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Nursing Scholarships

InterAct for Change administers merit scholarships that benefit college students within 65 miles of downtown Cincinnati.

While the first scholarships established were to benefit local nursing students, scholarship funds of any type will be tailored to meet the donor's specific wishes. Independent committees for these scholarships may recommend recipients to the Scholarship Committee of InterAct for Change.

Scholarships will be awarded only to students attending not-for-profit institutions.

Available Scholarships

  • The Ida W. Casey Memorial Scholarship ($2,000): The scholarship is named for the founding chair of the Department of Nursing at Edgecliff College, now Xavier University. The scholarship is awarded to a student enrolled in an accredited graduate degree nursing program. 
  • The Anna M. Drake Scholarship ($2,000): The scholarship is named for a public health nurse and founder of District 8 (now known as the Southwestern Ohio Nurses Association) of the Ohio Nurses Association. The scholarship is awarded annually to a student enrolled in an accredited associate or baccalaureate nursing program. 
  • The Rose Hook Scholarship Fund ($2,000): The scholarship honors a woman who was an emeritus director of The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati and a respected nurse leader in our community. The scholarship is awarded to a student pursuing a baccalaureate or graduate degree in nursing and resides in Northern Kentucky or attends an accredited nursing program in Northern Kentucky.
  • The Laura Rosnagle Memorial Scholarship ($2,000): The scholarship recognizes the first Dean of University of Cincinnati's College of Nursing and Health. The scholarship is awarded to a registered nurse enrolled in an accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing or Master of Science in Nursing completion program or to an individual with a non-nursing BA or BS degree enrolled in an accredited program awarding a Master of Science in Nursing degree.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where can I find copies of the application forms?

    You can download a PDF of the application questions.

  • Where should I submit materials?

  • My program is not accredited. Can I still apply?

    No. Your program must be accredited.

  • Can I submit anything after the deadline?

    No, wait for next year if you miss the deadline for this year.

  • I do not meet all the criteria. Should I apply anyway?

    No, there are no exceptions made. Be aware you must live within or attend a school within the 65 mile radius of downtown Cincinnati. Click here to see a map of nursing schools within the 65-mile radius, or click here to measure the distance from your address or school to downtown Cincinnati.

  • I do not have a grade in my transcript for a nursing clinical. Do I really need this for an InterAct for Change Nursing Scholarship?

    YES! These are very competitive scholarships. Do not apply without at least a grade of 3.0 (B) documented for your clinical(s) and some indication that your faculty recommendation(s) will be favorable. Grades from undergraduate nursing clinicals will be acceptable for masters or doctorate degrees.

  • Must I have an active RN license to apply for the Ida Casey Scholarship Nursing Scholarship?

    Yes. There are no exceptions to requirements for scholarships for graduate programs.

  • I did not read and follow the directions or failed to allow processing time for my school’s registrar’s office to independently mail my transcript on time. Will my application be processed?

    Incomplete applications will not be considered for scholarships.

  • I am scheduled to graduate or complete my program in May or June 2021 but have financial need. Am I eligible to apply?

    Be aware that funds are sent on your behalf directly to the academic institution or program to pay tuition, lab or graduation fees. The scholarship checks are not issued to individuals and unused money is returned to InterAct for Change. Most schools apply the money to the current outstanding balances or the next quarter or semester bill. Scholarship funds cannot be applied to existing student loans.

  • Will I be able to submit again or reapply after I receive an InterAct for Change scholarship?

    Yes, as long as you meet the criteria you may. Each group of applicants is evaluated independently. At this time no multiple-year scholarships are awarded.

Please note: Scholarships will not be awarded in 2023.