Monday, October 13, 2014 scholarships awarded to nursing students with disabilities

Nursing students with disabilities are increasing in number every year. Disabilities may include hearing loss, low vision, learning disabilities, limb differences, paralysis, mental illness and chronic conditions such as multiple sclerosis and movement disorders.

Financing an education can be a challenge for some students with disabilities. In addition to routine expenses (tuition, room and board, books) some students may need to purchase an amplified stethoscope, computer software programs, or audio books—as well as medications, hearing aids, therapies, special equipment and have custom alterations made to uniforms and lab coats. Working a part-time job may not be possible.

Scholarships are available from, a nonprofit resource network for nursing students and nurses with disabilities. The organization provides links to disability-related organizations, technology, equipment, financial aid, employment opportunities, mentors, blogs, continuing education, message boards, a speaker’s bureau, legal resources, social media, research and related articles.

The organization has been awarding scholarships to nursing students with disabilities since 2003. The awards are based on academic performance, letters of recommendation, financial need and an essay which answers the questions: “How do you plan to contribute to the nursing profession? How will your disability influence your practice as a nurse”? The awards range from $250.00-$500.00. is honored to announce and congratulate the winners for 2014.

Gianna Puccinelli from West Chicago, IL

is attending Olivet Nazarene University

Natasha Brzoska from Granville, MA

is attending Fitchburg State University

Taelor Rempe from Pella, IA

is attending Lewis University

Christal Anne Hays from Anchorage, AK

is attending Pacific Lutheran University

Carolyn Burr from Scottsdale, AZ

is attending Grand Canyon University

Aimee Powell from Lake City, FL

is attending the University of West Florida

The scholarship awards are funded through donations, grants and proceeds from book sales of “The Exceptional Nurse: Tales from the trenches of truly resilient nurses working with disabilities”, “Leave No Nurse Behind: Nurses working with disabilities” and “Nursing students with disabilities change the course”. To make a donation, please visit



1 comment:

  1. With thanks to everyone who purchased a book! These scholarships are funded in part from proceeds of book sales.