The Nurses Make a Difference Scholarship is an annual $1,000 scholarship awarded by Cascade Healthcare Solutions to an aspiring nurse who is currently enrolled in an undergraduate nursing program at a college or university, or is a high school student who has been accepted into a school with an undergraduate nursing program.
Cascade Healthcare Solutions is excited to support individuals who have the goal to pursue one of the most essential professions in our society with the Nurses Make a Difference Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded through an essay contest, with a different essay topic each year. The aspiring nurse with the best essay as selected by our scholarship committee will receive the $1000 scholarship. The essay will be assessed based on quality, thoughtfulness, and relevance to the topic. The application deadline is annually on August 1.
This scholarship is available for current students in an undergraduate nursing degree program at an accredited college or university, and high school students who have been accepted into a college and plan to study nursing. All applicants must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 and be a legal resident of the USA or hold a valid student visa. The winning applicant must provide verification of enrollment at an undergraduate school with a nursing program or acceptance into a school with an undergraduate nursing program. The winning applicant must also provide a profile photo and brief biography to be displayed on our website and social media. Employees or family members of Cascade Healthcare Solutions are not eligible to participate.
Application Deadline and Award Presentation
All applications must be received by Cascade Healthcare Solutions on August 1 by 11:59 p.m. (PT) and must be complete upon submission. The scholarship will be awarded on September 1. The winner will be notified via email or phone. A check from Cascade Healthcare Solutions will be mailed directly to the school of the winning applicant to be applied to their student account upon verification of enrollment.
Past Scholarship Recipients
2020 Winner - Haley Simpson
Haley Simpson is an undergraduate nursing student at the University of Wyoming, set to graduate in May of 2021. She never anticipated a career in healthcare until she took four months to volunteer in a free medical clinic on the Baja Peninsula of Mexico back in 2016; an experience that awoke a passion in her for meeting the needs of others through the provision of healthcare. She currently works as a nursing student in both a Cardiothoracic ICU and Neonatal ICU, and served on the front lines in COVID ICUs during the pandemic. Haley hopes to gain acceptance into a critical care nurse residency to ultimately become a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA)
2019 Winner - Shaquilla Gracien
Our 2019 scholarship recipient, Shaquilla Gracien, is from Boston, MA. Her interest in nursing stemmed from working as a caregiver for eight years. After graduating from Wheaton College with a degree in neuroscience, she decided to pursue a career in nursing. Her current goal is to be a Registered Nurse (RN), but her long term goal is to become a Neuroscience Nurse Practitioner. She is currently enrolled in an intensive nursing program that will give her more experience in the field and help her get closer to achieving her goals.
2018 Winner - Savannah Winters
Savannah Winters is enrolled as a nursing student at California State University East Bay. She hadn’t always wanted to be a nurse. In fact, she feared hospitals. Her perspective changed as a child when her mother was hospitalized after suffering a brain aneurysm. She witnessed the knowledge, compassion, and care that makes a great nurse. When Savannah graduates and passes her NCLEX, she hopes to be accepted into a NICU new graduate program before returning to school to obtain her master's degree and nurse practitioner's license in neonatology. She is pursuing a career in nursing not for the potential salary or title, but for the possibility of helping families like hers. Savannah feels called to be the one responsible for doing something as great as keeping hope alive for the people who feel there is none left.
2017 Winner - Abigail Mihaiuc
Abigail Mihaiuc is a nursing student at the University of Washington. As the daughter of Romanian immigrants, her parents always encouraged her to pursue her dreams and to obtain an education, which is something they didn't have the opportunity to do. She knew she wanted to be a nurse after volunteering in a hospital setting throughout high school and completed all of her nursing prerequisites and had a nursing assistant license by the time she graduated. The year after high school, she put her nursing assistant license to use and obtained a job as an Obstetric Technician in a local hospital, where her love for nursing flourished. The example set by the amazing group of people she worked with made her excited to be able to help patients in the way they did. After nursing school, her hope is to work as a trauma nurse and eventually to become an emergency nurse practitioner.
2016 Winner - Grace Buzas
Grace Buzas grew up in Michigan, but relocated to Massachusetts for nursing school at Salem State University. From her time as a nurses aide and a LPN, she developed a deep fondness for caring for the elderly. After graduation, she hopes to work in an ICU to master nursing skills and continue her learning. Back home in Michigan, she has a very supportive family who was there for her many stressful nights while she obtained her LPN, and still remain very supportive. And nearby in New York, she has a very understanding boyfriend who very graciously helps her study and plays the pretend role of a patient very well. She feels blessed with the opportunity to continue her education and become the best nurse she can.
2015 Winner - Allison Smith
Our 2015 scholarship recipient is Allison Smith from Tampa, Florida. She is the youngest of three siblings. In 2009, her mom moved their family to Atlanta, Georgia to pursue a career in the nursing field. Inspired by her mom, she is currently a student at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia where she is pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Her future goals are to become a Registered Nurse, gain experience in the health field, and later pursue her Master of Science in Nursing and become a Nurse Practitioner.