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Nurse Education and Retraining for Success (NEARS)

About the Program

Ohio University’s School of Nursing has been awarded a Department of Labor grant, the “NEARS Scholarship Program.” This program is part of the Department of Labor’s strategic effort to focus on resolving skill shortages in the field of nursing.  


The NEARS grant program will provide tuition and other support for scholarship recipients. The NEARS program offers far more than financial assistance.  Through the intrusive support services the program seeks to retain and graduate NEARS scholarship recipients, and assist them in finding employment upon graduation from Ohio University Nursing programs.  The NEARS scholarship program will provide scholarships for nursing students on Athens, Zanesville, Chillicothe, and Southern campuses in the following programs: LPN-to-RN bridge program, ADN, BSN, RN to BSN, Accelerated BSN, and MSN.

Please visit to learn more and to apply for the NEARS Scholars program.

There is a rolling and ongoing application period for this grant; please call 740-597-2947 for more information.

Who is eligible for the program?  
Prospective grantees (75%) must be documented as long term unemployed for 27 weeks or more. Those who have exhausted unemployment benefits or who have lost their jobs in the recent recession (January 2008 forward), have been unable to find employment as an LPN or AD degree RN.

Some post-secondary education that would allow them to enter the defined nursing career pathway at a later point.
Be at least 18 years of age and pursuing a nursing career or upgrading credentials in the career pathway.
Veteran or eligible spouse.

NEARS Application