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Norma's Nursing Education Scholarship

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1 winner$5,000
Application Deadline
Apr 15, 2023
Winners Announced
May 15, 2023
Education Level
Undergraduate, Graduate
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Field of study:
Education level:
Undergraduate or graduate students
New York or New Jersey

Continuing education in the nursing field is critical to providing better opportunities for experienced healthcare workers to better patient outcomes.

It is important to further nursing education and gain more experience in nursing fields to become more knowledgeable medical staff and better care for patients.

This scholarship aims to support students looking to continue their nursing education and gain more career experience. Preference will be given to students who have work experience in nursing-related fields.

Any associate or bachelor level students currently studying Nursing in New York or New Jersey may apply for this scholarship.

To apply, please tell us about your background related to healthcare and what continuing education in nursing means to you.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Boldest Profile
Published January 10, 2023
Essay Topic

Tell us a bit about your background, family, and previous jobs related to nursing. Additionally, what does continuing education mean to you, and how will the additional credentials earned improve your career goals and help you provide better patient care?

400–600 words

Winning Application

Francia Diaz
AMG School of Licensed Practical NursingNew York, NY
My name is Francia M. Diaz, I am a 45-year-old Latina of immigrant parents from the Dominican Republic. I am the youngest of four siblings. I am married and a mother to an autistic eight-year-old inquisitive boy. One of my lifelong dreams has been to become a nurse because I enjoy helping people and making a difference in everyone’s life. I faced many challenges in raising an autistic child. Even though I worked in the pediatric field and encountered other children with autism I had to learn new skills and how to have more patience with my child. In the end, it has been a great learning experience and so worth it, because my son has developed into a bright, gifted, inquisitive young boy. When the world was overcome by the covid pandemic, I had to work every day for very long hours. While many people were furloughed and others lost their jobs, I was fortunate to have a job. But it was a double-edged sword because it delayed my return to school. Looking back now, I know all of these moments have made me a patient and more resilient person to deal with any new challenges that come my way in the near future. My medical career began when I attended Sanford Brown Institute; I graduated with honors in June 2008. During my time at Sanford Brown Institute, I completed my externship clinical hours at Columbia University Medical Center where I was offered a part-time position shortly before graduating. After a couple of weeks, I became a full-time employee. Once at Columbia, I was allowed the opportunity to practice skills I learned in school. Part of that was helping translate for Spanish -speaking patients. I worked in the Department of Dermatology. Initially working with adult patients and eventually moved into Pediatric Dermatology. I was in that department for over ten years. Currently, I work at Summit Health/Village MD, where I have been for 5 years. I continue to work in Pediatric Dermatology and have been a certified medical assistant for over fifteen years. I thoroughly enjoy assisting my doctors, nurse practitioners and more importantly my patients. I am currently enrolled at AMG School of Nursing, where I will be graduating in August of this year. Subsequently, after graduating from the Licensed Practical Nurse program, I plan to enroll in the Registered Nurse program at AMG. I truly believe that furthering my education is very important because it will allow me to take the next step in my career from a certified medical assistant to a Nurse. Becoming a nurse means a great deal to me; this will allow me to achieve the career growth that I have long aspired for in my field. As a nurse, this will allow me the opportunity to fully treat and take care of all my patients' needs. Upon completing my Registered Nurse program at AMG, I will have realized one of my life dreams of becoming a nurse. I will be able to provide excellent patient care as well as, mentor my peers with the medical knowledge and experience gained during my studies. I humbly submit my application for Norma’s Nursing Education Scholarship. Knowing that I am ready for all the experiences that lie ahead of me as a nurse. I am so close to fulfilling this dream and I will not stop until I have achieved it!


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Apr 15, 2023. Winners will be announced on May 15, 2023.

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