Financing an education can be a challenge for many nursing students, but for some students with disabilities the road can be even more difficult. In addition to routine expenses, some students may need to purchase an amplified stethoscope, computer software programs, or audio books, as well as medications, hearing aids, therapies and 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 annual scholarships to nursing students with disabilities since 2003. The scholarship awards are based on academic performance, letters of recommendation, financial need and an essay which answers the question: “How you plan to contribute to the nursing profession and how your disability will influence your practice as a nurse”? The awards range from $250.00-$500.00.
ExceptionalNurse.com is honored to announce and congratulate the winners for 2012:
- Elizabeth Harmon lives in Killeen, Texas. She will be attending Houston Baptist University in Houston, Texas.
- Caitlin Ostrom is from Oswego, Illinois and she will be attending the nursing program at the University of Missouri.
- Megan Roberts is from Gloucester, Massachusetts. She will be attending the nursing program at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts.
- Jeanette Braun is from Ballston Lake, New York and will be attending the nursing program at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.
- Colleen McCarron is from Akron, Ohio. She will be attending the nursing program at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio.
The ExceptionalNurse.com scholarship awards for nursing students with disablities 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.