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Apply for Financial Assistance through AACN's COVID-19 Nursing Student Support Fund

Published June 03, 2020

Application Now Open through June 30 for Students Seeking Support

The Foundation for Academic Nursing, the new philanthropic arm of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), is pleased to announce the creation of the COVID-19 Nursing Student Support Fund to assist students whose education and lives have been directly impacted by the coronavirus. The 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). 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 will provide 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. 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. With $25,000 in funding available, 50 awards in the amount of $500 will be made to directly to nursing students, with the goal of funding one student in all 50 states. All applications will be reviewed, and recipients will be selected by AACN with checks distributed via its philanthropic division.

Application Process & Criteria

Students interested in applying for an award must complete an online application posted on the AACN website. The application will collect contact information, details about the student’s nursing program, and space for the student to convey in 250-words or less why additional funding is needed to complete their nursing degree program. Students applying must be enrolled full-time and confirm that they are enrolled in an AACN member school; provide contact information for their advisor; and include a photo with their application, which will be used if selected for an award on AACN’s website. Applications must be received by June 30, 2020. Students selected for funding will be notified by July 20.

View Online Application         Donate to the Fund

Review Process & Dissemination

AACN staff will review the applications and select winners using the award criteria as a guide. Every effort will be made to ensure that students selected for awards are representative of the nursing student population (i.e. race/ethnicity, gender, age, and geographic diversity). Students receiving funding will be highlighted on the AACN website, via social media, and in News Watch. 


Marta Okoniewski
AACN’s Director of Student Engagement