The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education presented its Business Partner of Excellence award to Connors State College and the City of Muskogee Foundation.
Connors and the Foundation were presented with the award at a ceremony at the University of Central Oklahoma.
The City of Muskogee Foundation has provided Connors State College $300,000 in funding to develop the Muskogee Difference Healthcare Scholarship, the largest scholarship gift in Connors’ history. The program provides students who are studying nursing, pre-nursing, or allied health and residing within Muskogee County with full tuition, fees, and books.
“This program between the Foundation and Connors State College has been one of the most impactful initiatives in the history of the college. Everyone wins, students get a great education, the community gets a well-prepared professional workforce and both the Foundation and the college get to fulfill their mission of making a positive difference in people's lives,” said Connors President, Dr. Tim Faltyn.
Connors State College's nursing program is one of the largest in the state, with a pass rate of the National Council Licensure Examination that exceeds state and national averages. The college also has several allied health programs through a partnership with Indian Capital Technology Center including radiology technician, medical lab technician, and physical therapy technician.
MDHS Scholarship recipients are required to sign a two-year work commitment in exchange for the receipt of the scholarship. This commitment ensures that all participants have access to quality educational and degree completion opportunities while also encouraging job growth and economic development in the regional healthcare sector.
Connors will receive a $500 State Regents' Economic Development grant that will be matched by the college and will be used to enhance the partnership.
“These are additional dollars coming to Muskogee and helping the citizens and community. We feel like our investment in the Muskogee Making a Difference Scholarship program leveraged an additional bonus for Muskogee,” said Foundation Grants Manager D.J. Thompson.
Information: www.connorsstate.edu/md or call (918) 684-3421.