By Staff Report
Alabama Political Reporter
From the Office of Senator Tom Whatley
Montgomery, AL – Showing his continued support of higher education and medical professionals, Senator Tom Whatley passed senate bill 44 that would increase the value of scholarships awarded by the Alabama Board of Nursing from $3800 annually to $10,000 for professional teaching nurses. The amount of scholarships awarded would be equal to 5% of those enrolled in graduate Nursing Programs in Alabama.
“Healthcare professionals are invaluable to the state’s well being. This bill not only allows us to reward the top students but insures that the best and brightest nurses are able to give back to the state,” Whatley said. The bill would also requires applicants to have an Alabama professional nursing license and agree to practice in Alabama for two years, up from the original one.
Funds for the scholarships will come from the Education Trust Fund. More favorable candidates will be those pursuing a career in nursing education, thus giving back to the field of nursing and insuring a strong future for the degree.
Whatley has pledged from the beginning of his term to focus on education and jobs, and he continues to follow through.