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Veterans group offers scholarships to nursing students

MONTPELIER — The local chapter of The Forty and Eight, a national veterans organization, is offering scholarships to qualified undergraduate students enrolled in academic programs of study leading to either Associates or Bachelor Degrees in nursing. Although military experience is not required, these scholarships can help veterans in related military occupations prepare for civilian careers in the nursing profession.

The deadline is May 14 for submitting applications for scholarships to be awarded for the 2022 fall academic semester. Awards to successful applicants will be made by July 1. At least one stipend of no more than $1,000 will be available.

A national program to help alleviate the shortage of skilled nurses is a special interest of La Societé des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux, the veterans organization founded in 1920 and also known as “The Forty and Eight.” As of July 2020, La Societé has provided over $34.7 million and assisted more than 52,186 nurses in obtaining undergraduate nursing degrees and 21,125 more in the advanced degree program. The local chapter has awarded $14,700 in scholarships to 14 nursing students enrolled in Vermont colleges and universities.

For more information about The Forty and Eight, the Nurses Training Program, and the Nurses Training Scholarship and application forms, please call Karlene DeVine at (802) 877-6392 or email kdevine@ myfairpoint.net.

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