Scholarship Program




NBNA is committed to excellence in education and conducts continuing education programs for nurses and allied health professionals throughout the year. The association provides annual scholarships for students.

Scholarships provide funding for continuing education. This funding enables nurses to grow and better contribute their talents to the health and healthcare of our communities. Please review the Scholarship Application form carefully, remember, to submit ALL required documents with your application.

Scholarships and Certifications

The National Black Nurses Association, Inc. offers various scholarships each year including:

Dr. Lauranne Sams Scholarship
NBNA Board of Directors Scholarship
Lynne Edwards Research Scholarship
Dr. Hilda Richards Scholarship
Margaret Pemberton Scholarship
Rita E. Miller Scholarship
Maria Dudley Advanced Scholarship
Martha R. Dudley Scholarship
Dr. Martha A. Dawson Genesis Scholarship
Reverend Pauline L. Cole Scholarship
Sheila Haley Scholarship
United Health Foundation Scholarship
Esther Colliflower/VITAS Innovative Hospice Care Scholarship
Della Raney Nursing Scholarship
Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics Scholarship

These scholarships will range from $1,000-$6,000

Scholarship Requirements:

Must be a member of NBNA and a member of a local chapter (if one exists in your area).
Candidate must be currently enrolled in a nursing program (B.S.N., A.D., Diploma or L.P.N./ L.V.N.) and in good scholastic standing at the time of application.
Applicant must have at least one full year of school remaining.

Must Provide:

Official Transcript(s) from an accredited School of Nursing.
Two (2) page Written Essay (click HERE for more information).
Two (2) letters of recommendation (one from applicant's school of nursing and one from the local chapter, or a nurse in the area if a local chapter does not exist). Letters of recommendation and essay must be attached to the application.
A clean/clear professional headshot.
Additional items to accompany the application in support of the candidate's eligibility and desirability may include documented evidence of:
a. participation in student nurse activities and
b. involvement in the African American Community, i.e., letters, news clippings, awards, certificates, etc.

Scholarship Application

Before downloading the Scholarship Application please click here to download & install the FREE Adobe Reader if computer devise does not have a PDF reader.

1. What you Need to complete the scholarship package
2. 2014 Scholarship Application
3. 2014 Membership Application and Dues Increase Schedule
4. 2014 NBNA Membership Honor Pledge
5. Scholarship Essay Requirements
6. Scholarship package Check Off List, for review before emailing information to

Send completed application and all supporting documentations by

E-Mail to:
Ms. Estella A. Lazenby, CMP at

Mail to:
Scholarship Committee/Estella A. Lazenby
8630 Fenton Street, Suite 330
Silver Spring, MD 20910

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