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SSACI Nursing Scholarship

To be eligible students must:

  1. Be admitted to an approved institution of higher learning as a full time (12 hours or more) or part time (6-11 hours) nursing student
  2. Be an Indiana resident and a US citizen.
  3. Agree, in writing, to work as a nurse in an Indiana health care setting for at least the first two (2) years following graduation, as a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse providing direct patient care in the following locations
    1.  an acute care or specialty hospital a long term care facility;
    2. a rehabilitation care facility;
    3. a home health care entity;
    4. a hospice program; a mental health facility; or
    5. a facility located in a shortage area (as defined in IC 16-46-5-6);
  4. Demonstrate a financial need for the scholarship.
  5. Have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.0 on a scale of 4.0 or the equivalent, or meet the minimum GPA requirements established for the college's nursing program.
  6. Not be in default on a state or federally sponsored student loan.
  7. Complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  8. Meet all other minimum criteria established by SSACI.

Scholarships are non-transferable between universities. Students must re-apply if they transfer.

Complete the nursing program within six (6) years from the time the first scholarship is received.

Renewal Scholarships

Scholars must:

  1. Maintain the GPA required by the college for admission into its nursing program
  2. Maintain a GPA of at least 2.0 on a scale of 4.0 or the equivalent if there is no minimum at the college
  3. Reapply each year

Scholarship Value

The maximum annual scholarship is $5,000 and can only be applied towards tuition and fees. Colleges will determine the actual award amount when developing a scholar’s financial aid package. The amount of the scholarship may be affected by the level of other tuition specific grants and scholarships aid received by an applicant.

Those who fail to fulfill the terms of their scholarship agreement may be required to reimburse the State of Indiana for the full amount of the scholarships plus administrative costs.

Applications for 2012-2013 are filed online, and IPFW will be notified by the state that the application was received.   Applications must be completed by August 17, 2012.

Minority Teacher & Special Education Services Scholarship

The Minority Teacher Scholarship was created by the 1988 Indiana General Assembly to address the critical shortage of Black and Hispanic teachers in Indiana. Scholars may receive up to 4 scholarships (if funds are available) and may take up to 6 years to complete their certification program from the date of receiving their first scholarship.

Applicant must comply with the following:

  • A minority student (defined as Black or Hispanic) seeking a teaching certification
  • A student that is an Indiana resident and a citizen of the United States
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Not be in default on a state or federally sponsored student loan
  • Must be an Education major – students who are “Education Pre-Major” or “Education Exploratory” are not eligible
  • Student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5

There are obligations connected with this scholarship. They include:

  • Applicant is obligated to teach in Indiana on a full time basis for 3 out of 5 years following graduation
  • Applicant is obligated to provide their current name, address and their employer’s name and address to the State Student Assistance Commission of Indiana (SSACI) during the obligation period

A scholar will be obligated to repay the full amount of the scholarship to the SSACI if applicant fails to:

  • Fulfill their obligation to teach or practice in Indiana
  • Complete the Teaching certification program within 6 year period
  • Complete the Teaching certification program at all (i.e., drops out of the program)

Applications for 2012-2013 are filed online, and IPFW will be notified by the state that the application was received.   Applications must be completed by August 17, 2012.