Recruitment. Retention. Collaboration

West Virginia Center for Nursing Scholarship Program

The West Virginia Center for Nursing provides a range of scholarship opportunities to assist current and future nursing professionals with their education.
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The West Virginia Center for Nursing Scholarship Programs provide scholarships to LPN, RN, LPN teaching certificate, and masters or doctoral nursing education students. In exchange for agreeing to complete a service obligation in West Virginia. The program is a joint project by the West Virginia Center for Nursing and the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.

Student Eligibility

All students must be enrolled at least half-time in an accredited West Virginia nursing program and be in good academic standing at their academic institution. All students must also achieve both a cumulative and nursing GPA criterion set by the West Virginia Center for Nursing Recruitment and Retention Committee.  For the 2019-2020 award cycle, both cumulative and nursing GPA had to be 3.0 at the time the application is reviewed.

LPN and RN students are eligible to receive an award only after they have completed at least one half of their nursing program.

Master's or doctoral or nursing education students must be employed as an educator in an approved West Virginia school of nursing, be accepted in an approved West Virginia graduate nursing education program at the time of application, and must be continuously employed as a nursing educator in an approved West Virginia school of nursing while pursuing his or her master's or doctoral degree.

LPN teaching certificate students must be accepted into a West Virginia LPN teaching certificate program and must be continuously employed as an LPN educator by an approved West Virginia LPN program while pursuing his or her certificate.

Award Amounts

Award amounts vary each year based on the availability of funds and may be less than the maximum amount, and awards are dispersed each semester (Fall, Spring, Summer). The award amounts listed below are the maximum total annual award amounts.

  • LPN students: up to $3,000 per year
  • RN students: up to $7,500 per year
  • Master's or doctoral nursing education students: up to $15,000 per year
  • LPN teaching certificate students: up to $1,000 per year

The Service Obligation

Each recipient of a West Virginia Center for Nursing Scholarship must complete a service obligation for each award they receive. All recipients must obtain employment at an eligible site within six months of graduation to avoid having to repay the award. Recipients are responsible for locating employment and submitting employment verification for approval.

LPN Service Obligation Requirements:

  • One year for every year an award was received.
  • Position held must have a minimum requirement of an LPN license.
  • Work must be full-time in West Virginia as defined by his or her employer.
  • LPN recipients may meet the service requirements through more than one form of employment and may teach and practice concurrently if the equivalent is a full-time status of 36 hours or more per week.

RN Service Obligation Requirements:

  • Two years for every year an award was received.
  • Position held must have a minimum requirement of an RN license.
  • Work must be full-time in West Virginia as defined by his or her employer's definition of full-time.
  • RN recipients may meet the service requirements through more than one form of employment and may teach and practice concurrently if the equivalent is a full-time status of 36 hours or more per week.

Master's or Doctoral Service Obligation Requirements:

  • Two years for every year an award was received.
  • Work full-time in West Virginia as a nurse educator.
  • Master's or doctoral recipients may meet the service requirements through more than one form of employment and may teach and practice concurrently if the equivalent is a full-time status of 36 hours or more per week.
  • At a minimum, part of his or her work must include employment as an educator in a nursing program in West Virginia.
  • The service requirement may not be met while the recipient is concurrently receiving an award.

LPN Teaching Certificate Requirements:

  • One year for each year an award was received.
  • Work full-time in West Virginia as an LPN educator.
  • LPN teaching certificate recipients may meet the service requirements through more than one form of employment and may teach and practice concurrently if the equivalent is a full-time status of 36 hours or more per week.
  • At a minimum, part of his or her work must include employment as an educator in an LPN nursing program in West Virginia.

Award Repayment

A recipient who fails to provide verification that he or she is meeting the service obligation requirements is obligated to repay the principal and any interest that accrues on the award amount. Repayment of the award after failing to meet the program requirements begins within six months of graduating or after dropping below half-time status. Repayments must be completed within 10 years.

The Application Process

The West Virginia Nursing Scholarship Program accepts applications between April 15 through June 1 each year and provides scholarships to students meeting all eligibility requirements for the subsequent academic year. After applications are received, the applicant's institution must verify that the applicant is in good academic standing and meets the GPA requirements before the applicant may receive an award.

Awards are made through a competitive process. Complete application materials must be made by the application deadline.

The current application cycle for the West Virginia Center for Nursing Scholarship is closed for the 2019-2020 academic year. The next application will be open April 15 - June 1, 2020 for the fall, spring, and summer semesters of the 2020-2021 academic year. There is only one application cycle, so students should apply even if they are not yet mid way in their nursing program, but will be during the academic year of the application cycle.

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