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Marcia Dale Aspire Scholars

Developing Leaders in Nursing

Purpose: To develop leaders in nursing to advance the profession

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Overview  

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 www.uwyo.edu/generalcounsel/) 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

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Admission Requirements

The following are the requirements used in the Aspire application review*:

Basic BSN Freshman Admission to the Nursing Major

Consideration for a place in the Marcia Dale Aspire Scholars Program requires admission to the nursing major as a freshman. 

Official Transcripts

UW must be in receipt of official transcripts prior to the application deadline from all other colleges/universities attended (including any dual enrollment while in high school) documenting all coursework completed through the end of the fall freshman semester. The FWWSON needs to have access to those by the application deadline. This includes transcripts for coursework that may have only included unsatisfactory grades and/or course withdrawals. In addition, official scores must also be on record with the university documenting any exam/test scores [e.g. Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and Math placement (ACT, SAT, MPE)].

If not previously submitted, send official transcripts and exam/test scores to the UW Admissions Office. Applicants should verify that complete transcripts and exam/test scores are on file with the university prior to the application deadline. The FWWSON has access to UW transcripts.

Pre-Clinical Courses and Scholastic Requirements

Admission to the Marcia Dale Aspire Scholars Program is a competitive process with limited placement.

  • Students must earn a grade of C or better (or S) in all pre-clinical courses (except for CHEM 1000, which requires a grade of B or better).

  • Minimum Nursing GPA (NGPA) of 3.0 (calculated on pre-clinical courses) after completing the first semester of the freshman year and must be maintained throughout completion of the program.

  • Completion of pre-clinical courses is required by the end of the fall semester prior to the spring in which beginning the clinical component of the program.

A Complete Application Packet

A complete application packet means that all required materials are complete and submitted by the applicant and/or are accessible for verification as noted by the FWWSON no later than the application deadline unless specified otherwise

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*Requirements for admission are subject to change

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Admission Criteria

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

  • Nursing GPA (NGPA)

  • Essay

  • Professional Interview

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*Criteria for admission are subject to change.

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Application Packet

Applicants are required to meet the specified Admission Requirements, which include a complete application packet. Any missing and/or incomplete data may jeopardize the application and potentially be the cause for admission denial.

Application Packet Submission

application deadline: February 16, 2018
(deadline/application information to be updated annually)

Submit application packet to:

  • By Mail:
    University of Wyoming
    Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing
    ATTN: Basic BSN Program
    Dept. 3065
    1000 E. University Avenue
    Laramie, WY 82071

  • Hand Deliver:
    Debbie Shoefelt
    University of Wyoming
    Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing
    Health Sciences Center, Room 335

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The following links provide directions and required forms for Spring 2018 admission consideration.

Basic BSN Marcia Dale Aspire Scholars Program

Download, complete application (bulleted below) and submit by the application deadline. The application file is set up in a table format to make typing/entry of information easier.

Basic BSN Aspire Pre-Clinical Course Data Verification Form

Completion of all pre-clinical courses by the end of the fall semester prior to the spring in which progressing into the clinical component of the program is required. Applicants will complete the “Basic BSN Aspire Pre-Clinical Course Data Verification Form” (bulleted below) and submit with the Aspire application by the application deadline.

Essay

As part of the Aspire application process, applicants will compose an essay and submit with the Aspire application by the application deadline. Download the “Basic BSN Aspire Essay Data & Directions” document for completing this requirement (bulleted below).

Professional Interview

A professional interview is required as part of the Aspire application packet. Following review of applications and essays, interviews will be offered to top applicants who meet specified Admission Requirements.

The professional interview will take place at the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing (FWWSON) on the University of Wyoming campus in Laramie. No exceptions made. The FWWSON will contact top applicants via UW email regarding the interview scheduling process. Be sure to monitor email.

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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 Clinical Component in 4th semester (spring sophomore year)

  • Follow UW and/or FWWSON Code of Conducts

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Updated: 2/2/2018

Questions/Problems?

Call (307) 766-4292

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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