Congratulations! You’ve made the decision to take your nursing career to the next level, and you know the MSN is the degree that will get you there.
Maybe your goal is to enter advanced practice as a nurse practitioner, nurse-midwife, clinical nurse specialist or nurse anesthetist… or perhaps a role in administration, informatics, clinical leadership or education is what you’re after. No matter how you plan to contribute to the field of nursing, earning an MSN can provide a highly-focused path to advancement and specialization.
The application window is now closed for the 2020 Scholarship. Though we won’t be offering an award going forward, we are glad to have had the privilege of being able to help out in 2020. We’d like to give a big thanks to everyone who participated!
Who is Eligible?
Any recently accepted or currently enrolled student in a qualifying MSN program (BSN-MSN, RN-MSN, or direct-entry MSN) from an accredited university.
All current MSN students must provide proof of having a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 in their master’s program so far. Even if you have completed only one semester/quarter of the program so far with a 3.5 GPA, you are eligible to apply.
All recently accepted students who have not yet begun the program and those in their first semester/quarter must provide proof of being accepted into a qualifying program and of having a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 in their undergraduate studies.
Scholarship Application Requirements
You will need to submit just four things to meet the scholarship application requirements:
- Complete application form with verifiably true and accurate information
- 100% original essay that addresses the topic described below (1000 words or less)
- Proof of enrollment or acceptance in a qualifying MSN program – Applicable only to students who have not yet begun classes or who have not yet completed a full semester/quarter (letter of acceptance or another verifiable document with university letterhead)
- Proof of meeting minimum GPA requirements – As a currently enrolled MSN student who has completed at least one semester/quarter you must have a 3.5 for that period. As a newly accepted MSN student who has either not begun classes or not yet completed a full semester/quarter, you must have a cumulative 3.5 GPA in your undergraduate studies (transcript summary or another verifiable document with university letterhead)
The application form, required documentation, and essay must all be submitted at the same time.
Any false or inaccurate information on the application form or plagiarized content on the essay would be grounds for immediate disqualification.
Your experiences in the field are what move you in one direction or another. Perhaps you have seen opportunities to improve healthcare delivery from the top down and want to make the transition to administration… maybe some specific experience while working as an RN inspired you to become an NP and serve a specific patient population.
Earning an MSN puts you in a unique position to be able to influence how care is administered and how facilities are run. That could mean advocating for patients and nursing staff and having input in clinical matters, or it could mean having some say in how budgets are allocated within your department.
As you prepare to make the transition to advanced practice, administration, or another area of practice, tell us in 1,000 words or less how your experiences as an RN will inform your approach to improving healthcare, whether from a direct patient care or systems-focused perspective.
Selecting the Winner
Our staff will review all applications and essays that meet the basic requirements and select a winner based strictly on the strength of the essay.
The essay topic is all about your personal experience and your own subjective thoughts and opinions. So naturally, there is some subjectivity to our selection process. This means that everyone with a qualifying GPA who is enrolled in or has been accepted to a qualifying program has an equal shot at winning, regardless of background, employment history, or extracurriculars. We feel this is the most equitable way to approach the selection process.
We know that all applicants are worthy of the award, but we’re limited to choosing just one winner per year.
Announcing the Winner
We will start by contacting the winner by phone or email to deliver the good news. At that time, we will ask for proof of current enrollment and transcripts covering the period of time that passed since submitting the application. No further documentation would be required for students who submit their essay and application within the winter quarter/semester.
If the selected recipient is unable to supply the required documentation, or if the GPA has dropped below 3.5 since submitting the application, we reserve the right to rescind the award and give it to another applicant.
Paying Out the Award
We will make out a check for the full $1,000 award and send it directly to the winner in one lump payment immediately upon making our official announcement.
The winner is free to use the proceeds at their discretion to apply toward tuition, books, housing, or any other expenses they need to cover during their graduate program.
BestMasterofScienceinNursing.com does not discriminate based on age, race, sex, religion, disability status or sexual orientation. All qualified applicants are given equal consideration and are assessed strictly based on the strength of their essay. It is at the sole discretion of our staff to select the applicant we feel best exemplifies the traits and values of a great master’s level nurse.
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