nurse scholarshipsFinancing a college education is becoming more and more expensive for many nursing students. For some students with disabilities, expenses can be even greater. Some students may need to purchase new hearing aids, an amplified stethoscope, computer software programs, as well as medications, therapies and other special equipment.

Scholarships are available from ExceptionalNurse.com, a nonprofit resource network for nursing students and nurses with disabilities. The organization provides links to disability-related organizations, technology, equipment, financial aid, employment opportunities, mentors, continuing education, message boards, speaker’s bureau, legal resources, social media, research and related articles.

The organization has been awarding scholarships tonursing students with disabilities since 2003. This is based on academic performance, medical verification of disability, letters of recommendation, financial need and an essay which answers the questions: “How do you plan to contribute to the nursing profession? How will your disability influence your practice as a nurse?"

NurseTogether's partner ExceptionalNurse.com is honored to announce and congratulate the winners for 2013.

  • Ashlee Ernst lives in Lincoln, Nebraska and will be attending Regis University.
  • Samantha Collins lives in Warwick, Rhode Island and is attending the University of Rhode Island.
  • Nicole Miller is from Joliet, Illinois and will be attending St. Francis University.
  • Dannin Butchko lives in Vermilion, Ohio and will be attending Walsh University.
  • Cheryl Jennett is from Gainesville, Florida and is attending the University of Florida.
  • Megan Kelley is from San Diego, California and is attending San Diego State University.

TheExceptionalNurse.com scholarship awards are funded through donations, grants and proceeds from the sale of the books “Leave No Nurse Behind: Nurses working with disabilities” and “Nursing students with disabilities change the course”. To make a donation, please visit www.ExceptionalNurse.com.