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Scholarships and Financial Aid Info for Graduate Students

Students complete a single online scholarship application through Survey Monkey and submit required attachments and optional essay(s) they choose to complete to be considered for all 2014-2015 UK College of Nursing graduate student scholarships for which they are eligible. (See the “How to Apply” section below.) The deadline is 5 p.m. EST, Tues., April 1, 2014.

Complete the 2014-2015 College of Nursing Graduate Scholarship Application if you are requesting aid for the fall 2014 through spring 2015 academic year and are a:

• Currently enrolled Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) student or applicant to the DNP Program, OR
• Currently enrolled Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing student or applicant to the PhD program.

Graduate Scholarships

April 1, 2014 is the deadline to apply for a 2014-2015 academic year (fall 2014, spring 2015) College of Nursing graduate student scholarship. Applicants must meet the minimum requirements for admission to the UK College of Nursing DNP or PhD program and be in good academic standing. Priority in awarding scholarship funds is given to currently enrolled students who have a proven DNP or PhD academic success record. Scholarships are awarded for one academic year and disbursed in equal amounts in the fall and spring semesters, unless otherwise stated in the award letter. Scholarships are renewable provided the recipient continues to meet the terms of the scholarship and make reasonable academic progress. UK’s Reasonable Academic Progress Policy is here: http://www.uky.edu/financialaid/rap. Even if the scholarship is renewable, students must apply annually for continued support.

The College of Nursing Scholarship Committee reviews all completed applications and attachments submitted by the April 1, 2014 deadline. Applicants are considered for all scholarships for which they are eligible and both the scholarships and amounts available to award vary from year to year. The scholarship amount, when added to other sources of financial aid, may not exceed the total annual cost of attendance as determined by the UK Office of Student Financial Aid, http://www.uky.edu/financialaid/overaward-policy. Award recipients and non-recipients will be notified in June or July prior to the start of the academic year via mail and/or email. All recipients must complete a Scholarship Acceptance Form by the deadline listed to confirm acceptance of the award or they forfeit their scholarship. 

The college adheres to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA):
http://www.uky.edu/registrar/obligation-privacy

Scholarship Brunch

Hosted annually by the College of Nursing and emeriti faculty, this event provides an opportunity for donors and their families to meet the recipients of the scholarships they have established. All scholarship award recipients are expected to attend. 

How to apply

To be considered, students must complete the 2014-2015 College of Nursing graduate scholarship application online through Survey Monkey and submit all required documents. We suggest you print out a copy of the application to gather all needed information before beginning the application. Please note: Survey Monkey uses a cookie to save the response by page (not by specific question). If you exit the survey early, you must come back to the same computer and use the same browser to complete the application:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2014-15-UK-CON-Graduate-Scholarship-Application

Your application will not be reviewed unless you have:
1. Completed the Survey Monkey application online AND
2. Sent all required documents to the College of Nursing by April 1, 2014. Attachments may be dropped off at the receptionist’s desk, 315 College of Nursing Building or be mailed to:

Kerrie Moore
University of Kentucky College of Nursing
Office of Student Services
315 College of Nursing Bldg.
Lexington, KY 40536-0232

If mailed, the packet must be postmarked by April 1, 2014. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure all the attachments are received by the College of Nursing. Applications will be reviewed for any other UK College of Nursing Graduate Scholarships that may become available after the deadline.

Research Assistantship (RA) / Teaching Assistantship (TA) Service Positions

A small number of College of Nursing teaching assistantship (TA) and research assistantship (RA) service positions are available. An assistantship requires 10-20 hours per week service commitment. The TA/RA Assistantship Application is available at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TA_RA_application.  

Scholarship Opportunities Outside the UK College of Nursing

The College of Nursing receives notification throughout the academic year of additional external scholarships. Announcements are made in the Graduate Student Newsletter, the College’s monthly student e-newsletter, direct emails, on bulletin boards and on the wall monitors throughout the college.

Other Sources for Graduate Scholarships

Finding money to pay for your graduate nursing education can be challenging. Plan to spend time researching scholarships online by searching for “nursing school scholarship.” Check with the armed forces (any branch - UK has Air Force ROTC and Army ROTC on campus), employers, hospitals (nurse recruitment), non-profit organizations, nursing organizations (including your specialty area), private lending institutions and local, state or federal agencies.

PhD students are also eligible for fellowships, assistantships and support funding through the UK Graduate School: www.gradschool.uky.edu/StudentFunding/funding.html. DNP students are not eligible for UK Graduate School awards. Additional information can be found on the following websites: 

American Association of Colleges of Nursing
www.aacn.nche.edu/Education/financialaid.htm

Discover Nursing
www.discovernursing.com/scholarship-search

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Nurse Corps Scholarship Program
http://www.hrsa.gov/loanscholarships/scholarships/nursing/

Kentucky Board of Nursing
www.kbn.ky.gov/education/nisf/default.htm

Minority Nurse
www.minoritynurse.com/scholarships

National Health Service Corps (loan repayment)
www.nhsc.hrsa.gov/loanrepayment/

US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps
www.usphs.gov/profession/  


For additional information, contact Kerrie Moore, student affairs coordinator, kerrie.moore@uky.edu or (859) 323-1966.