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    Cleveland Clinic Nurse Scholars Program

    Sponsored by the Howley Foundation and Cleveland Clinic

    Calling all high school juniors who aspire to a career in nursing: This program is for you!

    The ASPIRE Nurse Scholars Program is an enrichment program sponsored by Cleveland Clinic and the Howley Foundation in collaboration with Ursuline College Breen School of Nursing. This enrichment program is designed for high school juniors interested in pursuing a career in nursing.

    The ASPIRE Nurse Scholars Program focuses on providing you with career information and critical skill sets to support their matriculation through higher education, nursing school, and beyond.

    Applications are now being accepted with a deadline of 11:59 p.m. October 1, 2023.

    A $500 monetary stipend will be awarded upon successful completion of the program. Select participants will be invited to return for a second year as mentors, as well as to build on the foundation of skills and concepts learned in junior year. The returning seniors will have the opportunity to earn a scholarship to attend Ursuline College to complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

    This 12-week enrichment program will offer instruction to high school juniors to develop their understanding of a nursing career. Students can expect to be enlightened on a number of topics, with sessions on the following and more:

    • Profession of Nursing.
    • Relationship-Based Care.
    • Personal Brand.
    • Simulation Skills Lab Experience.
    • Health Literacy/Healthcare Disparities.
    • CPR Certification.
    • A Shadow Experience.
    • Healthcare & Technology.
    • Diversity & Cultural Competence.
    • Nursing and the Community.
    • Research and Evidenced-Based Practice.
    • Professional Communication/Presentation Skills.

    Application Process

    • All applicants will be notified via email in a timely manner and provided next steps of the process.
    • Cleveland Clinic will make the final selections based upon the strength of the student’s entire application, including GPA, transcript, written essay, letters of reference and interview.
    • Application deadline: 11:59 p.m. Oct. 1, 2023. Late applications will NOT be accepted.

    PLEASE NOTE: Cleveland Clinic does not discriminate in admission, employment or administration of its programs or activities on the basis of age, gender, race, national origin, religion, creed, color, marital status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, ethnicity, ancestry, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, Cleveland Clinic administers all programs and services without regard to disability and provides reasonable accommodations for otherwise qualified disabled individuals.

    Student Eligibility

    • U.S. Citizen, non-citizen national, or legal permanent resident.
    • Underrepresented population in nursing.
    • Enrolled in the 11th grade during the 2020/2021 academic year.
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale (as demonstrated by an official transcript).
    • Ability to attend all 12 Saturday sessions.

    Students must also meet 2 of the following 3 criteria:

    • Underrepresented minority in nursing.
    • Would be the first generation in their family to graduate from a four-year accredited college or university
    • Demonstrates financial need. Use the following link as a guideline https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines  as defined by annual family income.
      • Students can initially self-report family income levels if they apply to the program. However, at a later date, students accepted into the program may be asked to provide documentation. Acceptable forms of documentation will be communicated upon acceptance.

    Program Info

    • ASPIRE program sessions may be virtual, in-person, or a hybrid of both. We follow all CDC and Cleveland Clinic recommended safety guidelines related to Covid-19.
      • Facial masks (to be provided), hand sanitizer (readily available), social distancing in all learning environments, hand washing stations, and regular disinfecting practices of surfaces.
    • Students selected to participate must complete the Cleveland Clinic onboarding process (including obtaining ID badge) prior to the first Saturday session.
    • Program hours are 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. each Saturday. Students are expected to attend all 12 sessions to meet successful completion. (Extenuating circumstances will be reviewed on an individual basis.)
    • Meals: Breakfast and lunch will be provided to all participants. Students (with help of guardians) will need to report any special diet requests (i.e., food allergies, religious restrictions, etc.).
    • Transportation: Bus passes will be provided(round trip), if needed.
    • Professional Appearance: Students are expected to dress professionally in proper program attire. Proper program attire consists of white ASPIRE polo shirt and khakis, black or navy pants. No jeans or leggings are permitted. Hair must be a natural color (i.e., no pink, blue, green, etc.). Scholars must attend sessions in uniform, neat, clean and well-groomed.
    • Students who successfully complete the program will receive a $500 stipend.


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