JoAnne Goss Memorial
Nursing Scholarship

General Information

The NFP’s JoAnne Goss Memorial Nursing Scholarship provides scholarships to Cumberland County Pennsylvania students demonstrating financial need in the pursuit of a nursing degree as they graduate from Carlisle High School, Boiling Springs High School, and any Cumberland County High School senior planning to pursuit a nursing degree at Messiah University.

Complete information regarding NFP scholarships can be found at www.theNFP.org under the “Scholarships” tab.

Questions may be directed to Paula Lasecki (plasecki@thenfp.org, 717-827-4369) or Cheryl Bradford (cbradford@thenfp.org, 717-904-4201)

All scholarship application forms, essays, and letters of reference will be maintained in a private and confidential manner.

Scholarships Available:

(1) $1,000 award to Carlisle High School Senior
(1) $1,000 award to Boiling Springs High School Senior
(1) $1,000 award to any Cumberland County High School senior planning to pursuit a nursing degree at Messiah University

Applicant Eligibility Criteria

1. Scholarship funds must be applied to an accredited baccalaureate nursing program or an RN-BSN program in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

  • Current high school seniors attending Carlisle High School or Boiling Springs High School must be matriculated undergraduate nursing students in the fall of the year in which the award is given.
  • Current high school seniors attending any secondary school located in the Cumberland County, Pennsylvania must be matriculated undergraduate nursing students at Messiah University in the fall of the year in which the award is given.

2. Membership in the Student Nurses Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP) and/or the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) is highly recommended for those applicants who are currently enrolled in nursing pre-licensure programs. Member in the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA) is required for applicants who are currently RNs.

3. Applicants should have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA.

4. Previous recipients of an NFP scholarship are not eligible to apply.

5. Applicants may only apply to one NFP scholarship per calendar year, excluding the Jack E. Barger, Sr. Memorial Nursing Scholarship.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the required application form in its entirety.
  2. Provide all required accompanying documentation:
    • Official transcript of most recent grades
    • Two letters of reference on official letterhead. At least one letter must be an academic contact. All letters should describe the applicant’s scholastic abilities, leadership qualities, and community service.
    • Completed essays
    • A high-resolution (minimum 300 dpi – JPG format) headshot of the applicant in professional attire for publicity use by PSNA/NFP. (NOTE: Selfies and low-resolution cell phone photos are not acceptable)

Submit the complete application through the NFP website no later than the deadline of March 31, 2023. (NOTE: Applications can only be submitted via the website.)

Scholarship Recipient Requirements

The NFP requests that individuals selected to receive a scholarship uphold the following requirements.

1. Send a thank you note or video to the NFP board of trustees (c/o NFP for NFP promotional purposes) within one month after the award.

2. “Pay it forward” through a commitment to the nursing profession in the form of volunteerism and/or a financial gift to the NFP to ensure the perpetuity of the scholarship program.

3. Upon graduation, provide NFP with updated contact information.

4. On an ongoing basis, provide NFP with information about the applicant’s future accomplishments, including published articles and professional updates for use in PSNA/NFP publications and publicity.

Apply For Scholarship

All scholarship application forms, essays, and letters of reference will be maintained in a private and confidential manner.

  • Applicant Information

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  • Application File Submissions

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          1. Applicants must answer both of the following essays prompts.
          2. For each, type the prompt at the top of the page, followed by the response.
          3. Each essay must not exceed 600 words and must be formatted in 12-point font and one-inch margins on all sides.
          4. NFP strongly recommends that a professional review your final essays for content, grammar, punctuation, and spelling prior to submission.

          Prompts (Please Answer Both)

          1. Why did you choose to pursue nursing as a career?
          2. How have you achieved results following success or failure in your life?
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