Deborah E. Trautman Future Nurse Leader Scholarship

$5,500Award Amount
2Number of Awards
10/1/2023Submission Deadline

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The Deborah E. Trautman Future Nurse Leader Scholarship was created in honor of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing CEO and President Dr. Deborah Trautman. The scholarship is funded by Liaison International, a partner in NursingCAS.

The Deborah E. Trautman Future Nurse Leader Scholarship is both a scholarship and a leadership program administered by AACN. The scholarship is open to nursing students pursuing a master’s or doctorate in nursing program offered at an AACN member school.

The scholarship awards $3,500 to graduate nursing students who demonstrate a desire to thrive in leadership positions in academic nursing. The scholarship additionally awards $2,000 to cater to educational expenses which are channeled directly to the recipient’s account.

Key Information of Deborah E. Trautman Future Nurse Leader Scholarship

Study Details

Area of Study


Country of Study

United States

Specific Schools

AACN Member Institutions

Scholarship Details

Intended Level of Study

  • Postgraduate
  • Doctorate

Award Amount


Number of Awards


Deborah E. Trautman Future Nurse Leader Scholarship Timeline

January 2023

Application Opening Date

Applications open on January 1.

October 2023

Submission Deadline

The submission deadline is on October 1.

Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet the following criteria.

  • Eligible Grade: Graduate
  • Maximum Age: Any
  • Required GPA: Any
  • Geographic Eligibility: United States
  • Gender: Any
  • Race/Ethnicity: Any

Application Requirements

Here’s what you need to submits besides your application.

  • Essay
  • Recommendation letters
  • Present Work Experiences

How to ace the Deborah E. Trautman Future Nurse Leader Scholarship


Demonstrate high academic achievement

This program is a graduate and postgraduate scholarship and applicants must possess the right credentials that demonstrate their academic qualifications. Ensure to submit your academic certificates that highlight your academic achievements.


Demonstrate your commitment to academic nursing

Ensure to include a list of past experiences in your essay that show your career achievements. Include details of any nursing conferences you have attended, presentations, or publications under your belt.


Essay objective and review

Your essay is your voice and the complete picture of your character, ambitions, and abilities. Answer the required questions carefully and make your piece concise and interesting, capturing your career goals and pursuit of nursing. Tell the judges your story and what you hope to achieve. Stay focused and get a second or third eye review from your mentor or instructor.


Choice of references and early notifications

Your references or recommenders must be those who know you well enough to be willing to speak to your abilities and demonstrate why you make the perfect candidate for this scholarship. So, choose them wisely. Also, contact them and send them the required forms very early on to allow them enough time to complete them.

How the Deborah E. Trautman Future Nurse Leader Scholarship is Judged

Applicants are assessed based on their academic records, commitment to the nursing education profession, leadership experiences, and skills. Additionally, they are evaluated based on their work experience and their contribution to the profession.

Why We Love the Deborah E. Trautman Future Nurse Leader Scholarship


One-on-one meeting with the CEO

The recipient of this scholarship participates in a one-on-one leadership development opportunity with the CEO of AACN. The receipts meet up with Dr. Trautan herself at AACN,s headquarters.


Join an impactful association

Being a member and affiliate of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing has a myriad of advantages for the nursing student. The association itself controls the standards of nursing education and determines the curriculum to be followed.


No discrimination

The program is open to all students as long as they meet the scholarship requirements. It supports equality and has no discrimination against gender, race, ethnicity, religion, etc.

5 Facts About Deborah E. Trautman Future Nurse Leader Scholarship


Recipients must sign a commitment statement

Recipients must sign a commitment statement agreeing to complete a three-day leadership development program, failure to do so on their part leads to forfeiting of their funding.


Scholarships amount is inclusive of travel expenses

The amount given to the recipient includes the travel allowance that the awardee is supposed to use.


Has been in operation for 50 years

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing has been running for over 50 years and has expanded its representation and increased its members and affiliated organizations.


Only graduate and postgraduate students are eligible

The program is designed only for graduate and postgraduate nursing students.


Only AACN member schools are eligible

Applicants must be enrolled at AACN member schools affiliated with NursingCAS.

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