Guidelines for Scholarship Opportunities

The purpose of the chapter scholarship is to encourage and reward chapter member’s participation and commitment to advance professionally through education and improvement of nursing practice.  A point system will be developed and used in addition to recommendations, GPA, participation in chapter presentations, and essay. The guidelines represent fair and consistent standardized processes for selection.  One (1) chapter member (current in their national and local chapter membership dues) will be granted a scholarship to attend the AACN's National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition (NTI). Chapters are not allowed to offer cash rewards or cash incentives to chapter members.  The guideline set by the AACN Houston Gulf Coast Chapter (HGCC) for allowing scholarships will be voted on by the board members, noted in the chapter meeting minutes, and communicated in writing to chapter membership.


I. General Information


A.  All funds awarded from the chapter are awarded only to chapter members and are non-transferable between chapter members. The applicant must have been a National and Local member for 1 year, prior to receiving funds.     

The points  may only be used for registration to conferences, reimbursement of expenses to educational conferences, educational materials,  scholarships for members to attend AACN’s NTI, etc. Merit points may not be redeemed for cash, as this is a violation of federal regulations for non-profit organizations.

Applicants are limited to receive one scholarship per fiscal year. Chapter fiscal year starts June 1st and ends May 31st of the following year. Deadline for submission for 2020 NTI Scholarship is February 21, 2020.

The names of the scholarship award recipient will be published in the chapter web page and announced at the chapter meeting before the NTI conference. 



Points may be accrued and redeemed during the fiscal year immediately following accumulation. The Board of Directors may grant an exception to this guideline. AACN HGCC fiscal year starts July 1 through the end of June.

Points may not be used to pay membership dues to either local or national AACN, or any other professional association.

A minimum of 20 points will be needed to apply for either award. In addition, the following documented need to be completed and submitted the AACN HGCC Board:

  • Application Form (fill out the online form below)

  • Two (2) letters of reference (one from a supervisor, written with an offical letterhead; and one from a colleague)

  • A 50- to 100-word essay stating your goals for attending NTI and how you will share and apply new knowledge with your work colleagues, to be entered in the online form.

Point Accumulation Description


Activity Description

Point Accrual

  • Attendance at each local monthly meeting - 5 points 

  • Poster presentation - Local 5 Points, National 10 Points

  • Speaker at an HGCC function - 5 points

  • Solicits and confirmed a vendor to provide speaker, donation, or sponsorship - 5 Points per vendor

  • First time Certification - 5 points

  • Maintaining Certification - 5 points

  • Get CE approval for program Certification - 10 points

  • Participation in Chapter supported community outreach - 3 points per activity

  • Bringing items for Chapter supported community outreach - 2 points

  • Educational presentation with CEU's - 10 points

  • Attend  a Board Meeting - 2 points

  • Recruitment of new member - 2 Points (per recruited member)


Scholarship Requirements 


NTI Scholarship (Indianapolis, May 4-7, 2020)


Applications for Scholarship and supporting documentation must be received on or before February 21, 2020 at 11:59 PM Central. Applications will be reviewed by the Scholarship Chair for validation of accrued merit points.  A second validation will be performed by Chapter Secretary or Education Chair to verify accuracy of supporting documentation.


Scholarship recipients must submit NTI Registration Form, and all other required forms to scholarship, before March 13, 2020.  Failure to submit the required forms may result in forfeiture of scholarship award, which will lead to return of funds to the chapter. The chapter is not responsible for lost, late or undelivered application/registration forms and supporting documentation.


  • Complimentary full conference registration, arranged through AACN Houston's Treasurer. If you choose to pay for the registration on your own, you will not be reimbursed through the scholarship fund. The chapter will only prepay for the scholarship recipient's Early-Bird Full NTI Conference Registration fee (Monday through Thursday registration, no single day registration allowed).

Recipients will be required to:

  • Attend the full conference, arriving Sunday, May 3 and departing Thursday, May 7.

  • Use NTI tools — ntiActionPak, NTI Network and NTI Learning Action Journal and be prepared to provide feedback.

  • Post NTI — Complete a summary evaluation documenting your experiences and how the scholarship and attending NTI helped you achieve your goals. Provide a summary 90 days after the conference on how new knowledge was shared with your unit and applied in practice for better patient outcomes. This feedback is a critical part of recipient responsibilities.

  • Agree to be listed on the AACN Houston website as a recipient of the scholarship.

  • Provide their Social Security number or tax ID number. Scholarship funding is considered taxable income to recipients, and AACN is required by the IRS to file Form 1099-MISC.

Submission process:

  1. Complete the online form below.

  2. Submit the required letters of reference and proof of accrued merit points to: scholarship

  3. Deadline - February 21, 2020.

  4. Recipients will be notified by email by March 5, 2020 and on March 5th General Membership Meeting.

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