Graduate scholarship (GRD) Applicants

The Graduate Scholarship (GRD) supports Washington students pursuing advanced health care degrees to become nurse practitioners. The GRD scholarship aims to increase the number of health care providers in Washington’s medically underserved areas. To be eligible, Scholars must be already enrolled in an approved practitioner-based MSN or DNP program, and pursuing a specialty as a Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP-Primary care), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), or Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP-Primary care), at one of Washington’s six eligible nursing schools.

Awarded students will receive a $2,500 one-time award during the first scholarship term plus $4,500 per 120 clinical hours which may be divided among terms, depending on the program's clinical structure. Total award is up to $25,000 over three years. These scholarship funds are flexible and can be used to cover tuition, fees and other costs of attendance such as housing, transportation, food and more.

The information below describes the application timeline, eligibility requirements and application requirements.

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The application for the Graduate Scholarship is now closed. 

Applicants will be notified of selection through email by the end of August. 

Applying for GRD during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Health care workers with advanced degrees are in demand across the state and WSOS is working to fill those positions, particularly in medically underserved areas. Our funds are flexible, and we provide support beyond tuition to cover costs such as transportation, medical bills, food and housing.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us via email at graduate@waopportunityscholarship.org.

Q: What's the best way to send transcripts during the pandemic?
A: WSOS asks that you upload them electronically as part of the application. There is an upload link in the Personal Experience section of the application. If you have any issues, please contact graduate@waopportunityscholarship.org.

Q: How is WSOS supporting current Scholars during the pandemic and are there plans to provide additional resources?
A: We are in regular communication with Scholars and providing uninterrupted access to their scholarship dollars and support services. In addition, we’ve compiled this list of resources to help students maintain their financial, mental and physical health and well-being. We encourage any Scholars or applicants whose financial status has changed significantly to talk to the financial aid office at their college to see if there is a possibility to adjust their award level and access more support.

Application Timeline: Key Milestones & Dates

WSOS accepts applications for the Graduate scholarship one time each academic year. The table below shows the timelines for the 2021 scholarship window.

Application milestone2021-22 Dates
Application opensJune 15, 2021
Application deadlineJuly 19, 2021
Unofficial transcript dueJuly 19, 2021
FAFSA/WASFA submittedJuly 19, 2021
Selection notificationLate August 2021

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants for the scholarship must meet all of the following criteria:

  • RESIDENCY
  • FINANCIAL NEED
  • ENROLLMENT PLAN
    • Applicants entering their second year pursuing a specialty in Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP-Primary care), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) or Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP–Primary care) in a DNP or MSN program that prepares you for clinical practice at one of the following eligible universities:
      • Gonzaga University
      • Pacific Lutheran University
      • Seattle Pacific University
      • Seattle University
      • UW Seattle
      • Washington State University (WSU Spokane, WSU Tri-Cities, WSU Vancouver)
    • Plan to start practicum courses by July 31, 2022
    • Complete at least one-half of the program’s required clinical hours in a Washington state Medically Underserved Area (MUA) or Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) as designated by HRSA, and as assigned or approved by their program’s Clinical Placement Coordinator for the quarter or semester
    • Be enrolled full-time as defined by your DNP or MSN program
    • Be in good academic standing as defined by your DNP or MSN program
  • POST-DEGREE PLAN
    • Intend to practice in a Washington state Medically Underserved Area (MUA) or Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) as designated by HRSA for at least 2 years after program completion
    • Commit to sharing job attainment data post-degree completion with WSOS

Application Process

Interested applicants must complete the entire application process if they are to be considered. Applicants must:

  1. Meet all eligibility requirements.
  2. Complete all application sections via the Scholarship Application Portal by the application deadline of July 19, 2021. Required materials to submit during the application process include:
    • Resume or CV
    • Two required essay questions
    • An unofficial transcript
  3. Have submitted the FAFSA or WASFA for the relevant academic year by the deadline on the application timeline.
  4. Submit one letter of recommendation from a professional or academic reference who can speak to your commitment to working in a Washington state Medically Underserved Area (MUA) or Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) as designated by HRSA. Give this info sheet to your recommender.

Application Tips!

Applicants may start the application, save progress and return to complete it later up until the application deadline. The application will take about 30 minutes to complete if you have your essays prepared and your unofficial transcript plus resume ready.

Essay Question Guide: Review some guiding tips on how to prepare for this section of the application.

Letter of Recommendation Guide: Information sheet that you can send to references about WSOS, the GRD Scholarship and what to include in the letter of recommendation.

Selection & Notification

The Board of Directors is ultimately responsible for deciding which factors determine Scholar selection. The criteria upon which selection is based varies year to year but generally include a combination of students’ commitment to practice in Washington state, intended program of study and financial need.

Applicants will be notified about the selection decision by the date listed on the table above.

Selection notification emails are sent to the email address applicants provide on the application; we strongly encourage all applicants to carefully enter their email and to add graduate@waopportunityscholarship.org to their list of trusted senders.

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