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Scholarships

Supporting aspiring health care professionals with financial assistance

The Research Foundation provides financial assistance to nursing and allied health students. Read more about our scholarships to find out if you are eligible to apply.

We offer financial assistance for:


Traditional and Transfer BSN

Supporting the future of health care through the funding of undergraduate nursing student scholarships

Applications are not being accepted at this time

  • Application requirements >>>

    Eligibility
    Individuals must be admitted to the traditional nursing program at Avila University, Research College of Nursing, or William Jewell College. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher to be eligible. Nursing Accelerated Option and Nursing Accelerated Track students are not eligible to apply. Scholarships may only be applied to tuition.

    Application Requirements
    1. An essay that communicates what factors/experiences influenced your decision to choose nursing as a career. Explain how your leadership experience and/or community activities will have an influence on you as a professional nurse. If you have had clinical experience, please share a story of how it reinforced your decision to become a nurse. Include a statement that expresses why you should be considered for a scholarship award from The Research Foundation. Your essay must not exceed one typed page and must include name.
    2. Letter of recommendation from a faculty member (must be signed on letterhead). Letter of recommendation is only required for first-time applicants.
    3. Complete Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Release Form. Download the FERPA form (PDF).
    4. Official transcripts sent by the college or university are only required for first-time applicants. Please send them to scholarships@theresearchfoundationkc.org.

    Deadline
    The deadline to apply is March 1, 2022. Applications will be available beginning November 1. Scholarship funds will be distributed to the College or University for the 2022-2023 academic year.



Doctor of Physical Therapy

Promoting physical therapy careers through scholarships for doctor of physical therapy students

Applications are not being accepted at this time

  • Application requirements >>>

    Eligibility
    Individuals must be in their first year of the doctor of physical therapy program with a graduation date of December 2023 or May 2024 at Rockhurst University, the University of Kansas, or University of Missouri-Columbia. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher to be eligible to apply. Scholarships may only be applied to tuition.

    Application Requirements
    1. An essay that communicates what factors/experiences influenced your decision to choose physical therapy as a career. Explain how your leadership experience and/or community activities will have an influence on you as a physical therapist. Include a statement that expresses why you should be considered for a scholarship award from The Research Foundation. Your essay should not exceed one typed page and must include your name.
    2. Complete Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Release Form. Download the FERPA form (PDF).
    3. Copy of recent grades with cumulative GPA.

    Deadline
    The deadline to apply is April 1. Notification of awards will be made by June 1 and scholarship funds will be distributed to the university by July 6 if a scholarship thank you is received by June 30.



Radiologic and Nuclear Medicine Technology and Radiation Therapy

Encouraging allied health students through radiologic technology, nuclear medicine technology or radiation therapy student scholarships

Applications are not being accepted at this time

  • Application requirements >>>

    Eligibility
    Only nuclear medicine technology and second-year radiology technology students at Research Medical Center are eligible to apply at this time. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher to be eligible to apply.

    Application Requirements
    1. An essay answering the following questions. Please include your career goals. Scholarship selection is based primarily on the essay component of the application. Your essay should be in 12 point font, double spaced and not exceed one typed page.

    What factors influenced you to choose radiology technology, nuclear medicine technology or radiation therapy as a career?

    How would you see your role as a radiologic technologist, nuclear medicine technologist or radiation therapist influence patient outcomes in a positive manner?

    2. Complete Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Release Form. Download the FERPA form (PDF).

    Deadline
    The deadline to apply is April 1. Notification of awards will be made by June 10.  Funds will be distributed to the schools by July 6 if a thank you letter is received by June 30.



Medical Assistant

Assisting medical assistant students that are struggling to meet academic and financial obligations while completing their externship

Applications are now being accepted

  • Application requirements >>>

    Eligibility
    Concorde Career College – Kansas City: Only students enrolled in the medical assistant eight-month program at Concorde Career College – Kansas City are eligible to apply. Students are eligible to apply during the 4th term within the medical assisting program.

    Mid-America Nursing & Allied Health Institute: Only students enrolled in the medical assistant program at Mid-America Nursing & Allied Health Institute are eligible to apply. Students are eligible to apply during the 2nd term within the medical assisting program.

    Application Requirements
    Completed online application.

    Deadlines
    Deadlines are listed on the application. There will be no exceptions made to the application due date.



Accelerated BSN

Supporting the future of health care through the funding of scholarships for students in accelerated nursing programs

Apply by June 24

  • Application requirements >>>

    The Research Foundation offers scholarships to accelerated BSN students through two funds, the Cheri Burchett Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund and the Dr. Kay Sullivan Scholarship Endowment Fund. Application requirements for each are listed below. 

    Cheri Burchett Memorial Scholarship

    Eligibility
    Individuals must be enrolled in the Research College of Nursing ABSN program. Applicants must be in good academic standing. Scholarship selection is primarily based on the essay component of the application and will be awarded to the student that demonstrates the following characteristics: clinical excellence and a comforting presence defined by a calm supportive influence, a positive attitude and a gentle unhurried approach. Financial need is not a requirement.

    Deadline
    The deadline to apply is June 24.. 

    Application Requirements
    1. A statement about what nursing means to you, what you plan to do with your degree after graduation and why you believe you should be selected for this scholarship. Please include how you demonstrate the qualities of clinical excellence and a comforting presence defined by a calm supportive influence, a positive attitude and a gentle unhurried approach. This should include your first and last name and not exceed two typed pages.
    2. Letter of recommendation from one faculty member (must be on letterhead and signed).
    3. Complete Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Release Form. Download the FERPA form (PDF).
    4. Transcript with cumulative GPA. The transcript does not need to be an official copy. 

    Dr. Kay Sullivan Memorial Scholarship

    Eligibility
    Individuals must be enrolled in the Research College of Nursing Accelerated BSN. Applicants must be in good academic standing. Scholarship selection is primarily based on the essay component of the application and will be awarded to the student that demonstrates the characteristics of excellence in in clinical performance.

    Deadline
    The deadline to apply is June 24.

    Application Requirements
    1. A statement about what nursing means to you; what you plan to do with your degree after graduation; and why you believe you should be selected for this scholarship. Please include how you demonstrate excellence in clinical performance. This should include your first and last name and not exceed two typed pages.
    2. Letter of recommendation from two faculty members (must be on letterhead and signed).
    3. Complete Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Release Form. Download the FERPA form (PDF).
    4. Transcript with cumulative GPA. The transcript does not need to be an official copy. 



Nursing Student Emergency Fund

Helping nursing students in emergency situations.

Applications are now being accepted

  • Application requirements >>>

    Eligibility
    The Nursing Student Emergency Fund is available for traditional BSN and accelerated BSN students at Avila University, Research College of Nursing, and William Jewell College. If approved, applicants are eligible to receive up to $350 each calendar year. 

    Acceptable emergency situations include (but are not limited to):

    • Housing insecurity
    • Lack of transportation to class or clinical sites
    • Utility shut-off notices
    • Food insufficiency
    • Other emergency needs identified by student 

    Application Requirements
    To apply, complete the online application. Applications can be submitted at any time. The Research Foundation will update students on their application status 48-72 hours after it was submitted. 



Nursing Student Lab Kits

Funding the purchase of lab kits for traditional nursing students entering their junior year

Apply by June 3

  • Application requirements >>>

    Eligibility
    Only students accepted into the traditional nursing programs at Avila University, Research College of Nursing, and William Jewell College and preparing to enter their junior year should apply. 

    Application Requirements
    Completed online application and uploaded resume. No essay required.

    Deadlines
    The deadline to apply is Friday, June 3.