Mercy College of Health Sciences will use an $82,500 grant it received recently to provide scholarships and tutoring for its nursing students. The Des Moines-based college was awarded the grant on Sept. 23 through the Coronavirus Relief Employer Innovation Fund established by Future Ready Iowa. Mercy College will be using these funds to provide $1,000 minimum in tuition support to students graduating with a nursing degree this spring to help those affected by the coronavirus. The funds will also be used to provide National Council Licensure Examination tutoring services to help ensure nursing graduates are successful in their licensure examinations. “With nursing being on the high-demand job list in Iowa, our application was directly in line with the purpose of this funding,” Mercy College President Douglas Fiore said in a release. “We’re extremely grateful to receive this grant and will continue helping our students any way we can during these unparalleled times.” Mercy College is one of 65 applicants that have received the funding, aimed largely at retraining workers whose jobs have been displaced by the pandemic. More than $4.3 million in total was awarded.