The Nursing Scholars is a selective merit-based program for academically strong students who are committed to pursuing a nursing career.

Students selected to participate in the Nursing Scholars program spend four years working closely with faculty mentors exploring the many opportunities within the field of nursing and identifying ways to impact health disparities in local and global communities.

Program Highlights

Year One

In the first year, students explore nursing in the context of healthcare provision, deepening their personal commitment to becoming a nurse. Nursing Scholars work closely with staff, faculty and advisors across the university to pursue academic and professional opportunities.

  • Enroll in Elon 101 with other scholars.
  • Participate in multiple educational events offered by the School of Health Sciences, including interprofessional healthcare panels and group dinners with undergraduate peers in the pre-health sciences.
  • Investigate service and certification opportunities specific to nursing with guidance from the Kernodle Center for Civic Life.
  • Engage in personal identity, reflection and resume-building activities guided by the Student Professional Development Center.
  • Complete a 4-year academic and career plan.

Year Two

The second year of the program is devoted to engagement in local and global healthcare communities and purposeful reflection about health equity and inclusive excellence.

  • Volunteer at the Health Outreach Program at Elon, the Open Door Clinic of Alamance County or another location affiliated with the Alamance Network for Inclusive Healthcare.
  • Participate in guided and meaningful reflection about health disparities with peers and School of Health Sciences mentors.
  • Participate in a Winter Term study abroad course specifically related to healthcare.
  • Attend SURF (Spring Undergraduate Research Forum) and participate in an interprofessional group discussion and dinner with undergraduate peers in pre-health cohorts.

Junior and Senior Years

The final two years will integrate the comprehensive nursing curriculum, clinical placements and development of a professional development plan.

  • Pursue formal and informal leadership opportunities on campus and in the community.
  • Complete nursing coursework and clinicals.
  • Contribute to local and global health equity through clinical experiences and courses dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusion in healthcare.
  • Create a plan to apply for jobs or graduate nursing programs.
  • Work with the Student Professional Development Center staff to practice interviewing.

Ready to Apply?

The Fellows and Scholars application is due January 15. Students may apply for up to two Fellows and two Scholars programs. Students who wish to pursue health equity and social justice are strongly encouraged to apply. Fifteen Nursing Scholars will be selected in each first-year class.