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Hal and Jo Cohen Graduate Nursing Faculty
Scholarship and Living Expenses Grant

2014-2015 Application Available Now

In May 2005 the Health Service Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) approved the funding of 0.1% of regulated patient revenue for the use in expanding the pool of nurses in the State by increasing the capacity of nursing schools in Maryland. Funding for the Hal and Jo Cohen Graduate Nursing Faculty Scholarship and Living Expenses Grant (referred to hereafter as Graduate Nursing Faculty Scholarship and Living Expenses Grant) is provided by the Nurse Support Program (NSP II).

APPLICATION

The application for the 2014-2015 academic year is currently available.

Who may apply: Current full-time or part-time graduate students enrolled at an eligible accredited Maryland postsecondary institution in a Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN, MS) program, post-graduate certificate program in nursing education, Doctorate (PhD, DNP, EdD) program or another graduate-level nursing program required to prepare individuals to become nursing faculty.

How to apply: Complete the Graduate Nurse Faculty Scholarship application online at https://mdcaps.mhec.state.md.us (application instructions are below) and an official transcript from all institutions which the applicant attended for any registered nursing programs and graduate nursing programs, a sponsorship form signed by the dean or director of the Maryland nursing school sponsoring the applicant; and a copy of the applicant’s most recent Maryland tax return to be considered for the Living Expenses Grant.

When to apply: Completed applications are required before July 1 to start in the fall semester, by December 1 to start in the spring semester, and prior to April 1 to start in the summer semester.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

An individual must be a Maryland resident and be fully admitted and enrolled at a Maryland college or university as a full-time  or part-time  graduate student in a Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN, MS) program, post-graduate certificate program in nursing education, Doctorate (PhD, DNP, EdD) program or another graduate-level nursing program required to prepare individuals to become nursing faculty.  Students who are conditionally admitted to a program of nursing or with an entering grade point average (GPA) of less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale are not eligible until such time as they are fully admitted and have established a 3.0 GPA. For purposes of this graduate nursing financial aid program, full-time is defined as nine or more graduate level credit hours per semester or recognized period as outlined by the approved nursing program of study (e.g. mini-mester, quarter, continuous year-round enrollment plan, accelerated course program); part-time is defined as any credit hours taken less than nine credit hours per semester or recognized period as outlined by the approved nursing program of study. Audited courses cannot be used to reach the credit hours required for full-time or part-time status.

LIVING EXPENSE GRANT

To be eligible for a Living Expenses Grant, an applicant must be offered and accept a Graduate Nursing Faculty Scholarship and show need through submission of financial documents (W-2 & copy of previous year's Maryland Tax Return). Grant awards are subject to the availability of funds and not all eligible applicants may receive an award.

To qualify for the Living Expenses Grant award, an individual's annual gross income may not exceed $75,000. If the applicant is married, the applicant's annual gross income may not exceed $75,000 and the couple's combined annual gross income may not exceed $160,000.

If a recipient's employment status changes as a result of accepting this award (the recipient discontinues working, or changes from full-time to part-time employment), the recipient may submit a status change form to request consideration for the Living Expenses Grant.

AWARD AMOUNT

Priority funding shall be given to the Graduate Nursing Faculty Scholarship. The Graduate Nursing Faculty Scholarship is equal to all tuition and mandatory fees for courses in the approved nursing plan of study at Maryland public and independent colleges and universities.

Living Expenses Grant awards are made after all Graduate Nursing Faculty Scholarships for the fall and spring semesters have been determined. Living Expenses Grant awards may be considered taxable income under IRS regulations. A 1099 form will be issued to all Living Expenses Grant recipients. Recipients should consult with their tax advisor for guidance. Living Expenses Grant award amounts will be based on need. Awards may not exceed the maximum of $25,000 per academic year ($12,500 per semester) for full-time recipients and will be prorated for part-time recipients. The maximum total award amount is $50,000 over four years. If a recipient is receiving any type of stipend, salary supplement, and/or other financial assistance for living expenses, it may be deducted from the grant award total.

Grant awards are subject to the availability of funds and not all eligible applicants may receive an award.

PAYMENT

The Graduate Nursing Faculty Scholarship award amount on the award letter is an estimate based on the reported enrollment plan from the student’s application.  The award will be adjusted by the recipient’s institution to reflect the actual dollar amount of tuition and mandatory fees per semester.  The Living Expenses Grant awards will be distributed directly to the recipient after the institution has confirmed enrollment through the billing roster process and all scholarships are awarded.

AWARD RENEWAL

The Graduate Nursing Faculty Scholarship award is given priority and automatically renewed for up to three additional years if the recipient meets the following criteria:

  • is a Maryland resident;
  • remains enrolled in an eligible nursing program;
  • maintains a 3.0 annual grade point average on a 4.0 grade point average scale (includes Fall and Spring grades for previous academic year);
  • maintains satisfactory academic progress according to the institution's standards

Scholarship awards are automatically renewed for the full term of approved study provided all eligibility requirements are fulfilled. Renewal funding is contingent on available funds.

Living Expenses Grant awards are made for one year and may be renewed for up to three additional years until the maximum total award limit of $50,000 is reached, provided the recipient continues to hold the Graduate Nursing Faculty Scholarship and continues to meet eligibility requirements.  Award amounts are subject to change in accordance with available funds.  Eligible applicants who are not funded initially will be placed on a waiting list.  Funds may not be available to award all eligible students.

Recipients eligible for renewal will be mailed an annual mentoring plan update request and an enrollment survey requiring them to report enrollment plans for the next academic year to allow OSFA to accurately estimate renewal funding. An annual update on the mentoring plan should include program progress and any change in the plan of study. It is required at the completion of each academic year.

SERVICE OBLIGATION

You must sign and return a promissory note agreeing to begin fulfillment of your service obligation as a nurse faculty at a Maryland institution with nursing degree programs by doing the following:

  1. work two years as a full-time nurse faculty member for each year the award was received when enrolled full-time ; or
  2. work one and one-half years as a full-time nurse faculty member for each year the award was received when enrolled part-time.

Individuals fulfilling their service obligations as a part-time nurse faculty member must work two years for each year of their full-time employment obligation.  Full-time employment is defined as 35 or more hours per week or a contract for 12 or more academic credit hours per semester in didactic instruction.  Part-time employment is defined as 20-34 hours per week or a contract for less than 12 academic credit hours in didactic instruction or a clinical instruction contract for less than 12 contact hours or combination of less than 12 academic credit and/or contact hours per semester.

The service obligation begins after completion of your degree program, and cannot be fulfilled prior to completion. If you hold this scholarship with any other award requiring a service obligation, you must perform your service in consecutive years. A recipient must meet the service obligation at any Maryland institution granting nursing degrees and is not required to work at the sponsoring institution.  If the service obligation is not met, the Graduate Nursing Faculty award must be repaid with interest.  If the scholarship is held with any other award requiring a service obligation, the service must be performed in consecutive years.

NURSE FACULTY POSITION OPENINGS

SERVICE OBLIGATION QUESTIONNAIRE

GNF Service Obligation Questionnaire Form

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