NLN Cecelia Lou Vriheas Scholarship Award

Request for Applications

The 2024 scholarship application period is now closed. Applications will reopen in February 2025.

The 2024 application period runs from Monday, February 26th, 2023 until Tuesday, May 21st, 2024. Applicants will be notified by the end of July 2024 and awardees will be recognized at the NLN Summit in the Fall of 2024. 


The Cecelia Lou Scholarship is a single $8,000 scholarship awarded to nurses pursuing advanced degrees to advance their career as a full-time nurse educator who are the first in their family to pursue higher education and belong to an historically marginalized/excluded group including but not limited to Black, Indigenous, Native American, Pacific Islander, immigrant populations, those from rural areas.

Resources to Review Before Preparing Proposals:


  • Applicant must be the first generation in their family to pursue higher education 

  • Applicant must belong to an historically marginalized/excluded group including but not limited to Black, Indigenous, Native American, Pacific Islander, immigrant populations, those from rural areas 

  • Applicant must be enrolled in an accredited advanced degree nursing program (e.g. masters, doctorate). 

  • Applicant must have completed at least one academic year by the application deadline (May). 

  • Applicant must be in good academic standing. 

  • Applicant must complete the application as listed on the NLN website. 

  • Scholarship funds may go towards books, tuition, and research/project related expenses. 

Application Requirements

Each proposal must include the below content areas. Incomplete applications will be disqualified. 

Scholarship Proposal Outline

  1. Introduction (Overview): Describe your need for support and clarity of purpose 
    • Max. 250 words
  2. Description of your Program of Study 
    • i.e. dissertation, capstone, scholarly project, pilot project; quality project; change initiative). 
    • Max. 500 words
  3. Include specific outline, timeline and projected graduation date. 
    • If you have completed a dissertation proposal defense or had a DNP project approved, please include defense date. If project has been IRB approved, please indicate.
    • Max. 500 words
  4. Describe how your study links to NLN’s mission statement and core values.
    • Max. 250 words
  5. Describe your background and how it has contributed to your goals as a nurse educator 
    • Max. 250 words
  6. 2 Letters of recommendation (addressed to the NLN Foundation).
    • Max. 500 words per letter
  7. Budget Narrative: Be sure that each line item on the budget is clearly justified.
  8. Bio sketch form

Please note that there is not a specific application template, however, each application should attempt to follow the order of the checklist and use headings indicative of these requirements. 

Online Submission System:


NOTE: If you have questions related to the application process, please contact Emma Casey at or