Two UArizona Nursing Students Awarded Grant from Jonas Philanthropies

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(L-R) Carrie Ann Langley, DNP Program - Psychology/Mental Health, and Zhanette Coffee, PhD Program – Psychology/Mental Health

The University of Arizona College of Nursing is proud to announce it has been awarded a new grant of $30,000 from Jonas Philanthropies, a leading national philanthropic funder of graduate nursing education. Matched by $30,000 of its own monies, the grant will fund the scholarship of two doctoral nursing students in 2021.

As a grant recipient, UArizona Nursing joins Jonas Philanthropies’ efforts to improve the quality of healthcare by investing in nursing scholars whose research and clinical foci specifically address our nation’s most urgent needs. The grant will empower and support nursing students with financial assistance, leadership development and networking to expand the pipeline of future nursing faculty, researchers and advanced practice nurses. The Jonas Scholars at UArizona Nursing is made possible by a grant from Jonas Nursing and Veterans Healthcare.

With 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 each day, an entire generation of the healthcare workforce is aging at a rapid pace. This, coupled with care for the 22.2 million veterans living across the country, means the United States is facing a dire need for a new era of highly educated nursing professionals. UArizona Nursing and Jonas Philanthropies believe the investment in the education of nurse leaders is critically important to improve the healthcare system.

“The award will enhance the students’ educational trajectories as they complete their doctoral degrees in the DNP and PhD College of Nursing programs and propel them forward as future nursing leaders,” said Allen Prettyman, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP, FNAP, Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.


“The award will enhance the students’ educational trajectories as they complete their doctoral degrees in the DNP and PhD College of Nursing programs and propel them forward as future nursing leaders,” ~ Allen Prettyman, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP, FNAP, Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program


The UArizona Nursing Jonas Nurse Scholars are part of the new 2021-2023 cohort of more than 75 Scholars pursuing PhD, DNP or EdD degrees at 49 universities across the country whose doctoral work will focus on such critical health priorities as Environmental Health, Vision Health, Psych-Mental Health, and/or Veterans Health. They join more than 1,000 Jonas Scholar alumni representing 157 universities across all 50 states.

The following scholars and their research/practice topics will be supported by this grant: Carrie Ann Langley: Jonas Scholar DNP Program - Psychology/Mental Health and Zhanette Coffee: Jonas Scholar PhD Program – Psychology/Mental Health.

“I am so grateful to receive the Jonas Scholar award,” said Langley. “This scholarship will allow me to complete the PMHNP-DNP program, where I plan to continue my research focus with individuals who experience mental illness who are transitioning from jail to the rural community, developing an educational intervention to improve the support provided through the transition process.”

Coffee, who plans to investigate integrative health approaches to manage patients with chronic pain and opioid use disorders, said, “The Jonas Scholars grant will expand my potential to develop into a productive and independent nursing scientist. In addition, this opportunity will support my passion in becoming an agent of change in research, focusing on the whole-person well-being and healthier lifestyle behaviors through substance prevention utilizing integrative health approaches.”