The Universities at Shady Grove (USG) has received a $30,000 grant from the Healthcare Initiative Foundation to benefit USG students seeking healthcare-related degrees during the 2011- 2012 academic year. The grant is intended to bolster Montgomery County’s healthcare workforce.
“We are honored to accept this Healthcare Initiative Foundation grant and will proudly help the Foundation fulfill its charter to improve healthcare in Montgomery County, Maryland as we educate students seeking careers in nursing, respiratory therapy, public health science, health systems management, and other areas related to USG’s undergraduate degree programs in healthcare,” said Stewart Edelstein, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University System of Maryland and Executive Director at USG.
The grant will allow for USG to offer more than a dozen scholarships to students in healthcare programs during the next two semesters, and will help fulfill the Foundation’s mission of improving healthcare in Montgomery County by aiding local students pursuing healthcare careers.
“Beginning this fall, many nursing and other healthcare students at USG will be awarded individual scholarships because of the Foundation’s commitment to healthcare in Montgomery County,” said Dr. Rebecca Wiseman, Assistant Dean and Program Director, UMB School of Nursing. “Scholarships like these allow our students to make academics and internships a top priority.”
The Healthcare Initiative Foundation is a nonprofit foundation that provides grants solely to improve healthcare in Montgomery County, Maryland. The Foundation gives approximately $1.4 million in grants annually to organizations that aim to improve the quality and delivery of healthcare for local residents.
“We believe USG is an ideal grant recipient because of its significant role in developing a workforce that can directly benefit the health of Montgomery County residents,” said Karen Green, President of the Healthcare Initiative Foundation.
About The Universities at Shady Grove
The Universities at Shady Grove is an innovative model for delivering top-quality college degree programs. USG is not one university; instead it is a collaboration of nine leading public universities in Maryland offering 70 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Montgomery County. Established in 2000, USG serves 4,000 full- and part-time students. Participating USG partners include: Bowie State University; Salisbury University; Towson University; University of Baltimore; University of Maryland, Baltimore; University of Maryland, Baltimore County, University of Maryland College Park, University of Maryland Eastern Shore and University of Maryland University College. More information on all of the undergraduate and graduate programs is available at www.shadygrove.umd.edu.
About the Healthcare Initiative Foundation
The Healthcare Initiative Foundation is a nonprofit, grant making trust governed by an independent, volunteer board of trustees. The Foundation has assets approaching $52 million, gives approximately $1.4 million in grants annually, and employs a staff of one. The Foundation’s charter provides that grants be made solely to improve healthcare in Montgomery County, Maryland.