Dr. Susan Fairchild Nursing Scholarship

In honor of the founding dean of the UA Grantham College of Nursing, University of Arkansas Grantham has created the Dr. Susan Fairchild Nursing Scholarship. Dr. Susan Fairchild joined University of Arkansas Grantham in August 2009 when she was asked to come out of retirement to develop the University’s nursing programs.

Previously, she taught nursing for more than 30 years at the associate, baccalaureate and master’s levels in both traditional and distance learning environments and has authored two nursing textbooks related to Perioperative Nursing Practice and Education. For her dedication and contributions to both UA Grantham and the nursing community, Dr. Fairchild was named Dean Emerita in October 2013 and continued to work to support the programs through spring 2014. The educational programs she instituted here at UA Grantham have received accreditation from the Accreditation Commission of Education in Nursing (ACEN) and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), organizations committed to educational excellence in the field of nursing.

The Dr. Susan Fairchild Nursing Scholarship is offered to two deserving nursing students each year, one at the undergraduate and one at the graduate level, who exemplify the qualities Dr. Fairchild and the profession of nursing represent. The scholarship is valued up to $2,040 and covers the tuition and fees for two courses.

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In addition to the Dr. Susan Fairchild scholarship, nursing students may be eligible for UA Grantham’s Heroes Program, which provides reduced $250 per credit hour tuition and other benefits to licensed or certified patient care workers, their spouses and children (of any age).

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must meet University of Arkansas Grantham’s minimum admissions requirements for the BSN or MSN program.
  • Applicants must be in good academic and financial standing with the University.
  • Applicants must be enrolled or plan to enroll in a BSN or MSN program at University of Arkansas Grantham
  • Applicants must have a CGPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • After watching the documentary “A Nurse I Am”, applicants must write a 250-500 word essay on their commitment to remain patient-focused, explaining their common vision with one of the four nurse role models from the documentary.

Prior Dr. Susan Fairchild scholarship recipients are not eligible.

Online application opens on February 1, 2021. Scholarship application and essay must be submitted via the online application. Scholarship applications will be accepted until midnight Eastern Time on July 17, 2021.

Selection Criteria

The nursing faculty and Dr. Fairchild as a member of the Nursing Advisory Board will make a recommendation for the chosen scholarship recipients to the University of Arkansas Grantham Scholarship Committee based on the following criteria:

1. The applicant must meet all eligibility requirements
2. Quality of the essay
     a. Content properly addresses the essay question
     b. Organization of ideas
     c. Proper formatting, grammar, spelling and other writing mechanics

As a condition of accepting the scholarship, each applicant will be asked to grant permission to University of Arkansas Grantham to release information contained in the scholarship application to the news media in the event that he or she is awarded this scholarship. Additionally, the scholarship recipients must provide a biography and photo for use by University of Arkansas Grantham.

Applicants will be notified of the Scholarship Committee’s decision via email approximately 30 days after the scholarship application deadline. Following receipt of the Scholarship Committee’s decision, the chosen recipient must respond to the Committee within 30 days indicating his or her intent to accept the scholarship. Should the chosen recipient fail to timely respond to the Committee, the scholarship will be awarded to the next highest qualifying applicant.

NOTE: The University of Arkansas Grantham Scholarship Committee reserves the right not to award the scholarship if there is not a qualified applicant. The scholarship is only applicable to tuition and fees at University of Arkansas Grantham and must be applied to a registered term within six months of award date. The scholarship will only cover the cost of tuition and fees required for the recipient’s chosen degree program. Courses outside of the degree program may be taken, but at the expense of the scholarship recipient. Cost of textbooks are not covered by the scholarship.

Read the latest press release for more information about the awarded scholarship recipients.