APNA Board of Directors Student Scholarship
Nursing students gain valuable exposure to the psychiatric-mental health nursing profession and kick start their leadership development through this unique scholarship program. These scholarships include:
Registration, travel, and lodging expenses to attend the, October 2-5 in New Orleans, LA
One year complimentary membership in the APNA.
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
If applying as an PRELICENSURE/UNDERGRADUATE Student:
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 2019 are also eligible. Prelicensure/Undergraduate students need to express an interest in psychiatric-mental health nursing.
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 33rd Annual Conference, October 2-5, 2019 in New Orleans, LA.
- Sign the necessary release forms.
- Provide post-conference evaluation of the program.
- Participate in an APNA project (details will be provided to scholarship recipients).
"I will never forget standing with the other BOD scholars and hearing a room full of 2,000 psychiatric nurses cheer for us. Tears welled up in my eyes as I thought to myself, 'It is never too late to find a career that you love. To find a job that ignites your soul, and is your deepest calling.'”
There is no limit on the number of students who can apply from your school. However, APNA reserves the right to limit the number of scholars selected per institution.
Click here to view a walkthrough of what is entailed in submitting your application.
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."