Accelerated BSN Student Wins VALOR Grant

Dr. Billinda Tebbenhoff, Jenn Beck and Gretchen Wiersma, Ms. Beck's advisor
Dr. Billinda Tebbenhoff, Jenn Beck and Gretchen Wiersma, Ms. Beck's advisor
May 20, 2015

Jenn Beck, one of several U.S. military veterans graduating this May from the GW School of Nursing with their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), was also awarded a grant to cover her nursing licensure.

GW’s Operation VALOR awarded the grant, known as the VALOR Professional Credentialing Grant and funded in part by the Shenkman Fund. Four such grants were awarded across George Washington University.

“VALOR and the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs in conjunction with GW Career Services is proud to announce a new initiative aimed at supporting our VALOR students here at GW in their efforts towards professional development. This is aimed at increasing access and affordability of professional career advancement for VALOR students,” said Stephanie Erwin, Program Manager for Online Education and Academic Innovation for Operation GW VALOR.

"Jenn has been a leader among her cohort and a wonderful student. We look forward to her continued leadership and service as she begins her next journey in nursing,” said Dr. Billinda Tebbenhoff, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies.

Not yet officially a graduate, Ms. Beck is already interviewing at area hospitals and hopes to work in emergency medicine.

“I like the fast paced environment, I like the challenge,” she said.

Ms. Beck, a Navy veteran, started at GW SON prior to the introduction of its Veterans BSN option, which admitted students for the first time in January 2015. Learn more about this new pathway!

She enjoyed the team aspect of GW SON’s cohort system, which was similar to that of the teamwork she experienced in the military. “We had that comraderie and sense of sharing, and were in the mode of helping each other out,” she said.

GW has been named a “military-friendly” university by the magazine G.I. Jobs for six straight years and is a 2015 “Best for Vets” school, as ranked by the Military Times.