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February 16, 2021

Applications Open for 2021 Samuel L. Westerman Scholarship for Nursing

Update 2/25: The scholarship deadline has been extended to Wednesday, March 10. This article has been updated to reflect that change.

Nursing students heading into their junior or senior year with a GPA between 3.00 to 3.49 may be eligible for the Samuel L. Westerman Scholarship for Nursing. Application deadline for the scholarship is Thursday, March 10.

The amount of scholarships and money awarded will depend on the quantity and quality of applications. Students who want to be considered for renewal [...]

December 18, 2020

FinnU Nursing ranked a top program in Michigan by Nursing Schools Almanac for second straight year

Finlandia University’s nursing program was ranked a top program in Michigan for the second year in a row by Nursing Schools Almanac. Nursing Schools Almanac evaluated over 3,000 schools on the institution’s academic prestige and perceived value, the breadth and depth of nursing programs offered, and student success, particularly on the NCLEX licensure examination. From there, an overall score was applied and schools were ranked accordingly. FinnU came in at number 26 in the [...]

December 16, 2020

Finlandia University named a 2020 Best Online Christian College

Finlandia University is pleased to announce it has been ranked as a top 2020 Best Online Christian College by OnlineU. Finlandia ranks number eight out of the top 25 in the nation. FinnU’s only online bachelor’s degree option is the RN-BSN program, which has won numerous accolades over the years including being named a 2020 Top Online College in Michigan and 2019 Most Affordable College by SR Education, and Top Ranked Online RN-BSN Program by [...]

December 10, 2020

Melissa Helppi (’18, RN, BSN) Joins Finlandia’s Nursing Faculty

Melissa Helppi (’18, RN, BSN) recently joined Finlandia’s nursing faculty as an instructor. Helppi was the 2018 student representative for Finlandia and graduated Summa Laude from FinnU’s BSN program. She has been with the university since her graduation as a professional Nursing tutor, but has now joined the faculty. Her current duties include instructing the adult medical-surgical nursing course and clinical, and being a maternal-child clinical instructor.

“I am from all over,” said Helppi, about her childhood. “ [...]

December 1, 2020

Scholarship Spotlight: Jari Juntti, Nursing Major

Jari Juntti is a freshman Nursing major at from Hancock, Mich. Below is a piece written by him about how much Finlandia scholarships have helped him pursue his degree. 

My name is Jari Juntti. I was born in New York and have lived in Florida, Michigan, and Tennessee. Our family moved to Hancock, Mich., the summer before my first grade year. My dad was born and raised in Marquette, and he wanted to come back to the U.P. I attended [...]

November 23, 2020

College of Health Sciences: Campus & Community Together for Good

The following article was originally published in the Fall 2020 edition of Finlandia University’s Alumni & Friends magazine, the Bridge. If you’d like to be added to the mailing list, please fill out this form

“I just wanted to do more, and do it now.”

This was the sentiment shared by Ray Hirvonen in spring of 2018 when he pledged to support Finlandia’s health science programs with a gift of $1,000,000 to the Finlandia Fund. Together with other [...]

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August 6, 2020

Alumni Update: Bigalke Named Principal of Ludington Area Catholic School

Finlandia University alumna, Jan Bigalke, recently accepted the role as Principal at Ludington Area Catholic School. She earned an associate degree in nursing from Suomi College and has more than 16 years of experience working as a registered nurse. After getting her associates from Suomi College, Bigalke earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Ferris State University and a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Dayton.

Below is a full press release sent out by

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June 23, 2020

New College of Health Sciences building renovations to be completed for Fall 2020

The former Hancock High School (featured pre-renovation) will be the new location for FinnU’s College of Health Sciences beginning in Fall 2020.

Finlandia’s College of Health Sciences will have a new home in time for the Fall 2020 semester. After nearly a decade, renovations on the old Hancock High School building on Quincy Street finally commenced at the beginning of the year. After a slight delay due to the Covid-19 outbreak, construction has resumed this summer and the [...]

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March 26, 2020

Finlandia Listed in Top 30 Best Nursing Schools in Michigan

Finlandia University has been listed as one of the Top 30 Best Nursing Schools in Michigan according to Nursing Schools Almanac.

“The success of the Finlandia nursing program displays the combination of several factors,” said Assistant Professor Irina Sergeyeva. “First of all, our small college-based community is located in a place where local businesses are collaborating to provide the best experiences for our students. Nursing students have the opportunity to learn and practice their skills right by the [...]

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February 28, 2020

Closer Look at Nursing Families with Students, Elizabeth Hauglie and Courtney Mayo

On this episode of Finlandia Fridays, host Olivia Meyers is joined by Finlandia University nursing students, junior Elizabeth Hauglie and sophomore Courtney Mayo to talk about Nursing Families.

The initiative titled, Nursing Families, is a new tradition where junior-level students “adopt” freshman and transfer students to help guide them through the first year of the educational program. The practice of academic families is well known in some European universities and is a great way to make first-year students feel [...]

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