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Associate Professor Patricia A. Cowan of UTHSC Receives $110,000 Grant


11 Master’s-Level Nursing Students to Receive $10,000 Scholarships

Memphis, Tenn. (October 11, 2012) – Patricia A. Cowan, PhD, associate professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee Health Science
Center (UTHSC), has received a grant totaling $110,000 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The award, which falls under the foundation’s New
Careers in Nursing initiative, will provide eleven $10,000 scholarships for students training in UTHSC’s Master of Science in Nursing Clinical Nurse
Leader Program. Each student will receive scholarship funds for three semesters, fall 2012, spring 2013, and summer 2013. This year’s grant marks the
fifth consecutive year of funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The foundation has contributed $610,000 to the UTHSC College of Nursing,
providing scholarships for a total of 61 students.

The New Careers in Nursing Program provides scholarships, mentorship and leadership training to students from underrepresented groups. Additionally,
UTHSC provides academic and social support to nursing students. UTHSC award recipients of the award have a 100 percent graduation rate and 98 percent
first-time pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation’s largest
philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans, the foundation works with a diverse group of organizations
and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, meaningful and timely change. For 40 years the foundation has brought experience,
commitment, and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org.

As the flagship statewide academic health system, the mission of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) is to bring
the benefits of the health sciences to the achievement and maintenance of human health, with a focus on the citizens of Tennessee and the region, by
pursuing an integrated program of education, research, clinical care, and public service. In 2011, UT Health Science Center celebrated its centennial:
100 years advancing the future of health care. Offering a broad range of postgraduate training opportunities, the main UTHSC campus is located in
Memphis and includes six colleges: Allied Health Sciences, Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. The UTHSC campus in
Knoxville includes a College of Medicine, College of Pharmacy, and an Allied Health Sciences unit. In addition, the UTHSC Chattanooga campus includes a
College of Medicine and an Allied Health Sciences unit. Since its founding in 1911, UTHSC has educated and trained more than 53,000 health care
professionals on campuses and in health care facilities across the state. For more information, visit www.uthsc.edu.