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School of Nursing Scholarships

Shirley A. Benson Scholarship

This scholarship fund was established by Shirley A. Benson, who worked as a nurse and was one of the first Hospice nurses in the Chicago area. This scholarship supports undergraduate and graduate students in nursing who demonstrate financial need.

Margaret Murrin Christiano Endowed Student Scholarship for Nursing
This scholarship was established by Margaret Murrin Christiano to provide award recipients with encouragement, guidance and commitment to the values associated with a profession in nursing.

Finney Nursing Student Scholarship
This scholarship fund was established by Harold W. and Janet P. Finney to assist nursing students obtain a nursing education. The endowed fund provides scholarship support to both undergraduate and graduate nursing students who demonstrate academic success in the nursing program and who are financially in need.

Frank Nursing Scholarship
This scholarship fund was established by Dr. Irving & Roseanne K. Frank. Dr. Irving Frank taught growth and development at NIU for nursing students and Professor Roseanne Frank was a faculty member in the School of Nursing, teaching community health nursing. This scholarship was established to assist undergraduate nursing students obtain a nursing education.

Frerichs Nursing Student Scholarship
This scholarship fund was established by Dr. Marian Frerichs who was a member of the School of Nursing Faculty from 1962 to 1993. This scholarship was established to assist undergraduate nursing students obtain a nursing education.

Sarah S. Fuller Memorial Scholarship Fund
Paying tribute to Professor Sarah S. Fuller, this memorial scholarship honors her excellence as an educator and nurse researcher. The scholarship is awarded to graduate students who are conducting clinical research for their graduate thesis.

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Ruth I. Hall Endowed Nursing Scholarship
This fund was established by Ruth I. Hall, who served as a nurse during World War II and the Korean War and eventually earned the rank of Major. This scholarship provides support to students pursuing a degree in nursing.

Roseanne Krcek-Frank Award
This fund was established by Dr. Irving Frank, in memory of his wife Roseanne, to provide scholarship awards to outstanding students in nursing as well as support a lecture.

Annette Lefkowitz Fund for Nursing Research
This endowed fund was established to honor Professor Annette Lefkowitz, who served as the first director and chair of the NIU School of Nursing when it was founded in 1959. This endowed research grant is awarded annually to an undergraduate or graduate nursing student who is a member of Sigma Theta Tau.

Nurse Traineeship Grant for Graduate Students
The School of Nursing receives a large grant from the federal government each year to provide tuition, fees and a monthly stipend to graduate students who are pursing full-time graduate study. These funds are also available to part-time students during the last year of graduate school. Applications and information can be obtained from Mary Kain, Administrative Aide.

Earl and Cindi Rachowicz Scholarship
This scholarship fund was established by Earl W. and Cynthia C. Rachowicz to provide support for undergraduate or graduate students in the School of Nursing and Health Studies. Earl and Cindi are 1973 graduates of NIU.

Jane Richards Nursing Student Scholarship
This scholarship fund was established by Emmet C. Richards (1952) in honor and memory of his late wife, Jane Elizabeth Leach Richards, who worked during her lifetime as a nurse. The scholarship funded by this endowment is presented to undergraduate nursing students who exhibit academic success in the nursing program and who are financially in need.

Phyllis Ross Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship fund was established by the Philip Ross, husband of Phyllis Ross to honor her memory. Phyllis always wanted to be a nurse but she never was able to complete a formal nursing program. She worked at St. Anthony Hospital in Rockford in the Emergency Room for 23 years supervising the clerical staff. The scholarship assists undergraduate nursing students obtain a nursing education.

Walgreens FNP Scholarship in Nursing
This scholarship is established by the Healthcare Clinics at Walgreens to provide support for students currently enrolled in a master’s or doctoral FNP program.

Gisela Wenner Nursing Scholarship
Alex Wenner endowed this scholarship in memory of his mother Gisela Wenner. Gisela was a practicing nurse in Germany before she married and moved with her family to the U.S. The intent of the scholarship is to encourage and support students who are working toward a baccalaureate degree in nursing.

Joan E. Wood Award for Nursing Faculty Research
This fund was established by Joan E. Wood to provide support for the research of tenure or tenure-track nursing faculty. Joan graduated from NIU with her degree in nursing.