rural ready

The Montana State University College of Nursing offers ANEW opportunity to gain rural ready healthcare skills, serve rural Montana, and receive tuition support for your education. MSU CON has partnered with the Montana Office of Rural Health & Area Health Education Center to develop a scholars program that will help pay for your education while training you to provide primary care for rural Montana. You will become a Rural Ready Nurse Practitioner.

Scholarship funding is provided by the Health Resources and Services Administration, Advanced Nursing Education Workforce Program (ANEW). The ANEW Program supports academic/clinical partnerships to graduate NPs who are academically and clinically prepared for the unique challenges of practicing and providing primary healthcare in rural and underserved communities.


  • This Scholars program is intended to support your healthcare experience in rural and/or medically underserved areas.
  • You commit to completing your clinical hours in a rural and/or medically underserved area.
  • Graduate students admitted to the MSU DNP program (either Family/Individual or Psych/Mental Health options) are eligible to apply.
  • Awards are based on eligibility and applicants will need to re-apply for funding annually.
  • If selected to be a Rural Ready NP Scholar you will be required to participate in additional learning activities above and beyond the traditional DNP program requirements. Examples include additional elective course work, certification courses, completing the Montana AHEC Scholars Program (80 hours of additional didactic work), and participation in monthly seminars. Costs associated with these additional opportunities will be covered by the College of Nursing’s ANEW grant.
  • By submitting your application you acknowledge that you are aware of these additional requirements as a stipulation of funding and agree to fully participate in these additional activities.
  • The scholarship includes tuition coverage, a subsistence stipend, a book stipend, a stipend for traveling to rural clinicals, and access to additional educational resources, such as Fitzgerald Health and the Beck Institute Emergency Medicine Boot Camp. Continuation of financial support is dependent on participation in required activities.