ANEW Grant

The Advanced Nursing Education Workforce grant helps family nurse practitioner students who need financial assistance while working toward their Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing. The federal Health Resources and Services Administration funds the grant (HRSA No. T94HP308990). It is approved for July 2019 through June 2023.

The overarching goal of the ANEW grant is to improve the health of rural and underserved veterans and citizens of Arkansas by ensuring a sufficient number of highly educated, clinically skilled FNPs are available to practice to the fullest potential to transform the nation's evolving healthcare system.

Benefits to ANEW Grant Students

Map of key locations for ANEW grantThe EMSON ANEW grant provides support to graduate students pursuing their doctorate in nursing practice as family nurse practitioners and completing clinical placement in rural or underserved areas in the state of Arkansas. Students participating in the ANEW grant receive additional support such as financial funding, additional mentoring and additional education in regard to rural health and the opioid epidemic.

Funding for ANEW students can total up to $22,000 a year in financial awards that help to pay tuition, books and other expenses incurred during their education. This financial award allows students to spend more focused attention on their educational requirements.

Students receive mentoring in addition to their faculty advisors by the program quality manager who serves on the grant and interacts with students at several touch points during the semester. In addition, the community preceptor liaison works with students and their preceptors throughout the program to coordinate student placement and assist in development of mutually beneficial partnerships.

This map of Arkansas pinpoints locations of academic practice partners, site partners, and preceptors who have agreed to host one or more of our DNP-FNP students.

Courses Specific to the ANEW Grant

With an emphasis on rural communities in Arkansas, students who are part of the EMSON ANEW grant are required to complete two service learning courses. Rural Primary Care in Arkansas provides students the opportunity to gain additional knowledge regarding the current health status of their own communities in rural Arkansas and identify barriers that need to be overcome to address any disparities. Opioid Use in Rural Arkansas provides students with an overview of the opioid crisis at both the national and state levels. Students will specifically explore how the crisis is impacting rural Arkansas to help prepare them to address and tackle these issues in their communities.


To be eligible for the ANEW grant, students must be:

  • A U.S. citizen
  • A registered nurse, holding an unencumbered RN license in Arkansas
  • Enrolled full time — 9 credit-hours per fall and spring semesters — in the school's D.N.P. Family Nurse Practitioner concentration
  • A Bachelor of Science in Nursing-to-D.N.P. student OR be seeking initial certification as a F.N.P. — currently certified F.N.P.s are not eligible
  • In good standing under EMSON and U of A academic standards
  • Willing to complete 2 semesters (1 year) in a primary care practice that treats rural or underserved Arkansans
  • Willing to sit for certification within 6 months of graduation
  • Willing to take additional courses required by the grant

Note: Students who already have nurse practitioner certificates are not eligible.

ANEW Grant Preceptors

Clinical preceptors are an integral part of our team, and we are very appreciative of the time and expertise they share with our students. The community preceptor liaison and the project quality manager will maintain routine conversations with preceptors to collaborate and enhance the clinical student experience.

Support and guidance will be provided to preceptors through a free, self-paced course, "EMSON D.N.P. Preceptors: Shaping Future Providers," that will be on Blackboard. Its modules address topics such as effective precepting strategies and communication with the student. Completion of this course earns 2.48 continuing education units.

Further details can be read in the article "Grant's Goal Is to Improve the Health of Arkansans Who Lack Easy Access to Primary Care Services."

ANEW Grant Team Members

ANEW Grant Newsletter

First page of ANEW Grant Spring 2022 newsletter


For more information related to the ANEW Grant, please contact Project Coordinator Christy Reynolds,

Infographic of Objectives for ANEW grant

Objectives to meet the overall goal of the ANEW grant