonas Center provided a grant to UCLA to support two one-year scholarships for Veterans Healthcare Scholars at UCLA. This funding was provided by the California Community Foundation.
Oregon Health & Science University (2013)
The Jonas Center awarded a grant to Oregon Health & Science University to provide a one-year scholarship to a PhD to BSN student.
Hunter College (2012-2016)
This grant will support ten DNP students in the program’s inaugural class over four years.
National League for Nursing (2012-2014)
A two-year grant was awarded to NLN to support ten PhD students with one-year scholarships to support each student’s final year of doctoral studies.