BCgradnurse, thanks for sharing your experience. The eligibility requirements for this year state direct-entry students are ineligible to apply. See #3 below...
"Applicants are ineligible if they are:
(1) Enrolled in a physician assistant (P.A.) program and are specializing in areas other than primary health care. For example, P.A. programs with a surgical or emergency room focus;
(2) In the pre-professional phase of their health professions education. For example, taking undergraduate pre-requisites for admission to a P.A. training program;
(3) Enrolled in a nursing Bridge Program. For example, RN-MSN, BSN-MSN, Direct Entry
, Graduate Pre-specialty or Entry to Practice programs; OR
(4) Pursuing a doctoral degree in nursing."
This is a shame, isn't it? The Nursing Scholarship Program states pretty much the same but the term "direct entry" is not included, suggesting that DE students can apply. However, one person in my program contacted the reps who said recipients would have to fulfill their service requirements immediately after receiving RN licensure, meaning a person would need to take a long break from their program...
I also wish I took a nice vacation last year to make my EGC <5,500 instead of trying to be financially prudent about school...
I would have made a great candidate because I have loads of experience with underserved youth (minority, immigrant (legal and illegal), incarcerated, mental health, homeless, low income, drug-affected, etc) and want to continue serving these populations when I become a pediatric primary care NP. My tuition alone for 3 years (without living expenses) will be into 6 figures and it's really a shame there aren't more scholarships that I qualify for as a direct-entry student.