NYSNA Secor Scholarship

2016 Application Deadline: Wednesday, June 1

Jane Secor, PhD, RN

The Secor Scholarship Fund, established in 2007, was made possible by a generous bequest by long-time NYSNA member Jane Secor, PhD, RN. Dr. Secor stipulated that the endowment be used for furthering nursing education.

Two Secor Scholarships are awarded annually:

  • $5,000 to a NYSNA member seeking a baccalaureate (or higher) degree in nursing.
  • $5,000 to a family member of a NYSNA member seeking a first degree in nursing. The degree can be at any level, but must be the first degree in nursing sought by the applicant.

A family member is defined as a: spouse, domestic partner, dependent child, grandchild, niece or nephew. Half of the scholarship ($2,500) will be disbursed at the time that the scholarship is awarded. The second half will be disbursed upon submission of an official transcript for the first semester, showing maintenance of a minimum 3.4 GPA (out of 4.0) (see “Eligibility” below). Application deadline for the 2016 Secor Scholarship is Wednesday, June 1.

Restrictions

  • Lifetime maximum award of two scholarships per individual.
  • Applications are not retained; re-application is required.
  • Current members/family members of the NYSNA Board of Directors, Scholarship Selection Committee, and NYSNA Staff are not eligible for consideration.

Scholarship for Member seeking baccalaureate (or higher) degree

Eligibility

  • Current NYSNA membership; must maintain NYSNA membership during the award period unless extenuating circumstances arise that will be considered by the Committee
  • Acceptance to (or enrollment in) a college or university with an accredited nursing program
  • Maintenance in previous institution (last degree completed) of a minimum 3.4 cumulative GPA (out of 4.0)

Required Documents

  • Scholarship Application/Reference Sheet (above)
  • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • Two references (reference sheet must be used). One reference letter must be from a registered professional nurse. Examples of sources for the second are: professor, employer/supervisor or colleague.
  • Enrollment or acceptance letter from your institution verifying your status; this letter must specify acceptance in a nursing education program.
  • Official transcripts from current and previous post-high school institutions;
  • An essay, addressing how you intend to contribute to the profession of nursing and how you believe this degree will assist you to make this contribution. Essay must be typed, font size 12 and double-spaced. It must be at least one page, and not more than three pages in length.

Scholarship for Family Member of a NYSNA Member seeking a first degree

Eligibility

  • Spouse, domestic partner, child, grandchild, niece or nephew of current NYSNA member
  • Acceptance to (or enrollment in) a college or university with an accredited nursing program
  • Maintenance in previous institution (last degree completed) of a minimum 3.4 cumulative GPA (out of 4.0). If you are in high school (or have completed high school only,) the requirement is for maintenance of your high school’s equivalent of a 3.4 cumulative GPA (out of 4.0).

Required documents

  • Scholarship Application/Reference Sheet (above)
  • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • Two references (reference sheet must be used); examples of sources: guidance counselor, teacher, professor, employer, coach, community leader
  • Enrollment verification or acceptance letter from your institution verifying your status. This letter must specify acceptance in a nursing education program.
  • Official transcripts from prior education. If you are in high school or you have completed high school only, submit high school transcript. All other applicants must submit official transcripts from current and previous educational institutions.
  • An essay, describing a significant experience or reason that has influenced your decision to seek a nursing degree. Essay must be typed, font size 12 and double-spaced. It must be at least one page, and not more than three pages in length.

Application Submission

  • Deadline for submission of applications is Wednesday, June 1, 2016.
  • Mail completed applications to:

Secor Scholarship Committee
New York State Nurses Association
155 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12210

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