A group of Black Nurses attending the 47th American Nurses’ Association Convention in 1970 held a caucus to discuss common concerns. A steering committee met in 1971 in Cleveland, Ohio and organized to investigate, define, and determine the needs of Black Americans and to implement changes in health care. The National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) was incorporated and obtained tax-exempt status in 1972.
Each year the Black Nurses Association of Greater Washington, DC, Area/BNA of GWDCA offers four scholarships to African American licensed nurses and student nurses who are residents of the District of Columbia and adjacent counties of the State of Maryland, namely Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Howard, Montgomery & Prince Georges counties. Interested individuals may download copies of the desired scholarship application from this site. Carefully, review applications for eligibility requirements. See brief descriptions below for a listing of the scholarships and deadline dates.
The Black Nurses Association of Greater Washington, D.C. Area, Inc. (BNAofGWDCA) is the fourth chartered chapter of the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA). BNA of GWDCA, in concurrence with the National Black Nurses Association is open to all active and retired licensed nurses (RNs and LPNs) and student nurses. BNA of GWDCA collaborates with other professionals and organizations, provides mentoring and tutorial services to Black nurses, nursing students and prospective nurses, and serves as the local nursing body to influence legislation and policies that affect Black consumers.