So, I am considering applying for the HRSA Nursing Scholarship Program but read that individuals in bridge programs are not eligible to apply. I am in an RN to MSN program at the University of South Alabama (USA) and, at the moment, am completing my bridge work (I did not have a Bachelor's degree in nursing but a Bachelor's and Master's in psychology).
Starting in Fall 2012 (when the scholarship officially begins), I will technically be in the MSN program having completed all my bridge coursework. My question is, will I still be considered to be in a bridge program in the Fall? I asked a couple of my professors at USA but neither was sure of the answer. I need to decide how to proceed as the deadline is May 8th. I plan on emailing HRSA and asking them as well but I'm worried they might not get back to me before the deadline. Any suggestions?
May 4, '12
Your bridge work is presumably RN-BSN courses, no? As far as I can tell, that wouldn't disqualify you, as the website says "Students enrolled in Licensed Practice Nurse programs, self-paced study programs (on-line), and bridge / dual degree programs that are not RN-to-BSN programs are not eligible for a scholarship award."
Either way, I'd just apply for the scholarship. If you're not eligible, they'll disregard your application.