Virginia Scholars Program

Marlene Adams

Make Life Great as a Psych NP!

Do you want to…

  • Help individuals grow and make a positive difference in their lives?
  • Have a range of well-paying jobs from which to choose?
  • Be better equipped to care for patients with behavioral health needs?

Demand for Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Psych NPs) in Virginia far outstrips supply. Psych NPs are urgently needed throughout the state in all types of settings.

The Virginia Health Care Foundation offers full-scholarships (up to $26,000 for tuition and required fees) for nurse practitioners wishing to earn a post-master’s Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certificate.

The purpose of the Virginia Scholars program 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 a post-master’s Psych NP certificate program.

Graduates must work in a Virginia 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 providers and help address a huge unmet need in Virginia.

Preference will be given to NPs attending a Virginia School of Nursing (UVA, VCU, Shenandoah, George Mason, Liberty 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 post-master’s certificate programs with contact information for the program coordinator, click here.

Please contact the VHCF Program Manager if you would like to apply: PsychNP@vhcf.org 

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

Questions?  Contact the VHCF Program Manager at PsychNP@vhcf.org.