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Nurse Practitioner/Nurse Midwife Scholarship Program

Eligibility | Conditions of Scholarships | Penalty | Number of Applications Per Student
Scholarship Amount | How to Apply | Application Deadline | Legislative Authority


To be considered for a Nurse Practitioner/Nurse Midwife Scholarship, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  1. Residency in Virginia for at least one year.
  2. Acceptance or enrollment  in a nurse practitioner/nurse midwifery program in the State of Virginia or a nurse midwifery program in a nearby state.
  3. Demonstration of a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 in graduate and/or undergraduate courses.
  4. Have submitted a completed application form, and official grade transcript of graduate and/or undergraduate courses, and a statement of intent to practice as a nurse practitioner/nurse midwife in an undeserved area of Virginia following graduation.
  5. Submission of two reference letters.
  6. Submission of all materials to the Office of Minority Health and Public Health Policy prior to the established deadline.

Failure to comply with any of the above will cause the applicant to be ineligible for a nurse practitioner/nurse midwife scholarship. Applicants will be graded and ranked by the scholarship committee, and the most qualified candidates will be awarded the scholarships.

Conditions of Scholarships

It is important that all applicants fully understand the conditions of accepting a Nurse Practitioner/Nurse Midwife Scholarship. These awards are not gifts. Student recipients must agree to engage in full time practice in a designated medically underserved area for a period of years equal to the number of annual scholarships received. The scholarship recipient may pre select a medically underserved area where service employment will take place at any time prior to entering practice. This selection may be altered 90 days prior to beginning practice, at which time the recipient must choose from the current list of medically underserved areas and must receive approval from the State Health Commissioner or his designee of the practice location. The practice facility must provide services to persons who are unable to pay for the service and must participate in all government sponsored insurance programs designed to assure access to medical care service for covered persons.

Therefore, if a student received a one year scholarship award he must repay that amount by working continuously in Virginia for one (1) year. Full time employment must begin within two (2) years of the recipient's graduation date from the program. Voluntary military service, even if stationed in Virginia, cannot be used to repay scholarship awards.

Before any scholarship is awarded, the applicant must sign a written contract agreeing to these terms as established by law and the Board of Health.


If, for any reason, a scholarship recipient fails to complete his studies or to engage in full time nurse practitioner/nurse midwife practice in Virginia in an approved area and employment setting, the full amount of money represented in the scholarship(s) received, plus an annual interest charge, as established by the Commonwealth of Virginia, must be repaid immediately.

The recipient must take the first scheduled licensing examination following graduation. If he does not pass, he may retake the next scheduled examination. If he does not pass the second examination, he must repay all scholarship money received, plus an annual interest charge, as stated above.

If a recipient leaves Virginia or ceases to engage in full time practice as a nurse practitioner/nurse midwife before all employment conditions of the scholarship award are fulfilled, the recipient must repay the balance on his account, plus a penalty and an annual interest charge, as established by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Number of Applications Per Student

Scholarships are awarded for single academic years. However, a recipient may, after demonstrating satisfactory progress in his/her studies, apply for and receive a scholarship award for a succeeding academic year. No student may receive a scholarship for more than a total of two years.

Scholarship Amount

The amount of each scholarship award is dependent upon the amount of funds appropriated by the Virginia General Assembly. All scholarships are awarded without regard to race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

How to Apply

Applications and guidelines are available online from May 1 to June 30 every year. Applications must be typed, printed and mailed (with orginal signatures) to the Office of Minority Health and Public Health Policy.

Virginia Department of Health
Office of Minority Health and Public Health Policy
ATTN: Nursing Scholarship
109 Governor St., Suite 1016 East
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Application Deadline

Applications must be postmarked no later than June 30 for the academic year, beginning in the Fall of that calendar year. Applications and/or transcripts postmarked after the above date will not be considered for scholarship awards. Applications will not be accepted in The Office of Minority Health and Public Health Policy prior to May 1.

Legislative Authority

Title 32.1, Chapter 6,32.1 122.6 02 of the Code of Virginia authorizes annual scholarships for students enrolled in accredited nurse practitioner/nurse midwife programs.

Under the law, all scholarship awards are made by a Nursing Scholarship Advisory Committee appointed by the State Board of Health. The Nursing Scholarship Committee consists of five members or their designees: three faculty of nurse practitioner/nurse midwife programs, one nurse practitioner currently engaged in practice, and one former scholarship recipient. Committee appointments are for two years, and members may not serve more than two successive terms.

The Nurse Practitioner/Nurse Midwife Scholarship awards are competitive as there are usually more applicants for scholarship awards than there are funds available. Considerations for award selections include: 1) scholastic achievement 2) character and 3) stated commitment to post graduate employment in a medically undeserved area of Virginia, in an employment setting that provides services to persons who are unable to pay for the service and participates in all government sponsored insurance programs designed to assure access to medical care services for covered persons.

Preference for the scholarship award shall be given to:

  1. Residents of the Commonwealth
  2. Minority students
  3. Students enrolled in family practice, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatric, adult health and geriatric nurse practitioner programs and
  4. Residents of medically undeserved areas of Virginia, as determined by the Board of Health, in accordance with the provisions of its regulations for that purpose.

The Office of Minority Health and Public Health Policy serves as staff to the Nurse Practitioner/Nurse Midwife Scholarship Committee and plays no role in the determination of scholarship recipients.


Last Updated: 01-07-2014

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