The purpose of NOVA Scholarships is to promote the advancement of nursing practice, by providing scholarships in the amount of $1,500 to $3,000 each to qualified nurses employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
- 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.
- Currently not on restricted or light duty, LWOP, or FMLA.
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.
- Completion of three essay questions on application.
- Academic performance.
- Recommendations of the Academic Program Director/Dean and VA Nurse Executive.
Length of Award:
2017-2018 academic year. Selected applicants may re-apply in future years.
Application Period: January - March 1, 2017
Application Deadline: March 1, 2017
Finalists will be required to provide the following information once notified:
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.
Catherine J. Rick Scholarship
Anthony J. Principi Scholarship
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.
Vernice Ferguson Memorial Scholarship
Jesse Brown Memorial Scholarship
The Honorable Jesse Brown (1944-2002) was the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs from 1993 through 1997. As a veteran himself, he spent much time in the VA Medical Centers and Clinics around the country - both as an administrator and a patient. He saw how nurses impact the lives of veterans. He saw the dedication nurses have when it comes to caring for veterans. Secretary Brown, himself, became an advocate for not only veterans, but for nurses committed to serving veterans.A special NOVA Scholarship in the amount of $3,000, in the name of Jesse Brown, will be awarded annually to an outstanding VA nurse who demonstrates compassionate, quality care - the same care Secretary Brown and all veterans have come to appreciate and expect in the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Mary Raymer Memorial Scholarship
Mary Raymer, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, was a former NOVA National Board of Directors Member, and a former NOVA Foundation President. She devoted her endless efforts to promote the nursing profession and nursing education. Mary Raymer worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs for over 38 years. She was a member of the American Nurses Association and NARFE. Mary was a Professor of Nursing at the Capella and Phoenix Universities.Mary Raymer helped create the Nurse Emeritus Program to entice retired VA nurses to remain engaged in NOVA and VA nursing. She discovered the Soldiers Angels group and developed the Cool Scarf Project to support American troops serving in the Middle East. Mrs. Raymer also initiated the major fundraising project for the NOVA Foundation - "The Heart & Hands Cook Book.”
The NOVA Nurse Emeritus Group has established a scholarship in the amount of $1,500 in a memory of Mary Raymer, a nurse, an educator and an exemplary role model for all VA nurses.