The American Indian Nurse Scholarship Award Program was started by the NSCDA in 1927 to give students of American Indian descent the opportunity to pursue careers in nursing. The students are expected to return to work among their people to help improve health care. Some students work on reservations, and others find employment in hospitals in areas largely populated by American Indians. Intended originally to benefit females only, the program has expanded to include males and the career goals now include not only nursing careers, but jobs in health care and health education, as well.
The current goal is to grant a $1,500 scholarship each semester, as long as the student remains in academic good standing. The scholarship money is restricted to tuition and specific academic expenses. To meet the financial demands of their education, many students seek additional government grants and subsidies and maintain part-time jobs.
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In addition to the American Indian Nurse Scholarships, the NSCDA also grants educational awards each year to graduate students working toward doctorate degrees in American History, political science, historic restoration and preservation or administration of historic sites. Other educational awards are granted to any age child or adult for any reason pertaining to the education of American History. Examples include grants to enhance American history curriculum, History Day prizes, grants to teachers for enrichment study, and grants to international students. There is not a formal application for these awards, rather the NSCDA approaches possible awardees.
Majors/Fields of Study: Nursing
Eligibility: Must be of Indian/Eskimo descent
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