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Advanced Practice Scholarships

This group of scholarships support students in the College of Nursing's Advanced Practice programs. Students in the MSN and DNP programs are eligible for these funds. 

Behavioral Health NP Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Drs. Barbara and Bill Given to assist advanced practice students with interest in mental health.


Recipients must:

  • be enrolled in the Nursing Practice or Doctorate of Nursing Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Program.
  • have a minimum 3.5 GPA.

CVS Foundation MSN Scholarship Fund

This scholarship fund is presented by the CVS Health Foundation in an effort to reduce the nationwide shortage of Family Nurse Practitioners and will provide support for four College of Nursing students in pursuit of their master’s-level education. 25% of scholarship dollars are to be awarded to fluent-speaking bilingual students


Recipients must:

  • be in good academic standing in the College of Nursing.
  • be interested in a career as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
  • intern or volunteer their time with an organization that supports underserved populations.

Dean Carpenter Memorial Scholarship

Dean Carpenter worked as a nurse practitioner at the Neighborhood Service Organization Tumaini Center in Detroit. At the Tumaini Center, he provided medical outreach to the homeless and disadvantaged and acted as a preceptor to medical and nursing students at Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, and Wayne State University. Dean’s true passion was providing medical outreach to the homeless population in Detroit where he endeavored daily to positively impact lives.


  • Recipients should have made satisfactory progression towards the completion of a Nurse Practitioner degree in the College of Nursing.
  • Recipients must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.


Preference will be given to:

  • Students who are committed to providing service to those who are economically disadvantaged. Special consideration will be given to those involved in MSU's Street Care Detroit program or Street Medicine Detroit.
  • Students who have lived in Detroit or the metro-Detroit area (defined as Wayne, Oakland, or Macomb counties).

Dorothy and Edward Hertel Scholarship

Dorothy and Edward Hertel are Michigan State University alumni and long-term supporters of the University. Their daughter, Patty Peek, is a nurse practitioner and former full-time faculty member in the College of Nursing for 40 years. Patty and her husband Bill have established this scholarship to honor her parents and to acknowledge their lifetime commitment to Michigan State.


Recipients should be a nurse practitioner students pursuing a doctorate in nursing practice who aspired to improve quality of care for underserved populations.

Gilbert and Leona Schumann Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Barbara Given, a College of Nursing University Distinguished Professor Emeritus, to honor the lives of her parents, Gilbert and Leona Schumann. It was Gilbert Schumann, who died on April 18, 1993, who inspired the creation of this scholarship. Gilbert was a farmer, husband, loving father and grandfather. Leona Schumann died on September 23, 2007, after several years of declining mobility. She had a long life as a mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Gilbert’s long battle with ill health raised concerns with Leona and their children about the adequacy of care that the elderly receive. It is for this reason that the Gilbert and Leona Schumann Scholarship will always be awarded to nursing students who exhibit a commitment to the care of elderly.


  • Recipients must be enrolled in the college's advanced degree programs with a focus on gerontology.
  • Recipients should maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA.

Hayes-Talley Nurse Anesthesia Endowed Scholarship

Henry and Costellia Talley created this scholarship in honor of both of their mothers; Annie D. Talley and Sallie Lou Hayes. Henry and Costellia were both raised by single mothers who supported their educational endeavors, while sacrificing their own dreams. Realizing the importance of education and the sacrifice their mothers made, they created this scholarship to assist future generations in their educational endeavors.


Recipients should be in good academic standing in the Nurse Anesthesia program.

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