2014 Scholarship program begins May 6, 2014.  Check back for additional details.

To show our appreciation for the positive difference you make as a nurse, Walden University has established the Nurses of the Year scholarship program. This program recognizes registered nurses who are making a positive difference in the lives of their patients, their organizations, and the future of nursing.

Walden’s Nurses of the Year scholarship program will recognize nurses who are enrolling as new students in one of our nursing programs, the CCNE-accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Completion Program, the CCNE-accredited Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), or the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), for any start date from September through December 2013.

A total of nine scholarships, worth more than $203,000, will be awarded, including a full-tuition scholarship and two $10,000 scholarships for each of our nursing degree programs.*


Nursing Advocate Scholarships (for Walden’s CCNE-accredited BSN program). Applicants must explain how they have made a positive difference in the life of a patient, a healthcare organization, or the practice of nursing.

Nursing Leader Scholarships (for Walden’s CCNE-accredited MSN program). Applicants must explain how they have made a positive difference in the life of a patient, a healthcare organization, or the practice of nursing.

Nursing Visionary Scholarships (for Walden’s DNP program). Applicants must demonstrate how they have used their leadership skills to advance the practice of nursing, augment healthcare delivery, or improve patient outcomes.

All entries must be received by July 31, 2013.


To be eligible for a Nurses of the Year scholarship, nurses must submit:

  • An essay of no more than 1,000 words that meets the criteria of passion, aspiration, and creativity:
    • Passion: How have you demonstrated your commitment to making positive change?
    • Aspiration: How could earning your BSN, MSN, or DNP at Walden help you continue on your path to being a more effective contributor, change-maker, or leader?
    • Creativity: How can you tell your story in a unique or innovative way?
  • A letter of recommendation from a supervisor describing how the applicant has made a difference in the field of nursing.
  • A résumé/CV that includes certifications, publications, and past and present leadership roles.


Recipients of the Nurses of the Year scholarships must:

  • Not currently be enrolled in a Walden University program.
  • Meet the admission requirements for the DNP, MSN, or BSN program. The university must be in receipt of all of the applicant’s official documentation.
  • Have not received another merit-based Walden scholarship.
  • Include all material stated in the criteria section.

How to Apply

Applicants must:

  • Include all material stated in the criteria section.
  • Email the essay, résumé/CV, and letter of recommendation to nursesoftheyear@waldenu.edu by July 31, 2013.

All required information must be received in order for a nomination to be considered. Applicants may be contacted by phone to confirm the authenticity of information submitted.


Scholarship Selection Process

A scholarship committee comprising members of the School of Nursing will review the nominations and select the finalists.

Scholarship Announcements and Publicity

Individuals who receive a Nurse of the Year scholarship must affirm that they are willing and able to participate in all publicity efforts promoting the program. Such publicity may include news releases and media advisories, local and national media coverage, media interviews and photos, and other similar public relations activities.

Individuals who participate must sign a release that allows Walden University to use the individual’s participation in the program for publicity purposes without limitation and states that all such materials remain the sole and exclusive property of Walden University.

Scholarship Funding

Scholarship funds will be disbursed beginning in the student’s first term after being awarded the scholarship, and remaining funds will be applied toward the following term(s) until all funds have been used. For funds to be disbursed, the student’s records with the Office of Admissions must be complete, including the student’s official transcript.

Students who withdraw from the program or university or change to another degree program will no longer be eligible for this scholarship and will forfeit the scholarship. Should the scholarship be forfeited, students need not reimburse Walden for funds already disbursed to them. In order for scholarship funding to continue throughout the length of the program, recipients must meet the satisfactory academic progress criteria set forth by Walden University’s current catalog for the duration of their program. If a student is in a new term and forfeited in the previous term (due to internal lag time), the student will receive a revised bill for the prior term in which the scholarship was received.

*Only one tuition-reduction benefit may be applied to tuition.

Walden University’s MSN, and BSN programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C. 20036, 1-202-887-6791. CCNE is a national accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate and graduate education programs in preparing effective nurses. For students, accreditation signifies program innovation and continuous self-assessment.

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