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Scholarships Provide Much Needed Funds for Nursing Students

Scholarships Provide Much Needed Funds for Nursing Students

Students and Leaders Reflect on Positive Impacts During Annual Scholarship Celebration

Written by Molly Smerika on August 14, 2023

“When I saw the demanding schedule of nursing school, I realized that working full time was no longer a feasible option for myself if I wanted to succeed,” said Madison Mey.

Mey, a University of Colorado College of Nursing BSN student, knew she would need financial help to pursue her nursing degree at the Anschutz Medical Campus.This is where scholarships from CU Nursing come in. The impact reaches far beyond school – helping students be successful long after graduating from CU College of Nursing.

Mey was awarded the Callaway Scholarship, which she says allows her to focus on her education. She spoke about how the scholarship has impacted her life and studies during the College’s annual Scholarship Celebration on Thursday, August 3, 2023.

“It has opened doors for me to explore my future career opportunities. This scholarship has enabled me to pursue my dreams,” Mey said. “Without this support, I wouldn't have been able to reach this stage in my journey, and for that, I am eternally grateful.”

Maanasa Srinivasan, RN-BSN, BA, received the Dorothy Beck Scholarship. She is a Longmont native and is pursuing a Doctorate in Nursing Practice. She is a full-time student and is also working full-time to support herself through school.

“This scholarship gives the opportunity to eventually cut back on work so I am able to complete my clinic rotations without worrying about how I can take care of myself,” Srinivasan said.


CU College of Nursing scholarship awardees;
Madison Mey, Claudia Martinez Antilion, Lenae Aragon,
and Maanasa Srinivasan, RN-BSN, BA

Another student, Lenae Aragon, is in the Accelerated UCAN 2023 cohort. She will graduate in December with a BSN and was awarded the Helene Fuld Health Trust Scholarship.

“It was a great financial help to me, as the accelerated program is rigorous and demands a lot of time and dedication,” Aragon said. “I had to become part time at my current job because I wanted to do well in the program. This scholarship has tremendously helped take some of the financial burden away from me.”

Aragon wants to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner. She said her own struggles with mental health drew her to working in the mental health field. She also wants to build meaningful relationships with people and patients.

“Receiving this scholarship further motivated me because it's a reminder to me that someone else believes in me, and the vision I have for the field of mental health. It's truly meaningful to me,” she said.

CU Nursing awarded $610,845 in scholarships for the 2022-23 academic year. Scholarships can range from $1,000 - $10,000.

“Scholarships and award gifts are incredibly impactful. Not only are they investments in the potential of our students, but also in their dreams for the future,” CU College of Nursing Dean Elias Provencio-Vasquez, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAANP said.

For more information regarding funding, see our scholarship and financial aid page.

CU College of Nursing also has these tips on ways to find and earn scholarships.

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