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Anthony J. Principi Scholarship


During his 2001-2005 term as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Anthony J. Principi directed the federal government’s second largest department, responsible for a nationwide system of health care services, benefits programs, and national cemeteries for America’s 25-million living veterans and dependents. Mr. Principi has served as Republican chief counsel and staff director of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, counsel to the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs (named by President George H.W. Bush), Republican chief counsel and staff director of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, and chairman of the Commission on Service members and Veterans Transition Assistance (established by Congress in 1996). 

NOVA has established a scholarship in the amount of $3,000, in the name of Anthony J. Principi, who is a longtime supporter of NOVA and an advocate for VA nurses and veterans.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicant must be a current NOVA member for at least two years.
  • Applicant must be a VA employee, full-time or part-time.
  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Applicant must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a baccalaureate, masters, post-masters or doctoral program.
  • Applicant must show satisfactory or higher rating on proficiency or performance evaluation.

NOTE: NNEI/EISP, EDRP, and SLRP recipients are eligible to apply for NOVA scholarships.

Eligible Educational Programs:

  • Baccalaureate program in nursing.
  • Masters, post-masters and doctoral programs in nursing, or a related field if applicant has a baccalaureate degree in nursing.
  • All bachelors, masters and post-masters nursing programs must be accredited by the National League for Nursing (NLN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
  • All non-nursing programs must be accredited by the nationally recognized accrediting body for the field.

Ineligible Educational Programs:

Diploma or associate degree programs.

Selection Criteria:

  • Completion of essay questions on application.
  • Academic performance.
  • Recommendations of the Academic Program Director/Dean and VA Nurse Executive.

Length of Award:

2015-2016 academic year. Selected applicants may re-apply in future years.

Application Period: CLOSED

Finalists will be required to provide the following information once notified:

a. Validation of GPA via a copy of an official transcript (paper or electronic). 
b. Copy of current Proficiency or Performance Evaluation.
c. A letter of acceptance from the academic program for which you are receiving the scholarship.
d. A letter of endorsement from the Academic Dean/Designee from the academic program for which you are receiving the scholarship.
e. A letter of endorsement from your current VA Nurse Executive/Designee confirming that you are not on restricted or light duty, LWOP, or FMLA.
*Scholarship funds will not be released until the above documents are received. 
*Do not send these documents unless you receive notification of being awarded a scholarship.