UF PhD students receive Jonas Scholar grants to support nursing studies

Cassandre Jean-Antoine (L) and Anastasiya Ferrell

The University of Florida College of Nursing was once again awarded an educational development grant from the Jonas Scholar program that will allow two doctoral students to receive $10,000 scholarships over the next two years for their studies. PhD students Cassandre Jean-Antoine and Anastasiya Ferrell were selected by the college’s faculty to receive these prestigious awards.

Jean-Antoine was selected by the college’s faculty to receive one of the Jonas Scholar grants based on her extensive work history in the field of neonatal intensive care, her research interest in diversity among nurse leaders and her aspirations to become a nurse executive.

After completing the PhD program, Jean-Antoine aspires to make a positive impact on the community through education and research surrounding the diversity in the field of nurse leaders.

Ferrell was chosen based on her array of extracurricular involvement and professional experience. She has volunteered as a research and clinical assistant for various College of Nursing faculty members, most recently serving as a research assistant and study coordinator for her mentor Dr. Linda Haddad, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and nurse researcher.

In addition to her professional endeavors, Ferrell also serves as Vice President for the Nursing Graduate Student Council and a student representative for the college’s Academic Affairs Committee.

Over 600 scholarships have been awarded by the Jonas Center so far with the hope of preparing these scholars for helping students address the needs of future patients.

The Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholars Program was created in 2008 to support the development and education of new nursing facilities by promoting an increased number of doctoral students who will teach in nursing programs around the country.