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The DoctorofNursingPracticeDNP.org Pursuit of Excellence Scholarship is Now Closed


Your dedication to the field of nursing is commendable, and now you’re pursuing the most advanced practice-focused degree in the nursing profession—the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).

Maybe you already hold a bachelor’s in nursing and RN license and you’re interested in transitioning to advanced practice with a BSN to DNP program … maybe you hold an MSN and want to elevate your expertise and specialize through an MSN to DNP program … or maybe you’re coming to the nursing profession as a career changer with a bachelor’s in a field other than nursing and looking for a direct-entry DNP program. Whatever your background might be, you’re taking the first step toward the highest level of educational achievement possible in the field of nursing.

More and more current and aspiring advanced practice nurses are looking at earning a DNP as a way to stay ahead of the curve, especially as the move toward establishing the DNP as the minimum requirement for NP certification is continuing to gain steam. The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) has taken the lead in making the push, with a commitment to seeing all entry level NP programs migrated to the DNP level by 2025.

Who is Eligible?

Any recently accepted or currently enrolled student in a Doctor of Nursing (DNP) program with CCNE or ACEN accreditation is eligible to apply.

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All current DNP students must provide proof of having a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 in their doctoral program, and all recently accepted students looking forward to beginning their DNP program must provide proof of being accepted into a qualifying program and provide proof of having a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 in their undergraduate or graduate studies, depending on the highest degree earned.

Scholarship Application Requirements

You will need to submit just four things to meet the scholarship application requirements:

  • Complete application form with verifiably true and accurate information
  • 100% original essay that addresses the topic described below (2,500 words or less)
  • Proof of enrollment or acceptance in a qualifying DNP program (letter of acceptance or another verifiable document with university letterhead)
  • Proof of meeting minimum GPA requirements (transcript summary or another verifiable document with university letterhead)

The application form, required documentation, and essay must all be submitted at the same time.

Any false or inaccurate information on the application form or plagiarized content on the essay would be grounds for immediate disqualification.

Essay Topic

Tell us what inspired you to pursue the DNP. Are you interested in moving into an administrative or executive leadership position, or do you want to become an APRN, achieve a higher level of credibility in your current APRN role, or pursue the education necessary to transition into a new APRN role?

In 2,500 words or less, tell us the ways in which you believe the DNP will advance your nursing career and allow you to make a meaningful contribution to delivering exceptional patient care, wether in direct care or another role.

We take your privacy seriously, so you can be sure the information you provide is safe and secure. We do not sell or share information to third party websites or companies, or make use of it internally for marketing or any other purpose. Contact information is used solely for the purpose of notifying the winner.

Selecting the Winner

Our staff will review all applications and essays that meet the basic requirements and select a winner based strictly on the strength of the essay.

The essay topic is all about your personal experience and your own subjective thoughts and opinions, so naturally there is some subjectivity to our selection process. This means that everyone with a qualifying GPA who is enrolled in or has been accepted to a qualifying program has an equal shot at winning, regardless of background, employment history, or extracurriculars. We feel this is the most equitable way to approach the selection process.

We know that all applicants are worthy of the award, but we’re limited to choosing just one winner per year.

Announcing the Winner

We will announce the winner of the Pursuit of Excellence in Nursing Scholarship within 30 days of the close of the application window on December 1, 2021.

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We will start by contacting the winner by phone or email to deliver the good news. At that time, we will ask for proof of current enrollment and transcripts covering the period of time that passed since submitting the application. No further documentation of grades would be required for students who submit their essay and application within the winter quarter/semester.

If the selected recipient is unable to supply the required documentation, or if the GPA has dropped below 3.5 since submitting the application, we reserve the right to rescind the award and give it to another applicant.

We will ask the winner to provide a picture of themselves along with a few words that we will publish right here on DoctorofNursingPracticeDNP.org.

We will then make our official announcement to share the good news with our readers.

Paying Out the Award

We will make out a check for the full $1,000 award and send it directly to the winner in one lump payment immediately upon making our official announcement.

The winner is free to use the proceeds at their discretion to apply toward tuition, books, housing, or any other expenses they need to cover during their graduate program.

Non-Discrimination Policy

DoctorofNursingPracticeDNP.org does not discriminate based on age, race, sex, religion, disability status or sexual orientation. All qualified applicants are given equal consideration and are assessed strictly based on the strength of their essay. It is at the sole discretion of our staff to select the applicant we feel best exemplifies the traits and values of a great doctoral-prepared nurse.

Official Rules

PARTICIPANT ELIGIBILITY: The Contest is open to (1) any college student pursuing a qualifying degree anywhere in the world (2) who is at least 18 years of age, (3) currently enrolled in an accredited college or university, as listed on the U.S. Department of Education website, available at http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx or its equivalent in countries outside the U.S., (4) with a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, and (4) who completes the entry form on DoctorOfNursingPracticeDNP.org. The contest is void where prohibited by law. Entries must be from individuals only; groups, organizations, and multiple-party entries are not eligible. The Contest is governed by United States law and is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Employees of DoctorOfNursingPracticeDNP.org, its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising, promotion and fulfillment agencies, judges, and members of the immediate family or household of each are not eligible. Immediate family members include parents, siblings or any person residing in the same household as employee.

ENTRY: Entrants must complete the entry form and answer the question in the space allotted. The essay must be original and must have been created by the entrant; entries that plagiarize the work of others will be disqualified. DoctorOfNursingPracticeDNP.org may verify the eligibility of each applicant; if an applicant is found to be ineligible to enter the contest, their entry will be considered invalid. Entrants must fill out all required portions of the entry form to be eligible for consideration. Limit one entry per person per contest; if an applicant enters more than one time they will be disqualified.

DoctorOfNursingPracticeDNP.org reserves the right to verify an applicant’s information, the originality of the answer, or any other facet of an applicant’s entry if further investigation is deemed necessary. By entering you agree to accept and be bound by these rules.

CLAIMING YOUR AWARD: The winner(s) will be notified by email and/or phone; failure to provide accurate contact information may result in disqualification and if unable to reach a winner within 72 hours, DoctorOfNursingPracticeDNP.org may in its discretion award any scholarship to any other contestant. No guarantee of notification is made to applicants who do not win the Scholarship Contest. This scholarship will be awarded to the winner(s) directly.

No payment will be granted until DoctorOfNursingPracticeDNP.org is able to verify with the winner’s institution that all college/university enrollment information (including GPA) is accurate. Winner will be required to submit an official transcript to DoctorOfNursingPracticeDNP.org.  DoctorOfNursingPracticeDNP.org may, in its sole discretion, decline to award payment of the scholarship in the case of a winner’s failure to provide information in a timely fashion if requested by DoctorOfNursingPracticeDNP.org or the institution, or if the student’s enrollment lapses for any reason.

SCHOLARSHIP AWARD; ODDS: Your chances of winning the scholarship competition depend on the number of total entries, the quality of your answer, and how your answer is viewed by the judges from DoctorOfNursingPracticeDNP.org. ALL FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL TAXES, AND ANY OTHER COSTS AND EXPENSES, ASSOCIATED WITH THE RECEIPT OR USE OF SCHOLARSHIP AWARD ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNER. Awards are provided WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, express or implied, without limitation. ALL SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AWARDED SUBJECT TO THE TERMS, RESTRICTIONS, AND LIMITATIONS. Except as determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion, no substitution of the scholarship shall be offered and no transfer of the scholarship to a third party is permitted.

PAYMENT DIRECTIONS: DoctorOfNursingPracticeDNP.org will pay the Scholarship Award directly to the winner in one lump sum. DoctorOfNursingPracticeDNP.org has the sole discretion and final word over the timing and manner of any scholarship payments. Winners will be responsible for providing a letter of acceptance or enrollment from the college or university where the Scholarship Award will be directed, and a signed statement that funds will be used to offset the cost of their eligible college education (tuition, fees, books, supplies, equipment, and/or room & board). DoctorOfNursingPracticeDNP.org has the sole discretion and final word on any issues that may arise around a winner’s eligibility.

CONDUCT: By registering for this Contest, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of DoctorOfNursingPracticeDNP.org and the judges that shall be final and binding in all respects. These Official Rules are accessible throughout the Contest Period. Failure to comply with these Official Rules may result in disqualification. DoctorOfNursingPracticeDNP.org reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual suspected of tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest; or to be acting in any manner deemed by DoctorOfNursingPracticeDNP.org to be in violation of the Official Rules; or to be acting in any manner deemed by DoctorOfNursingPracticeDNP.org to be unsportsmanlike or disruptive, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY A USER OR ENTRANT OR ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, DOCTOROFNURSINGPRACTICEDNP.ORG RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND COSTS (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, ATTORNEYS’ FEES) FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY: DoctorOfNursingPracticeDNP.org assumes no responsibility or liability for (a) any incorrect or inaccurate entry information, or for any faulty, failed, garbled or jumbled electronic data transmissions; (b) any unauthorized access to, or theft, destruction or alteration of entries at any point in the operation of this Contest; (c) any technical malfunction, failure, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or communications line failure, regardless of cause, with regard to any equipment, systems, networks, lines, satellites, servers, computers or providers utilized in any aspect of the operation of the Contest; (d) inaccessibility or unavailability of the Internet or any combination thereof, or; (e) any injury or damage to participant’s or to any other person’s computer which may be related to or resulting from any attempt to participate in the Contest or download any materials in the Contest. If, for any reason, the Contest is not capable of running as planned for reasons which may include without limitation, infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which may corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Contest, then DoctorOfNursingPracticeDNP.org reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes in whole or in part. In the event of cancellation, DoctorOfNursingPracticeDNP.org will randomly award the prizes from among all eligible, non-suspect entries received prior to cancellation.

PRIVACY: Personal information collected through this promotion is subject to DoctorOfNursingPracticeDNP.org’s Privacy Policy. In addition, as a condition of entering the Contest, each entrant gives consent for DoctorOfNursingPracticeDNP.org to make his or her profile publicly available, to obtain and deliver his or her name, address and other information to third parties for the purpose of administering this and complying with applicable laws, regulations and rules and to announce the winners online and via other media, and to use the winner’s name and photograph in such announcements without restriction.

PUBLICITY RIGHTS: By entering the Contest (except where prohibited by law), entrants consent to the use of their names, pictures, likenesses, in advertising, promotion and marketing materials throughout the world, including on the Internet, by DoctorOfNursingPracticeDNP.org, without additional compensation, notice, review, or approval. Nothing contained in these Official Rules obligates DoctorOfNursingPracticeDNP.org to make use of any of the rights granted herein and winner waives any right to inspect or approve any such use.

GOVERNING LAW/DISPUTES: This Contest, these Official Rules, and any dispute related thereto (whether for breach of contract, tortious conduct or otherwise) are governed by the laws of the United States without regard to conflicts of laws principles. Any legal action, suit, proceeding or dispute in connection with this Contest (whether for breach of contract, tortious conduct or otherwise) will be brought and resolved exclusively in the state or federal courts of the United States and each entrant accepts and submits to the personal jurisdiction of these courts with respect to any legal actions, suits, proceedings, or disputes arising out of or related to this Sweepstakes. If any provision(s) of these Rules are held to be invalid or unenforceable, all remaining provisions hereof will remain in full force and effect.

Except where prohibited, as a condition of participating in this Contest, each entrant agrees that any and all disputes that cannot be resolved between the entrant and any Released Party, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, the prize awarded, or the determination of the winner must be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action. Further, in any such dispute, under no circumstances will an entrant be permitted or entitled to obtain an award for, and hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental, or consequential damages, or any other damages, including attorneys’ fees.

In the event of a dispute concerning the identity of a participant, the participant will be declared to be the authorized account holder of the e-mail address provided to DoctorOfNursingPracticeDNP.org at the time of initial participation (i.e., registration for the Contest), but only if that person meets all other eligibility criteria, otherwise the entry may be disqualified and any potential prize won will be forfeited in DoctorOfNursingPracticeDNP.org’s sole discretion. An authorized account holder is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address. The potential winner may be required to provide DoctorOfNursingPracticeDNP.org with proof that he or she is the authorized account holder of the applicable e-mail address. If a dispute cannot be resolved to DoctorOfNursingPracticeDNP.org’s satisfaction, the entry and individual or individuals may be deemed ineligible at DoctorOfNursingPracticeDNP.org’s sole discretion.



Liliuokalani Hiraide
University of Hawai’i
Program: Manoa Graduate Grad Div DNP/NURD</br />

I gratefully accept the award, and I feel honored to be a recipient. I will continue to strive for excellence as I develop into a competent and compassionate nurse practitioner. I vow to deliver the care to my patients that I would want my family to receive.