CNF Diversability/Disability Award

The CNF Diversability/Disability Award is available to students who self-identify as having a disability who are currently enrolled in a nursing program (RPN, LPN, or RN).

Amount: $1000

Number Available: 1

Deadline: March 15th, Annually

The Canadian Nurses Foundation (CNF) offers over $400,000 annually in scholarships to advance nursing practice and knowledge in Canada. Supporting Canada’s best and brightest nursing students will ultimately lead to better patient outcomes and a stronger Canadian health care system. As Canada’s only national nursing foundation, they proudly accept applications from students across the country, in all regions of Canada.

CNF offers a variety of scholarships with specific criteria to 1 in 5 applicants across Canada every year. Information on the many scholarships offered through the CNF Scholarship Program can be found on the CNF Scholarship Program webpage. CFN also has multiple scholarships specific to BIPOC and Indigenous students. You can only receive one scholarship award per annum.


Applicants must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada
  • be currently enrolled in nursing program in Canada (RPN, LPN, or RN program)
  • be enrolled in a CNSA chapter school in good standing
  • self-identify as having a diversability and/or disability

Criteria vary based on program level. Check the program eligibility timelines on the CNF Scholarship Program webpage for full information. Applicants must have completed a minimum of 3 courses (9 credits) before application deadline to be eligible to apply.

CFN awards are not available to current CNSA Board members. If you received an award in a previous year, you may still apply for the current year.

How to Apply

Applicants must apply online. CNF recommends that you login to the application and familiarize yourself with the required documents. Once you start the application you don’t have to complete everything all at once.

Applications will include:

  • Transcripts (preferably) or web-based grades from your academic institution
    • please ensure scanned and uploaded transcripts are legible
    • only your most recent transcript is required; if your most recent transcript does not include marks, attach your next most recent transcript that includes marks
  • Proof of indigenous heritage, if applicable
  • Proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status, if you are in a bridging program for internationally educated nurses
  • Confirmation of your registration into the next semester of the program, i.e. the year the award would be applied to (this can be forwarded later, if you don’t yet have it)
  • Two references;
    • When you enter the recommenders’ email addresses into your application, an email will be triggered immediately to give them instructions about how to log in and complete the appraisal form
    • You should contact them ahead of time, so they know to expect the email
    • If they do not receive it immediately, it is possible that it was detected as spam, so they should check their Junk folder
    • The recommenders must use the appraisal form supplied; other forms of reference will not be accepted
  • Students applying for the Diversability/Disability Award must submit a 500-word essay detailing your experiences as a nursing student with a diversability and/or disability (positive or negative)

Further notes on the application process:

  • On your first visit to the Survey Monkey Apply site, you will be asked to Create An Account. This is solely for the purpose of making the application
  • Scholarship applications have several components; you will not be able to complete your application all at once
  • You must save your information before logging out or proceeding to the next page, or you will lose it, and have to re-enter
  • There is a single non-refundable application fee each year for the awards, $35 for the Scholarship applications, and $20 for the Certification applications.
  • Apply only for the awards for which you are eligible. Applying for everything, when some awards have very specific criteria, is time-wasting for you and for the reviewers

View the CNF application process guide for full information on the online application process. The CNF Scholarship Program FAQ also includes helpful information on eligibility and the application process, including the required documents.

Applicants will be notified in June and cheques will be mailed out in September and December.

Contact Information

If you need guidance about the content of the application, please email

If you are having any technical difficulties with the application process, please reach out to Survey Monkey directly by submitting a support request. This can be done by pressing the ‘i’ at the top right of the survey monkey page.

See Also


See other national scholarships // See other scholarships open to all disabilities

Last Updated: 2024-04-13