Two Selected as Jonas Nursing and Veterans Healthcare Scholars

Jessica LeClair portrait
Jessica LeClair

PhD candidates Jessica LeClair ’05, MPH, RN, and Nicole Thomas, BSN, RN, have been selected as Jonas Nursing and Veterans Healthcare Scholars. The two are among 75 Jonas Scholars selected from 49 universities nationwide for the 2021-2023 cohort.

Hailed as the most diverse cohort in the program’s history, the group includes 50 PhD candidates and 26 DNP candidates who will have the support of subject matter experts to guide them in each of their areas of expertise. Each nurse scholar will receive $15,000 in support of their research and academic development.

Nicole Thomas portrait
Nicole Thomas

In partnership with schools of nursing across the country, Jonas Philanthropies identifies and invests in high-potential doctoral nursing scholars. The scholarships aim to support nurses who will address the nation’s most pressing health care needs, increase the number of nurses with advanced education filling leadership roles as faculty, clinical leaders, and researchers, as well as improve the health of veterans. To date, Jonas Philanthropies has awarded $27 million in scholarships to more than 1,400 doctoral nursing scholars at 157 universities from all 50 states.