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Connelly-Delouvrier International Scholars Program

Connelly-Delouvrier International Scholars Program

The Connelly-Delouvrier International Scholars Program, named in memory of the late Judith Connelly Delouvrier, is designed to provide a variety of short- and long-term educational opportunities within the nursing curriculum for a select group of qualified nursing students. The program is open to students seeking degrees in the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing at the undergraduate and graduate levels and provides partial funding for their nursing course-related experience. It offers unique cultural perspectives to students interested in expanding their knowledge and experience. These educational opportunities will provide students with:

  • A perspective on the role of nursing in the global healthcare system
  • An opportunity to broaden student perspectives on cultural difference and poverty and their impact on health delivery
  • An opportunity for students to understand the need for nursing leadership in confronting issues of health care delivery worldwide

You may learn more by discussing opportunities with your advisor and watching for information sessions held by faculty for upcoming experiences. Experiences may include yearlong study abroad; short, credit-bearing programs conducted internationally or domestically; international professional development opportunities or research and data collection. Once a study opportunity has been identified, the student must complete the standard application for that desired program as well as the Connelly-Delouvrier application if he or she seeks partial funding for the experience. Selected students are called Connelly-Delouvrier International Scholars.

Awards for Connelly-Delouvrier International Scholars

Awards made to nursing students chosen as Connelly-Delouvrier International Scholars may represent a combination of program tuition and/or associated program educational expenses. No funding is provided for personal expenses. Students are expected to raise additional funds to supplement their scholarship and provide for their personal expenses.
The amount of the award will be recommended by the selection committee and determined by the Dean. The student is then notified of the financial support to be awarded.

The selection process

The Connelly-Delouvrier International Scholars are selected by a faculty committee, chaired by the Dean of the College of Nursing, that reviews each application. Selected students must understand that there may be additional time spent in preparation for their specific experience.

How to apply

To qualify as a Connelly-Delouvrier International Scholar, a student must be a Villanova University Fitzpatrick College of Nursing undergraduate or graduate student with a GPA of at least 3.0 (undergraduate students) or 3.5 (graduate students).

Qualified applicants must submit a completed application packet to the faculty advisor for the selected educational opportunity by the deadline set by that advisor. Students should closely follow all submissions guidelines as outlined on the application form.

Connelly Delouvrier International Scholars Application for Funding
FCN Student Educational Enrichment Policy

The completed application packet must include:

  • A completed application form.
  • Appropriate completed recommendations. Undergraduate students must obtain two recommendations from College of Nursing faculty. The student’s program director must be in agreement with the student’s selection. The recommendations should be attached to the application.
  • A two-page essay answering the question in the application.

As part of the application process, the student may be asked to participate in an interview with the Dean and a committee of nursing faculty. The student is notified by email if an interview is required.

Connelly Foundation


My View

"Observing the profession of nursing in Ireland was very exciting and interesting. I learned so much about nursing and health care in Ireland and also the United States. My interest in the profession of nursing has increased as a result of my recent trip. My goal in the future is to learn more about nursing in other countries."

Jennifer Venafra, Doylestown, PA, Connelly-Delouvrier International Scholar