Each fall, Frontier Nursing University’s (FNU) Chi Pi Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (STTI) awards several students with a $750 scholarship. To qualify for STTI membership, students must have completed at least a quarter of their degree program, hold a 3.5 or higher grade point average and demonstrate academic excellence.
Congratulations to Frontier’s Fall 2020 Chi Pi scholarship recipients! The FNU community is proud of your dedication to hard work despite the obstacles of COVID-19.
Here is what FNU students had to say about receiving this scholarship:
“I am honored and grateful to be a recipient.,” said Amanda Isbell. “This scholarship will help me tremendously as I have recently become a single mother of three and have been faced with worries that I may not be able to continue this journey and take care of my family. My financial situation is very tight and includes an extensive commute with room and board costs while completing my clinical courses. Due to these extra costs, I have been afraid that I would be forced to drop out of my program when I have come so close to the finish line. I will be putting this scholarship money towards my travel expenses so that I can finish out my clinical and continue to be successful in my program. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart, this scholarship is life-changing for me and will give me the opportunity to proceed with my hopes and dreams!”
“I am so excited to receive this award! I plan to use the scholarship funds for books and a new computer as my current computer is at the end of its life,” said Sarah Vialpando.
“This scholarship could not come at a better time- I am filled with gratitude and relief from the support it offers,” said Georgia Noonan. “I started my clinical journey over a year ago, filled with hope and excitement after FNU’s clinical bound. I was so eager to get started. Then, in March, COVID restrictions and safety protocols locked me out of my clinical sites with no return date. It has been an emotional and challenging journey, but one program track switch and 38 preceptor/site contacts later, I finally found a preceptor willing to work with me during a global pandemic. I’m about 100 hours away from my dreams, and this scholarship has given even more wind to my sails. I’m coming up on a full year without an income, so this kind of financial support is a huge help to me and my blossoming family. Thank you again for this opportunity. I feel supported and upheld by my Sigma Community.”
“After I finish my NP, my partner and I are going on the road in our tiny home on wheels; we will be staying in rural communities in Mont.,” said Stephanie Canning. “I am praying that while I’m there, I can help with access to care for families from babies to elders. I plan on completing my DNP, so I can become more knowledgeable in program implementation and help address the needs of the local systems. This scholarship will be a big help in assisting with travel plans and paying off student loans.”
“I was lucky enough to be a member of the University of Iowa’s Sigma Theta Tau Gamma chapter while in nursing school, so it feels very special to also be a part of FNU’s Chi Pi chapter,” said Audrey Katz. “I am so thankful for this generous scholarship and the opportunity to be a member during my time at FNU. This spring, my husband is finishing medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin, so extra funds are low with both of us in school. This scholarship decreased the financial strain for the clinical portion of my degree during this transitional time. Besides tuition assistance, I utilized a portion of this scholarship to enhance my hands-on skills during clinical rotations. I purchased and completed the Resolving Shoulder Dystocia course through Spinning Babies, and I am also interested in the Suturing for Midwives Online Workshop. I am very grateful for the opportunity to make our Chi Pi chapter proud!”
To find out more about Chi Pi and apply for the 2020 scholarship, please visit our Honor Society Page.