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Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing|College of Health Sciences

Marcia Dale Aspire Scholars Program
- To Develop Leaders in Nursing

Purpose: To develop leaders in nursing to advance the profession



In collaboration with the University of Wyoming College of Health Sciences (CHS) "Aspire" program, the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing (FWWSON) has developed the Nursing "Aspire" program - named the Marcia Dale Aspire Scholars Program - to encourage, promote, and nurture scholarship, leadership, and professionalism in future nurses. The program shall consist of a small cohort of undergraduate nursing students.

The Marcia Dale Aspire Scholars Program starts in the second semester of the student’s freshman year and continues throughout the four years of the undergraduate program. Admission to the Marcia Dale Aspire Scholars Program is competitive. Students in this program are held to the UW Code of Conduct (found on the UW General Counsel's web page at and to the FWWSON Code of Conduct (see Student Handbook). There are rigorous criteria for admission to this program including NGPA, professional interviews, and essays.

Students participate in activities such as: interprofessional activities; Legislative Days; Discovery Days; Service, Leadership, and Community Engagement Office (SLCE) - Alternative Break Program; health fairs; and the FWWSON Open House. Students serve as ambassadors for the FWWSON. Students may have the opportunity to participate in scholarly projects. Please be aware, activities can occur at variable times (e.g., daytime, evenings, and weekends) and potentially on short notice.

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Benefits of Marcia Dale Aspire Scholars Program

  • Professional growth

  • Development of leadership, communication, and collaboration skills

  • Guaranteed admission to nursing major component (CNA certification required)

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Admission Requirements

  • Ability to declare nursing as an incoming freshman: students with a minimum math placement score of 3 or an ACT math score of 23 or an SAT math score of 600 (ability to enroll in college algebra) are eligible to declare nursing

  • Minimum Nursing GPA (NGPA) of 3.0 (calculated on prerequisite courses) after completing the first semester of the freshman year

  • A complete application packet

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Admission Criteria

The following are the criteria used in the application review*:

  • Nursing GPA (NGPA)

  • Professional Interview

  • Essays

*Criteria for admission are subject to change.

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Application Packet - Due by February 1, 2014
[due date subject to change in future years]

The following links provide directions and application forms for Spring 2014 admission consideration (download files):

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Keeping a Place in Marcia Dale Aspire Scholars Program

  • Maintain a 3.0 Nursing GPA (NGPA)

  • Maintain full-time enrollment at UW (12 credits per semester)

  • Maintain involvement in the program

  • Begin nursing major component within two years of UW matriculation

  • Follow UW and/or FWWSON Code of Conducts

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Admission to Nursing Major Component

  • Basic BSN Aspire Nursing Major Admission Form

Due by February 1 of year in which beginning nursing major component of the program (form to be distributed by FWWSON Basic BSN staff)

  • Active/Current CNA Certification (LPN Licensure can also satisfy this requirement)

To be completed and accessible for verification by the FWWSON by February 1 of year in which beginning nursing major component of the program

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NCLEX Eligibility

Refer to 'NCLEX Eligibility' for this policy.

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Physical Requirements

Refer to 'Physical Requirements' for this policy.

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Last updated 01/16/2014

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Marcia L. Dale

The late Dr. Marcia Dale (former dean of the School of Nursing) loved students, greatly enjoyed mentoring them, and was also undoubtedly the epitome of a leader. For these reasons and many more, the Aspire program has been renamed the "Marcia Dale Aspire Scholars" program in her honor. Please click on the link to read more about this exceptional woman.

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Marcia Dale Aspire Scholars Program: Focus on Nursing Leadership/Development

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