Graduate scholarship (GRD) Applicants

The application for the Graduate Scholarship is open! Apply before June 1, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. PST.

Exciting news! More Washington DNP or MSN students may now be eligible for the Graduate Scholarship.

What Changed:

GRD applicants no longer need to have an income at or below 125% of the Median Family Income (MFI) for their household size. If your income is above 125% of MFI there will be additional financial questions on the application about past reliance on income-based assistance program, student debt and current financial situation.

The Graduate Scholarship (GRD) supports historically underrepresented 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 an 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 total award of up to $25,000 over up to 3 years. Funding will be divided evenly over the Scholar’s remaining DNP or MSN program terms. Awards begin disbursement to schools in the fall term following selection and are not to exceed $6,750 per term. 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.


We ask scholars to complete at least half of their clinical credit hours in a Washington State Medically Underserved Area (MUA) or Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA). In addition to the $25,000 scholarship, we provide stipends to help facilitate this process.

GRD Scholars are eligible to receive a $500 per term travel stipend when training at a remote Washington State MUA or HPSA.

GRD Scholar practicum sites located in a MUA or HPSA area are eligible for a stipend of $3,600 per 120 clinical hours. Learn about Preceptor Site Stipends available to eligible sites hosting GRD Scholars.

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


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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

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 2022 scholarship window.

Application milestone2022-23 Dates
Application opensApril 18, 2022
Application deadlineJune 1, 2022
Unofficial transcript dueJune 1, 2022
FAFSA/WASFA submittedJune 1, 2022
Selection notificationJuly 2022

Eligibility Requirements

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

    • 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)
    • Applicants must have completed at least 1 semester or 2 quarters in their DNP or MSN program
    • Plan to have completed no more than 60 clinical hours by the start of Fall term 2022
    • Plan to start practicum courses by July 2023
    • Be enrolled full-time as defined by your DNP program or part-time as defined by your MSN program
    • Be in good academic standing as defined by your DNP or MSN program
    • Plan to 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
    • Commit to sharing practicum placement information with WSOS
    • 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 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 June 1, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. Required materials to submit during the application process include:
    • Resume or CV
    • Two required essay questions
    • A recent unofficial transcript from your DNP or MSN degree
  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).

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 to upload.

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 the GRD Scholarship, what to include in the letter of recommendation and where to upload the letter.

Washington Medically Underserved Areas (MUA) and Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA)

Medically Underserved Areas and Health Professional Shortage Areas are located across the state of Washington. See below for maps provided by the Washington state Department of Health.

Medically Underserved Areas
Mental Health Shortage Areas
Primary Care Shortage Areas

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 to their list of trusted senders.

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