Johnson & Johnson granted this year scholarships to 50 nursing students at the University of Puerto Rico as part of a donation program designed to build capacity in the health system.
“We need more skilled nurses with the advancements in healthcare. These scholarships help increase the health system’s capacity,” said Pedro Costa, director of public and government affairs for Johnson & Johnson in Puerto Rico.
The company has been granting 50 nursing scholarships annually to the UPR for the past 11 years. The scholarships were distributed by representatives of the UPR and Manuel Sevilla, a member of J&J’s Puerto Rico contribution committee, during a ceremony held at the college recently. Students were selected based on their academic performance.
The J&J scholarships are granted to students of the nursing programs offered at four UPR campuses: Arecibo, Medical Sciences at Río Piedras, Mayagüez, and Humacao.
The donations are part of the pharmaceuticals contribution program, which includes as one of its pillars building the capacity of the health system.
J&J has seven manufacturing operations in Puerto Rico in addition to two global logistics centers and sales and marketing offices as well as the J&J Business Services division.