The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Scholars Program prepares UMSON students from backgrounds underrepresented in the nursing workforce to:

  • meet the health care needs of a diverse population
  • help ensure that all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, income, sexual orientation, neighborhood, or other social condition, have a fair opportunity to live a long, healthy life.

Through spring 2021, 15 CNL students will be selected to participate in this program each semester. The program is funded by a three-year, $2 million U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration grant.

Why apply?

CNL Scholars receive academic, financial, and social support during the first year of their CNL program.

  • Ten scholars will receive $10,000 scholarships ($5,000 per semester) to apply toward tuition and fees.
  • All 15 scholars will receive:
    • $100 book vouchers for their first three semesters (including summer)
    • academic advising and tutoring from the Student Success Center
    • access to faculty and nurse mentors, academic and social support.

Members of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care will mentor CNL Scholars, serve as role models, and assist with preparing CNL Scholars to present at local and national meetings.

In addition to regular student-related activities, CNL Scholars should expect to participate in one to two hours per week of additional academic and support activities.

Who can apply?

Preference will be given to students from “disadvantaged backgrounds” or groups "underrepresented in nursing" as defined by these federal guidelines:

  • “Disadvantaged background” refers to an individual who comes from an economically and/or educationally disadvantaged background, including racial and ethnic minorities underrepresented in the nursing workforce.
    • “Economically disadvantaged” is defined as being from a family with an annual income below a level based on low-income thresholds.
    • “Educationally disadvantaged” is defined as an individual who comes from a social, cultural, or educational environment that has demonstrably and directly inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to develop and participate in a health professions education or training program.
  • A member of a group “underrepresented in nursing” is a person of American Indian or Alaska Native, Black or African-American, Hispanic or Latino, or Native Hawaiian background.

To be eligible for the award, scholars must:

  • register for 15 credits in their first semester (fall or spring semester) and either 14 credits (spring semester) or 10 credits (summer semester) in their second semester
  • complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Application Deadlines

Fall 2020 Aug. 17, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

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