The School of Nursing, in collaboration with Columbia University's Irving Institute of Translational Science, has been named one of the first four recipients of grant funding from the newly launched Jonas Nursing Scholars Program. Established last year by the NYC-based Jonas Center of Nursing Excellence, the program is designed to address the nation's worsening shortage of academic nursing faculty, primarily by underwriting local educational development of academic nurses and partnerships between NYC-area schools of nursing and clinical affiliates. The SON will receive $560,000 over four years to support two predoctoral scholars, who must agree to complete their doctoral degrees by the end of the four-year grant period and teach nursing in New York metraopolitan area for at least four years afterwards. The School is also a participant in a cross-collaboration with Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and Columbia University School of Public Health to fund a third Jonas Scholar. Columbia's two Jonas Scholars will be part of the first student cohort to enter the School of Nursing's newly approved PhD Program in September 2008. For additional details about the Columbia Jonas Scholars or the PhD in Nursing Program, contact Program Director, Nancy King Reame, MSN, PhD.