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AACN’s scholarship program is designed to promote lifelong learning, personal reflection and professional growth. The program may fund academic activities on a limited basis, but that would be because a specific academic course aligns with an applicant’s development plan rather than because an entire academic curriculum results in earning a degree or credential as the end point.
Applicants are advised to be very specific when describing how they will achieve their individual goals through the proposed activity for which they are requesting funding.
In the application, applicants are asked to reflect on their own knowledge gaps and answer these questions when they write their essays:
Applicants must show a direct link between the content of the learning activity they are proposing and what they need to learn in order to overcome the gaps in their knowledge and skills. When submitting for a course that is part of a structured (academic) program, focus on the content of a specific course and show how that content fills an individual learning gap.
Do not submit for a general academic program that covers a number of courses over a period of months or years. Applicants are encouraged to focus on their own personal learning journey, rather than on simply meeting the requirements for a structured degree program.
Applications will be evaluated on the basis of how well applicants demonstrate these criteria:
Applicants must present a descriptive accounting of expenses associated with the proposed learning activity. Provide specific dollar amounts for each budget item and a total for the activity proposed.
Funding may be used for registration fees and associated expenses of travel, lodging and incidentals. Partial funding may be awarded.
A maximum of $3,000 per person per year may be available. Preference will be given to applicants who have not been previously funded.
Applicants must submit the following:
Be sure to use the most current version of the application, which is posted on the website, when you are submitting or resubmitting: www.aacn.org/scholarships
Completed application and resume must be submitted together by email as specified above (MS Word file for application and Word or .PDF for resume) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Include your name in the subject line of the email and attach your files. Use your last name in the filename of your attachments. Use .doc file extension for MS Word files.
Double-check your application before submitting to ensure that you have followed all instructions. Review Tips for Finishing Your Application below.
Previous Scholarship Recipients
See which members have received funding and the learning activities they have undertaken.
Applications will be evaluated and scholarships will be awarded on the basis of the following:
Funds awarded will be sent directly to recipients. Recipients will be required to provide their Social Security number or tax ID number; AACN is required by the IRS to file Form 1099-MISC.
Scholarship funding is considered taxable income to recipients unless the recipient qualifies under IRS definitions, in which case recipients may elect to have funds paid to their institution.
Consider the time frame for your proposed learning activity and submit your scholarship application at least four to six months in advance of beginning your proposed activity in order to allow adequate time for evaluation. Scholarship applications may be submitted any time throughout the year. Applications will be processed on a continuous and ongoing basis.
The decisions of AACN are final. AACN reserves the right to publish statements submitted by scholarship recipients.
You will be asked to include the following:
Use the interactive form found at www.aacn.org/scholarships.
Describe the gaps in your knowledge and skills. How will these gaps be addressed by participating in the proposed learning activity? Answer the questions: what don’t you know? What do you want to know? (300 words)
Describe your learning plan and your goals for addressing the gaps identified above and how the learning activity you are proposing will help you achieve your professional goals. In developing your learning plan, be as specific as possible when you are linking your proposed learning activity to the gaps in your knowledge and skills. (300 words)
How will you use the knowledge gained and apply it to your area of nursing practice, your association with AACN, and/or nursing as a profession? Answer the question: How do you plan to acquire the knowledge you lack?
List organizational memberships, community activities, related presentations and other relevant professional activities that prepare you to take advantage of the learning experience you are proposing. Include all relevant information here, and do not reference your CV as reviews are blinded and reviewers will not see your CV. (300 words)
How much money will be required to participate in the activity you have proposed? Clearly state the fees and specific total dollar amount you are requesting and provide a detailed breakdown of expenses. Include the URL of the sponsoring organization for AACN’s use in verifying fees.
Carefully follow the instructions provided. Incomplete or improperly submitted applications will not be processed.
Remember to include your CV or resume in a separate MS Word or .PDF file from your application in MS Word. Send both files in one email to email@example.com, with your last name in the subject line of your email. Include all pertinent information on your application.
Your CV is for AACN’s use only. Reviewers will not see your CV; they judge on the basis of applications only. Do not send other documents.
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