APNA Board of Directors Student Scholarship

Call for Applications

This program both encourages students to join the psychiatric-mental health nursing profession and develops new leaders for the organization. Each year, nursing students are invited to apply (and faculty are invited to nominate one or more students from their school) for the APNA Board of Directors Student Scholarships. These scholarships include:

  • Registration, travel, and lodging expenses to attend the APNA 32nd Annual Conference, October 24-27, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio
  • One year complimentary membership in the APNA.

Introducing the 2018 APNA Board of Directors Student Scholars

The application period is currently closed. Check back soon for more information!

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

If applying as a GRADUATE Student:
At the time of nomination, be a full-time or part-time graduate student enrolled in an accredited nursing program leading to a Master’s or Doctoral degree in nursing with an emphasis on psychiatric-mental health nursing. Options available for "Type of Graduate Program" in the application: Master's in PMHN, Non-PMHN Master's Program, Post Master's PMHN Certificate Program, Doctoral Program, Other
**Take a peek at what you will need for entering the application: Click here to view screen shots of the Graduate Application.

Be a full-time student enrolled in a state-approved nursing program leading to licensure as a Registered Nurse (Associate Degree, Diploma, Baccalaureate, Accelerated/2nd degree) at the time of nomination. Students who will graduate in Spring 2018 are also eligible. Prelicensure/Undergraduate students need to express an interest in psychiatric-mental health nursing.
**Take a peek at what you will need for entering the application: Click here to view screen shots of the Prelicensure/Undergraduate Application.

 For BOTH Graduate and Prelicensure/Undergraduate Applicants:

  • Have not previously received an APNA Student Scholarship.
  • Have completed more than 50% of the total credits required for graduation.
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Have a letter of nomination/recommendation from an APNA member (Program Director / Nominating Faculty / Nurse Professional) which speaks to the nominee/applicant's interest and/or performance in psychiatric-mental health nursing.
  • Must meet all travel requirements and participate in the APNA 32nd Annual Conference, October 24-27, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio.
  • Sign the necessary release forms.
  • Provide post-conference evaluation of the program.
  • Participate in an APNA project (details will be provided to scholarship recipients).

There is no limit on the number of students nominated from your school. However, APNA reserves the right to limit the number of scholars selected per institution.

Required Document to Upload at End of Application

  • Nomination / Recommendation Letter - Click here to download the Nomination / Recommendation form that will need to be completed and uploaded later in the submission process. Remember, this person should speak to the nominee/applicant's interest and/or performance in psychiatric-mental health nursing and should be an APNA member.

**This document must be uploaded onto the online submission site. No separately emailed or mailed documents will be accepted.

Why Apply?

We polled past scholarship recipients about the benefits of receiving this scholarship. Here are a few key pieces of data:


Said their experience influenced their decision in choosing a field of study or affirming the field of study they had already selected.

"For me the best part about being a BOD scholar has been the support and reassurance I receive, the opportunity to connect with people across the nation with the click of a button, and the opportunity to engage in the nursing profession."


Developed connections with other PMH nurses through this scholarship, and 66% said these connections helped them in their careers.

"I utilized the great opportunity to seek and obtain my future mentors during the conference. Most of them have had a tremendous amount of clinical, research, advocacy, and leadership experiences in the field."


Of scholarship recipients went on to obtain a specialty certification and 46% went on to graduate school for psychiatric nursing.

"I was introduced to the expansive and close-knit network of advanced practice nurses, many of whom appear to be embracing nursing roles as leaders, researchers, educators, healers and advocates with such passion and abandon."


2017 Class of APNA Board of Directors Student Scholars

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