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Marcia Dale Aspire Scholars

Developing 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

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Admission Requirements

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

  • Basic BSN Freshman Admission to the Nursing Major

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

  • A complete application packet

*Requirements for admission are subject to change

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Admission Criteria

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

  • Nursing GPA (NGPA)

  • Essay

  • Professional Interview

*Criteria for admission are subject to change.

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Application Packet - submission deadline January 25, 2017
(deadline/application information to be updated annually each fall)

The following bulleted listing will provide links to necessary forms and information for spring 2017 Aspire admission consideration:

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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: 12/16/2016


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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