Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance

School of Nursing – UConn Foundation
Funds and Award Criteria

Please Note:
In order for an applicant to be considered for one of the following fellowships, the applicant must select that they wish to be considered in SLATE. Additionally, all application materials for the following fellowships must be received by the posted deadline. Recipients of these fellowships will be the most academically promising members of the entering class of graduate students at the University of Connecticut. The criteria used to select recipients include the following:
  • Evidence of scholarly or creative achievement highlighted by the department or program in their nomination and evidence that the department or program provides the environment necessary for success in the areas of interest highlighted by the applicant.
  • Evidence of any prior scholarly or creative achievement by the nominee, e.g., publications, presentations, exhibits, performances.
  • Evidence that the nominee has been successful at previous academic institutions, e.g., letters of recommendation.
  • Quantitative evidence of academic accomplishment, e.g., undergraduate grade point average, GRE/GMAT (when available).


  • The Jorgensen Fellowship (JF) is available to outstanding young scholars applying to doctoral programs. The award consists of a service-free fellowship providing a $20,000 annual stipend for five years.
In addition, to be eligible for either the fellowships below, applicants must demonstrate a commitment to enhancing diversity in higher education and/or a commitment to enhancing diversity in their field of study.
  • The Harriott Fellowship (HF) is available to outstanding young scholars applying to doctoral programs. The award consists of a service-free fellowship providing a $20,000 annual stipend for five years.
  • The Crandall Fellowship (CF) is available to outstanding young scholars applying to master’s programs. The award consists of a service-free fellowship providing a $20,000 annual stipend for two years (MFA is for three years).
For HF and CF fellowships students must submit a diversity statement through the SLATE application system. Students can demonstrate a commitment to enhancing diversity in higher education through participation in organizations or activities that (a) directly relate to increasing access to higher education and retention in higher education of individuals, regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, gender, nationality, cultural background, religion, or beliefs or (b) that help to ensure that individuals are welcomed and included in higher education environments regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, gender, nationality, cultural background, religion, or beliefs. Such organization and activities might include participation/affiliation with TRIO programs, cultural/affinity organizations/centers, volunteer experiences, and college or university committees focused on these goals. Students provide evidence of this commitment through research and educational experience reflected on their CV/resume (articles, presentations, internship, and research experience), in their personal statement, or in letters of recommendations.

UConn School of Nursing Scholarships

Adomat Family Nursing Scholarship
Undergraduate students
Demonstrated financial need
Priority to seniors

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

Eleanor I. Skinner Memorial Fellowship
Graduate student
Demonstrated academic achievement
Interest in direct patient care in geriatric or palliative care
Priority consideration given to Connecticut residents

Lucy A. LaCava ’62 Scholarship Fund
Undergraduate student
Demonstrated financial need
Demonstrated academic achievement

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

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
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

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

Please contact Carol Polifroni.
P: 860-486-0511

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

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