The Invest in Nursing grant has had great success over the past three years in the partnership between UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing and Piedmont Health Services, Inc., with three cohorts of Student Scholars from UNC Chapel Hill, and with three cohorts of Faculty Fellows from across the State of North Carolina. This program is a time-limited grant funded opportunity, provided by the Health Resources and Services Administration, and will no longer continue programming in this current iteration after the 2021-2022 cohort year. It is our hope that other educational entities will use Invest in Nursing as a blueprint for implementing similar programming. Reach Out

Student Scholars Admissions

We are not currently accepting applications for Student Scholars.

Purpose: The Invest in Nursing Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention-Registered Nurses in Primary Care (NEPQR-RNPC) grant is intended to help stimulate the career interest and foster the professional development of primary care nurses in community settings. This project will support up to five (5) students for three (3) consecutive semesters and will provide an opportunity for undergraduate nursing students to enhance their education through applied clinical practice in community-based, primary care settings. Students will receive hands-on training and participate on interprofessional teams. In addition, students will be encouraged to volunteer for the Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC) and will complete one of the Spanish for Health Professionals courses (PUBH61X).


Program Scope: The Invest in Nursing Student Scholar program is a combination of 3 semesters of didactic, experiential, and service-learning opportunities aimed at providing nursing students with advanced knowledge and competencies necessary to excel as a clinician in community-based primary care.

  • Piedmont Health Services, Inc.: Piedmont Health is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and operates ten community health center sites in Alamance, Caswell, Chatham and Orange Counties. Piedmont Health also operates the Piedmont Health Senior Care program, a Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS)-deemed Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) with two sites in Burlington and Pittsboro, North Carolina. Students will be paired with nurse preceptors as they rotate between Piedmont Health sites across the three semesters.
  • Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC): SHAC provides free health care and services to underserved populations while engaging UNC Health Science students in interdisciplinary service learning activities. (NURS600)
  • Spanish for Health Professionals: This course has been specifically designed to meet the needs of students in the health professions. (PUBH61X)


Program Schedule: The program will span three (3) consecutive semesters (Summer 2021, Fall 2021 and Spring 2022) and will be conducted at various Piedmont Health sites.


Compensation: Students will receive financial support during all three (3) semesters.