American Indian Nurse Scholarship Program
The American Indian Nurse Scholarship Award Program (AINS) was started by the NSCDA in 1928 to give students of American Indian descent the opportunity to pursue careers in nursing. The students are expected to return to work among their people to help improve health care. Some students work on reservations, and others find employment in hospitals in areas largely populated by American Indians. Intended originally to benefit females only, the program has expanded to include males and the career goals now include not only nursing careers, but jobs in health care and health education, as well.
The current goal is to grant a $1,500 scholarship each semester, as long as the student remains in academic good standing. The scholarship money is restricted to tuition and specific academic expenses. To meet the financial demands of their education, many students seek additional government grants and subsidies and maintain part-time jobs.
Additional Scholarship Programs
In addition to the American Indian Nurse Scholarships, the NSCDA also grants educational awards each year to graduate students working toward doctorate degrees in American History, political science, historic restoration and preservation or administration of historic sites. Other educational awards are granted to any age child or adult for any reason pertaining to the education of American History. Examples include grants to enhance American history curriculum, History Day prizes, grants to teachers for enrichment study, and grants to international students. There is not a formal application for these awards, rather the NSCDA approaches possible awardees.
NSCDA Attingham Scholarship
The Attingham Summer School is an intensive three-week program, based in Britain, that provides students unprecedented access to the collections and landscapes of English Country Houses. The specialized level of curatorial expertise offered by attending Attingham is truly unique and gives attendees a keen understanding of the significance of the selected properties and collections.
Dumbarton House’s own Jerry Foust attended the Attingham Summer School in 2015 and believes the value of the experience, and impact on his work, is impossible to quantify. He was granted behind the scenes access to 26 English Country Houses and gained knowledge in decorative and fine arts conservation, house museum management, collections care, and interpretation.
To support the NSCDA museum properties’ nationally in their collections and interpretive work, the NSCDA established a scholarship on 2013 to support staff participation in the Attingham Summer School. The NSCDA Attingham Committee encourages outstanding, highly qualifies museum professionals, employed by a Dames property, to apply to the Attingham Summer School.