Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation

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The UNC Chapel Hill Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation prepares nurse scholars with the substantive and methodological knowledge, vision and personal acumen to study, lead, change and shape the future of health care.

Each year, six undergraduate nursing students will enter the Hillman Scholars Program, which puts them on an academic path that culminates in a PhD in nursing. After finishing the BSN requirements, the Scholars can complete the PhD program in approximately three to four years.

By integrating the nursing education traditionally associated with the BSN program with advanced study as nurse scientists and innovative leaders, the program prepares scholars to influence health care beginning early in their careers.

UNC joins the universities of Pennsylvania and Michigan, as the only three U.S. schools of nursing that are part of the Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation.

The UNC Hillman Scholars Program is receiving $3 million over five years from the Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation, a New York-based philanthropy dedicated to improving the lives of patients and their families through nurse-led innovations. Learn more at www.rahf.org.

Hillman Scholars Program applications are typically due in the fall of each year.

“I value the perspective I have working as a nurse because nurses see the consequences of policy every day as they care for patients. The Hillman Scholars Program will give me the training to investigate questions that really matter to the patients I want to serve.”
Laura Britton, Hillman Scholar