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North Carolina Foundation for Nursing  



103 Enterprise Street, Raleigh, NC 27607 - 800.626.2153 - 919.821.4250 - Fax: 919.829.5807
Executive Director, Tina Gordon

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Who We Are:
The North Carolina Foundation for Nursing is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) corporation which was founded in 1988 to receive and administer funds for charitable, scientific and educational purposes related to nursing in North Carolina. Funding to support the Foundation and its activities comes from individual contributions, business donations, bequests, recognitions, and memorials. Administrative support is donated by the North Carolina Nurses Association. The mission and work of the Foundation is accomplished by the service and time donated from educated volunteers—both nurses and non-nurses. The Board of Trustees consists of members appointed by the Foundation and the North Carolina Nurses Association.

Our Mission: The purpose and goals of the Foundation are to secure and administer funds directed toward: 1)education that assures that registered nurses are prepared to meet the current and changing health care needs of North Carolina citizens; 2) research that identifies the value of registered nurses in health care delivery; and, 3) activities that publicize the value of registered nurses in health care delivery.


Mary Lewis Wyche Fellowship
In 2003, the North Carolina General Assembly passed legislation to create a First in Nursing license plate with $15 of each license plate sold going to the NC Foundation for Nursing to fund the Mary Lewis Wyche Fellowships. Mary Lewis Wyche was the founder of the North Carolina Nurses Association in 1902 and was the nurse who spearheaded the creation of the first nursing practice act in the country which was passed on March 3, 1903.
Purpose: The Fellowships will be awarded to registered nurses seeking their masters or doctorate in education, practice or administration on a full-time basis. These Fellowships are for $5,000 annually. If a recipient finds that they must reduce the number of hours enrolled, they will only receive half of the monetary award.

This application cycle is now closed.

Carol Ann Beerstecher Nursing Scholarship
In 2008, the Carol Ann Beerstecher Nursing Scholarship Fund was created at Triangle Community Foundation as a tribute to Carol and to her dedication, passion, and commitment to nursing by the Beerstecher family. Their desire is that this fund will assist those individuals who may share Carol’s passion for nursing, but who may not have the financial means to achieve those dreams. Carol Ann Beerstecher was deeply committed to the profession of nursing. She received her BS in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1971 and following graduation worked as a nurse in the pediatric intensive care united of Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. After she returned to UNC to pursue a master’s degree she was diagnosed with a brain tumor and dedicated the remaining six years of her life to the problems of terminally ill patients and their families. She passed away in 1979 at age 29. Triangle Community Foundation has partnered with the North Carolina Foundation for Nursing to establish a scholarship program to support students who pursue pre-licensure nursing education and have resided in one of the following NC counties for at least one year prior to applying: Chatham, Durham, Orange, Wake, or Person.

This application cycle is now closed.

Judy Knox Scholarship
In 2009, the North Carolina Foundation for Nursing received a request from the North Carolina Board of Nursing for a scholarship in the name of Judy Knox (deceased), a former member of the NCBON staff. This scholarship will be offered to diploma nursing grads who are pursuing additional education in the field of nursing.

This application cycle is now closed.

Eunice M. Smith Scholarship
In 1995, the NC Foundation for Nursing, Inc. received a bequest from the estate of Kate Lerch in honor of her sister, Eunice M. Smith, to be used for scholarships and grants related to study in the field of nursing. The Foundation established a scholarship program to support registered nurses who pursue additional education on a part-time basis.
Purpose: Scholarships are available to registered nurses who have chosen to further their professional career by pursuing education at the baccalaureate, master’s or doctoral level on a part-time basis.

This application cycle is now closed.

For your assistance, please find more information on scholarships available for nursing students below.

Nurse Education Scholarship-Loan Program (NESLP)-This program was first funded by the 1989 North Carolina General Assembly as part of a series of initiatives designed to reduce the shortage of practicing nurses in North Carolina. NESLP is administered by the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority. NESLP awards are available through the financial aid offices of North Carolina colleges and universities that offer nurse education programs which prepare students for licensure in North Carolina as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or a Registered Nurse (RN). Awards are based upon financial need and other factors such as academic performance. NESLP awards range from $400 to $5,000, depending upon the student's demonstrated financial need, cost of instruction, other financial assistance, and the amount of funding available through NESLP. The maximum award for students enrolled in Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) and Practical Nurse Education (LPN) programs is $3,000. The maximum award for students enrolled in a baccalaureate (BSN) program is $5,000.
NESLP Information

Master's Nurse Scholars Program (M-NSP) Graduate Program- The Master's-Nurse Scholars Program (M-NSP) was an expansion of the Nurse Scholars Program in 1991. It was introduced to attract outstanding nurses to pursue a master's degree in nursing as preparation for them to teach nurse education programs and to provide nursing services to citizens of North Carolina. M-NSP is administered by the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority (NCSEAA). An 11-member Nurse Scholars Commission selects recipients for the MNSP award on the basis of superior academics, leadership potential, and desire to practice nursing on a full-time basis in North Carolina. Recipients must be North Carolina residents. Students must have a minimum of a 3.2 grade point average and plan to enter a master's level nursing program at a participating college or university in the state of North Carolina. MNSP is strictly merit-based; financial need is not a criterion. The annual value of the award is $6,000 for full-time study toward the master's degree in nursing, up to two years and $3,000 for part-time (6-8 semester hours per semester) study toward the master's degree in nursing, up to three years.
M-NSP Information.


Hallmarks of Healthy Workplaces Project

The NCFN administers the Hallmarks of Healthy Workplaces funds. The North Carolina Nurses Association administers the Hallmarks' programmatic aspects. To date, financial support has been received from the Center for American Nursing State Demonstration Project, the Nursing Spectrum/Gannett Foundation, the NC Organization of Nurse Leaders, the Duke Endowment, The Richard and Marie Reynolds Foundation, and NCNA. The intent is that the program will blanket the state with health-related facilities of all types that value its registered nurses.
For more information go to Hallmarks.

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