As more Americans are receiving health insurance coverage from last year’s government reform and flooding the medical market, our nation is experiencing a severe shortage in primary care physicians as well as specialty care providers. According to the AAMC, there’s predicted to be a physician shortage of around 45,000 before 2020. Luckily, advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) are a big part of the solution for ensuring citizens still receive quality treatment for their acute or chronic conditions. APRNs are educated at the master’s or post-master’s level to take independent roles in assessing, diagnosing, and managing patient problems.
For registered nurses, investing in a graduate nursing education is a wise choice to receive more responsibility, earn a higher salary, maintain job stability, choose a specialty area of interest, and help fulfill the primary care shortage. A Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree is the most popular option for RNs looking to advance their careers. MSN graduates are qualified for becoming a Nurse Practitioner (NP), Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), Certified Nurse Educator (CNE), Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL), or Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM). No matter your chosen specialty area, there’s now more than 330 accredited master’s programs in nursing nationwide to choose from.
However, many aspiring APRNs are held back from their goals simply due to the rising cost of graduate tuition. At Best Master of Science in Nursing Degrees, we strongly believe that no promising nurses should be discouraged from achieving nursing leadership from their financial situation alone. That’s why we have created a $2,000 scholarship to help two nurses reduce the tuition expenses for their graduate degree. Our mission is to assist registered nurses in lowering their out-of-pocket costs in attending a first-rate accredited MSN program and working in advanced practice roles to improve our nation’s health.
Best Master of Science in Nursing Degrees Scholarship Candidates Must:
• Be matriculated graduate students currently pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree from an accredited university in the United States.
• Possess U.S. citizenship as confirmed by a passport, birth certificate, naturalization certificate, or another acceptable method mentioned here.
• Carry a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.
• Print and complete this scholarship application form.
• Request that official academic transcript(s) be sent directly from their undergraduate university and/or graduate school.
• Attach a cover letter, resume, and two (2) professional recommendation letters from faculty advisors, supervisors, and/or clinical directors.
• Write an original 500-1,000 word essay describing their leadership qualities, prior experience, academic achievement, and future career plans within nursing.
For consideration, applicants must submit all application materials before the annual deadlines on May 15th and November 15th via email. Scholarship awardees will be notified within one month of these deadlines about their selection.
Criteria for Selecting Recipients:
Once the deadline has passed, the Best Master of Science in Nursing Degrees committee will gather to carefully review each application and make their final selections. Our staff will base their choices on applicants’ academic achievement, involvement in school and/or community service activities, and future career aspirations in the advanced practice of nursing. If there are multiple qualified finalists, a personal interview via video conferencing may be requested.
Scholarship Notification Process:
By June 15th or December 15th, the scholarship winner will be chosen and receive notification via email from the BMSND committee. Recipients will also be sent a congratulations letter with a check made payable directly to their attending college or university, unless other arrangements are agreed upon beforehand. It’s the responsibility of each winner to properly forward the check to their school for lowering their tuition expenses. We will only be sending letters to recipients, so those not selected won’t be notified.
Contact and Application Submissions:
If you have further questions on your qualifications or are prepared to submit your application, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We request that you include all of the aforementioned application materials in a single email with attachments if possible. Be sure to hit send before midnight on May 15th or November 15th to be considered for our graduate nursing scholarship. Good luck to all!