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Emily Ruedi


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I am a nurse and single mom of two toddlers. I have been an emergency department and flight nurse for 13 years. I have a master's in nursing education that I have used to help teach nursing clinicals to undergraduate students. I've been accepted into a Family Nurse Practitioner program and am trying to find the funding to pay for it. This will help me provide a better future for my children and give them the opportunities they deserve. Thanks for the support:)


Illinois State University

Master's degree program
2024 - 2026
  • Majors:
    • Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing

Western Governors University

Master's degree program
2018 - 2018
  • Majors:
    • Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing

Illinois State University

Bachelor's degree program
2007 - 2011
  • Majors:
    • Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing


  • Desired degree level:

    Doctoral degree program (PhD, MD, JD, etc.)

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

    • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Hospital & Health Care

    • Dream career goals:

      To become a nurse practitioner and positively impact patients with the care I can provide them

    • Clinical Instructor for undergraduate nursing students

      Illinois State University
      2019 – Present5 years
    • Nurse

      2011 – Present13 years



    2003 – 20074 years


    • Captain


    • Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing

      WGU — Capstone project for Master's in Nursing Education
      2018 – 2018


    • At school and now as a passion of mine at home

      1999 – Present

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      International Student Volunteers — I helped carve out trails in the jungle, protect sea turtles, and build a school
      2009 – 2009
    • Volunteering

      Second Chance for Pets — Foster
      2023 – Present

    Future Interests






    Live Music Lover Scholarship
    The first concert that I went to was Bare Naked Ladies. I was ten years old, and I went with my parents. It was my mom’s favorite band, but I liked them too. I was drumming with excitement to attend my first concert. A few months prior, my sisters, who are nine and eleven years older than me, attended a Dave Matthews Band concert that I for sure thought would take me to go with them. Turns out, they took one of their friends instead of their baby sister. I had felt slighted since that happened. When my mom realized how sad I was about missing out of a concert with my sisters, she got us tickets to see Bare Naked Ladies. I put on what I thought was my cutest and grow up outfit to go to the show. We went to dinner before the concert, and I couldn’t sit still at the table while trying to eat. When we arrived at the venue downtown Chicago, I had no idea what to expect. When there were opening acts, I was shocked that you got to experience additional bands before the main event. It was an added bonus that I’ll never forget being shocked existed. My mom and I stood the entire show dancing and singing along while my dad sat back and watched us enjoying the moment. I zonked out and slept the entire drive home after all of the excitement. I knew then that live music would play an important role in my life. Live music seems to have this emotional way of connecting friends, family, and strangers alike. It creates a bond of this brilliant experience that you have all gone through together. I have been searching for that same feeling at every live show that I’ve attended since then and I’ve always found it. It is horribly difficult to choose a favorite concert, so I’m going to choose my first music festival. On a whim, one of my friends wasn’t able to attend a music festival that she had bought tickets for, and I was able to go in her place. I had just finished working a night shift from seven pm to seven am, when I ran home, grabbed a bag and was picked up by friends to drive up to Somerset Wisconsin for Summerset music festival. It was my first EDM music festival. The energy was palpable. I don’t think that I could ever describe enough details about this musical experience for anyone to understand the power it holds in my brain. It was magical to say the least. The crowds full of people caring for each other and looking out for each other, the lack of judgment from anyone around us, and the music connecting everyone together on another level seems unreal when I think back on it. I have experienced that same feeling when at other music festivals, but nothing can compete with that first experience. I fully understand why people commit their lives to traveling to music festivals and music events. That connection between the music and the people is unlike any other. The photo attached is of me at that first festival I attended.
    Harvest Achievement Scholarship
    My name is Emily Ruedi. I am a thirty-five-year-old single mother of two toddlers, aged two and three years old. I have been a nurse for going on fourteen years now, with the majority of those years spent working in the chaos of the emergency department and the back of a helicopter as a flight nurse. I have always had a drive in me to achieve. I am not sure if this comes from the way that I was raised, in which I was taught that you work hard for everything that you have or if it was something that I was born with as a type A Virgo personality. I grew up in the wealthy suburbs of Chicago but did not come from a wealthy family. My parents scraped by each of them working multiple jobs to put me and my two sisters through private schooling. I was always surrounded mostly by friends who came from wealthy families. To have to learn why I could not afford the same things or opportunities as the friends I grew up with was difficult. As I’ve grown older, I have come to appreciate the tenacity in which my parents fought with to get us the opportunities that we did have growing up. Seeing my parents work so hard to support our family is what has given me the sense of accountability that I have. I have had a job since I was fourteen years old because I knew that if I wanted additional things, that I had to work for them myself. Nothing was handed to me, and while it was frustrating at the time, I appreciate it now. I have the values for hard work and money because of my parents. For my undergraduate program, I applied endlessly for scholarships and worked as many hours as I could to save for school. I graduated without having to take out student loans, which helped me tremendously as a new graduate nurse not having to worry about paying money back. I have been motivated to continue on that path of financial responsibility. I have worked my way through various roles in nursing that have helped me progress professionally and financially. I have participated in every clinical ladder, every promotion, and every opportunity that was available to me. I am held accountable by my upbringing. The values that my parents instilled in me that hard work makes a difference and pays off. Now that I have two children of my own that I support without financial support, I want to be able to give them the same opportunities and more that I was given. My values have shifted slightly to hold me accountable not only for myself but for my children. As toddlers, they are currently reaping the rewards of my hard work, just as I did from the hard work of my parents. I want to raise them with the same values instilled in me by my parents. I can only hope that by taking this next step in my career to become a Family Nurse Practitioner through the program to which I’ve been accepted to at Illinois State University will further demonstrate my commitment to education, the nursing profession, and my financial goals for myself and my children.
    Christina Taylese Singh Memorial Scholarship
    My hands were shaking as I prepared to do my first intubation on a scene flight. I had just gotten off of orientation as a flight nurse and had yet to use this skill. The patient was a sixteen-year-old girl, also named Emily. She had been ejected from a vehicle that crashed out on some country road in the middle of nowhere. By the time ground emergency services called for the flight team, the patient’s father had arrived on scene. He was wringing his hands and had eyes on me like a hawk. My paramedic partner’s calm presence behind me reassured me that I was going to make it through this call. And I did indeed make it through that call and hundreds more just like it. I’ve been a nurse for fourteen years now and while I have worked the majority of my career in the emergency department, the very wide scope of practice that I was allowed while practicing as a flight nurse motivated me to return to school to advance my career further. I applied and have been accepted into the Family Nurse Practitioner program at Illinois State University. This will be the next step in my career towards having the ability to be the team leader and make a deeper impact with patients in their care plans. I have always worked hard as a member of the team to create positive changes in the patients’ care plans, but becoming a provider will allow me to help at the next level. I am a single mom to two toddlers aged two and three years old. I am their sole provider and do not get any financial help. Returning to school comes at a great cost, both financially and physically. Financially, I am unsure as to how I am going to pay for the two additional years of schooling. However, I find it harder to come to terms with being away from my children physically for more time than I already am. I work full-time hours as a nurse to support myself, my children, and our thirteen-year-old rescue dog, Pebbles. Going back to school means additional hours away from them when I need to be in class and completing clinical hours. Emotionally it is hard to dedicate that time to school instead of my children, but I also have the additional cost of childcare to have them well-cared for while I am in class or clinical. I know that going back to school is the best choice that I can make for both me and my children to give us the opportunities that we have not previously had. I am taking a leap of faith that I will figure out the financial side of this to give us all a better life, and in turn, be able to truly give the patients I care for a better life at the highest level that I can practice.
    Netflix and Scholarships!
    You are going to need more than a weekend to binge this series. Grey’s Anatomy has been a constant in my life since it initially aired in two thousand and five. There are now twenty seasons containing hours upon hours of content. While the cast has changed over the many years since it aired, there are a few constant characters who pull on the heartstrings. The writer and creator Shonda Rhimes has a knack for developing characters into family, friends, and foe alike. She brings out the best and the worst of all of the characters in the most realistic ways, which makes it relatable. At the time the first season came out, I was a junior in high school. Every Thursday night after cheer practice, I would go over to my best friend’s house to watch it together. We would have snacks and sit with our bodies squished up into balls with excitement for what was going on during the episode. We’d wait in anticipation during the week to get to that Thursday night new episode. It didn’t change any when we went to college. That same friend and I lived together for eight years after high school. And every Thursday was Grey’s night. We’d make dinner and watch it together. Even if we were going out after, we’d finish watching the new episode and then make our way out for the night. Our other friends always knew that’s what we’d be doing first. Now as adults with our own children, we still watch the new episodes, but more so, we re-watch the first four seasons over and over. I don’t know if it’s because those seasons are truly our favorite or because we watched them during what felt like the best time frame in our lives. We were young, single, and childless, much like the characters on the show. Oddly enough, I also ended up working in healthcare, which felt familiar after watching Grey’s Anatomy for so many years leading up to me working professionally. I worked the first twelve years of my professional career as a nurse in the emergency department and in the back of a helicopter. The chaos and trauma of Grey’s Anatomy felt very much like the chaos and trauma that I was experiencing in real life at work. It takes a very special person to create a show that depicts such rawness and real emotion surrounding a topic as delicate and as rough as healthcare, but Shonda Rhimes did it beautifully with Grey’s Anatomy. There is no show that I would recommend before this one. I think it has had more of an effect on me than I ever realized…my son is named Grey.
    Fall Favs: A Starbucks Stan Scholarship
    I am definitely a Starbucks girlie. I grew up with a mother that worked at Starbucks. I think it is because my mom worked there the majority of my upbringing that Starbucks always felt like home to me. I’d walk in and smell that strong coffee and it reminded me of the smell on my mom’s skin when she would get home from work after running around for long hours all day. It was lost on me at that young age that she was working there to be able to help provide for me and my sisters. My dad was already working multiple jobs, so when I became school age, my mother got a job at Starbucks. She worked her way up to becoming the manager, which she remained the entire time she worked there. I thought it was the coolest thing that after school, my friends and I would walk to Starbucks and my mom would make us all free drinks. We felt fancy and like we belonged there amongst the adult crowd because she worked there. As I’ve gotten older, I realize the sacrifices she made working there. She was awake long before the sun and worked endlessly long hours on her feet. She dealt with rude and demanding customers. But she also had wonderful regulars and always spoke about her job like she loved it. She would bring me home the newest tumblers, T-shirts and those old-school stuffed animal bears wearing seasonal outfits that changed for every holiday. She made a sacrifice into something that felt like a home away from home for me. I didn’t really become an actual coffee drinker until college. Initially, the chai tea latte was the star of the show for me. When I began working night shift and then also gave birth to two children, I needed more caffeine. I am now a cold brew drinker. I go to Starbucks daily. It is my treat of the day, every single day. My favorite cold brew is their pumpkin cream cold brew. The fall seasonal cold brew. Although it is a cold drink, it feels like the warm hug of a day that I would walk into the Starbucks where my mom worked years ago. The pumpkin cream cold brew feels like I’m ten years old, curled up in a big armchair in Starbucks doing my homework while waiting for my mom to get off shift. Starbucks will always feel like home to me.
    Nintendo Super Fan Scholarship
    The year is nineteen ninety-five and the soundtrack is a Disney CD playing through the entertainment center in my parents living room. In my sister’s hands is an original Nintendo controller ferociously being slammed on as my cousins and I cheer her on. Mario Brothers was and is our favorite game. We would take turns between playing the game and being a part of the cheering section. It took the whole team of us to advance through the different levels. We swore that muting the music that went with the game and playing the Disney CD made us beat the different levels. The music in the game on the more difficult levels was “scary” and we would be goners for sure with that music playing. However, the Disney CDs blasting their cheerful melodies in the background helped us stay calm and advance onwards through the levels. We played sitting in two cheers from the dining room table set up in front of the television and there were always snacks galore to keep us fueled on our missions. There are many things that make me think about my sisters and cousins, but Nintendo and Disney music are two of my absolute favorite. I will forever be seven years old making my way through the Mario Brothers.
    Redefining Victory Scholarship
    Success is working to live and not living to work. My answer to this question would’ve looked very different just a few years ago. I spent the first twelve years of my nursing career working in the emergency department and in the back of the helicopter as a flight nurse. I thrived on the chaos of critical care, and I poured myself into work. Being a nurse is what defined me as a person for a very long time. Being a nurse is definitely still a strong piece of what defines me as a person, but that’s just it, it is now only a piece. I am a single mother to two toddlers, aged two and three. They are the best thing that I have ever done and by far, require the most work and energy. I love that they are able to see me working and being successful professionally. But I also want them to see me succeed as a mother, as a family member, as a sister, a daughter, and a friend to the important people in our lives. I want them to see me be able to be there for them and for others as we navigate life. I want them to know I am there no matter what, for the important moments and for the insignificant laughs or tears after a long day. I am no longer defined by my career and yet, my career is what made me who I am. I don’t think that there is anyone who has worked in critical care for any period of time who can say that they were not affected in other areas of their life. Critical care shows you time and time again that life is short, and you should live it to its fullest capacity of your choosing. For the first twelve years of my career, I chose to thrive in the chaos and put my career first before anything else in my life. I have no regrets doing that. I immersed myself in knowledge and any available classes, I worked overtime to make the money that I wanted, and I advanced my career up the chain. While I loved being able to put my career first, I am no longer choosing that. I am now choosing to put my children first. I am choosing to put my family and friends first. I am honestly choosing myself first. For the first time in a long time, I am choosing myself first. For me, that entails returning to school to become a nurse practitioner. I have been accepted to the Family Nurse Practitioner program at Illinois State University. The program will take me two years to complete since I can only return part time in order to continue working full time to provide for my children. I do not receive any financial support for my children, and I manage on my own. Becoming a nurse practitioner will help me to increase my earning potential and give myself and my children the life and opportunities that I want. Being successful will look like me working a job that I love to be able to come home and spend the meaningful, important time in my life with the meaningful people to me. This scholarship will help me to pay for school so I can continue focusing on my children as their sole provider and parent. This scholarship would make a difference in me being able to spend more time with my children instead of working extra shifts to pay for school. This scholarship for me could be life changing. I appreciate your consideration.