Black Nurses’ Association Greater Phoenix Area

A scholarship award that is aimed at helping at helping out Arizona based African-American nurses in their quest for further education. The scholarship is called the Black Nurses Association Greater Phoenix Area Loreatha Williams Academic Scholarship.

The main purpose why the Black nurses Association of Greater Phoenix Area put up this scholarship fund is to pay their respect to Loreatha Williams who was one of the very first nurses in the state of Arizona. Yuma, Arizona was the place of birth or nurse Williams and she transferred to Phoenix after she finished high school. She graduated in the School of Nursing of Good Samaritan School and was the first black American to do so. She continued her studies at the Arizona State University where she took up Bachelor in Science in Nursing. She worked at the Maricopa Medical Center and became the first Black American nurse administrator. She was a pioneer member of the Black Nurses’ Association Greater Phoenix Area. She was also active in the Arizona Nurses Association.

The association serves as a support group for black nurses of Arizona. They give support in facilitating instructional and technical programs. The prime goal of the association is to promote the professional skills of the nurses in Arizona. Aside from these, the association also provides scholarships to nursing students and post graduate students who are enlisted or about to enroll in any nursing course within the state of Arizona. Professional networking is the main help that the association gives out to nursing students.

Professional networking includes giving nursing students the chance to render services to the community. It also gives aid by sponsorship and teachings to students of nursing. They also become aware of professional job postings. They also give assistance to nursing students who are in pursuit courses.

The monetary value of the scholarships is decided by the members of the board and the committee chairperson. The scholarships are awarded to students and may be taxed. The fund can be spent on books, school materials, and tuition fees. Interested parties may apply and fill out the application form in the BNAGPA website or may personally apply in their office. These applications can be sent through email to or by snail mail at Black Nurses Association of Greater Phoenix Area, 700 East Jefferson St., Suite 402, Phoenix, Arizona 85034. All applicants must be certified residents of the state of Arizona.

Deadline of application is on the 1st of July. Late applications will not be considered. Supporting documents like enrollment forms and letter of acceptance should be submitted. Transcript of records and employment certificate can also be submitted. Student applicants may be enrolled as fulltime or part time students. Scholarships are renewable every year.

Amount: Varies
Deadline: July
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