Dr. Barbara Zittel Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing Scholarship Program

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Call for Scholarship Applications!

The Center for Nursing at the Foundation of New York State Nurses, Inc.

is pleased to announce the 

Dr. Barbara Zittel Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing Scholarship Program  

A $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to a qualified registered nurse advancing his/her education to complete a baccalaureate degree in nursing. Eligibility criteria, application and reference forms are attached or can be obtained from 

Deborah Elliott, Executive Director, Foundation of NYS Nurses  518-456-7858 or delliott@fnysn.org

Application deadline is June 8, 2016.

Scholarships will be awarded by July 1, 2016 for the 2016-2017 academic year

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Dr. Barbara Zittel Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing Scholarship Program

                        Purpose:         To assist qualified professional nurses pursing a baccalaureate degree in nursing

Amount:          Scholarship will be in the amount of $2,000. 

Eligibility Criteria: 

v  New York State residency

v  Acceptance into a baccalaureate degree in nursing program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) 

v  Full-time or part-time study 

v  If already enrolled in a BS degree program, minimum current GPA 3.0 

v  Applicants who are denied are eligible to reapply for a subsequent year.

Applicants for the Dr. Barbara Zittel Scholarship must complete the application face sheet, and submit all documents required.  Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Any questions or requests for additional information, contact: Deborah Elliott, MBA, RN, Executive Director, Center for Nursing, Foundation of NYS Nurses, at 518 456-7858, Ext. 129 , delliott@fnysn.org.

Mail completed applications to: Dr. Barbara Zittel Scholarship Program

Foundation of New York State Nurses

The Veronica M. Driscoll Center for Nursing 

2113 Western Avenue

Guilderland, NY 12084

The funding for this scholarship is made possible by colleagues and friends of Barbara Zittel, PhD, RN.  Dr. Zittel served in various capacities in her professional career primarily in the areas of nursing education and staff development.  Dr. Zittel is most best known for her role as the Executive Secretary to the State Boards for Nursing for which she served from 2000-2011. She also served as an Associate in Professional Education at the Education Department (1989-1994) and as the Executive Secretary to the State Boards of Physical Therapy, Podiatry, Respiratory Therapy and Ophthalmic Dispensing (1994-2001).  In her retirement, Dr. Zittel continues to give graciously of her time in helping to advance nursing education in NYS.  

Foundation of New York State Nurses (FNYSN), established in 1975, is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to increase public understanding of the nursing profession and the arts and sciences on which human health depends.

Dr. Barbara Zittel Baccalaureate in Nursing Scholarship Application Face Sheet

Applicant Name_________________________________________________________


Telephone:  Home_________________Work_________________Cell______________ 



Degree being sought_____________________________________________________


Enrollment date_________________________________________________________


Expected graduation date_________________________________________________


These documents must accompany the application:

1)    Two references (on reference form): One from a registered professional nurse; the second reference may be a professor, employer/supervisor, or colleague. 

    Copy of enrollment acceptance letter from an academic institution accredited by the ACEN or CCNE confirming your acceptance in a nursing education program. 

    Official transcript(s) from current and previous post-high school institutions stamped with the institution's official seal and submitted in a sealed envelope. 

    Essay, typed, one page double-spaced explaining the rationale for pursuit of the degree and how its completion will advance your professional career and the profession of nursing in New York State.


Dr. Barbara Zittel Scholarship Application Reference Form

Applicant name_______________________________________________________________________

Name of reference provider______________________________________________________________

Relationship to the applicant_____________________________________________________________



Telephone:  _______________________ Email _____________________________________________

 1)    On a separate sheet of paper, please describe how in your relationship with the applicant you were able to assess/observe their aptitude for pursuing their education.

2)    Please rate the applicant on the characteristics listed below using a scale with 5 being the highest and 1 being the lowest.






























Communication Skills/Oral and Written







Problem Solving/Judgment







Interpersonal Skills







Intellectual Potential