Graduate Scholarships & Aid
Lourdes University offers a variety of scholarships to graduate students.
- Master of Education – TEACH Grant Program
- Master of Science in Nursing – Scholarships and Grants
- Master of Theology – Scholarship Information
MASTER OF EDUCATION – TEACH GRANT PROGRAM
The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides grants for graduate and undergraduate students. The TEACH grant is for students who intend to teach full-time in high-need subject areas for at least four years at schools that serve students from low-income families.
Students may receive up to $16,000 for undergraduate study and up to $8,000 for graduate study. Part-time students are eligible, but the maximum grant will be reduced, based upon the number of hours you are scheduled. The amount students are eligible for will be determined by the Financial Aid Office at the current rate provided by the Department of Education.
If you fail to complete the four-year teaching obligation, you will have to repay the grant with interest.
You must be enrolled in one of the following majors at Lourdes University to receive the TEACH grant:
- B.Ed. Middle Childhood
- B.Ed. Adolescent to Young Adult
- M.Ed. with an Endorsement in Reading
Student Eligibility Requirements
To receive a TEACH Grant you must:
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), although you do not have to demonstrate financial need.
- Meet the eligibility requirements for federal student aid.
- Be enrolled in a program of study designated by Lourdes as TEACH Grant-eligible. Eligible programs are those that prepare a student to teach in a high-need area. Students who are considered eligible for the TEACH Grant at Lourdes University must be enrolled in one of the following programs: B.Ed. Middle Childhood, B.Ed. Adolescent to Young Adult, and M.Ed. with an Endorsement in Reading. Students pursuing a second Bachelor degree or certification are not eligible.
- Meet the following academic achievement requirements:
- Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale) on your college coursework to receive a grant for each subsequent term.
- If in the M.Ed. program, must have a 3.25 undergrad GPA or be a current or retired teacher. (must provide documentation)
- Accept the TEACH Grant on your award. You can do this on your Web for Students account (link back to directions for accepting aid on Web for Students).
- Complete TEACH Grant Entrance Counseling
- Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (ATS), and you must respond to all requests by the U.S. Department of Education confirming your continuing intention to meet the teaching obligation. The ATS will be available to complete electronically from the Department of Education.
- When you leave school, or if you change programs you are required to complete TEACH exit counseling.
TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve and Promise to Pay
You must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve and Promise to Pay (service agreement) each year before your TEACH Grant will disburse. This is available electronically. The TEACH Grant service agreement specifies the conditions under which the grant will be awarded, the teaching service requirements, and includes an acknowledgment by you that you understand if you do not meet the teaching service requirements, you must repay the grant as a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, with interest accrued from the date the grant funds were first disbursed. You must also complete TEACH Grant Entrance Counseling each year you receive the TEACH Grant.
You must be a highly-qualified, full-time teacher in a high-need subject area at a school serving low-income students for at least four years to avoid repaying the TEACH Grant (with interest). You must complete the four years of teaching within eight years of finishing the program for which you received the grant. You incur a four-year teaching obligation for each educational program for which you received TEACH Grant funds, although you may work off multiple four-year obligations simultaneously under certain circumstances. Specific definitions of these terms are included below.
You must perform the teaching service as a highly-qualified teacher, which is defined in federal law. The definition of a highly-qualified teacher can be found on the Department of Education’s website.
You must meet the state’s definition of a full time teacher and spend the majority (at least 51 percent) of your time teaching one of the high-need subject areas. Elementary teachers who teach many subjects would not be able to fulfill their service agreement.
High-Need Subject Areas:
- Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition
- Foreign Language
- Reading Specialist
- Special Education
- Other identified teacher shortage areas as of the time you begin teaching in that field. These are teacher subject shortage areas (not geographic areas) that are listed in the Department of Education’s Annual Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing.
Schools Serving Low-Income Students
Schools serving low-income students include any elementary or secondary school that is listed in the Department of Education’s Annual Directory of Designated Low-Income Schools for Teacher Cancellation Benefits.
You must respond promptly to any requests for information or documentation from the U.S. Department of Education, even if they seem repetitive. These requests will be sent to you while you are still in school as well as once you are out of school. You will be asked regularly to confirm that you still intend to teach or that you are teaching as required. You must provide documentation to the U.S. Department of Education at the end of each year of teaching.
If you temporarily cease enrollment in your program of study or if you encounter situations that affect your ability to begin or continue teaching, you will need to stay in touch with the U.S. Department of Education to avoid your grants being converted to loans before you are able to complete your teaching obligation.
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION
Nurse Faculty Loan Program
The Nurse Faculty Loan Program is a federal program designed to increase the number of nursing students who pursue careers as full-time faculty teaching in schools of nursing. The program is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Bureau of Health Professions, and allows nursing schools to make loans to their students enrolled full or part time in advanced degree nursing programs. College of Nursing graduate students in the Nurse Educator concentration are eligible to apply if they are committed to a faculty role, in good academic standing, are U. S. citizens or permanent residents, and not in default on any prior student loans.
Nurse Anesthesia Traineeship Grant (NAT)
The purpose of the NAT Program is to increase access to nurse anesthetist care for underserved populations. NAT grants provide funding for traineeships for licensed registered nurses enrolled as full-time students beyond the twelfth month of study in a master’s or doctoral nurse anesthesia program. Traineeships will pay all or part of the costs of the tuition, books, and fees, and the reasonable living expenses of the individual during the period for which the traineeship is provided. Contact Nurse Anesthesia Program Administrator at 419-824-3775.
Flower Hospital McKesson Endowed Scholarship
The scholarship financially assists Nurse Anesthesia students who demonstrate financial need and academic merit as they progress through the program. Applications are completed in the fall of each academic year. After completing the application, please use the Submit button to automatically send the application to the Scholarship Selection Committee.
Nurse Education Assistance Loan Program (NEALP) for Future Nurse Educators
The Nurse Education Assistance Loan Program (NEALP) was created by the Ohio General Assembly in 1990. The purpose of NEALP is to assist the state in meeting nursing shortages by providing financial assistance to students enrolled in approved post licensure nurse education programs in Ohio. NEALP provides at least $5,000 or more (depending on the number of eligible applicants) per year. In exchange, to qualify for loan cancellation, recipients must be employed as a faculty member instructing licensed practical nursing and/or registered nursing course work to future nurses in the State of Ohio for a minimum of four years after graduation. Students may apply after January 1 and before July 15 of each year. Notification of acceptance or denial for NEALP funding will be sent by the first week in September.
• Details & Application
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
See the AACN website for a list of scholarships, grants and other financial aid sponsored by various businesses and organizations.
Details & Applications:
Sigma Theta Tau, International Zeta Theta Chapter at Large Scholarships
Scholarships are available for members to attend academic programs. A maximum of $1000 can be awarded.
- Details & Application (click on Research and Scholarships)
Army Nurse Corps Association Scholarship Program
The Army Nurse Corps Association (ANCA) was originally founded as the Retired Army Nurse Corps Association in 1977. Membership is comprised of Army Nurse Corps officers from the Active Army, Army National Guard, or the Army Reserve. They may be currently serving, retired or honorably discharged from one of these components of the US Army. One of the Association’s major initiatives is the Scholarship Program. The purpose of the Army Nurse Corps Association Scholarship Program is to award scholarships to students who are US citizens attending accredited baccalaureate or graduate nursing or anesthesia programs. Deadline for applications is March 31, 2013.
Foundation of the National Nurses’ Association (FNSNA) Scholarship
The Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association (FNSNA) is pleased to announce that the application for the Promise of Nursing Regional Faculty Fellowship is now available. If you are a Baccalaureate prepared registered nurse and are looking to pursue a prestigious career in nursing education, then take advantage of this unique scholarship opportunity. Awards range from $1,000 to $7,500. Funding can be used to pay tuition, academic fees, and books for the Fall 2013, Spring 2014, and Summer 2014 semesters only. RNs who are committed to the nurse educator role can easily download an application on our website. Completed applications must be received by Friday, March 8, 2013. For more information and an application please visit the link below or contact the FNSNA at (718) 210-0705.
Ohio Nurses Foundation
The Ohio Nurses Foundation has scholarships available for graduate students
- Deborah Hague Memorial Scholarship: For a graduate nursing student who is an aspiring nurse leader
- Mary Beth Hayward Scholarship: For RNs preparing to teach nursing
- RN majoring in nursing: For students who are already RNs who want to advance the profession of nursing in Ohio
- Rice memorial Scholarship: For an RN majoring in nursing who is a cancer survivor or has a close relative who has been diagnosed with cancer
To apply for the scholarships listed above visit Ohio Nurses Foundation page.
Scholarships and Research Grants are awarded annually at the Nurses Choice Awards and Scholarship Luncheon in March/April of each year; the deadline for applications is January 15th of each year.
The Melissa (Missy) Anderzack Endowed Nursing Scholarship
This scholarship is funded through the generosity of the Anderzack family and their friends. Missy was a graduate of the Master of Science in Nursing Program in May 2011. The funds are to financially assist graduate students in the Nurse Educator track who demonstrate financial need and academic excellence. They may be in any year of the program and must have a minimum 3.5 GPA. Recipients must reflect Melissa’s leadership skills; have zest for life; and possess a passion for nursing. The Director of Financial Aid and the graduate nursing faculty will annually select a student(s) from among the applicants who meet the qualifications for the scholarship. The recipient is responsible for thanking the Anderzack Family.
The Keith and Shirley Schlender Endowed Master of Science in Nursing Scholarship
This endowed scholarship is funded through the generosity of Dr. Keith Schlender, who served as Interim Provost and Graduate School Dean at Lourdes University, and his wife, Shirley Schlender, a healthcare professional. The fund was established to financially assist students who are in the RN to MSN program and secondarily, students in other MSN programs at Lourdes University. The awards provided by the funds shall be administered by the Director of Financial Aid in accordance with the University policies, practices and regulations governing financial aid. The College of Nursing faculty will annually select student(s) from among applicants who meet the qualifications for the scholarship. Candidates must exhibit good character, integrity, joy in nursing, and exemplify the values of Lourdes University (A community of learning, reverence, and service). Recipients are responsible for thanking the Schlender Family.