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Foundation for Academic Nursing

The Foundation for Academic Nursing was launched in 2020 to support the mission of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to serve as the catalyst for excellence and innovation in nursing education, research, and practice. Guided by an advisory committee with education, corporate, and philanthropic leaders, the Foundation is the focal point for supporting the needs of AACN member schools, their faculties, and students. Through partnerships with donors, the Foundation has a goal of strengthening the nursing workforce through supporting nurse educators and their students to reach their full potential.

Latest News and Initiatives

2023 Future Nurse Leader Scholarship Award Recipients Announced

The Foundation for Academic Nursing is pleased to announce the 2023 recipients of the Deborah E. Trautman Future Nurse Leader Scholarship. With funding provided by Liaison International, AACN’s partner in NursingCAS, this year's award winners are Nkemdilim "Kelly" Diaz, a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) student at Winona State University, and Rika Win Kemp, a DNP student at the Medical University of South Carolina.

2022-2023 Faculty Scholar Grant Recipients Announced

The Foundation for Academic Nursing is pleased to announce the 2022-2023 recipients of the AACN Faculty Scholars Grant. The nurse educators to receive funding this year include Dr. Carol Kostovich from Loyola University Chicago for her project titled Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of a DEI Toolkit for Simulation; and the team of Drs. Kelly Small Casler and Kate Sustersic Gawlik from The Ohio State University for their project titled Virtual Reality Simulation to Aid in Competency-based Online Nurse Practitioner Curriculum.

AACN and The Foundation for Academic Nursing Announce Two New Scholarships

Scrubin-AACN Scholarship
This new program will provide at least three $2,500 scholarships annually to nursing students from AACN member schools with a formal affiliation agreement with Scrubin Uniforms.  Schools seeking more information about partnering with Scrubin Uniforms to give students access to the scholarship are encouraged to contact Matt PaneGasser at

NurseThink-AACN Scholarship
This new program focuses on preparing future nurse faculty. The scholarship is open to students enrolled in master’s and doctoral programs at AACN member institutions and are members of AACN’s Graduate Nursing Student Academy. The scholarship program will provide $5,000 to students twice a year through 2026.

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