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About KCNA Scholarships

King County Nurses Association (KCNA) is proud to help ensure the future of nursing in our community by offering scholarships to qualified nursing students.

KCNA has completed the scholarship award process for the 2018-19 academic year.  Applications for 2019-20 scholarships will be available in January 2019, with a due date of March 1, 2019.  

KCNA has provided scholarships for nursing students since 1993, serving 233 students with a total of $443,750. In 2018, 18 students will each receive a $3,000 award.

Congratulations 2017 Scholarship Recipients!

Front, L to R: Nick Lowry, Meghann Miller, Nina Cole, Jacqui Hermer, Melissa Ebben, Hannah Jeong, Rim Sem, Sarah Goldberg

Back, L to R: Mandy Sladky, Kristen Cromar, Bryen Barrett, Jeremy King

View short bios of the scholarship recipients here.


  1. Provide financial assistance to qualified students who have a permanent address, or are currently enrolled in a nursing program in King County and are preparing for a career as a registered nurse, or to RNs returning for an advanced degree in nursing or a related field.
  2. Encourage and provide for increasing diversity within the nursing profession that reflects the population as a whole.
  3. Support nurses to be change agents in creating a healthier community in King County.


Eighteen scholarships of $3,000 each will be awarded in the spring of 2018 for summer 2018 through spring 2019 school terms. Applicants must be accepted into or currently enrolled in a nursing program for the summer 2018 through spring 2019 school year. If you have applied but have not been accepted, you are ineligible and should wait until the following year to apply for the scholarship. Applicants can only receive an award once from KCNA. If you have previously received an award, you are not eligible to apply.

Basic Program: General scholarships will be awarded to students enrolled in associate or baccalaureate degree programs preparing for a career as a registered nurse.

Graduate Entry Program: Scholarships will be awarded to students currently enrolled in a graduate entry program in nursing. The students may be in the pre-licensure or the advanced degree portion of the program.

RN Baccalaureate (RNB) Program: Scholarships will be awarded to a registered nurse in a program leading to a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Advance Degree Program: Valerie Weiss, ARNP, MN, MA, Memorial Scholarship Award is for a current RN working toward an advanced degree in nursing or a related field. The award is given as a lasting legacy to an outstanding nurse whose professional commitment was an inspiration to her colleagues and patients alike. For Master's, DNP and PhD nursing students.

KCNA reserves the right to distribute the scholarships among these categories depending on applications received.


All Scholarships:

Valerie Weiss Memorial Scholarship: Meet the above criteria and demonstrate an exemplary commitment to the nursing profession through extracurricular professional activities.


Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of: