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CCNH Announces LNA-to-LPN Scholarship Program

Builds on organization’s commitment to career advancement through education

By Michael McDonough | March 7, 2019
Licensed practical nurse at a CCNH healthcare facility.

Catholic Charities New Hampshire today announced the creation of a new scholarship fund for licensed nursing assistants (LNAs) seeking to advance their nursing careers through licensed practical nurse (LPN) degrees.

Catholic Charities New Hampshire will provide full-tuition scholarships for approximately ten LNAs beginning this fall. Funds for the scholarships are made available as a result of the sale of an asset.

“We’re continually searching for more ways to invest in our incredible staff, knowing many possess a strong ambition to pursue additional education opportunities yet lack the resources to follow those dreams,” said Tom Blonski, president and CEO of Catholic Charities New Hampshire. “For some, this is not only a chance to advance their careers, but it’s a way to remove major life obstacles through education. We’re excited and honored to walk with them as we, together, open the doors to futures full of opportunity.”

This announcement comes on the heels of Catholic Charities New Hampshire’s collaboration with Rivier University’s Project Advance program late last month, which includes scholarships for LPNs employed by Catholic Charities New Hampshire to pursue their associate of science in nursing (ASN) degree at Rivier.

“Thanks to this generous contribution, we’re able to build on our commitment of providing our staff with the continual resources for both professional and personal growth in their lives,” said Darlene Underhill, director of clinical services for Catholic Charities New Hampshire. “While the program will have lasting change for this select group of LNAs and their own families, the impact extends to the residents and those we serve, who can expect the highest level of continuity amid the most compassionate and person-centered care.”

Prospective scholarship candidates must be employed by one of the following Catholic Charities New Hampshire skilled nursing facilities: Mt. Carmel Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Manchester, St. Teresa Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Manchester, St. Joseph Residence in Manchester, Bishop Peterson Residence in Manchester, St. Ann Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Dover, St. Vincent Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Berlin, St. Francis Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Laconia, and Warde Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Windham. Recipients will be able to attend class either full-time or part-time based on their preferences.

Candidates will be able to apply directly through Healthcare Services department at Catholic Charities New Hampshire. Applications must be submitted by April 30, 2019.

To learn more about nursing careers at Catholic Charities New Hampshire, visit cc-nh.org/nursing.

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