New River Community College offers a new NRCC Nursing Scholars program that enhances opportunity and success for outstanding high school students young and old who demonstrate interest and ability in an Associate of Nursing degree in the college’s applied sciences.
“This new nursing scholarship creates opportunities for students in New River Valley to obtain a debt-free education in a demanding and rewarding career path,” said Pat Hooper, President of NRCC. “The program will not only change the lives of our students, but also prepare them to serve their communities as healthcare heroes.”
Nursing scholars receive support from advisors tasked with helping scholars make the best possible transition out of high school by completing the AAS nursing degree. The scholarship consists of two awards of first-level and second-level. High school juniors and seniors (public, private and home schools) who reside in the NRCC service area (Floyd, Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski, and the City of Radford counties) can apply for Level 1 scholarships.
Up to five NRCC District Nursing Scholars will receive a Level 1 scholarship that provides in-state tuition, college fees, and textbooks for five core program courses to be completed by high school graduation.
Students who have been awarded a Level 1 scholarship and have completed the five core courses with a grade of “B” or better may apply for a Level 2 scholarship. Students must also complete an Application for Free Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and meet all NRCC admission requirements for Access to Community College Education (ACCE) before submitting their Level II scholarship application.
The Level Two Scholarship provides tuition and college fees for four semesters of required courses in the AAS Nursing degree, all required textbooks, and all required fees.
Nursing scholars must demonstrate outstanding academic achievement, leadership, and citizenship. Applicants must have a 3.75 high school grade point average or better and demonstrate high levels of leadership and citizenship in the application essays. In addition, second-level applicants must have submitted and accepted the NRCC ACCE Scholarship to be eligible for the Level Two Scholarship for Nursing Scholars.
Nursing scholars are selected by a designated committee made up of faculty and staff at NRCC. Every effort will be made to award one scholar per NRCC service area county/city.
The first scholarships will be awarded in Fall 2022. Information about the program can be found on the NRCC website at www.nr.edu/nursing/scholars. The scholarship application will be available online starting February 10, and the application deadline is March 15.
For more information about the NRCC Nursing Scholars Program, contact Lynn Taylor at 540-674-3631 or firstname.lastname@example.org.