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Lincoln Financial Foundation $15,000 grant for Nursing Assistants

As the healthcare needs of New Hampshire’s expanding aging population increase, new employment opportunities are created for caregivers.

CONCORD, NH, Monday, June 15, 2015 — The American Red Cross celebrates the upcoming graduations of 10 graduates from the Red Cross Nursing Assistant Program thanks to the generosity of the Lincoln Financial Foundation.

The Lincoln Financial Foundation awarded the American Red Cross a grant of $15,000 to cover the cost of 10 students displaying financial hardships in their study to become Nursing Assistants.

With over 20 years of experience training both Licensed Nursing Assistants (LNA) and LNA instructors in New Hampshire, the American Red Cross Nursing Assistant Training program is approved by the New Hampshire Board of Nursing and the New Hampshire Department of Education Post-Secondary Commission. The Red Cross training program is highly competitive and has a 95% pass rate on the state licensing exam.

“As the healthcare needs of New Hampshire’s expanding aging population increase, new employment opportunities are created for caregivers,” said Byron Champlin, Lincoln Financial Foundation’s New Hampshire program officer. “Helping unemployed and underemployed individuals enter this career track is good for them and good for New Hampshire.”

The grant, made possible by Lincoln Financial Foundation, enables the American Red Cross to admit 10 students who display financial hardship into the LNA program. Each scholarship is applied to the student’s total program tuition cost, estimated at $1,250 per student. The grant covers the full tuition and administrative costs for each recipient.

“The Lincoln Financial Foundation scholarship makes it possible for area residents who might otherwise not have the opportunity to pursue a career in the fast-growing healthcare industry,” said Margaret Wedge, Senior Program Manager for the American Red Cross Medical Education and Testing program. “We are thankful for Lincoln Financial Foundation’s contribution to our program which will help us alleviate a shortage of adequately trained Licensed Nursing Assistants.”

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.