Scholarship Information

The members of the New England Regional Black Nurses Association, Inc. Scholarship Committee are pleased to offer you the opportunity to apply for scholarship assistance as you pursue your academic career.


We are committed to supporting minorities of African descent (according to federal guidelines) for education in the field of nursing. Our communities need health care providers who understand the issues and the strategies that will promote effective change in the health status of people of African descent.


The New England Regional Black Nurses Association, Inc. (NERBNA) is committed to supporting minorities of African descent as they pursue their education in the field of nursing. As such NERBNA is pleased to offer the following academic scholarships to assist students in achieving their educational goals.


  • Mary Eliza Mahoney Scholarship- Awarded to a high school senior student

seeking to pursue a baccalaureate degree in nursing. Students must be

accepted and registered as a full-time student at an NLN accredited



  • Francis W. Harris- Awarded to a full-time student enrolled in a NLN

accredited nursing program at the associate or baccalaureate level.


  • Jessica M. Blanding Memorial Scholarship-awarded to a license practical

nurse pursuing an associate or baccalaureate degree from an NLN

accredited nursing program.



  • The Maxine V. Fennell/ Robin Gaines Memorial Scholarship- Awarded to

licensed registered nurses (RN) enrolled at an NLN accredited program for

a bachelor, masters or doctoral degree in nursing or public health.


  • Lorraine Baugh Scholarship-Awarded to Masters or Doctoral candidate that demonstrates strong leadership qualities and is committed to the Black community.


  • Joanne Prince Scholarship Fund – Awarded to students who are in certified nursing assistants programs who are going on to nursing school, high school students who are entering the field of nursing, and nursing students who are interested in the field of gerontology.

NERBNA Scholarship Criteria



  1. Applicant must be a resident of New England & a member of NERBNA – email regarding membership sponsorship.

  1. If recently accepted to a school of nursing, please provide a copy of the acceptance


  1. Applicant’s resume or curriculum vitae

  2. Official school transcript-sealed

  3. Minimum grade point average of 2.7

  4. Must have at least 1 year of school remaining

  5. Demonstration of leadership and/or community service to the minority

   community (other than employment)

  1. Must have at least 2 letters of recommendation that speak to the applicant’s

worthiness for the a scholarship. One must be from faculty member

  1. Must have a 2-page essay in which the applicant must address to the following

     questions below.


  1. Please answer one of the following questions in your essay.


  1. a) Furthering my career in nursing will….

  2. b) Please describe why minority-nursing leadership is important and how minority-

     nursing leadership can assist you in furthering your career.

  1. c) I choose to pursue a career in nursing….


  1. Explain any financial hardship that has hindered your education.


III. Additional information


Essay instructions: typed, double spaced, 12-point font in Arial or Times, 1 in margins Application Submission Instructions


  1. Application Due Date:


Friday February 16, 2018 at 5pm


Please submit your application package as a single PDF file as an attachment to NERBNA via email at


Transcripts must be mailed to the address below and postmarked by:

Friday Feb 16, 2018.


***Please mail transcripts to:



PO Box 190690

Roxbury, MA 02119



Late or incomplete applications will not be