CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has been awarded $50,000 by The Blackstone Charitable Foundation for its support of veterans’ employment and business development. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi was one of only six recipients across the nation to receive the 2014 Blackstone Veterans Grant from more than 200 submitted proposals.
“This grant will help us expand our eLine Military program to support approximately 75 additional military students,” said Dr. Mary Jane Hamilton, Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. “These students will be able to access distance learning technologies to earn their Bachelor of Nursing degrees, become eligible to take the NCLEX exam, become a registered nurse, and enter the health care workforce.”
The Veterans Grant Program is the latest initiative in a series of programs Blackstone has introduced as part of its Veterans Hiring Initiative and is aligned with the foundation’s Entrepreneurship Initiative.
“Too often, those who put their lives at risk in service of our nation do not receive adequate support when they leave active service,” said Amy Stursberg, Executive Director of the Blackstone Charitable Foundation. “We are proud to extend funding to support veterans’ hiring and foster entrepreneurship in the military community. Veterans bring a dynamic set of qualifications to a diverse group of industries, and it is our duty to help them re-enter the work force.”
The grantees were selected through a request for proposals process established by The Blackstone Charitable Foundation last November. The grantees represent recipients from Texas, New York, Florida, and California. The six organizations were reviewed by a committee of Blackstone employees and subsequently approved by the board of the Blackstone Charitable Foundation.