Student Scholarships
Applications Open Sept. 1, 2019

CNF Scholarship Program

The Colorado Nurses Foundation is dedicated to supporting scholarships for Colorado nursing students.

Scholarships will be awarded for the first semester or quarter of 2020.

Please read the following requirements to make sure you are eligible to apply for a CNF scholarship:

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Applicants must be:

  • A Colorado resident committed to practicing nursing in Colorado.

  • Accepted as a student in an approved Colorado Nursing Program or in an approved online program.

  • A minimum of one semester or quarter of study remaining prior to completing their degree. Students graduating in December 2019 are ineligible to apply for a CNF Scholarship.

  • Student in a BSN program or accepted as a student in a twelve month accelerated BSN program commencing in January 2020.

Undergraduate applicants must have a 3.25 grade point average minimum and graduate student applicants must have a 3.5 grade point average minimum, with one of the following student statuses:

  • Student in second year of nursing studies in an associate degree in nursing program, OR

  • Junior or Senior level BSN undergraduate student, OR

  • RN enrolled in a baccalaureate or higher degree nursing program in a school of nursing, OR

  • RN with master’s degree in nursing, currently practicing in Colorado and enrolled in a doctoral program, OR

  • Student enrolled in accelerated nursing program having completed one quarter or semester, OR

  • Student accepted into twelve month accelerated program with transcript from previous degree, OR

  • Student in second or third year of a Doctorate Nursing Practice (DNP) program or have completed the first year of a PhD program. All graduate degree students must have continuous minimum enrollment for 6 semester hours.

Scholarship Criteria for Awards

Your scholarship application must include and will be rated on the following:

  • Professional philosophy and goals

  • Dedication to the improvement of patient care in Colorado

  • Demonstrated commitment to nursing, and potential for leadership

  • Involvement in community and professional organizations

  • Grade point average (minimum 3.25 undergraduate, 3.5 graduate) per program transcript GPA from most recently completed semester/quarter from current program

  • Student accepted into a twelve month accelerated BSN program commencing in January 2020 must provide a copy of the letter of acceptance

  • Student accepted into a twelve month accelerated BSN program commencing in January 2020 must provide a copy of official transcript from earned (must be completed) baccalaureate or higher degree in a field other than nursing

  • Financial need statement and narrative explanation

  • Recommendation of one faculty member, and

  • Recommendation from employer/supervisor (if not employed, then from another individual).

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The following scholarships are being offered for the 2020 spring/winter semester:

  • Roy Anderson Memorial Scholarship - 3 @ $1,500

  • Josephine Ballard Memorial Scholarship - 4 @ $1,500

  • H.M. Muffly Memorial Scholarship - 3 @ $1,500

  • CNA Virginia Paulson Memorial Scholarship - $1,200

  • Colorado Council on Nursing Education (CCNE): Nurse Educator Scholarship - $3,000

  • DNA 5 Scholarship (Graduate Student) - $1,333.33

  • DNA 5 Scholarship (Undergraduate Student) - $1,333.33

  • DNA 5 Scholarship (APN Student) - $1,333.33

  • DNA 16 Eleanor Bent Scholarship (males only) - $1,500

  • DNA 20 Scholarship - $1,500

  • SIG 30 Scholarship - $2,000

  • Platt College Joe Lee Memorial Scholarship - $5,000

  • Nightingale Scholarship: Centura Health - 2 @ $2,000

  • Nightingale Scholarship: University of Colorado - $1,000

  • Nightingale Scholarship: HCA HealthONE - $1,000

  • Colorado Nurses Foundation Nightingale Scholarships - 8 @ $1,500

  • Denver Regional Nightingale Association Scholarship - $1,500

  • Colorado Nurses Association Nurses Night at the Rockies Scholarship - $1,500

For questions, please contact the foundation at or 720-457-1004.