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Nursing Scholarship Program

SickKids Nursing Education and the SickKids Foundation support life-long learning for our nursing staff. Assisting the advancement of nursing is an investment that will expand the scope and depth of nursing practice and support the hospital strategic plan to advance as a paediatric academic health science centre.

The Nursing Scholarship Fund provides financial support to qualified nurses who are pursuing academic education at the graduate level. New roles for nurses at The Hospital for Sick Children are continually developing. Ongoing education is essential to prepare nurses for future roles. Nurses advancing their education in nursing or related health care leadership or health care field develop the knowledge and skills to be critical members of the Interprofessional team. We anticipate the integration of research and education into clinical practice will be facilitated by increasing the complement of nursing professional with graduate education, particularly when these nurses provide direct care in the inpatient and ambulatory settings.

Application Process


The Nursing Scholarship Program is a competitive grant that is determined by the quality and the relevance to organizational goals and strategic direction of the hospital of your submission. This is a self-administered application process which means you are responsible for assembling all relevant documentation. The transcripts and letters of reference which you receive in a sealed envelopes are confidential and are to be opened only by the Nursing Scholarship Program Selection Committee. All application material is to be submitted together in a sealed envelope. All material is confidential and will be reviewed only by members of the selection committee.

Please submit only ONE original of all documents including the confidential letters from referees and official transcripts (NO photocopies).

It can take time to obtain some documents, please allow sufficient time to allow for transcripts and reference letters to be included in the application package. 

If your name has changed from the one on supporting document(s), please submit a copy of supporting documentation for the change (e.g. marriage certificate, or change of name certificate).

Acceptance of a Nursing Scholarship precludes application to the (SCPDF) Staff Continuing Professional Development Fund.

Please ensure that your application and all supporting documents are received in a sealed envelope by:

Friday July 13, 2018 

*Applications must be received no later than 3 p.m. 


Applications can be mailed to:

Att: Tracy DeSantis
SickKids Learning Institute, Nursing and Interprofessional Education
Hospital for Sick Children
555 University Ave
Toronto, Ontario. M5G 1X8


Or  hand delivered to:

Att: Tracy DeSantis
Suite 600
525 University Ave
For further information please call (416)-813-6941


Application Requirements

All applicants must ensure all the following required documentation is included in their application submission. Applicants should submit one large sealed envelope that is to contain all of the following documents in order to be  considered.

PART A: Resume

Please prepare a formal, detailed and current resume that includes, your educational background, employment history, skills, professional development, professional associations, presentations and publications (if available),  interests and accomplishments. Including volunteer positions.

PART B: Statement of Goals

On one (1) page, using 12pt font, address the following points:

  1. Clearly outline your short and long term career goals emphasizing the rationale for undertaking this program of study;
  2. Indicate how you will apply the program learnings to enhance your nursing practice and nursing career at SickKids;
  3. Indicate the potential contribution of the program learnings to the strategic goals and mission statement of the hospital and/or children’s health.

Please include your full name and signature at the bottom of the page. 

PART C: Official Academic Transcripts

*Transcripts must accompany all applications whether your program has begun or not. Any applications submitted without previous transcripts will not be considered.

If you are currently registered in a program we require official transcripts as cited below. Transcripts must be sealed and signed by the registrar. 

The list below details what is expected based on the program you are undertaking:

  • Baccalaureate Program: Transcripts of a diploma program, certificates and Internet or official transcripts of academic course work completed to date in ongoing program
  • Master Program:  Transcripts of a previous baccalaureate program and current online or official transcripts of academic course completed to date in ongoing program
  • Doctoral Program: Transcripts of most recent completed degree (ie. previous masters program) and current online or official transcripts of academic course work completed to date in ongoing program
  • Nurse Practitioner Program: Transcripts of previous masters or baccalaureate program and any current transcripts of academic course work completed to date in ongoing program

If you have been accepted into a program but have not yet started, please include a copy of the letter of ‘Offer of Admission’ indicating that you have been accepted into a program of study.


Three (3) confidential reference letters are mandatory

  • One (1) reference is to be prepared by your CHS Director/Manager
  • One (1) academic reference (if you do not have a current academic reference in the last 5 years please contact Tracy DeSantis to review other options)
  • One (1) clinical reference

Download Nursing Scholarship Application Here

All applications are scored on the following criteria: click here to view the scoring sheet for the Nursing Scholarship Awards.