Eboni Harris Selected as Johnson & Johnson Minority Faculty Scholar

September 29, 2014 at 8:15 am

Harris EbonyUSC Upstate Mary Black School of Nursing’s Eboni Harris of Simpsonville has been named a Johnson & Johnson American Association of Colleges of Nursing Minority Faculty Scholar.

Harris is one of five individuals selected through a national scholarship program funded by the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future.

Launched to address the faculty shortage and enhance diversity among nurse educators, this AACN-administered program provides generous financial support, mentoring, and leadership development to graduate students from minority backgrounds who aspire to teach in our nation’s schools of nursing.

Harris, an instructor in the Mary Black School of Nursing, is a second-year doctoral student at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. Her research interest is to develop culturally tailored interventions addressing obesity in African American women.

Harris was recently named a Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar and will receive $20,000 over the two-year period to support her doctoral studies, representing grant funds from the Jonas Foundation and matching funds from the College of Nursing at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. The Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program was created in 2008 to support the educational development of nursing doctoral students, helping to increase the number of advanced practice nurses and health care leaders as well as nursing school faculty. This is the second time the USC College of Nursing has received the Jonas Center Grant for doctoral students.