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Regional Spotlight: the San Luis Valley Nursing Program



The San Luis Valley in south-central Colorado offers stunning mountain vistas, captivating sand dunes, and rich agricultural bounty. Around 46,000 individuals call the Valley home.

In an effort to enhance the number of medical professionals in the Valley and create jobs, the San Luis Valley Regional Council seized an opportunity to partner with Colorado Area Health Education Center (AHEC) and Adams State University (ASU) to provide nursing scholarships to residents pursuing a bachelor of science in nursing degree, nurse practitioner, master’s in nursing education, and physician’s assistant degrees. Last month, the Council and community members gathered to celebrate the accomplishments and successes of the inaugural class of scholarship recipients.

Since the implementation of the program last year, the San Luis Valley Regional Council has granted $111,000 to ASU and Colorado AHEC for scholarships to 12 local students, and has committed an additional $111,000 for the 2013-2014 school year. In the program’s second year, students were selected to receive a scholarship for ASU’s BSN program, while Colorado AHEC is in the process of selecting two students to receive the $30,000 scholarship. Following graduation, scholarship recipients work in local clinics, offices, and hospitals in the Valley to ensure their community continues to receive high quality medical care.

The San Luis Valley Regional Council continues to make an impact in the community as they seek ways to address individual needs of their unique regions.

Continue to check the blog for updates on the San Luis Valley Nursing Scholarship program and other stories from the 11 different regions and Regional Councils.