Scholarship FAQ

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Q: Do I need to be an AACN member to apply?  
A: Yes, membership is required when you apply and must be maintained throughout your funded activity. AACN staff and board members are not eligible.

Q: What types of activities are eligible for a scholarship? 
A: We fund many kinds of opportunities, including health policy, evidence-based practice and leadership development, conferences, local events, skills to create a healthy work environment, and personal growth and communications. (Note:  AACN’s National Teaching Institute, AACN-sponsored programs, professional association dues and clinical certification preparation are not eligible.)

Q: When can I apply for a scholarship?  
A: You may apply throughout the year, but please submit your application three or four months in advance of the requested activity.

Q: Do I include my expenses in the application?  
A: Yes, you need to present a budget for your activity with specific dollar amounts and a total. 

Q: What if travel is required? 
A: Up to $750 is allowed for travel-related expenses, if needed. 

Q: How is my application judged? 
A: The review process is blind, and reviewers don’t receive your resume. Their decisions are final. 

Q: What is the maximum amount funded? 
A: Up to $3,000 per person is available each year, and partial funding may be awarded. Funds are sent directly to you. 

Q: Are the funds taxable? 
A: Yes, scholarships are considered taxable income, unless you have different qualifications based on IRS regulations, or your facility is paying for your activity. AACN files form 1099-MISC with the IRS.

Q: What is the next step after I complete my activity? 
A: You would send an evaluation to AACN, documenting the experience and how it helped you achieve your goals.  

Q: What if I have more questions? 
A: Send an email to, and a representative will contact you.