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What is the AORN Foundation?
Who is eligible to apply and how are recipients chosen?
How are scholarship awards paid?
How do I apply?
How can I be sure my program is accredited?

What if my mailing or college information changes; how can I update it?
Are scholarships taxable?


What is the AORN Foundation?
The AORN Foundation is the philanthropic arm of AORN. As a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, the Foundation provides critical funding for resources and programs that support patient safety. Specifically, the Foundation supports perioperative nurses and advances surgical patient care through funding nursing scholarships, research, and educational resources.

Who is eligible to apply and how are recipients chosen?
Who is eligible?  

Nursing students (applicant must be in an accredited program leading to initial licensure as an RN), baccalaureate, master, and doctoral candidates with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher.
International students are welcome to apply.
Because we are the member association for perioperative nurses, the applicant must possess an interest in the field of perioperative/surgical nursing. This interest and/or experience must be clearly demonstrated in the personal statement.

What are the selection criteria?
 

The selection of winners is based on academics/transcripts, essay, financial need, and accurate completion of the scholarship application.

Note:
The Scholarship Committee does not award scholarships to high school students who are just entering college.

How are scholarship awards paid?
AORN Foundation requires verification of successful completion of coursework with grades of 3.0 or higher and copies of receipts of payment for allowable covered expenses. A check for the amount paid will be processed and sent to the recipient within 10-15 business days of receipt of the documentation.

Recipients will only be reimbursed for classes with a start date later than July 1, 2014 and before June 30, 2015.

Note: Allowable expenses covered by the AORN Foundation scholarships are tuition charges and the cost of books.


How do I apply?  
When do you accept applications? 

The deadline for applications for the 2013-2014 academic year is June 15, 2014.   

When and how will winners be notified? 

Winner(s) will be notified by August 15, 2014 by email.

Note: Only scholarship recipients will be notified.

How can I be sure my program is accredited?
 
Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate and graduate education programs preparing effective nurses.

What if my mailing or college information changes; how can I update it?
Contact the AORN Foundation at 800 755-2676 or foundation@aorn.org.

Are scholarships taxable?
Tax laws vary by country. For example, in the United States, scholarship funds used exclusively for the payment of tuition or textbooks are normally not taxable. The scholarship recipient is responsible for taxes, if any, that may be assessed against your scholarship award. We recommend consulting your tax advisor for more guidance.

Questions
For additional information regarding the scholarship program, contact:

AORN Foundation
Email: foundation@aorn.org
Phone: 800-755-2676
 

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