Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance


School of Nursing – UConn Foundation
Funds and Award Criteria

During Academic year 2014-2015 over $360,000 in scholarships was awarded to more than 94 scholars.

UConn School of Nursing Scholarships

Adomat Family Nursing Scholarship
Undergraduate students
Demonstrated financial need
Priority to seniors interested in geriatric patient care


Anne R. Bavier Scholarship
Incoming or continuing graduate students
Students enrolled full or part time in a doctoral program of the school
Demonstrate financial need


Dr. Henrietta Bernal Endowment
Undergraduate or Graduate students
Students enrolled full-time


Amanda and Jacob Brax Memorial Fund
Undergraduate or graduate students
Priority to students with financial need


Christine Yoran Brenner Scholarship Fund
Students who have shown service and commitment to their community/school and best exemplify Brenner’s values
Must be a sophomore nursing student


Joseph Maurice Cantin and Charles Ernest Goosman Scholarship
Undergraduate students
Priority to students who have exhibited previous commitment and service to the needs of the lesbian and gay communities


Frank P. Chinigo Scholarship Fund
Undergraduate or graduate students
Students enrolled full time
Residents of Southeastern Connecticut
Demonstrated financial need
Priority to students coming from an associate degree program


Natividad Heraldo Condino Scholarship
Juniors with a minimum GPA of 3.6
Demonstrated financial need
Demonstrated engagement in community service related activities through outreach programs


Mary & Katherine Connelly Nursing Scholarship
Undergraduate, CEIN and graduate students
Demonstrated financial need


Lionel John and Helen Kinniery Cusson Scholarship Fund
Undergraduate students
Demonstrated financial need
Priority consideration will be give to student athletes


Ferdinand and Nellie D’Esopo Scholarship
Undergraduate students
Preference to residents of Hartford, CT


Lynn and Doug Donaldson Scholarship Fund
Undergraduate, graduate or doctoral students
Students enrolled full time


Eastern Connecticut Nightingale Scholarship
Undergraduate or graduate students
Students enrolled full time
Priority to residents of New London County


Ralph and Ruby Gilman Scholarship
Undergraduate or graduate students
Priority to students with demonstrated financial need


Kathryn Stewart Hegedus Scholarship for Study Abroad
Undergraduate or graduate students
Students enrolled in the Study Abroad Program
Demonstrated financial need
Demonstrate eligibility for nomination to Sigma Theta Tau


Heist Family Endowed Nursing Scholarship Fund
Residents of Fairfield County
Students enrolled full time
Priority consideration to: a) Students with academic merit b) current,-or former,-association with Stamford Hospital


Richard and Maureen Hollfelder Memorial Scholarship
Junior or senior undergraduate students
Demonstrated financial need


Lillian and Lester Humes Scholarship
Incoming or continuing undergraduate students
Academic achievement or demonstrated financial need
Priority to students who demonstrate experience with community nursing


Jonas Nurse Leadership Scholarship
The purpose of the scholarship is help fund doctoral students to increase the number of nursing faculty nationwide. Recipients will be funded through 2014. For further information, visit www.jonascenter.org. Available to 1 DNP student who must be from Vermont and 2 PhD students. PhD students do not have to be from Vermont.


Emma Smith Kenneday Scholarship
Graduates of an urban Connecticut high school
Incoming freshmen
Demonstrated financial need
Can be renewed


The Raymond and Mary Ladden Scholarship
CEIN/BS at the UConn Waterbury Campus
Resident of Hartford, Litchfield or New Haven county
Demonstrated leadership qualities
Financial need may be considered


Robert Andrew Matheson Nursing Scholarship
Undergraduate or graduate students
Demonstrated strong leadership potential


McLeod Family Scholarship
Undergraduate or graduate students
Students enrolled full-time
Demonstrated Academic Achievement
Demonstrated financial need


Natalie M. Monty Scholarship
Undergraduate or graduate students
Students enrolled full-time
Demonstrated financial need


Nursing Scholars Fund Awards
Undergraduate, CEIN, or graduate students
Students enrolled full time
Residents of Connecticut
Graduates from a Connecticut high school


Carol A. Otis Nursing Scholarship
Undergraduate students
Demonstrated financial need
Students enrolled full time


Robert and Margaret Patricelli Family Foundation Scholarship
Undergraduate students
Residents of Hartford
Demonstrated financial need
Priority to students from a federally recognized underrepresented group


Presnick Family Nursing Scholarship
Juniors or seniors
Students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 during their first two years at the School of Nursing


Mary Barbara Rice Scholarship Endowment
Incoming freshmen
Demonstrated financial need


The John J. and Joan Couzens Sauer Endowed Nursing Fellowship
Graduate students
Students enrolled full time


Dianne M. Schmeizl Memorial Nursing Scholarship
Sophomores
Demonstrated financial need


Anabel Sharp Nursing Scholarship
Graduate students
Demonstrated commitment to teach upon graduation


Linda R. Suess Nursing Scholarship
Undergraduate students
Full time enrollment
Demonstrated financial need


Susan Juster Viner Scholarship
Juniors or seniors
Demonstrated financial need


Asher G. Zlotnick Memorial Nursing Scholarship
Undergraduate students
Demonstrated financial need

Additional Financial Resources

UConn Air Force ROTC
UConn Army ROTC
National Health Service Corp
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Robert Wood Johnsons (RWJ) Scholarships for two new doctoral students in the School of Nursing PhD Program [link]

Solicitation Fully Funded PhD in Nursing ‐ in Correctional Health, Funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation [link]


Higher Education Opportunities Act (HEOA)

HEOA requires colleges and Universities that participate in federal student financial aid programs to disclose certain information to current and prospective students, and University employees

This site was developed to provide these disclosures in one coherent location. Please follow the links below for information on each of the topics listed. For questions, please contact the appropriate office.

Graduate Assistantships (Research and Teaching)

The number of graduate assistant (GA) positions varies from year to year. The positions are available, by application, to full-time graduate students.

The GA appointment is equivalent to 3 credits of registered coursework; therefore full-time study with a GA appointment is 6 credits of registered coursework. Teaching assignments are available in the clinical and simulated laboratories theory/lecture courses, or as an assistant to a full-time faculty member. Research assignments can be in the Center for Nursing Research, or in support of MS and PhD faculty research.

All Graduate Assistants are hired from August 23rd to January 7th for the Fall semester and January 8th through May 22nd for the Spring semester. GA’s work 20 hours per week. If a GA is not able work on a particular week she/he is expected to make up the time missed. Work schedules are negotiated with the designated supervisor. GA’s are required to attend an orientation prior to initiating employment to be arranged with the supervisor. All GA’s, regardless of their assignments, are required to work during final exams as proctors or other assignments as needed.

GA’s receive a tuition waiver (not including fees) and bi-weekly stipend. (See Graduate Catalog for information and fees). Graduate assistants may purchase healthcare coverage, heavily subsidized by UConn. For more information on healthcare benefits go to the Human Resources web page.

All positions will be advertised to incoming and continuing students. Interested students must be available for an interview with a prospective supervisor. The positions are competitive. Appointment is based on academic merit and expertise in skills required of the position. Continuing appointment is dependent on satisfactory performance.


Federal Nurse Traineeships

Traineeship funding is available through the Federal Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship grant to the School.

The Health Resources & Services Administration notifies the School of Nursing in the summer concerning the amount of funding available for the coming academic year.

To be eligible, students must be enrolled full-time (9 credits each semester, or 6 credits with a graduate assistantship) enrolled part-time and in the last 12 months of their doctoral program. Funds are available for tuition assistance on a semester by semester basis, and as funding allows.

Students will be notified of the application procedure via listserv announcements. Other sources of financial aid may affect the amount of the traineeship award a student receives. The traineeship award is applied to the student’s fee bill.


University Predoctoral Fellowships

These fellowships are awarded by The Graduate School on the recommendation of the School of Nursing. Predoctoral fellowships are available for the fall and spring semesters.

Award amounts vary and are given to full-time doctoral students. Recipients must maintain satisfactory academic progress toward their degree. Graduate eligibility for financial aid and calculation of need for campus-based programs will include resources such as anticipated fellowships, Federal Stafford loans, veteran’s benefits, outside scholarships, tuition waivers and need-based student earnings during an award year.

Over awards will require recalculation and may result in a reduction of financial aid. Summer Fellowships are awarded by the Graduate School based on the recommendation of the School of Nursing.

Recipients must have an approved dissertation proposal on file to be eligible for this award. The award amounts vary year to year. Students do not have to be registered during the summer but must be making progress toward the completion of their degree.


Award to Outstanding Doctoral Applicants

An applicant to the doctoral program who demonstrates outstanding potential as a nurse scholar is eligible to be considered for a special Graduate Assistant award.

A maximum of two outstanding awards are given each year. The award is for three consecutive years and includes: a 10-hour (part-time) Graduate Assistant position (including tuition, stipend, and eligibility for discounted health benefits).

New England Regional Student Program

The New England Regional Student Program offers special rates to out of state students enrolled in certain graduate programs at UConn.

Information can be obtained from the Graduate School.
By mail, write to:
New England Board of Higher Education
45 Temple Place
Boston, MA 02111

NRSA: National Research Service Awards

Students are encouraged to apply for larger amounts of NRSA funding from the Federal Government.

Funding was initiated in 1974 to increase capabilities of the National Institute of Health (NIH) to carry out their responsibility to maintain superior national programs of research and study of physical and mental diseases or impairments.

Doctoral students may qualify for a pre-doctoral fellowship which funds both the student and in a lesser amount, the sponsoring institution. Students will need to identify a specified area of study and a research mentor. Applications are available from the Director of the Center for Nursing Research and from the University’s Research Foundation.


Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Competition

Submission deadline date for this semiannual competition is usually June 1.

Forms are available on the Research Foundation website. For additional information, contact Doug Bradway

University Financial Aid Information

Information and application forms may be obtained from the Financial Aid Office by writing:

The University of Connecticut
Financial Aid Office
233 Glenbrook Road, Unit 4116
Storrs, CT 06269-4116
Phone (860) 486-2819
http://www.financialaid.uconn.edu/

Graduate Admissions Office
438 Whitney Road Extension, Unit 1006, Room 108
Storrs, CT 06269-1006
Phone (860) 486-3617

Opportunities through the University are listed in the Graduate School Catalog.

Special Graduate Student Assistance is available through the Graduate School.

Additional information may be obtained on the Financial Aid Office web site.

Please note: FASFA applications need to be completed for all financial aid.


NFLP: Nurse Faculty Loan Program

The purpose of NFLP is to increase the number of qualified nursing faculty to facilitate education of the nurses needed to address the nursing workforce shortage. The NFLP seeks to achieve this purpose by providing funding to schools of nursing to support the establishment and operation of a NFLP loan fund.

Participating schools of nursing make loans from the fund to assist registered nurses in completing their graduate education to become qualified nurse faculty. The program offers partial loan forgiveness for borrowers that graduate and serve as full-time nursing faculty for the prescribed period of time. The loan recipients may cancel 85 percent of the loan over four years in return for serving full time as faculty in any accredited school of nursing.
NFLP Application pdf

Please contact Carol Polifroni.
P: 860-486-0511
E: carol.polifroni@uconn.edu

For more information, visit Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)


GAANN: Graduate Assistance in Area of National Need

This program provides fellowships, through academic departments and programs to assist graduate students with excellent records who demonstrate financial need and plan to pursue the highest degree available in their course study at the institution in a field designated as an area of national need.

The program provides tuition, fees and a stipend for FINANCIALLY ELIGIBLE PhD with a major in nursing students with an interest in teaching. A supervised teaching experience and participation in a learning community are required.

Please contact Carol Polifroni.
P: 860-486-0511
E: carol.polifroni@uconn.edu

For more information, visit U.S. Department of Education


External Scholarships

Hospital for Special Care: Nursing Scholarship

Hospital for Special Care is proud to announce its annual nursing scholarship to students who are enrolled in, or accepted into, an accredited nursing program, pursuing a first-time, Registered Nursing (RN) degree; (full and part-time students are eligible).

Two scholarships will be awarded to candidates selected from among the following categories:

  1. High school senior, or community student;
  2. Family member of a benefits-eligible employee of Center of Special Care, Inc. (CSC), (family includes spouse, child or grandchild); and,
  3. Volunteer, or a member of their family at CSC, (family includes spouse, child or grandchild).

All prospective applicants must reside in the Greater New Britain area from any of the following towns: New Britain, Berlin, Farmington, Plainville, Newington and Southington.

This scholarship program is funded through the Hospital for Special Care Foundation Annual Giving Program, and through the Advancement for Nursing Endowment Fund.

For further information, candidates may call the Hospital for Special Care Foundation at 860.832.6257, or Maria Pietrantuono, Chair, Nursing Scholarship Committee at 860.827.4731.

Hospital for Special Care: Nursing Scholarship Application