ALBANY — New York State Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Thursday a new scholarship tailored to assist up and coming nurses with their tuitions.

This new opportunity comes as the state tries to address the shortage of healthcare professionals in hospitals throughout the state, according to a news release.

The new scholarship, titled the Nurses For Our Future Scholarship will be available to State University of New York (SUNY) and City University of New York (CUNY) students and cover tuition costs for 1,000 healthcare workers attaining nursing certifications.

Just a year ago, we were celebrating our healthcare workers as the heroes they are, and the pandemic has shown us that we cannot afford a labor shortage in the healthcare industry," Hochul said.

According to the Governor’s office, since the start of the pandemic nearly two years ago, hospitals have faced labor shortages and a larger-than-normal influx of patients. Hochul said the new scholarship program is tailored to recruit and retrain health care professionals. She pointed to the, as she said, more than 9,300 Registered Nurses openings throughout the state.

SUNY and CUNY scholarships move us toward a more prosperous and equal New York, by working to make sure every New Yorker has access to training programs, one-, two-, and four-year degrees, community college; SUNY and CUNY should be the pathway to the middle class,” Hochul said.

SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras said that SUNY universities “stands ready” to meet the growing need for additional workers the medical industry.

 

"We thank Governor Hochul for her leadership by offering this scholarship incentive to those aspiring to join this noble calling, and for including the option to attend college part time or full time, giving our students the flexibility to manage their education and life responsibilities,” the chancellor said.

CUNY Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodríguez chimed in as well, adding the pandemic has put a “sharp focus” on the need for increased treatment capacity across the health care industry.

This timely scholarship program will allow more New Yorkers to enroll in nursing programs and build rewarding, well-paying careers in a field in which they are greatly needed,” he said.

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