The University of Delaware doctorate in nursing science program has announced that Beatrice Gaynor has been named the 2014-16 Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar and Marisa Scibilia has been named the 2014-15 Virginia Lee Franklin Fellow.

Veronica Rempusheski, Jeanne K. Buxbaum Chair of Nursing Science and coordinator of the program, said, “The timeliness of these awards is crucial to support and accelerate completion of requirements by students attending UD’s Ph.D. in nursing science program. Of critical importance is ensuring students can concentrate on the rigor of their scholarship to ultimately begin to fill the pending severe shortage of Ph.D.-prepared nurse scientists and faculty.”

Kathleen Schell, director of UD’s School of Nursing, said, “Continued funding through the Jonas Foundation is evidence of the quality of our program and students. We are grateful to the Virginia Lee Franklin Trust for their continued support of nursing students at all levels of education.”

Annually, in addition to the Ph.D. fellowship, a Virginia Lee Franklin Honors Award is given to an undergraduate student in the School of Nursing who excels in the care of neurologically compromised patients. Read the full article on UDaily.