The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWFJ) joined with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) in 2008 to create New Careers in Nursing (NCIN), a scholarship program to help alleviate the nursing shortage and increase the diversity of nursing professionals. Through grants to schools of nursing, the program provides scholarships to college graduates with degrees in other fields who are enrolled in accelerated baccalaureate and master's nursing programs. These fast-track programs allow talented indviduals from other disciplines to enter the nursing profession more quickly than through traditional programs. The program provides $10,000 scholarships to non-nursing college graduates enrolled in UM-Flint's 16 month second degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program.

Through the NCIN program, (2012-2013 academic year) UM-Flint awarded 5 second degree BSN students from underrepresented groups in nursing or disadvantaged backgrounds with a $10,000 scholarship. UM-Flint received $100,000 in 2013-2014 and awarded ten accelerated second degree BSN students $10,000 scholarships. Extensive leadership training and mentorship programs are provided to help support the scholars until graduation. The Department of Nursing applies to the RWJF NCIN for scholarship assistance every academic year.

For additional information on the RWJF NCIN Scholarship, please contact the Department of Nursing at (810) 762-3420 or nursingemail@umflint.edu