Teaching and Research Assistantships
The College of Nursing offers a limited number of graduate student assistantships for guided research and teaching experiences. Stipends range from $4,000 to $10,000 for the academic year. Ten to 20 hours of service per week are required.
Advanced Nurse Education Traineeships
A limited number of Advanced Nurse Education Traineeships from the Division of Nursing, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and Public Health Service (PHS), are available to graduate students through the College. A traineeship, which is a non-service award, may provide all or part of a student's tuition while the student is enrolled full time in a graduate program in the College.
Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP)
This program allows schools of nursing to establish and operate a fund to increase the number of qualified nursing faculty. NFLP funds are awarded to the schools to make loans to students enrolled full or part time in an advanced degree program (master’s, Doctor of Philosophy, and Doctor of Nursing Practice). Students awarded NFLP funds must complete three college teaching courses in addition to the requirements for their degree program. Following graduation, NFLP borrowers receive up to 85 percent loan cancellation for completing an obligation to serve as regular full time faculty in schools of nursing. Twenty percent is forgiven after each of three years of employment as a full time faculty member at a school of nursing and twenty-five percent at the completion of the fourth year. Applications are taken on a first come first serve basis each year, dependent on available funding. The application form and additional information can be obtained from our Graduate Student Affairs Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
College of Nursing Graduate Scholarships
Betsy M. Holliday and Eunice S. Milton Scholarship Fund
This scholarship fund was established in 1992 as a special scholarship for a registered nurse returning to school for additional education. Each recipient is a native Kentuckian or the child of a member of the U.S. Armed Forces who was serving on active duty at the time of the recipient’s birth. Preference will be given to students who are interested in the treatment of cancer patients. The scholarship is provided by Lt. Col. David. C. Holliday, ret., in memory of his wife and her mother.
Dorothy Luther Nursing Fellowship
Established in 2003 with a gift from the estate of Dorothy Luther, a former faculty member of the College of Nursing, this fund is awarded to a graduate student in the adult nursing program.
Melva Jo Hendrix Fund for Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing
This fund, established in 1993 by Jenny D. Dorris, a 1971 graduate of the College, is awarded to graduate students who are seeking an advanced degree in psychiatric/mental health nursing.
Pamela Stinson Kidd Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2003 in memory of Pamela Stinson Kidd, a UK College of Nursing graduate and former faculty member. The scholarship is awarded to a College of Nursing student who shows potential for leadership in injury prevention, emergency, primary, acute or critical care nursing. Preference is given to the applicant who demonstrates the ability to integrate clinical and community practice, scholarly activity and leadership. Essay required.
The College of Nursing Alumni Association administers a student emergency loan fund. In 1982, this fund was renamed the Claudine Gartner Loan Fund in memory of Claudine Gartner who was a long‐time College of Nursing faculty member. This fund assists students in emergency financial situations when other sources of financial assistanceare not available. In order to maintain the fund the recipient is expected to sign a note of repayment. The College’s Graduate Ad Hoc Scholarship Committee makes recommendations for these loans.
Applying for College of Nursing Assistantship, Traineeship, or Scholarship
Application can be found at http://www.mc.uky.edu/Nursing/academic/application/AppScholarshipServAwards.pdf for assistance with applying for College of Nursing teaching and research assistantships, contact the Student Services Officer for Graduate Studies, 315 College of Nursing Bldg., University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40536-0232, (859) 323-5624. The staff can offer information on other sources of tuition assistance available from outside the University.
Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authorityhttp://www.kheaa.com
- Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Loans & Scholarships, http://www.hrsa.gov/loanscholarships/index.html
- National Health Service Corps, HRSA, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Loan Repayment
- Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program (The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Health Professions)
- National Institutes of Health and National Research Service makes awards to pre‐doctoral (PhD) and post‐doctoral students. These scholarships are for MSN, Post MSN, and PhD students only.
- The Delta Psi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, Sigma Theta Tau International and the American Nurses Foundation have annual competitions for research grants and scholarships.
- Many specialty organizations, such as the American Cancer Society, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, and others provide such awards.
- PhD students are assisted in applying for National Research Service Awards from the National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health, www.ninr.nih.gov/ This award is for PhD students only.
Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholarship Program
The goal of the Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program is to increase the number of doctorally prepared faculty available to teach in nursing schools nationwide, as advocated by the Institute of Medicine’s recent report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. Supported by the Jonas Family Fund at the Jewish Communal Fund, the program will provide financial assistance, leadership development, and mentoring support to expand the pipeline of future nurse faculty into research-focused and practice-focused doctoral nursing programs. Details here.
Financial Aid and Student Loans
For information on grants, loans and need-based scholarships, contact the University's Financial Aid Department, 128 Funkhouser Building, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506-0054, or call (859) 257-3172.