All newly admitted DNP students are considered for the merit scholarship through their admission application. The faculty and the Admissions Office jointly select a recipient at the time of admittance. One DNP student is chosen to receive this scholarship for each fall and spring entry cohort. The scholarship funds a total of $29,000 disbursed among five semesters applied to tuition. Students must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to be eligible. The Admissions Office will notify all admitted students of their status once the recipient has been chosen.
The purpose of the merit scholarship is to provide tuition assistance to outstanding individuals who demonstrate academic achievement, creativity and innovation, exceptional communication skills, and the potential for significant leadership in their professional endeavors.
Students who are awarded the merit scholarship must remain in good academic standing throughout the program, and in collaboration with their Program Assistant Dean, contribute to the school in substantive ways.
Active-Duty Military Scholarship
DUSON supports active-duty military students by providing funding towards the tuition costs through this special scholarship program. The scholarship is offered on a first come/first-served basis. Only students who have been admitted to an MSN or DNP program are eligible for this scholarship; ABSN and MSN Certificate students are not eligible to apply.
To apply: submit the military scholarship form to the Office of Admissions.
For students under military orders to attend school:
DUSON accepts the maximum funding provided by the military branch for students selected by the military to attend school under Corps specific civilian education programs (i.e., Duty Under Instruction/DUINS) and will award a scholarship to fund the difference between the maximum funding provided by the military and the required tuition and fees for the degree program.
For active-duty military personnel returning to school not under military orders:
Students who receive this scholarship are responsible for paying the first $15,000 of required tuition and fees each year and may use any available military/veteran tuition benefits toward this requirement. DUSON will provide a scholarship to cover the remainder of the required tuition and fees that exceed $15,000 each year. If the student’s annual military tuition assistance benefit exceeds $15,000, the active-duty scholarship will equal the difference between the required tuition and fees for the degree program and the student’s annual military tuition and fees benefit.
Example: a student is eligible for a military tuition benefit of $250 per credit hour, taking 18 credit hours for the year (18 credits x $250=$4,500). The $4,500 tuition benefit is applied toward the annual $15,000 requirement that the student is responsible for paying. After the tuition benefit is applied the student is responsible for paying the remaining $10,500 ($15,000-$4,500=$10,500). Any tuition and fees above the $15,000 will be paid by the active-duty military scholarship annually.