Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania (NAP), a nonprofit foundation created to recognize and retain nurses in Pennsylvania, announces the availability of scholarship funds for individuals pursuing an education in nursing.

The scholarships will be awarded in spring 2011 and are available to be used for tuition, books and or/educational fees for that same term.

To qualify an applicant must be a resident of Pennsylvania; be admitted to a nursing school in Pennsylvania which prepares the student to become a licensed practical nurse, a registered nurse or working toward an advanced degree in nursing to practice in a new, advanced role in nursing; have a current minimum grade point average of "B" according to the school's standards; have completed or be currently enrolled in at least one course designated as "nursing;" and has not previously received a Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania Scholarship.

Scholarship recipients will be selected based on their academic achievement, leadership potential as evidenced by special honors and/or special recognition, community service, and personal commitment to the profession of nursing.

The deadline for applying for a scholarship is Jan. 31, 2011.

For more information or to download an application, view the NAP website at www.nightingaleawards.org or contact the Nightingale Awards office at (717) 909-0350.