Scholarships & Financial Assistance


The Villanova University M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing offers several scholarship opportunities for interested DNP candidates and current students.

For more information, please contact Debra Shearer, EdD, MSN, FNP-BC, Program Director at or 610.519.8337.

Ashley Rose Pitek Nurse Scholars Fellowship


The Ashley Rose Pitek Nurse Scholars Fellowship supports DNP study at Villanova University Fitzpatrick College of Nursing for APRNs committed to the care of children with spina bifida and is awarded every two years for cohorts beginning in summer of even years (eg. 2018, 2020 . . . ). The eligible recipient must be an advanced practice nurse who has met DNP applicant requirements and is enrolled full-time in Villanova’s DNP program. The student’s DNP project must focus on critical aspects of spina bifida care that can be applied in practice and which contribute to the improved care and the quality of life of these children and their families. The funding from the Ashley Rose Pitek Nurse Scholars Fellowship covers

  • all tuition and fees
  • stipend for project development and implementation
  • cost of attending a conference related to spina bifida

Call for Applications and Application Process:

One fellow will be selected to begin the DNP program in the summer of even years. To be considered eleigible, the candidate must have a completed DNP application and submit a Fellowship letter of interest to Debrah Shearer, program director, at by January 31 of the Fellowship start year.

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Call for Applications: Ashley Rose Pitek Nurse Scholars Fellowship

The Dr. Abigail Adams Silvers Endowed Nursing Scholarship


The Dr. Abigail Adams Silvers Endowed Nursing Scholarship is to provide financial support to a student with demonstrated financial need enrolled in a doctoral level program in the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, with preference given to a student who indicates intent to focus his/her project in the field of oncology. The award will not replace any other grant or scholarship for which the recipient is eligible, but may be used to reduce or eliminate any loans. The scholarship amount will be determined by the number of qualified candidates.


Application Process:

By December 15, the candidate must have a completed DNP application, submit a Scholarship letter of interest for consideration and also have applied to the DNP program. Please send the letter of interest to Dr. Debra Shearer, Program Director, at

The M. Louise Fitzpatrick DNP Scholarship


In honor of Villanova University's 175th Anniversary, a $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to one student who enrolls full-time in the DNP program for the 2018 cohort.

Application Process:

By December 15, 2017, interested students must apply to the DNP program, complete a FAFSA form and submit a letter of interest to Dr. Debra Shearer, Program Director, at

2018 Independence Blue Cross Foundation Nurses for Tomorrow Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Scholarship Program


This scholarship program is for students officially enrolled in graduate study leading to a Post-Master’s DNP who hold a degree as a nurse practitioner or nurse anesthetist and in their final year of study (graduating in calendar year 2018). The student applicant must be enrolled full time or part time in credit bearing courses, in good academic standing (3.2 or above) at the time of the scholarship application and be a permanent resident in one of the following 11 counties:

  • Delaware: New Castle
  • New Jersey: Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Mercer and Salem Counties
  • Pennsylvania: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties.

Application Process:

Qualified candidates are invited to apply in spring 2018. The scholarship amount varies and will be determined in summer 2018.


Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available to students pursing either the full-time or part-time Doctor of Nursing Practice at Villanova. Please visit Villanova University's Financial Assistance Application Process.


IF YOU ARE EMPLOYED BY AN AFFILIATE OF THE FITZPATRICK COLLEGE OF NURSING, you will be considered eligible for a 15% tuition discount. Questions? Contact DNP Program Director Dr. Debra Shearer at or 610.519.8337.

Are you dedicated to the care of children with spina bifida? If so, learn more about our Ashley Rose Pitek Nurse Scholars Fellowship and apply.


DNP Program Overview with Dr. Debra Shearer

DNP Program Overview

DNP Information Session with Dr. Debra Shearer and DNP Student Matt McCoy

Important Notices for Online Prospective and Current Students

The following page includes important information regarding the University’s authorization status, students’ responsibilities related to relocation and programs leading to professional licensures, and the complaint process for online students.

>>Notices for Distance Education Programs.pdf

My view

“When exploring doctoral programs, it was important to me to find a program that had an extensive clinical option that would advance my current nursing practice. The DNP Program has already greatly enhanced both my clinical knowledge and leadership skills. By completing its requirements, I am preparing for the future of health care. As a practicing DNP clinician, I have the opportunity and necessary skills to transform the health-care system.”
—Matthew McCoy ’13 DNP, CRNA


Contact Us


Debra Shearer, EdD, MSN, FNP-BC
Director, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program

Rachel N'Diaye
DNP Program Assistant

Doctor of Nursing Practice