Jonas Philanthropies Announces 2021-2023 Jonas Nursing and Veterans Healthcare Scholar Cohort

NEW YORK, August 4, 2021 – Today, Jonas Philanthropies announced its 2021-2023 scholar cohort, consisting of 76 of the nation’s most promising doctoral nursing scholars who are addressing the country’s most pressing healthcare challenges. As part of the program, Jonas Philanthropies is, for the first time, offering these nurse scholars the expertise and guidance of subject matter experts who are leaders in their fields and will facilitate relationship-building, research development, funding, and mentorship opportunities for the nurse scholar cohort. Jonas Philanthropies is also pleased to announce that over 50% of its 2021-2023 cohort will be representative of Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color, surpassing the goal set at the outset of scholar recruitment.

In late 2020, Jonas Philanthropies announced the new vision for its Jonas Nursing and Veterans Healthcare program: to reflect the organization’s priorities in advancing veterans health, mental health, environmental health, and vision health solutions. Jonas Nursing and Veterans Healthcare is the signature program of Jonas Philanthropies, which was founded in 2006 to address the nationwide nursing shortage. Celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2021, Jonas Philanthropies has invested more than $27 million in 1,400 nurse scholars in all 50 states.

“We are proud to introduce the most diverse cohort in our history, both in subject matter and in demographics,” Jonas Philanthropies Vice President John Jonas said. “By investing in nurse scholars, Jonas Philanthropies is charting the path forward for critical health care priorities, including veterans health, mental health, vision care, and environmental health.”

Secondary focus areas of study include rural health care, oncology, minority health, holistic nursing, and emergency response and disaster relief

The 2021-2023 scholar cohort consists of:

●      50 PhD candidates and 26 DNP candidates

●      49 Schools of Nursing represented

●      64 scholars who identify as women and 12 men

●      34% Black, 12% Asian, 3% Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 2% Indigenous and 46% white scholars

●      14% Hispanic or Latino

●      11 environmental health-focused scholars, 35 focused on mental health, 22 on veterans care, and 8 on vision health

The 2021-2023 cohort will also, for the first time, have the support of a group of subject matter experts who will guide them in each area of expertise. The experts are:

●      Veterans Health:

○      Alicia Gill Rossiter, DNP, APRN, FNP, PPCNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, Lt. Col. (retired) USAF Reserve Nurse Corps, and Associate Professor, University of South Florida, Director of Military and Veterans Programs;

○      Mona Pearl Treyball, PhD, RN, CNS, CCRN-K, FAAN, Colonel (retired) USAF, NC, and Professor & Specialty Director, Veteran and Military Health Care academic programs, University of Colorado School of Nursing.

●      Psychology / Mental Health:

○      Barbara Krainovich-Miller, EdD, PMHCNS, ANEF, FAAN, NYU Clinical Professor Emerita;

○      Daniel J. Pesut, PhD, RN, FAAN, Emeritus Professor of Nursing, University of Minnesota School of Nursing.

●      Environmental Health:

○      Barbara Sattler, RN, DrPH, FAAN, Professor Emerita, School of Nursing and Health Professions, University of San Francisco.

●      Vision Health:

○      Pamela Z. Cacchione, PhD, CRNP, BC, FGSA, FAAN, Ralston House Term Chair in Gerontological Nursing, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

●      Minority Health:

○      Maya N. Clark-Cutaia, PhD, ACNP-BC, RN, Assistant Professor at the NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing

“What is remarkable about our scholar program this year is that Jonas Scholars will now receive specialized guidance from nurse leaders in their area of study,” said Lendri Purcell, Vice President of Jonas Philanthropies. “These subject matter experts will serve as a mentor, a guide, and a resource for the next generation of nurse scholars who are shaping the future of healthcare in this country.”

In addition, each nurse scholar receives $15,000 in support of their research and academic development, for a total of more than $1 million collectively in scholarship funds. Jonas Alumni Scholars have gone on to advance into roles as faculty, clinical leaders, and researchers.

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National nonprofit Jonas Philanthropies aims to address our country’s urgent healthcare needs by investing in new and innovative healthcare solutions designed for scalable impact and rooted in social justice priorities. Jonas Philanthropies’ carefully curated philanthropic portfolio is strategically designed to tackle the growing crisis in our nation’s healthcare system by focusing on nursing and veteran’s health, children’s environmental and climate health, and vision care. Jonas Philanthropies advocates for federal health policy improvements in these areas and invites partners into this bold vision for the future in order to amplify its programs’ impact. For more information about Jonas Philanthropies, visit, follow us on Twitter, or like us on Facebook.