(Green Bay, Wis.) — 18 UW-Green Bay nursing students recently received scholarship dollars through the Aurora BayCare Inspire Nursing and Aurora BayCare Future Nurses scholarships. Beginning in the fall of 2022, Aurora BayCare has committed to more than $125,000 in scholarship dollars to “inspire” UW-Green Bay nursing students and plans to fund the scholarships through 2025. The aid comes after an initial gift of support to help launch the University’s new Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program in 2019.
“Providing this support at UW-Green Bay is just one way that we can invest in Wisconsin’s nursing workforce, and in the coming years, that investment will reflect in the excellent care nurses will provide for our community,” said Heather Schroeder, vice president and chief nurse officer for Aurora BayCare.
“We are grateful to Aurora BayCare for their support and belief in the ability for higher education to help our region solve the nursing shortage,” UW-Green Bay chancellor Michael Alexander added. “Since 50% of UW-Green Bay undergraduate students are the first in their family to attend college, Aurora BayCare knows how important it is for our region to have access to a great education. This partnership between a private company and public university helps to empower people to enter a career that meets the region’s workforce needs.”
Aurora BayCare’s commitment to UW-Green Bay has grown from letters of support of the BSN program to the UW System Board of Regents, to support for facilities, clinical rotations and opportunity to learn from health care professionals at Aurora Health Care’s Simulation Center on its Green Bay hospital campus.
UW-Green Bay’s traditional BSN program was started in 2019 in response to the demand for nurses in Wisconsin. Currently, five UW-System schools including UW-Green Bay, have nursing programs working to address the nursing shortage.