Psych NP Scholarship Program

Marlene Adams

Change Lives, Including Yours!

Do you want to…

  • Learn strategies to help patients with behavioral health needs?
  • Gain experience in psychotropic medication management?
  • Help individuals grow and make a positive difference in their lives?
  • Have a range of well-paying jobs from which to choose?

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 an accredited school of nursing.

The scholarship is designed to increase the number of primary care providers with behavioral health training providing care for uninsured and medically-underserved Virginians and offer eligible NPs financial support to complete a post-master’s Psych NP Certificate program.

Scholarship recipients must work in a Virginia organization as a Psych NP serving medically-undeserved individuals for two years after completing a post-Master’s Psych NP Certificate program (4000 hours). This is a wonderful opportunity for NPs to gain valuable behavioral health training and help address a huge unmet need in Virginia.

Preference is given to:

  • Nurse practitioners with 3+ years of work experience as an NP.
  • NPs attending a post-Master’s Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate program at a Virginia School of Nursing (UVA, VCU, Shenandoah, George Mason, Liberty or Radford).
  • Those NPs with experience working in the health safety net as an employee or volunteer.

For a list of the Virginia post-Master’s 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.

Please contact VHCF’s Program Manager if you have questions about the scholarship or would like to apply: PsychNP@vhcf.org 

Last Updated on November 4, 2021