Ernest Grant

Passing It On

From patient care to health care advocacy and burn education, Ernest Grant is in the business of making a difference. And with a newly established scholarship fund, he’s impacting the lives of minority male UNCG nursing students as well.

Grant received his master’s degree in nursing from UNCG in 1993 and became the first African-American male to graduate from the university with a doctorate degree in nursing in 2015.

“I’ve always wanted to make the way easier for those who come after me,” he said.

One of seven children raised in a poor family in the North Carolina mountains, Grant understands the importance of a helping hand. He couldn’t have made it through nursing school without assistance from others. Now, nearly 40 years into his own successful nursing career, he’s passing it on.

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