Minnesota Nurses Association Foundation

The Minnesota Nurses Association Foundation, a non-profit corporation affiliated with the Minnesota Nurses Association, provides funding for nursing research grants and scholarships.

Each year, MNAF provides thousands of dollars in scholarships and grants to members and students. They are excellent opportunities to advance the nursing profession through research and education. Members are encouraged to apply.

Find out if you, a relative, or a colleague may qualify for a scholarship or grant!

MNAF was established in 1981 to honor the memory of Katharine Densford Dreves. Katharine was president of the American Nurses Association, president of Minnesota Nurses Association, and Director of the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. Her vision and determination promoted the advancement of the profession in the development of knowledge on a state, national, and international level.

  • MNAF serves as a vehicle for donations to support nursing research and scholarships for nursing education. You can contribute to the advancement of nursing research and education by donating to MNAF.
  • Contributions to MNAF make excellent gifts for special occasions of colleagues or for memorials of a family member or friend. An acknowledgement letter will be sent to the recipient.
  • Contributions are tax deductible. For tax purposes, the acknowledgement letter can be used for verification. You may also contribute to MNAF by checking it off on your membership renewal form.

For more information, contact MNAF, 345 Randolph Ave, Suite 200, St. Paul, MN 55102; (651) 414-2800, 1-800-536-4662 or via email.

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Since June 1 falls on a weekend, MNAF Online Scholarship Application Forms MUST BE RECEIVED BY 11:59 p.m. on JUNE 3, 2024

No incomplete or late applications will be considered. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete and submitted on time.

Criteria for all scholarships


  • When you “SUBMIT” your online application, you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive a confirmation email, contact education@mnnurses.org.
  • MNAF will only issue scholarship checks to both the student and their educational institution, not to the student alone or to a third party vendor.
  • MNA Member Applicant may only apply for one scholarship per year. MNA Member Applicant is eligible to receive a maximum of two MNAF scholarships as an undergraduate student, and two scholarships as a graduate student.

MNAF Online Scholarship Application Forms

MNAF Scholarship Recommendation Form


  • Have your college/university email your Official Academic Transcript to education@mnnurses.org or mail to MNAF, Attn: Linda Owens, 345 Randolph Avenue, Suite 200, St. Paul, MN 55102
  • Ask your recommenders to complete the “MNAF Scholarship Recommendation Form” located at mnnurses/mnaf

If you have not received an email letting you know your application is complete by June 12th, contact Linda Owens at education@mnnurses.org.

NOTIFICATION: Scholarship award notification will be sent via regular U.S. Mail by mid-September. Checks will be issued to both the student and their educational institution (not to the student alone or a third party vendor) but will be mailed only to the student.

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Research Grant Quarterly Deadline Dates:  January 1, April 1, June 1, October 1

MNAF Research Grant Application Packet

MNAF Research Grant After Funding Packet

MNAF Linda Knauff Clinical Practice Project Grant Application Packet

MNAF Linda Knauff Clinical Practice Project Grant After Funding Packet

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Quarterly Deadline Dates:  January 1, April 1, June 1, October 1

Minnesota Nurses Association Foundation (MNAF) is offering three $500 scholarships to MNA members in good standing to attend a class at New Brookwood Labor College (https://newbrookwood.org/).

Online Application Form

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Quarterly Deadline Dates:  January 1, April 1, June 1, October 1

Minnesota Nurses Association Foundation (MNAF) is offering four (4) nursing certification reimbursement scholarships up to $500 each to cover the fees associated with nursing certification or re-certification.

MNA members in good standing, whose contracts do not include employer reimbursement for certification or re-certification, are eligible for these scholarships.

Online Application Form