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BSN-PhD Hillman Scholarship

Hillman Scholars receive a forgivable loan to cover a significant portion of their educational expenses. 

On October 6th, Penn Nursing students Sydney Axson (right), GR'12, NU'16, GR'20 and Nicholas Giordano (left), NU'15, GR'18 were joined by faculty mentor Dr. Connie Ulrich (center) at the annual ASBH conference in Washington DC. Their podium presentation shared preliminary findings from their Office of Nursing Research Student Pilot grant funded study'Evaluating nurse understanding & participation in the informed consent process'. Sydney and Nick continue to work on data analysis and expect to complete their project by the end of 2016.On October 6th, Penn Nursing students Sydney Axson (right), GR'12, NU'16, GR'20 and Nicholas Giordano (left), NU'15, GR'18 were joined by faculty mentor Dr. Connie Ulrich (center) at the annual ASBH conference in Washington DC. Their podium presentation shared preliminary findings from their Office of Nursing Research Student Pilot grant funded study'Evaluating nurse understanding & participation in the informed consent process'. Sydney and Nick continue to work on data analysis and expect to complete their project by the end of 2016.Award details

The Hillman Scholars program provides up to $75,000 for tuition during the last 4 semesters of your BSN, as well as doctoral training support that covers tuition, living stipend, health insurance, and a modest research and travel fund. Please note that $30,000 can be used towards your undergraduate studies and $45,000 is reserved for one full year of doctoral studies.

This award is a loan, not a scholarship. It is forgiven, in full, when you complete both your undergraduate and doctoral programs in nursing. When you sign the contract to start the program, which we send you when you agree to accept the award, you sign a legal document that covers all of terms of the loan, including conditions, repayment, partial forgiveness, and special circumstances.

Once you sign your contract agreement, the money is deposited directly into your student account.

Other sources of aid

This award is not based on need, so we recommend that you meet with our financial aid staff to determine how it may impact other areas of financial assistance.

Withdrawing from the program 

If you leave the school prior to graduating from both programs—undergraduate and doctorate—you must repay the full amount of the loan you received. Loan repayment begins three months following the month in which one withdraws or fails to begin employment. We calculate your payment based on the amount of the award received, divided by 120 months, plus interest, giving you ten years to repay the loan.

If you decide to transfer prior to finishing your undergraduate degree, be it to another school within Penn or outside of our collegiate system, you will no longer be eligible to use your Hillman Scholars award and will need to repay the loan money. However, if you decide to complete your degree at another school of nursing comparable to our own, you will not be obligated to repay the undergraduate portion of your Hillman Scholar award. 

Additionally, if you fail to complete your PhD, be it from Penn Nursing or elsewhere, you will be required to repay the full amount of the award.

Questions? Please get in touch, we’re always happy to help.