STREAM program now accepting applications from Native American students


The Success Through Recruitment/Retention, Engagement, and Mentorship program in the UW-Madison School of Nursing is designed to help Native American students attain their goal of becoming professional nurses. STREAM students receive peer support, mentorship, academic and financial support. The program is funded by an award from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) Program.

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Who can join STREAM?

The STREAM program welcomes current UW-Madison students who self-identify as Native American/American Indian or Alaska Native, have declared nursing as their major field of study, and who meet the academic requirements for Pre-Nursing or the traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at UW-Madison.

What does being a STREAM student involve?

If you are accepted into STREAM, you will be asked to:

  • Work with STREAM staff to develop an individualized STREAM Plan to support your success,
  • Take part in monthly STREAM talking circles with other STREAM students for peer support,
  • Connect with your mentor (a Native American Registered Nurse) at least once per month,
  • Complete a brief online check-in once per month, and
  • Attend workshops (e.g. School of Nursing Learning Center) or other relevant campus offerings (e.g. Native American Center for Health Professions), based on your plan and your interests.
  • Receive a stipend of $400 per month upon meeting all of the above requirements.

How can I join STREAM?

Complete a STREAM interest form. For more information contact Haley Burkhardt, STREAM coordinator, with any questions: or 608-262-2334.

What if I’m not a UW-Madison student but I am interested in becoming one?

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