Senator Patricia K. McGee Nursing Faculty Scholarship

Up to $20,000 per year for registered nurses licensed in NYS pursuing a graduate degree that leads to a career of nursing or adjunct clinical faculty.

  • Receive up to $20,000 per year.

  • Enroll in a graduate degree program that qualifies you to work as nursing faculty or adjunct clinical faculty in NYS.

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher if you already completed a semester in a graduate program that will qualify you as nursing or adjunct clinical faculty.

  • Live in NYS and work as nursing faculty or adjunct faculty for four years.

Deadline

For the 2024-2025 Academic Year

Be sure to complete your FAFSA and apply for TAP first.

Complete the FAFSAApply for TAP

Award

AMOUNT

  • Up to $20,000  annually or average cost of attendance for a graduate program at a state-operated SUNY, whichever is less. 
  • Awards are reduced by the amount of any other financial aid awards.

Amount determined by:

  • Awards are granted based on the availability of funds with priority is given to prior recipients. 
  • New applicants are ranked by GPA and points for experience as a licensed registered nurse.  Tie scores may be selected through a lottery process.
Frequency

Annual

Must complete the FAFSA and TAP application or Dream Act application each year for payment.

 

Duration

Dependent on length of program

Up to three academic years of graduate study.

Note: Any award payment received may have tax implications. Please direct any questions to a tax professional, the Internal Revenue Service, or the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance.

Undocumented and other immigrant students: before submitting your application material, apply for eligibility under the NYS DREAM Act.

To receive the Scholarship, you must meet the following residency requirements: 

  • You are a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen.
  • You are a legal resident of New York State and have resided in New York State for 12 continuous months.

Not a citizen or eligible noncitizen? Learn more about the NYS DREAM Act application.

College, Work & Program

  • Received undergraduate degree. 
  • Registered nurse licensed to practice in NYS.
  • Enroll full-time or part-time at an approved, accredited college in NYS in a master’s or doctoral level program in nursing or related program that qualifies you to work as nursing faculty or adjunct clinical faculty in NYS.

Once in college, you must meet the following requirements: 

  • Grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher if the applicant has already completed a semester in a graduate program that will qualify him or her as nursing faculty or adjunct clinical faculty.

There are no income limits for this Scholarship.

Financial Status

To receive the Scholarship, you must:

  • Be in good standing (a non-default status) on a student loan made under any NYS or federal education loan program or on the repayment of any NYS award, AND
  • Be in compliance with the terms of the service condition(s) imposed by any NYS award that you have previously received.

 

  • Recipients must agree to teach at least 12 academic credit hours, or its equivalent, as nursing faculty or as adjunct clinical faculty, per year for four years at an institution in New York State regardless of the number or amount of program awards made on your behalf. 

  • Teaching must commence within three years of completion of your graduate degree program. 

  • if you fail to fulfill your service obligation as outline in the Scholarship Contract, all award payments made on your behalf will convert to a 10-year student loan plus interest.  Interest rate for the life of the loan shall be fixed and equal to that set  annually by the U.S. Department of Education for federal Family Loan Program PLUS Loans at the time the Service Contract is signed.  

For more detailed information, please review the Senator Patricia K. McGee Nursing Faculty Scholarship Program Contract.

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