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Scholarships

The BNA of Greater St. Louis strives to provide scholarships for deserving LPNs, RNs, Advanced Practice Nurses, and nursing students committed to serving their communities, passionate about improving the health of the minority population and contributing to the mission of the BNA of Greater St. Louis.

If this describes you, please take the time to submit an application 

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NBNA Scholarship Requirements

  1. Applicant must be a member of NBNA and a member of a local chapter (if one exists in your area). If a chapter does not exist within a 50-radius of your location you can join NBNA as a Direct Member. 

  2. Candidate must be currently enrolled in a nursing program (BSN, AD, Diploma or LPN / LVN, Masters, and Doctoral) and in good scholastic standing at the time of application.

  3. Applicant must have at least one full year of school remaining.

Applications due by April 15th at 5pm

2022 NBNA Scholarships

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Scholarship Checklist

Find out everything that you need to submit your application here

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Scholarship Essay Requirements

Step-by-step essay instructions

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DR. LAURANNE SAMS SCHOLARSHIP - $1,000 Scholarship   (4 awarded )

The Dr. Lauranne Sams Scholarship is awarded to a qualified NBNA member based on scholastic achievement, financial need and community service and who is in pursuit of a baccalaureate or other advanced nursing degree. The scholarship, which is named for the Founder and First President of the NBNA, has a proud and distinguished legacy.  The recipient must be an individual who truly represents the leadership, the commitment to service and the scholarship of Dr. Sams.

02.

NBNA BOARD OF DIRECTORS SCHOLARSHIP - $1,500

Edit this paragraph to addTo support a qualified NBNA member in pursuit of a baccalaureate or advanced nursing degree.any content you would iike to share about your company or service.

03.

MRS. OLA LOFTON SCHOLARSHIP - $2,000

The Mrs. Ola Lofton Scholarship is given in memory of the 95 years old World War II nurse who passed away on January 6, 2019. The scholarship will be given to a nursing student pursuing a BSN. The scholarship is sponsored by Sandra Evers-Manly, CEO, Black Hollywood Education and Research Center.

04.

BAND-AID® BRAND BLACK HEALTHCARE HEROES IN NURSING SCHOLARSHIP - $50,000 (5 $10,000 scholarships)

BAND-AID® is sponsoring 5 grants to nursing students pursuing a BSN degree or higher. For more than 100 years, BAND-AID® Brand has developed innovative healing solutions and supported those who are putting care into the world. Through the BAND-AID® Brand Black Healthcare Heroes in Nursing Scholarship, the brand is strengthening its commitment to elevating Black healthcare professionals with the goal of increasing representation and contributing to more equity in the nursing profession.

05.

MARGARET PEMBERTON SCHOLARSHIP - $3,000

The Scholarship is provided by Margaret Pemberton, Member, Black Nurses Association of Greater Washington, DC Area, to a nursing student from the chapter in the conference’s host city. This is an endowed scholarship.

06.

NURSETHINK.COM SCHOLARSHIP - $2,000 (2 $1,000 Scholarships)

NurseThink.com is offering two $1000 scholarships to students who meet the following criteria:

1. NBNA member going back to school or who plans to be on faculty in a school of nursing 2. NBNA member going to become an LPN/LVN or RN (pre-licensure)

07.

VITAS HEALTHCARE / ESTHER COLLIFLOWER SCHOLARSHIP - $1,000

The scholarship is sponsored by VITAS Healthcare to a nurse or student nurse who is interested in pursuing a career in end of life care.

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MARIA A. DUDLEY ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSE SCHOLARSHIP - $1,000

The scholarship is provided by Maria A. Dudley to a nurse pursuing a degree as an advanced practice nurse

09.

GEORGE E. MCGUIRE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - $5,000

The George McGuire Memorial Scholarship for a nursing student whose focus is social justice. The candidate must be a nursing doctoral student or a nursing student in a master's program of study. The candidate must be a NBNA member for at least two years; must have completed at least one full semester/quarter in a graduate program; and, must have at least one full semester/quarter to go to complete the program of study.

Social Justice is not charity. Social justice is a virtue in which there is an organized, collaborative and interprofessional relationship among professionals that facilitates access to that which is good for all of society. It embodies all those factors which influence social determinants of health for all members of society.

When referencing to nursing...the profession of nursing and those entrusted as professional nurses...have a responsibility to continually work with others so that healthcare access and positive health outcomes are achieved for all of society. An evidence based strategy is to include service learning as a means of introducing components of social justice through student engagement in services projects.This is an endowed scholarship.

10.

DR. MARTHA A. DAWSON GENESIS SCHOLARSHIP - $1,000

The Scholarship is provided by Dr. Martha A. Dawson, Member, Birmingham Black Nurses Association. The Law of Legacy states, “True success is measured by succession.” This scholarship is to support nurse leaders to continue their growth and development through formal education at the master’s and/or doctorate levels. Candidate may be an RN seeking master’s, DNP, PhD in leadership or EdD who are pursuing a role in leadership or administration.

11.

DR. LOLA DENISE JEFFERSON SCHOLARSHIP - $1,000

This scholarship is funded by Lola Denise Jefferson to support a generic BSN student who is pursuing a nursing degree right out of high school. The scholarship is sponsored by NBNA former First Vice President, Lola Denise Jefferson.

12.

DR. DAISY HARMON-ALLEN SCHOLARSHIP - $2,000

The scholarship is provided by Daisy Harmon-Allen, PhD, RN, the 13th President of the Chicago Chapter National Black Nurses Association. The scholarship is in memory of her mother, Mrs. Bonnie Harmon who was an elementary school teacher in Sallis, Mississippi. The scholarship is awarded to an ADN nursing student.

13.

DR. ERIC J. WILLIAMS SCHOLARSHIP - $1,000

This scholarship is provided by Sandra Evers-Manly, CEO, Black Hollywood Education and Resources Center, in honor of Dr. Eric J. Williams, the first male president of the National Black Nurses Association. The scholarship is awarded to a generic ADN or BSN nursing student.

14.

DR. DAISY HARMON-ALLEN SCHOLARSHIP - $2,000

The scholarship is provided by Daisy Harmon-Allen, PhD, RN, the 13th President of the Chicago Chapter National Black Nurses Association. The scholarship is in memory of her mother, Mrs. Bonnie Harmon who was an elementary school teacher in Sallis, Mississippi. The scholarship is awarded to an ADN nursing student.

15.

JAYHAL FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP - $1,000

The JayHal Foundation Scholarship is provided on behalf of Reverend Deidre Walton, Past NBNA President. The scholarship is provided to a generic associate degree or BSN student who has at least one year left to graduate; shows evidence of community service; and, has a GPA of 2.7 or above.

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NBNA SOCIAL JUSTICE SCHOLARSHIP - $1,000

This scholarship is in the memory of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd and all men and women of color who have died because of racism.

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DR. KENYA WILLIAMS HEALTH POLICY LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP - $1,000

This scholarship is provided by Kenya Williams, EdD, MSN, RN, RP, CAE, Deputy Executive Director of the National Student Nurses Association; Past President of the Black Nurse Association of Greater St. Louis.

Involvement in NBNA allows nurses to take full advantage of Health Policy Leadership opportunities at local and national levels. This scholarship supports nurses committed to health policy who are enrolled in a related master or doctoral Degree (DNP/EdD/Ph.D.) program in any discipline, field, or profession from any school or program at an accredited college or university. The scholarship will be awarded to the applicant who demonstrates their potential to succeed in health policy at either the state or national level upon graduation from their degree program; and, has a GPA of 3.0 or above. A personal statement detailing the applicant’s interest in and commitment to health policy and how they intend to pursue policy within their career must be submitted. This statement should be two pages (double- spaced) in length. It should detail what experiences have directed you towards a career in health policy and what your future career aspirations are.

Contact for Questions about NBNA Scholarships:

If you have any questions, please email admin@nbna.org or call 301-589-3200.

Mailing address ONLY for OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT:
NATIONAL BLACK NURSES ASSOCIATION
Attn:  Scholarship Committee
8630 Fenton Street, Suite 910
Silver Spring, MD 20910

NOTE:  SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED BY MAIL

BNA of Greater St. Louis
Scholarship Program

 

Every Fall our Chapter awards Scholarships to local members.  Check back this summer for more details 

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Past BNA St. Louis Scholarship Recipients