Master Scholarship Application for Enrolled Nursing Students

at FNSNA in United States

Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association, Inc.
In Memory of Frances Tompkins
Scholarship Application for Enrolled Nursing Students
Application is available on, click on FOUNDATION
The Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association (FNSNA) was created in 1969 to honor
Frances Tompkins, the Association’s first Executive Director. Organized exclusively for charitable
and educational purposes, FNSNA awards scholarships to qualified nursing students annually.
Scholarship recipients and sponsors are recognized at the National Student Nurses Association
Annual Convention, Orlando, Florida, April 7-11, 2010 during the Opening Ceremony on
Wednesday evening, April 7th.
Eligibility Requirements
FNSNA scholarship eligibility criteria include:
• Current enrollment and matriculation in a state-approved nursing program leading to an
associate degree, baccalaureate, diploma, generic pre-licensure doctorate or generic prelicensure
master’s degree; or enrolled in an RN to BSN completion, RN to MSN completion,
or LPN/LVN to RN program;
Matriculation means the student has applied to a state approved nursing school and has
been admitted into the nursing program.
• Pre-nursing students taking courses to prepare for matriculation into a nursing program;
• Attending classes and taking no less than six (6) credits per semester.
• Involvement in student nursing organizations and community health activities;
• Document academic achievement;
• Establish financial need;
• High school students are not eligible to apply;
• U.S. Citizen or Alien with U.S. Permanent Resident Status/Alien Registration Number;
• Students graduating prior to December 2010 are ineligible to apply.

Scholarships Awarded by FNSNA—General Program and Promise of Nursing Funds
The Foundation awards scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 annually. Scholarships may be
applied toward tuition, books, and academic fees only. The scholarship may not be used to pay
any other expenses that the student incurs.


Approximately $125,000 is awarded annually to nursing and pre-nursing students who meet the eligibility
requirements. Membership in the National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA) is not required; however
some scholarship sponsors require NSNA membership for eligibility.
• Career Mobility Scholarships
Career Mobility Scholarships are awarded to nursing or pre-nursing students who are registered nurses (RNs)
enrolled in RN to BSN and RN to MSN completion programs; or licensed practical/vocational nurses
(LPN/LVN) enrolled in programs leading to RN licensure. Applicants must submit a copy of their license.
Seniors in associate degree or diploma programs entering an RN to BSN or RN to MSN completion
programs must submit proof of RN licensure at the time the scholarship check is issued.
• Breakthrough to Nursing Scholarships
Breakthrough to Nursing Scholarships are awarded to individuals who are of racial and ethnic minorities
under-represented in the nursing profession. Awards are given to students committed to providing quality
health care services to underserved populations and who possess the necessary leadership skills to influence
the delivery of quality care.
• Specialty Nursing Scholarships
Awarded to students interested in pursuing specialized areas of nursing practice. Refer to the Eligibility
Checklist at the end of the application for list of specialties.
Note: The Decision Critical Nursing Student Excellence Scholarship is available to students wishing to pursue
a career in Informatics (Technology in Nursing). To be considered for this scholarship, students must be
enrolled in a BSN program.
• McKesson Scholarships
Open to all students enrolled in accredited programs leading to RN licensure.
Promise of Nursing scholarship funds are raised at regional gala events sponsored by Johnson & Johnson.
Contributions come from hospitals and health-care agencies, Johnson & Johnson, and national and regional
companies with an interest in supporting nursing education. Scholarships are awarded to qualified
applicants attending nursing programs in selected regions throughout the country. Those regions marked
with an asterisk (*) are those regions where specific zip codes within that region are eligible. For further
information about eligible zip codes within a specific region, please visit – click on Foundation.
Eligible regions: California*, Florida*, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Oregon,
Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas* and Washington.

Selection and Notification
Selection of scholarship recipients is based on academic achievement, financial need, and involvement in
student nursing organizations and community health activities. All factors are carefully considered. A
selection committee of faculty and students from various nursing programs is appointed to select recipients.
Additional criteria may be required by sponsors.

Scholarship Award Payment
Upon verification that the recipient meets required enrollment criteria, the scholarship check is issued payable
to the school for deposit in the recipient’s tuition account.

The completed application and associated documents become FNSNA property. Private information (i.e.
social security number) is kept strictly confidential. By signing the certification and agreement, permission is
granted to FNSNA to request and/or verify information in the application and in the tuition account from the
Dean/Director and/or the Financial Aid Administrator of the nursing program.
General Scholarship Program
Promise of Nursing Regional Scholarship Program
INSTRUCTIONS Read carefully. Failure to follow all instructions may result in disqualification.
1. Complete sections 1 – 8 on the application. Section 9 is completed by Financial Aid administrator.
2. A non-refundable $10 processing fee must accompany each application. Make check or money order
payable to FNSNA. (DO NOT SEND CASH) Checks that are returned for insufficient funds or
closed accounts render the application incomplete.
3. The dean/director of your program or other authorized representative must complete section #7.
Please remember to put your name on this section.
4. The school/college Financial Aid Representative must complete Section #9.
5. Complete the top portion of the eligibility checklist and submit it with completed application.
6. An official college transcript is preferred. The FNSNA will accept an unofficial copy, if you are unable
to obtain an official copy of your most recent college transcript to accompany this application. In
addition, grade reports for the fall semester are acceptable if not reported on the transcript.
7. Members of the National Student Nurses’ Association who wish to be considered for scholarships
open only to NSNA members, must submit proof of membership with their application. NSNA Board
of Directors and Nominating and Elections Committee are ineligible.
8. Students who wish to be considered for Career Mobility Scholarships must submit a copy of their
registered nurse license or practical/vocational nurse license. Students entering RN to BSN or RN to
MSN completion programs immediately upon graduation from associate degree or diploma programs
must submit a letter of acceptance with the application or official confirmation that the application has
been received by the new school. Proof of enrollment must be provided at the time the scholarship
award check is issued.
9. All checks are made payable to the school towards the account of the scholarship recipient.
Scholarship money will be used to offset the cost of tuition, academic fees and books.
10. Funds not used by the end of the scholarship-funding period are to be returned to FNSNA.
11. Attach a copy of your resume if you have been employed as an RN.
12. Do not include information that is not requested. Do not include photos.
13. Only complete applications will be considered. The Selection Committee does not accept separate
documents after the application has been received.
14. Scholarship recipients are notified in March. Only winners are notified. Enclose a stamped, selfaddressed
postcard if you would like us to acknowledge receipt of your application.
15. Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen or Alien with U.S. Permanent Resident Status or hold an
Alien Registration Number.

Mail completed application and supporting documentation to:
Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association
45 Main Street, Suite 606
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Applications must be received by Friday, January 15, 2010.

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