Nursing Scholarships and Awards

Nursing students

Scholarships and Awards

This scholarship is awarded to a full-time undergraduate student in the nursing program who is a Rhode Island resident entering either their junior or senior year and who demonstrates need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid.

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This scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time junior or senior nursing student who is working in health care while completing their degree. Selection is based on the candidate’s commitment to nursing as reflected in an essay, work status, U.S. citizenship, R.I. residency and demonstrated need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid.

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This scholarship is awarded to one female and one male part-time or full-time nursing student. Eligibility includes a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 as well as a 3.0 in nursing courses, demonstrated financial need and evidence of School of Nursing activities and service to the college and community. Applicants must submit a statement about their personal philosophy of nursing.

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This scholarship is awarded to a full-time or part-time nursing student who is a Rhode Island resident with a GPA of at least 2.5. Applicants must write an essay (no more than 500 words) that answers the following two questions: Why did you choose nursing as a profession? How do you think you will contribute to the field? Preference is given to descendants of graduates from the former Pawtucket Memorial Hospital School of Nursing.

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Karla Carroll was a graduate of the Rhode Island College nursing program. She loved nursing and dedicated herself to helping people. She was killed in a plane crash. In her honor, her mother funded the Karla Carroll Memorial Nursing Scholarship. This scholarship is to be given to a junior or senior nursing student or R.N. to B.S.N. nursing student who loves nursing and loves helping people as Karla did. Recipients must have a GPA greater than 2.5, submit a maximum 500-word essay explaining why they chose nursing as a profession and provide some examples of how they help people.

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In 2011 the family and friends of Kristen Dupré established the Kristen A. Dupré Memorial Scholarship Fund. Kristen, a third-generation nurse, worked in the Emergency Room of Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island until July 2007 when her life was cut short due to illness at the age of only 26. This is the same hospital in which her mother and grandmother also practiced nursing.

While at Rhode Island College, Kristen worked two jobs until she successfully received her B.S. in nursing in 2004. Her passion for helping others in need was part of her character throughout her entire life. Kristen left a lasting impression on the many lives she touched and a legacy of compassion, ambition and inspiration that encouraged others to join the nursing profession. 

The Kristen A. Dupré Memorial Scholarship will assist a student as they pursue their dream of becoming a nurse. All recipients must demonstrate a similar spirit and passion for the nursing profession that Kristen possessed.

Criteria:

  1. The student must be enrolled in the basic baccalaureate nursing program with the intention of achieving a B.S.N.
  2. The student must be enrolled full time at Rhode Island College.
  3. The student must submit an essay about why they qualify for the scholarship.
  4. The student must demonstrate need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid. 

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The Lucy C. Ayers Memorial Foundation Scholarship provides financial aid for tuition, room, board, books and other expenses for students currently enrolled in the undergraduate nursing program. The recipient of this scholarship must demonstrate financial need and have a GPA of 3.0 or greater.

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This scholarship is awarded annually to full-time undergraduate nursing students. Applicants may be R.N. to B.S.N.

Criteria:

  1. The student must be eligible to enroll in junior- or senior-level nursing courses the semester following the awarding of this scholarship.
  2. The student must have an overall GPA of 3.2.
  3. The student must have a 3.00 GPA in each nursing course taken.
  4. The student must have above-average clinical evaluations.
  5. The student must show evidence of involvement in School of Nursing activities and service to the college and community.
  6. The student must submit a typewritten statement containing educational and professional goals, along with their application.

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Each semester, three nursing awards are given to graduating seniors for excellence in nursing theory and practice. These awards recognize both basic baccalaureate students and R.N. to B.S.N. students. Award decisions are based on scholarship, excellence in clinical practice, leadership within the School of Nursing and service to the college and community. The awards are designated for: Academic Excellence (basic baccalaureate student), Academic Excellence (R.N. to B.S.N. student) and Service Excellence (basic baccalaureate student).

The Robert H. I. Goddard and Hope Drury Goddard Fund is provided through the Rhode Island Foundation and donated by the Goddard family. The fund provides full tuition for first-generation students seeking a baccalaureate degree in nursing at Rhode Island College. 

Criteria:

  1. The student must be born in a country other than the United States or be the child of at least one parent born in a country other than the United States.
  2. The student must be enrolled in the basic baccalaureate nursing program with the intention of achieving a B.S.N.
  3. The student must be enrolled full-time at Rhode Island College.
  4. The student must be a Rhode Island resident.
  5. The student must demonstrate need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid. 
  6. The student must demonstrate academic ability.
  7. The student must submit a 500-word essay describing their professional goals and how receiving the scholarship would impact them.
  8. The student must submit a letter of recommendation from someone other than a family member.

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This scholarship is awarded annually to a declared nursing major enrolled full time. The recipient must be a Rhode Island resident, demonstrate financial need and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 at the time of application for the scholarship.

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