Graduate and Undergraduate (RN to BSN) Scholarship Award

July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022

Guidelines for Scholarship Opportunities

Deadline: March 31, 2021

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 and involvement in chapter activities, and essay. The guidelines represent fair and consistent standardized processes for selection.  Two (2) chapter members (current in their national and local chapter membership dues) will be granted a scholarship of $1000 to assist with course tuition, fees, and books. 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 scholarship may only be used for tuition, fees, and books. 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 July 1st and ends June 30th of the following year. Deadline for submission of the Application Form is March 31, 2021.

The names of the scholarship award recipient will be published on the chapter web page and announced at the chapter meeting no later than May 31, 2021.



A. Points must be accrued between July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021.

B. Scholarship must be redeemed July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022.

C. A minimum of 20 points is required to apply.

D. The following documents need to be completed and submitted the AACN Houston Gulf Coast Chapter Board:

  • Application Form (fill out the online form below)

  • Two (2) letters of reference

    • from a supervisor, written with an official letterhead of the institution/organization or from an official institution/organization email address (;

    • from an academic faculty, written with an official letterhead of the school or from an official school email address domain name (;

    • or from a professional nursing colleague, unrelated to you, written with an official letterhead of the institution/organization or from an official institution/organization email address (;

    • Letters of reference must be scanned and uploaded to ; or emailed directly by the author to scholarship@ using their official institution/organization/school email. No personal emails will be accepted (Gmail, Yahoo, etc.).

  • A 300-word essay describing your professional goals as a critical care nurse and how the scholarship will help you achieve them.

Point Accumulation Description


Activity Description

Point Accrual

  • Attendance at each local monthly meeting - 2 points 

  • Poster presentation - Local 5 points, National 10 points

  • Podium presentation - Local 10 points, National 20 points

  • Speaker at an HGCC function - 5 points

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

  • Achieving Initial AANC-recognized Certification - 5 points

  • Maintaining Certification (AANC-recognized) - 3 points

  • Get CE approval for chapter educational activity - 10 points

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

  • Bringing items for Chapter supported community outreach - 1 points

  • Attend  a Board Meeting - 2 points

  • Serve as president, secretary, treasurer, webmaster - 10 points

  • Serve as president-elect, chapter committee chairs - 5 points

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


Scholarship Requirements 


Applications for Scholarship and supporting documentation must be received on or before March 31, 2021 at 11:59 PM Central. Applications will be reviewed and scored  by the Seminar, Scholarship, and Student-Liaison Committee chairs and receive the board's final approval.

The scholarship winners will submit a receipt for the registered course/s, fees, and books at the beginning of the semester. Funds will be paid when official grades for the course/s are submitted. A minimum GPA of 3.0 for the semester is required.

Winners are required to provide their Social Security number or tax ID number on IRS Form W9. Scholarship funding, if not paid directly to the school, maybe considered as an award and treated as a taxable income to recipients by the IRS.

The required documentation for redemption by winners (IRS Form W9, receipts, official grades, etc.) must be uploaded to by June 30, 2022. Failure to submit the necessary documentation will forfeit the scholarship award, and funds will be returned to the Chapter Scholarship Fund for future use. The chapter is not responsible for lost, late or undelivered application/registration forms and supporting documentation.



Submission process:

  1. Complete the online form below.

  2. Submit the required letters of reference and documentation of accrued merit points. Download form here.

  3. You may upload your letters of reference and documentation here:

  4. Submission deadline - March 31, 2021.

  5. Recipients will be notified through email by May 31, 2021.

For questions, contact us here.