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The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for academic nursing representing more than 840 schools of nursing nationwide. AACN establishes quality standards for nursing education, influences the nursing profession to improve health care, and promotes public support of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, research, and practice. 

AACN Announces Another New Scholarship for GNSA Members

Published September 11, 2014

AACN & Uniform Advantage Announce New Scholarship
for Graduate Nursing Student Academy Members

First scholarship application deadline set for September 30, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 11, 2014 – The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and Uniform Advantage are pleased to announce the launch of a new scholarship program for nursing students enrolled in master’s and doctoral programs. Developed to support future leaders of the nursing profession, this new program is open to members of the Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA)who are committed to making a positive impact on the nation’s health and health care. AACN applauds Uniform Advantage, a leading retailer of scrubs and medical uniforms, for sponsoring this scholarship and for their support of graduate-level nursing education.

“Uniform Advantage believes strongly in giving back to their communities, and this graduate scholarship will allow students to be the next change agents and healthcare collaborators to impact a dynamic and complex healthcare industry,” said Lori Dunlap, Vice President of Marketing for Uniform Advantage.

With the first award presented this fall, two $2,500 scholarships will be available to GNSA members through the newly created Uniform Advantage-GNSA Scholarship Fund  (one disbursed in the fall and one in the spring).  Interested applicants must complete an application form found on the AACN web site, which includes submitting a 500-word essay and one academic or professional reference. Winners will be selected based on their academic standing and on the basis of their essay, which must address how they impact the future of health care. With application deadlines set for September 30, 2014 and January 31, 2015, more details about this program are available online.

AACN launched the Graduate Nursing Student Academy in 2012 to provide high value programs, services, and resources to nursing students enrolled in master’s and doctoral programs. With more than 9,000 students currently enrolled, the GNSA serves the professional development needs of graduate nursing students as they prepare for future careers as faculty members, researchers, advanced practice registered nurses, policy experts, healthcare administrators, and other roles in nursing leadership. GNSA members have access to many benefits, including a free Webinar series on topics of particular interest to graduate students, funding opportunity announcements, multiple networking platforms, and a graduate nursing career board among others. Membership in the GNSA is free to all graduate nursing students enrolled in AACN member schools. To find out more about joining the GNSA, see our website.

AACN actively seeks opportunities to partner with corporate sponsors and other stakeholders to offer scholarship programs for nursing students in baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs.  Programs currently available include the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future-AACN Minority Faculty Scholarship, the CertifiedBackground-AACN Scholarship, AfterCollege-AACN Scholarship, and the Hurst Reviews-AACN Scholarship. Find more details on these programs. Those interested in establishing a scholarship program and/or partnering with AACN are encouraged to contact Robert Rosseter, Chief Communications Officer, at rrosseter@aacnnursing.org or 202-463-6930, ext. 231.

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Uniform Advantage is a leading retailer of scrubs and medical uniforms. Founded in 1985, the company operates out of Plantation, Florida and ships from their distribution center near Atlanta, Georgia. It has grown to include 30 retail stores located in key cities across the U.S. and Canada, a catalog division and an entity dedicated to the online market.  Learn more at www.UniformAdvantage.com.