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Foundation for Academic Nursing

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is moving forward with plans to launch a new philanthropic enterprise in 2020, the Foundation for Academic Nursing. Your support for the AACN's Foundation for Academic Nursing will having a lasting impact that will help usher in new innovations in nursing education and practice.  Read full press release here. See individual donors and organizations who have contributed.

Latest News and Initiatives

AACN Announces New Funding for Faculty Scholars Program

On May 7, 2021, the Foundation for Academic Nursing announced a second round of funding for the AACN Faculty Scholars Grant Program. The program is aimed at highlighting the innovative work being led by nurse educators to redesign teaching and learning at AACN member schools.  A total of $50,000 in funding will be distributed to support two $25,000 faculty scholarship projects through 2022. Two awards were previously awarded in the 2020-2021 academic year.

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CastleBranch Expands Scholarship Support for Nursing Students Through AACN’s Foundation for Academic Nursing

On March 18, 2021, AACN announced that CastleBranch, Inc., a leading provider of customizable screening and clinical experience solutions for health profession students, has committed $250,000 in new funding to provide scholarships to nursing students in baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs. Now under the administration of AACN’s Foundation for Academic Nursing, the Geraldine “Polly” Bednash Scholarship and the CastleBranch-GNSA Scholarship will provide support to 60 promising nursing students through 2025.  

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AfterCollege Relaunches Scholarship Program through AACN’s Foundation for Academic Nursing

AACN is pleased to announce that the AfterCollege-AACN Nursing Scholarship has been renewed and will be administered by AACN’s Foundation for Academic Nursing. This annual $10,000 commitment will provide the opportunity for nursing students to complete their education and enter the nursing profession.

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Inaugural Award Winners Announced for the Deborah E. Trautman Future Nurse Leader Scholarship

On January 29, 2021, The Foundation announced the inaugural award winners for the Deborah E. Trautman Future Nurse Leader Scholarship. 

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Hurst Review/AACN Nursing Scholarship

Hurst Review and AACN are partnering to offer this scholarship program that recognizes and rewards entry-level nursing students for outstanding academic performance. All applicants must already be enrolled in an AACN member institution and maintain at least a 3.2 grade point average in their current program or last school attended. To check if your school is a member, see our member directory. One scholarship in the amount of $2,500 will be distributed three times yearly. The application deadlines are August 1, January 1, and May 1

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New Scholarship for Graduate Nursing Students

On September 21, 2020, the Foundation for Academic Nursing announced the creation of the Deborah E. Trautman Future Nurse Leader Scholarship. Funded by Liaison International, AACN’s partner in NursingCAS, this scholarship and leadership development program was created in honor of AACN’s President and CEO Dr. Deborah Trautman. This $3,500 scholarship is designed to recognize graduate nursing students who aspire to leadership positions in academic nursing. In addition to $2,000 to cover educational expenses which is sent directly to the student, scholarship recipients will participate in a one-on-one leadership development experience with Dr. Trautman at AACN’s headquarters in Washington, DC. Up to $1,500 of the scholarship award will be used to cover travel expenses for the three-day leadership development program.

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COVID-19 Student Support Fund

The COVID-19 Nursing Student Support Fund provides one-time grants to nursing students enrolled in AACN member schools who need financial support to complete their nursing programs and/or meet life expenses. 

With more than 2,800 applications received, nursing students from all 50 states and the District of Columbia were chosen for support following a competitive application process.  The Foundation for Academic Nursing is seeking additional support from other corporate and individual donors for this fund to expand our ability to help more nursing students in need.  

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Faculty Scholars Grant Program

Last fall, AACN announced a new research grant program for nurse faculty. Funding for this program was raised through proceeds collected from sponsorships in AACN’s 50th Anniversary guide. More than 150 schools of nursing and colleague organizations contributed to this guide, which raised $100,000. 

The funding will be distributed to support four $25,000 faculty scholarship projects through 2022. Two awards will be offered in the 2020-2021 academic year, and two will be offered in the 2021-2022 academic year. The focus of these scholarly activities should reflect current issues in nursing education or practice and support of AACN’s strategic priorities. 

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