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Nursing Scholarship Applications Now Available

Outline: Nurse Scholars Program awards are available for undergraduate and graduate nursing students.

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Students interested in nursing careers can apply for a scholarship/loan through the N.C. Nurse Scholars Program (NSP) for the 2011-12 academic year at CFNC.org

Approximately 400 new awards are expected to be made for the coming year, according to College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC). Selection criteria and an application are available for undergraduate students at CFNC.org/NSP and, for master's degree students, at CFNC.org/MNSP.

Nurse Scholars Program awards are available for undergraduate and graduate nursing students. Undergraduate amounts range from $3,000-$5,000 for registered nursing programs at the associate or bachelor's degree level, while graduate amounts are $3,250-$6,500 for part-time and full-time study.

Recipients must be legal residents of North Carolina for tuition purposes and are required to practice as licensed registered nurses in North Carolina following completion of the nursing program. Students who do not fulfill the service obligation must repay the scholarship/loan in cash with interest.

Application deadline for the bachelor's degree program award is February 28, 2011. Deadline for the associate degree program award and the graduate degree program is May 3, 2011.

Recipients are chosen by the North Carolina Nurse Scholars Commission. For more information on the nursing scholarship/loan, please visit the website, call 866-866-CFNC (2362) or email information@ncseaa.edu.

For information regarding college planning, career information and other scholarship opportunities, contact College Foundation of North Carolina toll free at 1-866-866-CFNC or CFNC.org.

About CFNC

College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) is a free service of the State of North Carolina that helps students plan, apply, and pay for college. CFNC is a partnership of Pathways, the N.C. State Education Assistance Authority, and College Foundation, Inc.

Pathways, created by the N.C. General Assembly in 1999, is a state-wide initiative to increase the college-going rate of North Carolinians by providing: comprehensive college and career planning resources; electronic applications and transcripts accepted by all 110 North Carolina colleges and universities; and information on student financial aid and college affordability. Pathways is administered by The University of North Carolina General Administration in collaboration with the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, the N.C. Community College System, and the N.C. Independent Colleges and Universities.

The North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority (NCSEAA), established in 1965, is the State agency that promotes access to higher education by administering financial aid and savings programs, informing students and families about paying for college, teaching educators about financial aid administration, and advocating for resources to support students.

College Foundation, Inc. (CFI), a nonprofit corporation serving North Carolina students and families since 1955, administers a portfolio of more than $3.3 billion, including low-interest federal education loans, in addition to the State's college grant programs, and the tax-advantaged "529" college savings program on behalf of the N.C. State Education Assistance Authority. CFI also delivers information to North Carolina students and families about paying for college and provides technology services for CFNC.org

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