Calhoun Community College Receives $75,000 Grant to Aid Nursing Students


Calhoun Community College has been awarded A $75,333 grant from the U.S. Department of Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for the Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) program. 

According to Dr. Debi Hendershot, dean for Calhoun’s Planning, Research and Grants department, all of the funds will go to eligible students enrolled in the college’s  Associate Degree Nursing program to provide financial aid as they pursue their studies.  The only requirements for students to be eligible for an award is that they are a U.S. citizen or national or a lawful permanent resident of the U.S.; have an unmet need above the determined threshold documented through FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid); be from a disadvantaged background; and be enrolled in the Associate Degree nursing program as a full-time student.  Disadvantaged background may be defined as the following: student’s parents are deceased; student graduated from a high school with ACT scores below the national average, or student lives in a medically underserved area. 

Students who are potentially eligible for a scholarship will be contacted by the Calhoun Grants Office after the drop/add period for the college’s Fall semester and again during the Spring semester.   “Our goal is to make the application process as easy for our students as possible,” commented Hendershot.  “Our office mails potential eligible students a short questionnaire to verify their eligibility status, and as long as they meet all of the criteria, they receive a scholarship,” Hendershot added.

According to Hendershot, the amount eligible students receive varies  on their documented unmet financial need.   Federal guidelines require eligible students with the greatest unmet need to receive the largest scholarships. 

The College has received funding from HRSA for the SDS program since 2005.


Janet Kincherlow-Martin
Director of Public Relations
(256) 306-2561

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