According to the United States (US) Department of Health and Human Services the US healthcare system is facing a critical nursing shortage that was exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, there are only 0.4% of registered nurses that are American Indian or Alaskan Native (AI/AN) representing only about 13,000 nurses in the United States -not nearly enough to provide quality healthcare for AI/AN communities. These statistics are especially troubling given that Indigenous populations have higher than average rates of 15 of the 16 leading causes of death, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and stroke. Native American youth have disproportionately high rates of mental health illnesses, including suicide rates.
For many AI/AN individual’s navigating their way through nursing school, the cost of higher education can be an extraordinary burden to overcome. The FLIP Nursing Scholarship Program will provide financial support for nursing education costs by providing a stipend of $500 per month (prorated for number of days enrolled/month) for approved expenses (housing costs, food, childcare, and transportation) while enrolled and in good academic standing at an accredited nursing school at the associate or bachelor’s degree level. The funds are distributed retroactively (at the end of the semester/term) if all eligibility criteria are met, and all required supporting documents/receipts are submitted when requested. The scholarship will preferentially be given to those individuals motivated to contribute to their Tribal communities upon graduation. Once accepted into the program the scholarship is valid for one academic calendar school year if the student continues to meet all eligibility requirements including being in good academic standing.
Director of FLIP
Director of Nursing Collaboration for FLIP
Congratulations to Wendell Phillips and Shantal Harvey for becoming the first awardees of the FLIP Nursing Scholarship. We hope this scholarship will aid you in pursuing a career in nursing. We would also like thank our selection committee for their time and dedication to this initiative.
"Yinishye. (I am called Wendell Phillips)
Maii Deeshgiizhnii (I am of the Coyote Pass – Jemez)
Tsinaajinii (I am born of the Black Streak Wood People)
Tse nijikini (Honey Combed Rock are my Maternal Grandfathers)
To aheedliinii (The Water Flow Together are my Paternal Grandfathers)
I am from a place called Greasewood Springs and I resided on St. Michaels, Arizona.
I am both honored and humbled to be a recipient of the inaugural Front Line Indigenous Partnership (FLIP) Nursing Scholarship for 2023. This means, I am now going to be a health care provider to our Navajo People. Health care has been a concern on the Navajo Reservation due to the area. Navajo Nation currently has five service units, Chinle, Crownpoint, Gallup, Kayenta, Shiprock and five P.L. 93-638 contracts and compacts with Tribal health corporations, which includes Tsehootsooi Medical Center, Winslow Indian Health Care Center Inc., Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation, Sage Memorial, and Utah Navajo Health System Inc. Navajo People still have to drive a great distance just to seek health care, which comes with family and logistical concerns. Being a recipient will allow me to continue on my path, to one day helping my Navajo People. Offering guidance, support, and assistance in seeking quality health care. I want to thank the selection committee in granting me this honor in becoming a Male Navajo Nurse."
“Receiving the FLIP Front Line Indigenous scholarship means that I am able to fulfill my life-long dreams and goals of becoming a Nurse and giving back to my native community. Being granted this scholarship validates my self-confidence of knowing I can accomplish anything I set my mind to do and achieve. It also validates that I am bright, strong, courageous and I'm on the right path to have a successful career.
Thank you again for this honor and opportunity to allow me to prove myself academically and as a strong Dine (Navajo) woman, mother, daughter and granddaughter.”