The Research Foundation Announces Funding for MSN Education Scholarships

Up to ten nursing students can receive award

KANSAS CITY, Mo., (Dec. 10, 2011) – ​The Research Foundation has announced it is funding master’s of science in nursing (MSN) education scholarships to enhance the recruitment and retention of master’s prepared nurse educators.

Individuals must hold a bachelor’s of science in nursing degree and/or meet admission requirements for graduate study in a nationally accredited nursing program and have an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better. Compensation for each year will be up to $2,500 for a period not to exceed five years and a total amount of $5,000. The period of one year is defined as beginning in the fall, continuing through spring and summer.

“The purpose of our program is to encourage and support nursing students through the funding of nursing scholarships,” said Cynthia Randazzo, The Research Foundation president. “With concerns about the economy and the job market in recent years, the nursing profession is becoming a more popular and lucrative career choice, and we are supporting those that will eventually pass on their knowledge to the next generation.” Economists expect job growth for registered nurses to be much faster than the average for all other careers through 2018. In fact, registered nursing is predicted to be the career with the largest job growth of all.

“As many experienced RNs begin to reach retirement age, this should create additional job openings, and open positions could outnumber qualified applicants,” Randazzo said. “Nurses with at least a bachelor’s degree will have an edge in the job market.”

Anyone eligible for the MSN education scholarship may apply at The Research Foundation’s website Applicants must describe factors influencing their decision to pursue the role of nurse educator, career goals, strengths and capabilities, and their rationale for their selection as a recipient. Scholarship selection is based primarily on the essay component of the application.

Nursing scholarships are supported through various donor contributions, nursing alumni and other donations.

About The Research Foundation: The Research Foundation is a not-for-profit organization in Kansas City, Mo. dedicated to strengthening the community and empowering people to live healthier, productive lives through its health education and scholarship programs. The Harmon Diabetes Center teaches self-management diabetes education to help patients control their diabetes and reduce the chance for life-threatening complications. The award-winning ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City injury prevention program educates area youth through free school-based assemblies aimed at helping young people prevent traumatic injuries and deaths. The Foundation also awards scholarships to students pursuing a nursing career. For more information, visit