NYSNA Secor Scholarship Program

2014 APPLICATION DEADLINE: SUNDAY, JUNE 1

The Secor Scholarship Fund, established in 2007, was made possible by a generous bequest by long-time NYSNA member Jane Secor, PhD, RN. Dr. Secor stipulated that the endowment be used for furthering nursing education.

Two Secor scholarships will be awarded annually:

  • $5,000 to a NYSNA member seeking a baccalaureate (or higher) degree in nursing;
  • $5,000 to a family member of a NYSNA member seeking a first degree in nursing;

The degree can be at any level, but must be the first degree in nursing sought by the applicant. A family member is defined as: spouse, domestic partner, dependent child, grandchild, niece or nephew. Half of the endowment ($2,500) will be disbursed at the time that the scholarship is awarded. The second half of the endowment will be disbursed upon submission of an official transcript for the first semester showing maintenance of at least a 3.4 GPA (out of 4.0). (See eligibility sections below.) Application deadline for the 2014 Secor Scholarships is June 1, 2014.

Restrictions

  • There is a lifetime maximum of two scholarship awards for an individual;
  • Applications will not be held over. Reapplication is required;
  • Current members and family members of the NYSNA board of directors, scholarship selection committee, and staff are not eligible for consideration of scholarships.

SCHOLARSHIP FOR MEMBER SEEKING BACCALAUREATE OR HIGHER DEGREE

Eligibility

  • Current NYSNA membership
  • Acceptance to or enrollment in a college or university with an accredited nursing program
  • Maintenance in previous institution (last degree completed) of a minimum of a 3.4 cumulative GPA (out of 4.0)

Required documents

  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two references (reference form must be used). One reference letter must be from a registered professional nurse. Examples of sources for the second reference are: professor, employer/supervisor, colleague;
  • Enrollment or acceptance letter from your institution verifying your status; this letter must specify acceptance in a nursing education program.
  • Official transcripts from current and previous post-high school institutions;
  • An essay addressing how you intend to contribute to the profession of nursing and how you believe this degree will assist you to make this contribution. Essay must be typed, font size 12 and double-spaced. It must be at least one page, and not more than three pages in length.

SCHOLARSHIP FOR FAMILY MEMBER OF NYSNA MEMBER SEEKING FIRST DEGREE

Eligibility

  • Spouse, domestic partner, dependent child, or grandchild of current NYSNA member
  • Acceptance to or enrollment in a college or university with an accredited nursing program
  • Maintenance in previous institution (last degree completed) of a minimum of a 3.4 cumulative GPA (out of 4.0).
    If you are in high school or you have completed high school only, the requirement is for maintenance of an average that is your high school's equivalent of a 3.4 cumulative GPA (out of 4.0).

Required documents

  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two references (reference form must be used) – examples of sources: guidance counselor, teacher, professor, employer, coach, community leader
  • Enrollment verification or acceptance letter from your institution verifying your status. This letter must specify acceptance in a nursing education program.
  • Official transcripts from prior education
    If you are in high school or you have completed high school only, submit high school transcript. All other applicants must submit official transcripts from current and previous educational institutions.
  • An essay describing a significant experience or reason that has influenced your decision to seek a nursing degree. Essay must be typed, font size 12 and double-spaced. It must be at least one page, and not more than three pages in length.

APPLICATION REVIEW PROCESS

  • Deadline for submission of applications is June 1, 2014
  • Mail completed applications to:

    Secor Scholarship Committee
    New York State Nurses Association
    11 Cornell Road
    Latham, NY 12110

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