SCHOLARSHIPS & AWARDS FAQS
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What is the difference between a scholarship and an award?
A scholarship is straight money without any activity required from you except to apply. For an award you will need to do a project that the award will help fund – for students this is usually the capstone, for practicing NPs, it is usually a project they are instituting in their workplace or for charity.
Why do you offer different scholarships and awards in different years?
We apply to many organizations to obtain funding for scholarships and awards. We offer those scholarships and awards for which we obtain funding for that year. There are two scholarships that are endowed – this means that they are available when the interest earned is sufficient to fund the scholarship.
What is the selection process to determine the winner?
Once all applications are received for a specific scholarship or award, they are sent to selected reviewers to evaluate and score. The reviewers respond with a written brief evaluation of merit and a total score based on the scoresheet categories. The written evaluations and scores are considered and the NPHF Program Director makes the final decision. If there is a tie, the applications are sent to the NPHF President for consideration and decison.
When do I apply as a student and when do I apply as a practicing NP?
If the project for which you are applying for funding is a school project, your capstone, then you should apply as a student. If the project is outside your school program – something you are doing through your place of work or for charity, then you should apply as a practicing NP.
How should I send my application to the NPHF?
We have deliberately set the due date as a "postmarked by" date. Applications may not be sent digitally or by fax. Multiple copies are required and explained in the application. We wait for two weeks after the "postmarked by" date to send applications to reviewers. You do NOT have to send your application by Express Mail, Priority Mail, UPS or Federal Express. When it arrives does not matter – the postmark date does. Also please do NOT send your application with signature required.
What do I send if this is my first semester and I do not have a GPA or transcript yet?
Please do NOT send a transcript from your previous schooling. Run off a list of the classes you are taking at the moment and ask your program director to sign it and note that you do not have grades yet but that you are in good standing with your classes.
Should I send multiple transcripts?
No. Please only pay for ONE transcript. You may open it and make the copies needed. Just be sure to send the original transcript with your application.
Should I staple my application?
No. Please use a paper clip to close each application, as we and the reviewers go through the application page by page. Do NOT waste money or our time by binding the application in any other way. Do NOT use folders or any other method of presenting the application. It will have to be taken apart and is just time-consuming for us and a waste of resources for you.
Why do I need to make several copies?
For judging and administrative purposes, we typically need several collated copies of the application which is clarified in the application itself. We will need to send copies to various reviewers and keep the original in our office.
What if my IRB exemption or approval has not been granted yet?
You may send in your application without the IRB exemption or approval. Just note that if you receive the award, you will need to provide the IRB exemption or approval by a deadline given before we can provide the award funding to you. If you are not able to meet the deadline, the award will need to be given to another applicant because of built-in deadlines for project completion.
What if my letter from the institution has not arrived in time to send in with my application?
You may send in your application without the institutional letter. Just note that if you receive the award, you will need to provide the institutional letter before we can provide the award funding to you.
Should references be included in my application or sent directly to the NPHF?
They can be sent directly to us by the person filling out the referral form and we will match them with your application. You may also choose to include the references in your application. We require only TWO references. Sending more will not enhance your chances as only TWO references are considered.
Why can’t I handwrite my application?
Your application will be sent to reviewers who may have many applications to review. Handwriting slows down the process. The application documents are fillable PDFs, so that if you can download them to print them out, you can also fill them out online. There is no reason that any part of the application needs to be handwritten.
What if my reference writers handwrite on their reference forms?
We understand if the reference writers write by hand rather than type in the form. This form will be accepted with handwriting.
What if my reference writers put their name in the bottom right-hand corner instead of mine?
This has happened in the past and will happen in the future. As long as your name is somewhere on the form (upper portion) and we can match the form to your application, it will be accepted.
When are the winners announced?
The date for announcing the winner is posted with the application. It is typically approximately 6-8 weeks after the application deadline.
How will I know if I’ve won or not?
We notify every applicant by end of day on the date the winners are to be announced to let them know whether they have won or not. You will not be left to guess or try to find out. Please do not email us- we will let you know. We notify all applicants, whether winners or not.
What happens after I win a scholarship?
We will notify you and send you a W-9. media release, agreement and other paperwork that needs to be completed. Once everything is in, you will be sent your check.
What happens after I win an award?
If you have your IRB approval/exemption and your institutional letter, we will send you paperwork to complete. Once we receive the paperwork from you, you will be sent your first check. We will need the IRB approval/exemption and institutional letter if required before we will send a check. Please remember that a second check is due to you once you complete the project to help with dissemination.