FULL SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES!

FULL SCHOLARSHIPS WITH LIVING EXPENSE STIPENDS are available to Stony Brook University School of Nursing students through a grant that has been awarded by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) Program. The funds are available to full-time Master of Science students from environmentally, educationally or economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

What is the Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) Program?
The SDS Scholarship Program provides scholarships/ living expense stipends (up to ~$28,000 annually or ~$56,000/degree program) to full-time health professions students from environmentally, educationally or economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The program’s goal is to increase the number of students in health professions to provide care to underserved areas and populations following completion of the student’s degree.

What are the criteria for eligibility?
Funds are awarded to eligible full-time students who: (A) are from an educationally/environmentally OR economically disadvantaged background; (B) have filed a FAFSA form; and (C) are citizens/nationals of the United States. (Full time pathways are currently available at Stony Brook University School of Nursing in the Pediatric NP program and in the Psychiatric/Mental Health NP program, upon individual request and consultation.)


What constitutes an educationally/environmentally disadvantaged background?
Educationally/environmentally disadvantaged means an individual comes from an environment that has made it difficult for the individual to obtain the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to enroll in and graduate from a health professions school. For example:

The individual is the first generation in his or her family to attend college.

English is not the individual’s primary language and language is still a barrier to academic performance.

The individual comes from a family that received public assistance (e.g., Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program, Medicaid, and/or public housing).

The individual graduated from a high school with low average SAT/ACT scores, or below average state test/Regents results, based on recent annual data, such as:

 http://data.nysed.gov/lists.php?type=district

The individual graduated from a high school that had a low percentage of seniors receiving a high school diploma, based on recent annual data, such as:

http://data.nysed.gov/lists.php?type=district
http://schools.nyc.gov/Accountability/data/GraduationDropoutReports/default.htm

The individual graduated from a high school that had a low percentage of graduates (<60%) who go to college during the first year after graduation, based on recent annual data, such as:

http://data.nysed.gov/lists.php?type=district
http://schools.nyc.gov/Accountability/data/GraduationDropoutReports/default.htm

The individual graduated from a high school with low per capita funding.

The individual graduated from a high school where many students (at least 30%) were eligible for free or reduced-price lunches, based on recent annual data, such as:

http://data.nysed.gov/lists.php?type=district

What constitutes an economically disadvantaged background?
Economically disadvantaged means an individual comes from a family with an annual income below a level based on low-income thresholds, according to family size established by the U.S. Census Bureau, adjusted annually for changes in the Consumer Price Index, and adjusted by the Secretary of the HHS, for use in all health professions programs. The Secretary updates these income levels in the Federal Register annually。

Am I eligible to apply if I am a part-time student?
No. You need to be enrolled full-time for BOTH fall and spring semesters in the year that you are receiving SDS funds.

Am I eligible to receive funds in both years of my full-time Master of Science degree program?
Yes.

If I receive a full tuition waiver from another source, am I still eligible to apply for SDS?
No.

How are the funds awarded?
SDS funds are limited and awarded until funds are exhausted. Eligible applicants will be asked to complete a verification form regarding criteria for disadvantaged background status. Eligible applicants will have their applications reviewed on a rolling basis by the scholarship committee. Not all applicants will receive an award. For students that are receiving loans up to the student’s total cost of attendance and are awarded this scholarship, the scholarship may replace a portion of those loan funds.

I am interested in becoming a full-time Master of Science student at Stony Brook University School of Nursing, and believe that I am eligible for SDS funding. Who should I contact?
Please contact Dr. Annie Rohan (annie.rohan@stonybrook.edu) by email expressing your interest in the program. Please be sure to include:

  1. The full-time program track in which you are interested (e.g.: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner);
  2. When you plan to file FAFSA form (or date that form was filed);
  3. The criteria under which you qualify for disadvantaged background status;
  4. Whether you have any intention to practice in a medically underserved community or with an underserved population upon graduation; AND
  5. When you plan to file an application for admission to the Stony Brook University School of Nursing Master of Science Program (or when you plan to begin the program, if already accepted).

Thank you for your interest in the SDS Scholarship Program.