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JHG Texas Addresses Nursing Shortage Through Scholarships, Career Support
The College of Nursing and Health Innovation at The University of Texas at Arlington celebrated its partnership with Johanniter Humanitarian Group of Texas (JHG Texas) at a reception honoring UTA’s JHG Texas Nursing Scholarship recipients on Oct. 25.
The JHG Texas Nursing Scholarship program helps to increase the number of registered nurses in Texas by supporting high performing students who would otherwise be unable to afford the cost of nursing school.
Colin Blackmon, an undergraduate nursing student, received the organization’s Mike Myers Nursing Scholarship. In the journey to receiving his second bachelor’s degree, Blackmon has had to overcome a number of personal family and health challenges.
“I want to have an impactful, positive effect on the lives of those I touch in my practice and help others find a meaningful life through their health,” Blackmon said.
JHG Texas is a humanitarian organization sponsored by the Balley Brandenburg of the Knightly Order of St. John of the Hospital of Jerusalem. The organization has a centuries-long commitment to health care that dates back 900 years.
Recognizing the statewide shortage of nurses, JHG Texas provides scholarship funds to make more qualified nurses available in the North Texas region and to ensure that qualified, financially disadvantaged individuals have access to quality education.
Hank Fink, president of JHG Texas, said the organization is dedicated to providing comprehensive support to its scholarship recipients.
“We have been impressed with the caliber of UTA’s nursing students,” Fink said. “Our commitment extends beyond providing scholarship support, connecting these students towards resources and community service opportunities throughout the region.”
Since 2019, JHG Texas has awarded nearly $50,000 in scholarships to UTA nursing students. The organization currently partners with three nursing colleges in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, including those at UTA, Dallas College and Texas Woman’s University.