Scholarship Opportunities are Available to African American and Low Income Graduate Nursing Students


Takoma Park, MD (February 20, 2015) African American and low-income students who are interested in earning a master’s degree in nursing at Washington Adventist University are eligible for scholarship funding to help pay for their education. The University is a recipient of U.S. Department of Education grant funding, which includes student scholarship funds to help African American and low-income (non-African American) students gain access to nursing education.

“These scholarships can be life-changing for the individuals who are eligible,” said Karen Benn Marshall, Ed.D., who is Dean of the School of Health Professions, Science and Wellness. “I encourage those who are interested in a graduate nursing degree to apply and take advantage of this support.”

Students eligible for the scholarship funding must: (1) be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States; (2) be African American or provide income documentation that they are low income (non-African American); (3) apply and gain acceptance to the graduate nursing program at Washington Adventist University; (4) complete a student application form for the funding online at; and (5) submit a 500-word, typed essay (see details on the application form) that covers the applicant’s reasons for seeking funding, along with examples of their contributions to the African American or low-income community.

Once their application is submitted, students will be notified of the amount that will be awarded to them. In order to maintain their funding eligibility, they must maintain all other nursing program requirements.

New evening classes start the week of March 8, and there’s still time to apply. For more information or to apply online, go to or call 301-891-4092 on weekdays:  Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon. The University’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies offers accelerated degree programs with flexible schedules to meet the needs of working adults.

Washington Adventist University has been educating students on its 19-acre campus in Takoma Park for 110 years. The campus is located adjacent to Washington Adventist Hospital and is Metro-accessible -- located 1.5 miles from the Takoma Station, with a bus stop and Bikeshare station on campus. Students can also park for free in lots located in front of and behind the academic buildings, located along Flower Avenue near the intersection with Carroll Avenue.

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Washington Adventist University is Montgomery County's only four-year private college. Part of the Seventh-day Adventist system of higher education, Washington Adventist University has been educating college students since 1904 on a 19-acre campus in suburban Takoma Park, close to the nation’s capital. A total of 1,080 students of all faiths participate in the university’s eight graduate and 32 undergraduate programs. The 2014 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked Washington Adventist University among the best regional colleges in the north.

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