Jonas Philanthropies Re-envisions Jonas Nursing and Veterans Healthcare; Announces Call for Submissions to 2021-2023 Jonas Scholar Cohort

NEW YORK, November 16, 2020 – Today, Jonas Philanthropies, a nonprofit public charity which invests in healthcare solutions for greatest impact, announces the refocusing of its signature program, Jonas Nursing and Veterans Healthcare. Under next-generation family leadership, Jonas Nursing and Veterans Healthcare will streamline its traditional efforts of support in nursing education and veterans healthcare, and will include mental health, environmental health, and vision health, to align the program across all of Jonas Philanthropies’ interest areas.

 “By focusing on the impact areas which Jonas Philanthropies has traditionally supported—Environmental Health, Vision Health, Mental Health and Nursing and Veterans Health— we are enhancing our potential for real results in these interest areas,” said John Jonas, Vice President, Jonas Philanthropies. “Our goal is to promote nurse-leadership by creating content-specific focus areas for our Jonas Scholars, providing connections with specialists and mentors, building a network of colleagues and organizations, and creating opportunities for programmatic and research grants.” This new chapter carries forward Jonas Philanthropies’ incredible impact and continued commitment, which over the past 14 years has helped shape the next generation of nursing leaders by giving over $25 million in scholarships to doctoral nursing students who are committed to addressing the healthcare needs of the country’s most vulnerable citizens.

“The new vision of Jonas Nursing and Veterans Healthcare is a fitting tribute to the legacy of Jonas Philanthropies’ founders Donald and the late Barbara Jonas, and their unwavering commitment to making a meaningful and positive impact for the nation’s most vulnerable populations,” said Lendri Purcell, Vice President, Jonas Philanthropies. “We’re increasingly viewing our efforts through the lens of social justice, both in terms of the scholars we’re supporting as well as the communities they serve. Jonas Philanthropies is committing that at least 50% of our scholars in our next cohort will be representative of black, indigenous, or people of color populations.”

The announcement falls in conjunction with Jonas Nursing and Veterans Healthcare’s call for applications for its 2021-2023 cohort. Seventy-five doctoral nurse scholars will be selected to receive $15,000 each, for a total of more than $1 million collectively in scholarship funds.  They will join more than 1,200 esteemed Jonas Alumni Scholars in all 50 states who have advanced into roles as faculty, clinical leaders, and researchers.

Applications, due February 1, 2021, are by invitation only and are now being accepted from accredited schools of nursing for doctoral-level nursing programs, which will include our refreshed focus areas: Veterans’ Health, Mental Health, Environmental Health, and Ophthalmology/Vision Health. Particular attention will be given to scholars working in Holistic Nursing, Disaster Relief/Emergency Response, Rural Health and Minority Health.


Applications are open to doctoral nursing students pursuing PhD and DNP degrees at accredited schools of nursing. New Jonas Scholars will be notified of their acceptance in the spring of 2021 and begin programming during the summer or fall of that year.

About Jonas Philanthropies

Jonas Philanthropies is transforming our communities for the better by investing where it matters most, in solutions that can be scaled for the greatest impact. Its programs address high-need issues and audiences with high-impact solutions: promoting leadership in nursing and veterans healthcare, promoting vision health, protecting our children’s environmental health, and taking care of our climate. For more information about Jonas Philanthropies, visit, follow us on Twitter, or like us on Facebook.

About Jonas Nursing and Veterans Healthcare

Jonas Nursing and Veterans Healthcare (JNVH) is the signature program of Jonas Philanthropies. In partnership with schools across the country, Jonas Nursing and Veterans Healthcare identifies and invests in high-potential doctoral nursing Scholars who will address our nation’s most pressing healthcare needs. These nurses will go on to fill leadership roles as faculty, clinical leaders and researchers. For more information about JNVH, visit, follow us on Twitter, or like us on Facebook.

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