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USM’s School of Professional Nursing Practice Offers a Better Way to Pay for College with the Payne


The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Professional Nursing Practice has made paying for tuition for the Nursing RN-BSN program easier with the Payne Scholarship. Any RN-BSN student who has completed this shortlist of requirements may apply for one of the seven awards:

  1. Is a Mississippi Resident

  2. Hasn’t been offered a transfer scholarship

  3. Submits a 1-2 page essay on the benefits of an RN to BSN degree

This scholarship is part of the program’s efforts to help nurses continue their education by helping with the finances. As Dr. Elizabeth Holman, RN-BSN Coordinator and Assistant Teaching Professor, says, “This scholarship helps to offset tuition to our Mississippi residents so that they are eligible for leadership positions or help to prepare them for graduate school with minimal cost to the student.”


The scholarship offers more than just tuition assistance. With a $50,000 pool, the scholarship impacts both tuition and books for the seven students who are selected, covering $2,100 per student each semester for tuition, and allowing for an extra $280 towards the cost of books for the classes.


“The Payne Scholarship makes finishing a nursing degree online even easier,” says Dr. Tom Hutchinson, Dean of Online Learning and Enrollment. “This scholarship relieves much of the financial responsibility from tuition and books, allowing students to focus on developing leadership skills necessary to thrive in the medical environment.”


The recipients of this scholarship for the fall 2021 semester include:

Josette Arledge graduates 12/21

Christa Burton graduates 12/21

Hope Gray, graduates 5/22

Maegan Rose graduates 5/22

Tyler Cruz graduates 8/22

Sarah DeJarnette graduates 8/22

Victoria Milton graduates 8/22

The Nursing BSN is designed to help nurses do more with their careers. This program admits students during the fall, spring, and summer semesters, and with the Payne Scholarship opportunity, nurses can finish school with the ability to do more in the medical community. Nurses looking to grow their knowledge and skills should visit the Nursing page.


About The University of Southern Mississippi


The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites across the Mississippi Gulf Coast, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 131 universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education’s "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity” designation and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and large event venue safety and security, among others. USM is also one of only 39 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance, and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $663 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of more than 14,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 37 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 27 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit usm.edu.



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