Three TTU students awarded Promise of Nursing scholarships

Three Tennessee Tech University nursing students have been awarded Promise of Nursing scholarships, funded by Johnson & Johnson, other national businesses and state hospitals.

They are Jody Barnwell of Smithville, Kathryn Bayne of Cookeville and Ashley Heath of Hendersonville.

The scholarships, which are administered by the Foundation of the National Nurses Association, support nursing education in light of a projected national nursing shortage that could result in a million job vacancies by 2010. They were awarded to a total of 15 nursing students across the state.

The awards come at a time when TTU has launched a campaign to raise $21 million in funding to build a new and badly needed School of Nursing facility, which will be the first specifically built to house the program.

In spite of the program’s severe facilities need, the performance of TTU nursing students is quite exceptional.

TTU’s nursing graduates, for example, consistently receive excellent results on licensing exams. For the past eight years, they have achieved a 94 percent average pass rate on the licensure exam, including three consecutive years of a 100 percent pass rate.

Of the other 12 scholarship recipients, two are each enrolled at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and Middle Tennessee State University, and one is each a student at Dyersburg State Community College, Belmont University, East Tennessee State University, Union University, Walters State Community College, Tennessee Wesleyan College-Fort Sanders Nursing and Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.

For more information about TTU’s nursing building campaign, call University Development at 931/372-3055 or check out the “Giving to TTU” link on the university homepage at

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