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School of Nursing DNP Student Chosen as a 2013 Nursing Scholarship Recipient

School of Nursing DNP Student Chosen as a 2013 Nursing Scholarship Recipient


Samantha Port, MSN, MBA, RNC-OB, C-EFM, of Campbellsville, Kentucky, is pursuing a doctorate of nursing practice at Western Kentucky University. Her research focuses on the rates of cesarean deliveries in her home state of Kentucky, and how the rates both statewide and nationally have risen drastically. Ms. Port will examine possible nursing interventions to decrease these rates of cesarean deliveries in order to help more women have full term pregnancies and healthy babies. Ms. Port was one of four outstanding nurses that were recognized by the March of Dimes for dedication to maternal and infant health.

Qualified applicants for the March of Dimes graduate nursing scholarships are registered nurses currently enrolled in a graduate program in maternal-child nursing at the master’s or doctoral level.  Applicants must be a member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, or the National Association of Neonatal Nurses. Applications for the 2014 scholarships will be available this fall on the March of Dimes website at, or by calling the March of Dimes at (914) 997-4609.  Applications are due January 15, 2014.

In 2013, the March of Dimes celebrates its 75th Anniversary and its ongoing work to help babies get a healthy start in life.  Early research led to the Salk and Sabin polio vaccines that all babies still receive.  Other breakthroughs include new treatments for premature infants and children with birth defects.  Nearly 4 million babies are born in the United States each year and for the past 75 years, the March of Dimes has helped each and every one of them through research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs.

The March of Dimes is the leading non-profit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premiere event, March for Babies©, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit or Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


Samantha Port

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Samantha Port

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Samantha Port

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