Psych NP Scholarship Program

Marlene Adams

Change Lives, Including Yours!

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?
  • Gain experience in psychotropic medication management?

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 at any accredited school of nursing.

The purpose of the Virginia Health Care Foundation’s Psych NP Scholarship program is to increase the number of primary care providers with behavioral health training providing care for uninsured and medically-underserved Virginians and provide eligible NPs financial support to complete a post-master’s Psych NP certificate program.

Graduates must work in a Virginia organization solely as a Psych NP serving medically-undeserved individuals for two years upon completing the Psych NP Certificate program (4000 hours).

This is a wonderful opportunity for NPs to gain valuable psychiatric-mental health training 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); those with 3+ years work experience as an NP; 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: 

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

Last Updated on September 30, 2021