Applications for the 2023 Nightingale Scholarship are now open! 

Applications due Monday, February 27!

Each year, the New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence
awards Nightingale Scholarships to nursing students throughout the state.
Each $1,000 scholarship is awarded to assist students in the pursuit of their nursing degrees.
Winning applicants demonstrate incredible dedication to their work, their studies, and their communities. 
 This scholarship would not be possible without the generous support of the
New Mexico Board of Nursing to the Nurse Excellence Fund.


Application Requirements

In addition to filling out and submitting a scholarship application, all applicants must:

  1. Be a resident of New Mexico or be a member of the Navajo Nation (members of the Navajo Nation serving NM residents)

  1. Have successfully completed a minimum of one semester or 6-8 credit hours of nursing courses in your current nursing program.  (ADN, BSN, RN-to-BSN, MSN, post-graduate nursing degree). All pre-licensure nursing programs must be approved by the New Mexico Board of Nursing. (For a complete list of approved NM schools, please visit the NM Board of Nursing website at

      3.  Submit proof of academic ability.

  • Maintain at least an overall (not just nursing courses) grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

  • Submit a copy of the current grade transcript with application. Transcript/s must include school name  and applicant name. No need to send grades from previous degrees obtained.

  1. Present evidence of leadership and character references.

  • Include two letters of recommendation.  One of the letters must be from the current nursing faculty and/or academic advisor.  Letters must be sent directly from the person making the recommendation. We suggest you provide a copy of “Tips for Writing a Letter of Recommendation” on page 4 to those faculty or advisors writing your letters of recommendation.  Letters of recommendation will be scored as follows:  No letter = 0, Neutral/Factual = 0, Positive = 1, Enthusiastic = 2

  1. Submit a 2 page personal statement in brief essay form identifying why the applicant chose the nursing profession or is continuing their nursing education and how the applicant will work, as a nurse, to reduce health disparities.  Essays will be scored as follows: Articulate/clear/concise = 1, Identify a Financial Need= 1 Focus/Commitment to Nursing =up to 2 pts, Focus/Address Health Disparities =up to 2 pts (Total all that apply)

Apply Here! (pdf)

General Administrative Guidelines

Completed applications for scholarship award must emailed to the New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence no later than Monday, February 27, 2023.

Applications should be emailed to:  [email protected] 

Questions?  Call 505-565-5811 or email [email protected]