VCNP Nurse Practitioner Doctoral Scholarship

VCNP values education for the advancement of nurse practitioners. In an effort to promote education and scholarship in our membership, the VNCP Nominations and Awards Committee will award a one-time scholarship to a student enrolled in an accredited, nursing doctoral (DNP or PhD) program.



  1. Applicant must be a member in good standing of the VCNP for a minimum of 6 months, and practice or plan to practice in Virginia.
  2. Applicant shall be a licensed nurse practitioner in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  3. Applicant must have completed a minimum of 15 credit hours of the doctoral program (DNP or PhD), exhibit academic excellence and a commitment to advanced practice nursing, with strong clinical and leadership abilities.
  4. Applicant must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  5. Applications must be received in their entirety by August 31. VCNP begins accepting applications June 1.

Submission must include the following:

  • CV/Resume
  • Transcript of completed graduate course work
  • Two letters of recommendation: one from a school faculty member or employer, and another from the applicant’s VCNP regional president or a state board member. The letter from the VCNP regional president or state board member must demonstrate the applicant’s active participation within the VCNP.
  • A personal statement detailing how the student anticipates utilizing their doctoral degree to impact practice, improve patient outcomes, and further the mission of the VCNP. Essays should be written in APA (American Psychological Association) format and include no more than 500 words. (See Essay Rubric below.)

Monies shall be awarded to the school the applicant attends for the purposes of tuition, books or fees related to the doctoral program.


Essay Rubric


Task: Write an effective persuasive essay, not to exceed 500 words, which clearly and accurately presents your response to the following questions: How will obtaining the Doctorate of Nurse Practitioner/PhD degree improve my ability to practice as a NP? What will it mean for my patients and the profession at large? How will you use this degree to further the vision of the VCNP?  (You may include personal/professional qualities and talents as support for your response.)


Performance Conditions: You must create your own essay.  Your final product should be written in APA format.


Scoring: Your essay will be scored using the Assessment Criteria listed below.  The four areas will carry equal weight.  Your total numeric score will be 0-20.


Assessment Criteria:

Area Addressed Zero One Two Three Four Five



Does not answer task question Does not have a complete response Addresses topic, but strays from main idea Addresses topic, but does not elaborate Addresses topic and gives minimal elaboration points Covers topic completely and has a clearly defined thesis statement



No support given or does not relate to topic One reason or only reasons not related to topic Two reasons that relate to topic Three reasons that relate to topic Four reasons that relate to topic Ample reasons that support or relate to the topic

Organization & Logic


Rambles, repeats, or loses focus Has no structure Some cohesion and unity of thoughts More cohesion and unity of thoughts Much unity Complete unified and well-focused
Writing Skills: Mechanics,

  Usage, etc.

More than eight errors Has six to eight errors Four to five errors Two to three errors One error No errors

Applications will be reviewed by the Awards and Nominations Committee of the VCNP and must be submitted no later than August 31, 2017. All materials must be sent as one packet. Electronic submissions are preferred.

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Policy written/updated by:  Nominations and Awards Committee

Date:  September 30, 2017

Review Due:  March 2019