Mary Lewis Wyche Fellowship

Award Amount
Application deadline
Awarded By:

North Carolina Foundation for Nursing

Number of Awards & Eligibility: The number of awards offered varies annually.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for U.S. students.
  2. Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  3. Must be a resident of North Carolina for 12 or more months prior to application.
  4. Must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher for work already completed in the program in which currently enrolled OR in the master's program if no coursework has been taken in the current program.
  5. Must be enrolled full time (nine or more hours per semester). Doctoral work will be determined by the institution's definition of "full time".
  6. Must be admitted to an eligible program in North Carolina. Online programs are also acceptable, as long as the student is a North Carolina resident.
  7. Must be pursuing a master's or doctoral degree.
  8. Must be a registered nurse.
  9. Must be pursuing a degree in nursing education, practice, or administration.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: Residents of North Carolina who have been admitted to a program in North Carolina offering a master's degree or doctoral degree in nursing education, practice, or administration are eligible for this award. Applicants must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Application requirements for the Mary Lewis Wyche Fellowship are:

  • Recommendation letters (2)
  • Application form
  • Personal statement
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Proof of acceptance
Additional Information: In 2003, the North Carolina General Assembly passed legislation to create a First in Nursing license plate with $15 of each license plate sold going to the NC Foundation for Nursing to fund the Mary Lewis Wyche Fellowships. Mary Lewis Wyche was the founder of the North Carolina Nurses Association in 1902 and was the nurse who spearheaded the creation of the first nursing practice act in the country which was passed on March 3, 1903. Priority will be given to NCNA members. The Mary Lewis Wyche Fellowships are awarded without regard to race, sex, religion, age, or national origin. The Scholarship Committee will award the following point values when judging applicant for scholarship awards: applicant statement, up to 25 points; professional involvement, up to 25 points; grade point average, up to 10 points; honors, up to 10 points; certification, up to 15 points; community involvement, up to 10 points; letters of reference, up to 5 points.

Award Amount: Up to $5,000 annually, non-renewable. If a recipient finds that they must reduce the number of hours enrolled, they will only receive half of the monetary award.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $5,000.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Friday, May 31

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Friday, May 31

Applications are available online from the North Carolina Foundation for Nursing website. In addition to the completed application, the student must submit the following materials: a statement of no more than 300 words presenting his/her reasons for pursuing additional education and for doing so on a full-time basis; two letters of reference from individuals knowledgeable of the applicant's character, contributions to community, reasons for pursuing education on a full-time basis, and potential for contributions to nursing; unofficial transcript(s) of grades from BSN or current master’s program for master's students and master's program or current doctoral program for doctoral students; and proof of acceptance to the educational program. All application materials must be assembled into one packet, and must be mailed to the address listed. Applications must be received by the deadline date.
About North Carolina Foundation for Nursing:
Contact Information: Tina Gordon, Executive Director
Address: 103 Enterprise St. Raleigh, North Carolina 27607

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