Grow a Nurse — a scholarship from nurses, for nurses
Most of us know someone who is going back to nursing school. Maybe there’s a PCT on your unit who recently enrolled in a nursing program. Or maybe your friend, who has an Associate’s degree in nursing, has decided to go back to school to earn a BSN.
Balancing work, school, family activities is tough – and the financial burden can be steep. Have you ever felt like you would like to lend a hand, but didn’t know what you could do?
While sitting the Maryland Nurses Association (MNA) Awards Luncheon last year, I noticed that nurses at other hospitals were sponsoring scholarships for their colleagues. ‘What a great idea!’ I thought. Not only could we promote growth in our profession through this support of each other, we could help one of our own reach their educational goals. I began looking at starting something like this at AAMC.
This year, through Grow a Nurse – from nurses, for nurses, AAMC nurses will donate a $1,000 scholarship to a staff member who is going to nursing school. The winner will be selected from the pool of Foundation’s Nursing Scholarship applicants and the scholarship will be presented during the Nurses Week Certification Tea.
If a thousand nurses gave just $1, we’d have enough to finance this $1,000 scholarship. If everyone donated the price of a cup of a cappuccino just once, we could raise more than $5,000!
How can you help? Make a donation to the Foundation – cash, check or payroll deduction – by Tuesday, May 1. Donations made after that will go towards next year’s scholarship. To make a gift, click here.
Help Grow a Nurse! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. -Carol Fickinger, MPA, BSN, RN