The Jonas Scholars at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro are made possible by a grant from the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare. As the nation’s leading philanthropic funder of graduate nursing education, the Jonas Center is addressing the critical need for qualified nursing faculty.
UNCG is part of a national effort to stem the faculty shortage and prepare the next generation of nurses.

The UNCG Jonas Scholars join more than 1,000 future nurse educators and leaders at 140 universities across all 50 states supported by Jonas Center programs, the Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholars Program and the Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program (JVHP). These scholarships support nurses pursuing PhDs and DNPs.

2018 Jonas Scholars

Dolly Pressley Byrd-Dolly began her PhD study at UNCG in the Fall of 2016. She has expressed interest in researching gaps in care for pregnant women who have addiction, and limited psych resources in western NC for detoxing women. Most recently, she has begun to look at disparate drug screening practices and policies of labor and delivery units.

Monalesia Chapman-Started on her PhD in Fall of 2016. Monalesia’s areas of research interest are oncology, early detection, and quality of life of Veterans with cancer during the survivorship phase.

2017 Jonas Scholars

Risa Peets – She began the PhD program in Fall 2015. Her research focus is chronic back pain in women veterans who served in the OEF/OIF missions, and the impact of this pain on their interpersonal relationships.

Tamra Shea – She began her PhD studies in Fall 2014. Tamra is investigating women’s understanding of prenatal aneuploidy screening in order to facilitate women’s informed decision-making for prenatal aneuploidy screening.