NEWS | September 6, 2018

UC Davis nursing doctoral student awarded grant from Jonas Philanthropies


The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis announced that Adebola Olarewaju, a second-year doctoral student and pediatric nurse practitioner at UC Davis Health, received a grant from Jonas Philanthropies, a leading national philanthropic funder of graduate nursing education. Olarewaju receives $10,000 over the course of two years to further her research.

sAdebola Olarewaju
Adebola Olarewaju

“As a recipient of the Jonas scholarship, I am grateful for the support toward my doctoral education and advanced training as a future nurse leader,” Olarewaju said. “This scholarship also supports my future research goal of improving rates of infectious disease prevention, health equity and decreasing mortality among disadvantaged groups living in endemic and emerging areas with vector-borne diseases.”

Nearly half of the world’s population is at risk for malaria. As of 2016, there were 212 million cases and an estimated 429,000 deaths with a disproportionately high burden of disease in sub-Saharan Africa. Malaria control programs are weakened by multiple factors, including armed conflicts. Olarewaju’s research focuses on the relationship between armed conflict, disruption of malaria prevention services, health-seeking behaviors and malaria prevalence in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Olarewaju is among the new 2018-2020 cohort of more than 200 scholars pursuing Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Nursing Practice or Doctor of Education degrees at 92 universities across the country whose doctoral work will focus on such critical health priorities such as malaria’s morbidity, mortality and population displacement, as well as chronic health, environmental health, veteran’s health and policy and education. She joins more than 1,000 Jonas Scholar alumni representing 157 universities across all 50 states. Including Olarewaju, 11 students over the past seven years from the School of Nursing received scholarship support totaling $130,000.

“Each year, we grow more in awe of all our Jonas Scholars have achieved. It is with great honor that we welcome and celebrate this new cohort of nurse leaders,” said Donald Jonas, who co-founded Jonas Philanthropies with his wife, Barbara Jonas. “With more than 1,200 Jonas Scholars to date who are committed to meeting the greatest health needs of our time, we look forward to continuing our work with our partner nursing schools and expanding our impact to advance care for the country’s most vulnerable populations.”

The Jonas program provides financial assistance, leadership development and networking support to expand the pipeline of future nurse faculty and advanced practice nurses.

“The Jonas Center and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing share a common mission to cultivate academic excellence and develop leaders uniquely qualified to educate future health care providers and reshape the delivery of health care services,” added Debbie Ward, interim dean. “The valuable work of students such as Bola provides research-based insights and expertise to improve the lives of individuals and communities here and abroad.”

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