Colby-Sawyer College to Receive Scholarship Funding for Students in the Health Sciences

Colby-Sawyer College will soon be able to provide additional scholarships to students in nursing and health sciences, thanks to a generous gift to the college from Sheldon and Betsy Boege of New London and a grant awarded to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH) to address workforce shortages in health care in rural New Hampshire.

The gift from Sheldon and Betsy Boege will support scholarship assistance for professional learners and students in Colby-Sawyer’s growing graduate programs. The Boeges, who were presented with the college’s Community Award in 2019, are especially interested in encouraging connections between care providers at the Lake Sunapee Region VNA and Hospice and the degree programs at Colby-Sawyer.

The grant funding through DH-H will come to the college as a sub-award from a nearly $2.5 million H-1B Grant for Rural Healthcare Workforce Development by the United States Department of Labor. The portion of the H-1B grant allocated to Colby-Sawyer will fund scholarships for current health care workers, enabling them to pursue educational opportunities in programs like the Associate in Health Science, the RN to BS in Nursing, and the Accelerated BS in Nursing.

“We are grateful for the generosity of the Boeges in support of scholarships for professional learners in nursing and health sciences,” Dean and Director of Clinical Partnerships for the School of Nursing & Health Sciences Kevin Finn said. “In addition, the H-1B grant will provide opportunities for education for professionals working in rural health care settings. Both of these funding sources will increase the access for professional learners to benefit from the academic programs at Colby-Sawyer and, in turn, address the shortages in health care in New Hampshire and the region.”

This scholarship funding is a further extension of the college’s commitment to supporting critical workforce needs in health care in partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health. This collaboration includes new and expanded academic programs in areas like respiratory therapy, medical laboratory science, social work, addiction studies, and health care administration.