Homestead Offers Scholarships to Worthy
Students; Another First
Homestead Schools, Inc., located in
Torrance, Calif., has announced an ambitious program of scholarships for the
vocational nursing students. The school will offer 10% of its incoming class
of students a scholarship that will defray the cost of tuition. The
scholarship grant will be based upon academic performance, attendance
record, clinical training, and faculty recommendations. The scholarship will
be awarded at the end of each term (there being four terms to the school
year) based upon student performance in that term, so it's possible that the
same student may earn the scholarship for all four terms, but it also allows
other students to excel during subsequent terms and compete for the award.
Of course, the idea behind the scholarship is to foster academic excellence by promoting healthy competition among students throughout the year. From its inception, the school has looked for hard-working, dedicated students to fill its vocational nursing classes and this policy has paid handsome dividends for its students. In 2008 the school had an aggregate pass rate of over 85% for the year, one of the best among private vocational nursing schools. In 2005, 74% pass rates and in 2010 its 70%.
The school wants to improve its pass rates. It goes without saying that
everyone involved - students, their parents, faculty, school administrators
- is making a huge investment of time and money in preparing these young
individuals become qualified members of health care industry which plays an
enormous role in our society. The school takes its responsibility to produce
knowledgeable and welltrained nurses very seriously. The scholarship
program just announced is a step toward fulfilling that mission.
The school believes that excellence should
be rewarded. The scholarship program will provide an incentive to each
student throughout the year to work hard and compile the best academic
record among his or her classmates. The top 10% of the students from each
class will receive the scholarship grant based on the criteria established.
Since the awards are made each term, students will have the incentive to
keep persevering during the entire school year.
Homestead also offers its students a 4-week NCLEX review at the end of the regular school year. Most schools offer perhaps a 3- or 4-day review class for which students are asked to pay extra money. Just these practices alone may explain why the school has maintained decent passing rate.