Bristol-Myers Squibb Awards $30,000 Grant to Provide Scholarships That Will Enhance Learning Opportunities for BSN Students

Thomas Edison State University just released the following Press Release:

TRENTON, N.J. – Thomas Edison State University has received a $30,000 grant from Bristol-Myers Squibb in support of the institution’s Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN Program (Accelerated BSN).

This grant provides financial support to help cover tuition costs for up to 15 nursing students enrolled in the 2017-2018 Accelerated BSN cohort. Students in this program already possess another baccalaureate degree and thus face unique financial struggles. Their eligibility for Pell grants and other financial aid is limited, as 95 percent of them already carry loans from their previous baccalaureate degree programs. Additionally, students in the Accelerated BSN are strongly discouraged from working while enrolled due to the program’s rigorous nature.

“I am grateful for the continued support of Bristol-Myers Squibb to the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing,” said Dr. Phyllis Marshall, dean of the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing. “This commitment to nursing scholarships enables our students to reach their goal of becoming nurses who provide high quality care to the communities that they serve.”

Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) is a global biopharmaceutical company, focused in discovering, developing and delivering innovative medicines for patients with serious and life-threatening diseases. As global citizens, BMS works sustainably, responsibly and seeks to give back to the community, in part through the New Jersey Community Giving Program. The NJ Giving program is focused on improving STEM education in underserved communities and building a diverse STEM pipeline of future professionals.

“We are proud to support the nurses of tomorrow through our grant to the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing,” said Johanna Mercier, head of the U.S. Commercial organization, Bristol-Myers Squibb. “Building a strong pipeline of STEM professionals is important to our mission to help patients overcome serious disease – with nurses at the center of the care continuum.”

About Thomas Edison State University
Thomas Edison State University provides flexible, high-quality, collegiate learning opportunities for self-directed adults. One of New Jersey’s senior public institutions of higher education, the University offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. Students earn degrees through a wide variety of rigorous and high-quality academic methods that can be customized to meet their individual needs. Identified by The New York Times as “the college that paved the way for flexibility,” Thomas Edison State University is a national leader in the assessment of adult learning and a pioneer in the use of educational technologies. The University is home to The John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy. The New Jersey State Library is an affiliate of Thomas Edison State University. Learn more at

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Judy Chapman

Judy Chapman founded Garden State Woman, Inc. in 1998 and the Garden State Woman Education Foundation 501(c)3 in 2007. In recognition of the need for women everywhere, including New Jersey, to take firmer control of their futures and their families’ futures - in a world that is still not equally balanced between the opportunities and rewards provided men and women - for equal efforts in many aspects of their personal and professional lives.

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