California Nurses Foundation Sandra R Spaulding Memorial Scholarship Fund

Originally established at the 1985 CNA House of Delegates, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee (CNA/NNOC) Sandra R. Spaulding Memorial Scholarship Fund is intended to encourage ethnic and socio-economic diversity in nursing.


To qualify for the Scholarship Award, you must be:

  • Enrolled in the second year of a two-year accredited Associated Degree Nursing (A.D.N.) Program located in a state with hospital facilities represented by CNA/NNOC (currently AL, AZ, CA, CO, DC, FL, GA, IA, IL, KS, KY, ME, MO, NV, NC, NY, OH, TX, and WV); and
  • Enrolled in at least half-time study, as defined by the student’s institutions, and
  • Planning to complete the degree program within two (2) years.


  • Complete application form with supporting materials and reference letters, with all materials received by posted deadline.
  • Commitment and active participation in nursing and health related organizations.
  • Professional vision and direction.
  • Financial need.

Your application packet MUST include the following:

  • A completed application
  • Two letters of recommendation on letterhead dated and signed within one year prior to the final filing date, which must be attached to the completed application. The following areas must be covered by these letters of recommendation: academic ability, personal commitment to the field of study.
  • Verification of acceptance into accredited A.D.N. degree program
  • A one page typed essay describing personal and professional goals.
  • Copy of most recent tax return (Form 1040 only) OR verification of income (if no tax return was filed) OR copy of parent/guardian tax return (if applicant is claimed as dependent.)
  • Copy of transcript from first completed year of nursing program.
  • Current resume with employment history. If no prior work history, include letter to this effect
  • Completed W-9 form, form can be found here:

To access the application for this award, click on the “Visit” button, below.