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Cesar Rivero, BSN '16 and Stephanie Blazin, BSN '16

Graduates of the 2016 Accelerated 2nd Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program, Cesar Rivero and Stephanie Blazin, appreciate all the financial support they can garner. Given the demanding nature of the University’s Program, self-funding can prove to be difficult.

The Helene Fuld Health Trust has helped to lessen that difficulty for these two students and many others. The Thomas Edison State University Foundation was grateful to have received a three-year, $650,000 grant in 2014 from the Helene Fuld Health Trust to provide scholarships and to create an endowed fund for students enrolled in the Program.

As two of this year’s scholarship recipients, both Rivero and Blazin have benefitted from the Helene Fuld Health Trust’s

generosity. Their eligibility for a Federal Pell Grant and other federal financial aid was limited because they already hold a baccalaureate degree in another discipline.

“I am very grateful for the support of the Helene Fuld Health Trust in assisting me in my journey to earn my BSN degree,” said Rivero, who earned his first bachelor’s degree in nutrition science at a university in Lima, Peru. “Because of the support from the Helene Fuld Health Trust, I was fortunate to be able to receive an excellent education as part of one of the best nursing programs in the nation.”

Students enrolled in the program are required to avoid employment due to the rigorous nature of the 12 month curriculum. Since the program’s inception in 2011, the financial need of the 2015-2016 cohort was the greatest to date.

“Having been awarded this scholarship allowed me the opportunity to fully immerse myself in my studies,” said Blazin. “Going through this program with a family is difficult, and the financial obligations for a program of this nature are immense. The scholarship helped to alleviate some financial burden so that I was able to better focus on the importance of my education.”