The University of North Alabama College of Nursing and Allied Health has just received a grant of $2.1 million from the U.S. Department of Health Resources and Services Administration. The grant will pave the way for disadvantaged students, particularly underrepresented minorities, into UNA’s new OPEN (Opportunities for Entry Into Nursing) program. “OPEN is a program designed for the success of students as well as communities,” said Dr. William G. Cale Jr., UNA president. “The students admitted to this program would not otherwise have the opportunities they will find at UNA. In turn, they will benefit communities that are currently underserved by trained medical professionals like the ones these students will soon become.” The $2.1 million grant will be awarded over a four-year period, beginning this semester. It will support about 67 scholarships for pre-nursing and nursing majors in its first year, and about 80 scholarships by year four. Scholarships will cover up to nine credit hours for pre-nursing students and up to 15 credit hours for students in the nursing program.