IHCA FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS
Health Care Education Scholarships
The IHCA Foundation is offering up to 25 $1,000 scholarships to employees at IHCA and ICAL member facilities who are furthering their education in nursing, physical/occupational therapy or health care administration with the intention of working in the long term care field. IHCA Foundation 2013 scholarship application
The IHCA Foundation scholarships are made possible by generous contributions from the John R. and Zelda Z Grubb Charitable Foundation, Vetter Foundation, Iowa Hospice Foundation, HPSI, Tom Juckette Memorial, Iowa Nurses of Long Term Care, IHCA and ICAL districts, as well as, facility and associate members.
The deadline for submitting an application is May 31, 2013. Those receiving scholarships will be notified by July 12, 2013. Questions can be directed to Claire Seely.
RN Gerontological Certification Scholarships
The IHCA Foundation is pleased to announce the availability of 8 scholarships for a RN Test Prep Program for Certification in Gerontological Nursing being offered through AHCA/NCAL and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). The scholarship goes toward the cost of course enrollment, textbook, and certification exam, up to $1,000 each for the 8 RN recipients selected from IHCA ICAL member facilities.
Applications for the scholarships must be submitted to the IHCA Foundation by Friday, March 1, 2013. Click here for complete details. IHCA ICAL member facilities are encouraged to invite their RNs to apply for this scholarship that will help them attain national certification as a Gerontological Nurse (RN-BC).
The RN Test Prep Program is an online learning course that prepares RNs to pass the Gerontological Certification Exam and attain national certification as a Gerontological Nurse (RN-BC). The program has drawn rave reviews from long term care and assisted living facility owners, administrators and the nurse participants. To learn more about the RN Test Prep Program and the ANCC Geriatric Nurse Certification exam, visit the AHCA/NCAL Gero Nurse Prep webpage or view UNMC's Gero Nurse Prep informational webpage.
Administrators are asked to share this information with the RN staff members. Questions can be directed to IHCA ICAL Director of Quality and Clinical Services, Mary Jane Venteicher. Application information.
"Back to School" Nursing Scholarship Program
Offers two scholarships of $2,500 each. One to an ADN-prepared nurse who’s going back to school for an RN to BSN program. The other to a non-nurse who’s going back to school to become a nurse. The application form (as well as more detailed program guidelines) are available at www.bestnursingdegree.com.
HRSA Nurse Scholarships and Grants
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Nursing Scholarship Program deadlines are announced each spring. Click on the link above to be added to their email notification list or for more information. Also watch the IHCA Bulletin and ICAL Newslink for application information.
The 2013 Nursing Scholarship Program (NSP) application cycle will open in March and will remain open until May.
The NSP provides scholarships to nursing students in exchange for a minimum 2-year full-time service commitment (or part-time equivalent) at an eligible health care facility located in a primary care or mental health Health Professional Shortage Area also known as a Critical Shortage Facility. While in school, NSP participants receive tuition and fees, an annual payment for other reasonable costs to cover expenses for books, clinical supplies, and instruments, and a monthly stipend to cover living expenses.
Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program
NELRP is a competitive program that repays 60 percent of the qualifying loan balance of registered nurses selected for funding in exchange for 2 years of service at a critical shortage facility. For information on how to apply, click on the link above.
Federal Perkins Loan Discharge/Cancellation for Full-time Nurses
Nurses with a Federal Perkins Loans are eligible for loan cancellation. Benefits are earned incrementally, with up to 100% cancellation after five years of qualified employment as a nurse. Paperwork is coordinated through the college or university that issued the Perkins Loan(s).