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AACN announces new scholarships for graduate nursing students

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing recently announced that CertifiedBackground has committed $50,000 over five years to provide scholarships to members of the Graduate Nursing Student Academy. The funding will support master’s and doctoral nursing students working to advance the profession through innovation, leadership and/or mentoring, according to a news release.

Since 2005, AACN has partnered with CertifiedBackground to provide background screening and compliance management solutions to AACN member schools.

“AACN applauds CertifiedBackground for helping to develop the next generation of nursing leaders through their generous support of this new scholarship offered exclusively for GNSA members,” AACN President Eileen T. Breslin, PhD, RN, FAAN, said in the release. “Given the nation’s great need for more highly educated nurses, we hope this new program will serve as a model for other businesses and agencies looking to join with AACN to actively support graduate nursing students working to complete their education.”

CertifiedBackground also has committed $200,000 to extend an existing scholarship program with AACN that awards funding to outstanding students in baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral nursing programs.

The partnering organizations have agreed to rename the scholarship in honor of Geraldine “Polly” Bednash, PhD, RN, FAAN, who recently retired as AACN’s CEO following 28 years of service to the organization, according to the release.

“CertifiedBackground is pleased to support AACN and its mission to ensure excellence in the future of healthcare and professional nursing practice,” Joe Finley, president of CastleBranch, Inc., the corporate parent for the CertifiedBackground brand, said in the release. “These scholarship programs are a significant part of our support of this mission. We are very proud of our long-term relationship with AACN, and we are honored to provide our expertise to AACN members as they navigate the evolving world of compliance management as it relates to student screening in preparation for program enrollment and the clinical experience.”

The first awards were presented last fall. Four $2,500 scholarships will be available to GNSA members each year, with two disbursed in the fall and two in the spring. Interested applicants must complete an application form found on the AACN web site, which includes submitting a 500-word essay and one academic or professional reference. Winners will be selected based on their academic standing and on the basis of their essay, which must address their commitment and/or contribution to nursing innovation, leadership and/or peer mentoring, according to the release.

Funding from the CertifiedBackground-GNSA scholarship may be used to cover academic and/or life expenses. For details, visit


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