Project OPEN

(OPportunities for Entry into Nursing)

Assists under-represented and economically disadvantaged students in completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.

The Project began in September 2012 and has awarded scholarships to 128 students (pre-nursing or nursing). Students have received up to $10,000 in scholarships through Project OPEN.

Project OPEN scholarship program will support economically disadvantaged students, particularly minorities, by providing:

  • Pre-entry collegiate preparatory, retention activities;
  • Scholarships for pre-nursing and nursing students

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Undergraduate full-time student majoring in nursing
  • Economically disadvantaged, particularly underrepresented minority and United States citizen
  • Self-motivated and committed to success
  • Maintain a G.P.A. of 2.50 higher
  • Must complete FAFSA web worksheet at before application deadline

For applications, look on the right side of this page - - - >

Students must complete this application and have all materials submitted by 4:00 pm (CST) Wednesday, April 1st, 2015. Late Applications will not be considered. You can save your progress and come back later to complete this application.

Application for NEW students.

REAPPLICATION for admission (for students who are already in Project OPEN).

For further information, contact:

Dr. Tera Kirkman, Stevens Hall, Room 206, telephone: (256) 765-4382 or e-mail

Dr. Ernestine Davis, Stevens Hall, Room 203, telephone: (256) 765-4583 or e-mail