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West Virginia Nursing Scholarship Program

The mission of the West Virginia Center for Nursing is to improve health and healthcare for all West Virginians through strategic nursing workforce planning and development. In partnership with the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, the Center provides a range of scholarship/loan opportunities to assist current and future West Virginia nursing professionals with their education. Nurses benefit from financial assistance and in return agree to work or teach in West Virginia to fulfill the service obligation specific to their degree and avoid repayment.

Students must be enrolled in an accredited West Virginia nursing program. Each program year offers two award cycles: a combined fall/spring and a separate summer application cycle. The amounts listed below are maximums that a student is eligible for annually across both award cycles. Recipients must begin employment at an eligible work site in West Virginia within six months of graduation to avoid repayment. Recipients are responsible for locating their own employment and submitting work site documentation to the Commission for approval. Awards are contingent upon annual funding of the program by the West Virginia State Legislature.

Repayment Guidelines:

A recipient who fails to provide verification that he or she is meeting the service obligation associated with his or her award by working in West Virginia, is obligated to repay the principal and any interest that accrues on the award amount. Repayment of the award must begin within one year of graduation and be completed within 10 years.

  • Licensed Practical Nurse: An award of up to $3,000 per year is available for a student in a licensed practical nurse education program who has completed at least one-half of the program.
    • Service Obligation: A recipient is required to practice nursing as an LPN in West Virginia for one year for each year in which the recipient received an award(s).
  • Registered Nurse: An award of up to $7,500 per year is available for a student who has completed at least one-half of a registered nurse education program.
    • Service Obligation: A recipient is required to teach in an accredited West Virginia nursing program or practice nursing as an RN in West Virginia for two years for each year in which the recipient received an award(s).
  • Nursing Master's Degree or Doctoral Nursing or Education Program: An award of up to $15,000 per year is available to a student in a nursing master's degree program or a doctoral nursing or education program.
    • Service Obligation: A recipient is required to teach in an accredited West Virginia nursing program for two years for each year in which the recipient received an award(s).
  • Licensed Practical Nurse Teaching Certificate: An award of up to $1,000 per year is available for a student obtaining a licensed practical nurse teaching certificate.
    • Service Obligation: A recipient is required to teach in a West Virginia LPN program for one year for each year in which the recipient received an award(s).

Submission Guidelines:

The 2018-2019 Nursing Application will be open between April 15, 2018 through June 1, 2018. Schools must verify that the student remains in good standing in order to receive an award.
Nursing Scholarship Program awards are made through a competitive review process, so please provide complete information by the application deadline. You can obtain an application form in electronic format by visiting www.wvcenterfornursing.org or visiting www.cfwv.com under Financial Aid Planning>Find Scholarships.



Forms

WVCN Enrollment Verification (2016) PDF icon

WVCN Employment Verification (2016) PDF icon


Contact:

West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
West Virginia Center for Nursing
1018 Kanawha Blvd. East, Suite 700
Charleston, WV 25301
Phone: (304) 558-0838; Fax: (304) 558-0532
E-mail: drema.pierson@wvhepc.edu



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