Partnership with CHI St. Vincent provides financial aid for HSU nursing students

Henderson nursing students Leonardo Lozano, Jayelyn Hill, and Eric Salas were joined by Dr. Talisha Givan, Dr. Shannon Clardy, Dr. Kristina Shelton, Laura McAnally (CHI St. Vincent), and Henderson Chancellor Dr. Trey Berry at Thursday's signing ceremony. Nursing student Caitlyn Jones is not pictured.

Four Henderson State University senior nursing students will receive financial aid thanks to an agreement with CHI St. Vincent.

The students were awarded $1,250 for both the first and second semester of their senior year based on academic performance, essays, and a desire to work for CHI St. Vincent after graduation for at least 18 months.

The CHI St. Vincent Pathways Program through the Henderson Foundation included an initial $20,000 commitment and provides $2,500 in financial aid for up to eight nursing students each year.

"By awarding Henderson nursing students the CHI St. Vincent Pathways scholarship, recipients are provided financial relief and can place their focus on learning," said Dr. Kristina Shelton, Chief Academic Nursing Officer at Henderson. "CHI St. Vincent is investing in the future of nursing by securing the best of the best with a commitment to grow as a nurse at their facility."

Pathway Program recipients must complete a memorandum of understanding and promissory agreement with CHI St. Vincent. A signing ceremony was held on May 30 at the Henderson Nursing Building.

The students receiving the scholarship are:

  • Jayelyn Hill of Hot Springs
  • Leonardo Lozano of Hot Springs
  • Eric Salas of Bonnerdale
  • Caitlyn Jones of Malvern

"Words cannot adequately express our gratitude for CHI St. Vincent and their commitment to HSU nursing!" Shelton said. "CHI St. Vincent has invested time, money, and energy into our program so we can continue to graduate quality nurses to serve our communities."

“The partnership CHI St. Vincent has with Henderson State University has been priceless over the years. We have many of their former students who are excellent nurses in many different roles that allow us to give exemplary care to the patients in our community,” Teresa Lambert, Vice President Patient Care Services and Assistant Chief Nursing Officer CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs, said. “It is an honor and a pleasure for CHI St. Vincent to support the Henderson State University nursing students. They are our community's future nurses and leaders in healthcare.”

Henderson State University offers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Licensed Practical Nursing degrees on campus and RN to BSN program online. The Master of Science in Nursing program includes tracks for Family Nurse Practitioner and Nursing Executive Leadership and Administrative. For information, please visit