Psychiatric-Mental Health NP Scholarship (Psych NP)

The Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF) has a special scholarship program to underwrite tuition and fees for Nurse Practitioners (NP) who return to school to obtain a post master’s Certificate as a Psychiatric-Mental Health NP (Psych NP).

The purpose of the Psych NP scholarship is to increase the number of primary care providers with behavioral health education and training working in Virginia’s health safety net and provide eligible NPs financial support to complete the Psych NP Certificate program. Graduates must work in a health safety net setting (free clinic, federally qualified health center or other similar organization) for at least two years upon completing the Psych NP Certificate program.

This is a wonderful opportunity for NPs to gain valuable training as psychiatric-mental health specialists and help address a huge unmet need in Virginia. For more information, please review the Psych NP Scholarship Guidelines.

Preference will be given to NPs attending a Virginia School of Nursing (UVA, VCU, Shenandoah, George Mason or Radford) and/or with experience working in the health safety net as an employee or volunteer. For a list of the Virginia Psych NP Certificate programs with contact information for the program coordinator, click here.

For a list of Psych NP programs across the U.S., click here. The list is maintained by the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.

Below are the required forms to complete if you would like to apply for the scholarship:

Document Checklist and Application Form
Attestation Agreement
Verification of Volunteer Engagement or Employment in the HSN Form (if applicable)
Verification of Employment and Accommodation Form

Questions?  Contact the VHCF Program Manager at 804.828.5804 or at