Foundation for Academic Nursing - American Association of Colleges of Nursing

COVID-19 Nursing Student Support Fund

On April 15, 2020, AACN's Foundation for Academic Nursing created the COVID-19 Nursing Student Support Fund to assist students whose education and lives have been directly impacted by the coronavirus. The Student Fund, which will help nursing students nationwide who need financial assistance to complete their degrees, is the brainchild of Darlene J. Curley who kicked off the fund with a $25,000 donation.  In addition to that,  the Foundation is grateful to the 24 donations from individuals and organizations. We also thank three organizations for their generous contributions to the student fund: the Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation ($25,000); Jonas Nursing and Veterans Healthcare ($10,000); and the University of Memphis Foundation ($3,000).  AACN President and CEO, Deborah Trautman, also reached out for support, which resulted in contributions from ATI Nursing Education, the University of Memphis Foundation, the DAISY Foundation, AACN-TV, Liquid Compass, and several AACN Board members. View donors here. With an additional $47,500 in funding available, 95 awards in the amount of $500 will be made directly to nursing students, with the goal of funding students in every state. 


The COVID-19 Nursing Student Support Fund provides one-time scholarships to nursing students enrolled in AACN member schools who need financial support to complete their nursing programs and/or meet life expenses. Priority will be given to entry-level students in baccalaureate and master’s programs in the final two semesters of their nursing programs. Applications also will be accepted from students in baccalaureate degree completion programs, traditional master’s, and doctoral programs. AACN issued the first call for application on April 15 with $25,000 in initial funding available, 50 awards in the amount of $500 were made directly to nursing students in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. See student recipient gallery here.  The second call for applications announced on June 3 will provide an additional $47,500 in funding . AACN will announce the latest students receiving support during the week of August 17, 2020.

Support the Student Fund

The Foundation is currently seeking new donations for the Student Fund and will issue a third call for applications when the contribution level reaches $25,000. 

Donate to the Fund

Student Application

The application cycle is now closed. Stay tuned for future call for applications.


Marta Okoniewski
AACN’s Director of Student Engagement