Medical Journal - Houston (Internet / Print) June 2006 A grant of $886,704 will be used by the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston to provide stipends to seven students pursuing doctoral degrees in nursing whose career plans include teaching at the university level. The U.S. Department of Education funds the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need grant. It provides fellowships in areas of national need, including nursing. Alice Hill, project director and director of nursing doctoral program in the UTMB School of Nursing, was surprised to learn that the GAANN grant funded seven fellowships. “We had requested three fellowships and they gave us seven,” she said. Hill learned of the award from Representative Ron Paul’s office. “Nursing is facing a shortage of nursing faculty at a time when there is a need to increase the number of graduates from nursing schools,” Hill said.