A joint undertaking of Nova Scotia Health Authority and the five Cumberland County health care foundations, the bursary program has proven to be a very successful tool to bring local young people back to the area to live and work. Since its inception, over fifty Cumberland graduates have returned to the area with support from the program.
The program was designed to address projected human resource shortages in various health care professions. Open only to Cumberland County students, preference is given to those enrolled in programs of study where there is an anticipated staffing need at the time of their graduation. Successful applicants receive a bursary of up to $5,000 per year to support their studies and must sign a return for service commitment upon graduation equal to the number of years for which they receive a bursary. The NSHA operates facilities in Advocate Harbour, Pugwash, Parrsboro, Springhill and Amherst and students will be placed at the health authority’s sole discretion at any of these sites upon graduation.
Application forms and further information on the program are available online at cha.nshealth.ca and from the human resources department at 902-667-5400 extension 6237 or from communications and public relations at 902-661-7129.
Information will also be available from Cumberland County high school guidance departments. Applications are not limited to high school students and those already in post-secondary health-care related studies are encouraged to apply.