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Student Awards

Graduate Student Award

This award, established in 2018, is presented annually by the Penn State Nursing Alumni Society to a graduate student in the College of Nursing. The student nurse supports the ideals of the College of Nursing and the nursing profession by engaging in service activities that support individuals, families, and/or communities and that encourage and foster the nurse’s personal and professional development.


  1. Must be a student of The Pennsylvania State University
  2. Must be a graduating graduate student (graduating in May 2020, August 2020, or December 2020)
  3. May self-nominate
  4. May be any MSN student currently enrolled who is in good academic standing seeking support fudning for academic endeavors

Submit a Nomination

If you wish to nominate a graduate student for the Nursing Graduate Student Service Award, please complete the Nomination Form by March 1, 2020.

Nomination materials must include the following in order to be considered complete:

  1. Nomination Form
  2. Letter of Endorsement

If you have any questions about the nomination process, please email

Past Recipients

2019 – Melissa Thomas

2018 – Emily Whitaker

2017 – Michelle Fanning-Hursh