The Cumberland Health Care Careers Bursary is an innovative undertaking of the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) and the five health care foundations serving Cumberland County. The primary goal of the program is to assist the NSHA in addressing anticipated human resource shortages in various health care professions in the upcoming years. The program is also intended to encourage Cumberland County's young people to come back to this area to live and work following graduation from post-secondary training.
Successful candidates receive $5,000 per year of study, an offer of summer employment and a guarantee of fulltime employment upon completion of healthcare studies. The student must sign a return for service agreement to work an equivalent number of years in exchange for the number of years the bursary is accepted.