R.I.S.E. Nursing Scholarship

R.I.S.E. Nursing Scholarship

Supporting CNAs furthering their medical careers.

Winter Scholarship - Open Open This scholarship is part of the Winter application cycle. The application is open December 1st to February 1st every year. How to Apply

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

- Currently reside in Boone, Ogle, Stephenson, or Winnebago County.
- Have a nursing aide certification (CNA) and have worked as a CNA in the northern Illinois region, ideally in a long-term care facility.
- Intend to pursue additional degrees or certifications in the medical field such as nursing.


Preference may be given to applicants who work at Fairhaven Christian Retirement Center in Rockford, IL., or have experience working with seniors or in long-term care facilities.

For the purpose of this scholarship, long-term care facility is defined as a facility that provides rehabilitative, restorative, and/or ongoing skilled nursing care to patients or residents in need of assistance with the activities of daily living. This can include assisted living facilities, nursing homes, or skilled nursing facilities.

Written Prompt

Each CFNIL scholarship is created with a specific purpose in mind. As you complete the application, the system automatically matches you with every scholarship for which you are eligible and will present you with a specific written prompt for each. You're encouraged to craft a unique response to each prompt to show the reviewers why you're the best candidate for that scholarship.

Scholarship Background and Intent

R.I.S.E. stands for Respecting, Investing, and Supporting Empowerment. This fund was established by a family who saw the impact great CNAs had on the services provided for their mother while she lived at Fairhaven Christian Retirement Center. They also became aware of the barriers that faced CNAs who wished to continue their medical education, including but not limited to paying for school. The R.I.S.E. Scholarship is intended to help CNAs who provide exceptional care, respect, and dignity to their patients overcome those barriers and achieve their medical education goals.

The woman who inspired the R.I.S.E. scholarship is pictured above, holding the hand of her granddaughter.