ANEW opportunity

Help rural Floridians and earn up to $20,000 for your education.

FIU Graduate Nursing and Glades and Hendry counties – two of Florida’s most underserved communities near Lake Okeechobee – are partnering on a pilot nursing education program to create a primary care lifeline for a population in need: rural Floridians.

With $1.39 million from the U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration, grants up to $20,000 will be awarded to select FIU Adult or Family NP MSN students to participate in the Advanced Nursing Education Workforce – ANEW – Traineeship Program.

ANEW will prepare primary care advanced practice registered nursing (APRN) students to practice in rural and underserved settings through innovative academic and clinical training.

ANEW can also help pay for your education while you engage in a life-changing clinical experience that may shape your professional future and the outlook for primary care in rural America.

Application Period

We have begun accepting applications for the ANEW Summer 2021 semester. The application due date is February 26, 2021.

At this moment, all applications for the ANEW Traineeship have concluded.


Why ANEW Matters

Many of today’s 60 million rural Americans are uninsured and live in poverty at even higher levels than what we see in our big cities.

Geographic isolation, lower socioeconomic status and increased health risk behaviors conspire against rural Americans’ ability to get access to primary care providers.

As a future nurse practitioner working to the fullest scope, you can fill this gap to improve and deliver quality primary care for a very real, but often forgotten, population in need.

Give rural patients ANEW outlook for a healthier life when you apply for the ANEW traineeship program! Download the application form and apply for the Summer 2021 cohort by February 26, 2021.


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ANEW Program

What are the objectives of the ANEW program?

  • Enhance APRN education about cultural and health disparities of rural populations
  • Extend the delivery of health care services to remote areas
  • Support preceptor and clinical experiences with IT-assisted patient learning, digital care management and telehealth monitoring
  • Develop innovative teaching strategies to augment student clinical leadership skills, team building, collaborative problem-solving and culturally appropriate care
  • Connect program graduates to primary care employment with rural and/or underserved populations

Who is eligible?

Only students enrolled in the FIU MSN Adult or Family Nurse Practitioner tracks are eligible to apply.

How many trainees will be selected?

Cohort size will vary based on the number and quality of applicants.

How are trainees selected?

Application reviews, interviews and traineeship selection are done by committee. The ANEW Traineeship selection committee includes FIU Graduate Nursing faculty, ANEW Project Director Dr. Tami Thomas and partners from Glades and Hendry counties.

How much is the ANEW grant, and what does it cover?

The grant award is for $20,000 (full-time) or $10,000 (part-time) covering:

  • Tuition & Fees
  • Living Expenses (including housing options)
  • Textbooks/e-books

How is the grant disbursed?

Trainees will receive 50% of the financial support in the semester prior to clinical placement.

Where will I be working?

If selected, you will be matched with a rural primary care clinic operated by the health departments of Glades County or Hendry County in one of the following cities:

  • Clewiston, Fla.
  • LaBelle, Fla.
  • Moore Haven, Fla.

How far away are Glades / Hendry counties?

From FIU MMC campus, the clinics are about a 2- 2½ hour drive on U.S. Hwy 27/Claude Pepper Memorial Hwy.

When will the award selection notification go out?

The selection timeframe for Cohort 3 is approximately two (2) weeks after the application deadline.

When does the clinical program begin? What is the duration of program?

The clinical training period is 3 months (full-time) or 6 months (part-time). Cohort 2 of ANEW trainees will begin their clinical rotation in Spring 2019. The clinical rotation timeframe for Cohort 3 is still under consideration. Please check back with this site regularly for an update.

Will I need to reapply for ANEW Cohort 3 if I was not selected for ANEW Cohort 2?

Yes. You must submit a new application form and package for consideration as a Cohort 3 ANEW trainee candidate. The application deadline for the third ANEW cohort is February 8, 2019 at Noon EST.

Where can I apply?

Click below to download the ANEW application. You will need to submit this in person, so please follow the instructions on the form to prepare your application packet along with where, when and how to submit the application.



DEADLINE: February 26, 2021