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NURSING EDUCATOR SCHOLARSHIPS - Adds to and amends existing law to enact
the "Idaho Nursing Educator Scholarship Act"; to provide legislative
intent; to provide definitions; to provide academic and financial
eligibility; to provide an application process; to provide a selection
process and amount of awards; and to provide the "Nursing Educator
Scholarship Program Fund."
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]]]] LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ]]]]
Fifty-ninth Legislature Second Regular Session - 2008
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
HOUSE BILL NO. 582
BY EDUCATION COMMITTEE
1 AN ACT
2 RELATING TO SCHOLARSHIPS; AMENDING TITLE 33, IDAHO CODE, BY THE ADDITION OF A
3 NEW CHAPTER 57, TITLE 33, IDAHO CODE, TO PROVIDE A SHORT TITLE, TO STATE
4 LEGISLATIVE INTENT, TO PROVIDE FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE CHAPTER, TO DEFINE
5 TERMS, TO PROVIDE FOR ELIGIBILITY, TO PROVIDE FOR AN APPLICATION PROCESS,
6 TO PROVIDE FOR APPLICATION CRITERIA, TO PROVIDE FOR A SELECTION PROCESS,
7 TO PROVIDE FOR THE AMOUNT AND DURATION OF AWARDS, TO PROVIDE FOR PROCEDURE
8 IN THE EVENT OF INELIGIBILITY AND TO CREATE AND PROVIDE FOR A NURSING EDU-
9 CATOR SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM FUND.
10 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
11 SECTION 1. That Title 33, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby amended
12 by the addition thereto of a NEW CHAPTER, to be known and designated as Chap-
13 ter 57, Title 33, Idaho Code, and to read as follows:
14 CHAPTER 57
15 IDAHO NURSING EDUCATOR SCHOLARSHIP ACT
16 33-5701. SHORT TITLE. This act shall be known and cited as the "Idaho
17 Nursing Educator Scholarship Act."
18 33-5702. LEGISLATIVE INTENT. It is the intent of the legislature to cre-
19 ate a scholarship fund to provide financial resources to experienced nurses
20 and nursing graduates to obtain a graduate degree so that they can teach
21 nursing at the college and university level in Idaho.
22 33-5703. PURPOSES. The purposes of this chapter are to:
23 (1) Increase the opportunity for experienced nurses to attend post-
24 secondary educational institutions within Idaho and obtain an advanced degree
25 so they can teach nursing at the college or university level;
26 (2) To assist new nursing graduates with bachelor's degrees in obtaining
27 a graduate degree so they can teach nursing at the college and university
28 level in Idaho; and
29 (3) Reduce the financial burden on experienced nurses and recent nursing
30 graduates so they can return to school to obtain an advanced degree and teach
31 nursing at the college and university level in Idaho.
32 33-5704. DEFINITIONS. As used in this chapter:
33 (1) "Educational costs" means the dollar amount determined annually by
34 the state board of education as necessary for student tuition, fees, room and
35 board, books and such other expenses reasonably related to attendance at an
36 eligible Idaho postsecondary educational institution for an experienced nurse.
37 (2) "Eligible Idaho postsecondary educational institution" means:
38 (a) A public postsecondary organization governed or supervised by the
39 state board and the board of regents of the university of Idaho; or
1 (b) Any educational organization located in Idaho which is:
2 (i) Operated privately;
3 (ii) Classified as not-for-profit under the Idaho Code;
4 (iii) Under the control of an independent board and not directly con-
5 trolled or administered by a public or political subdivision; and
6 (iv) Accredited by an organization recognized by the state board as
7 provided in section 33-2402, Idaho Code.
8 (3) "Eligible student" means a student who:
9 (a) Is an Idaho resident;
10 (b) Has a degree in nursing;
11 (c) Has enrolled or applied as a student carrying at least six (6) credit
12 hours per term to an eligible Idaho postsecondary educational institution
13 for a graduate degree in nursing; and
14 (d) Is pursuing a graduate degree in nursing.
15 (4) "Nursing educator scholarship program" means the scholarship program
16 described in this chapter and in the rules established by the state board.
17 (5) "State board" means the state board of education.
18 33-5705. ACADEMIC AND FINANCIAL ELIGIBILITY. The state board shall pro-
19 mulgate rules by August 1, 2008, to determine academic eligibility consistent
20 with this section for the purpose of awarding the Idaho nursing educator
21 scholarship. In promulgating these rules the state board of education shall
22 consult with representatives of schools and colleges of nursing in Idaho,
23 representatives of Idaho physicians, representatives of Idaho nurses and rep-
24 resentatives of Idaho hospitals.
25 33-5706. APPLICATION PROCESS. (1) The state board shall promulgate rules
26 by August 1, 2008, to establish a process and application form for eligible
27 persons to apply for a nursing educator scholarship.
28 (2) When applying for a nursing educator scholarship an eligible person
30 (a) Submit to the state board all of the information and documentation
31 required to demonstrate his or her eligibility pursuant to this chapter,
32 and any other information and documentation the state board may require to
33 determine the applicant's eligibility for a nursing educator scholarship
34 pursuant to this chapter; and
35 (b) Meet any other minimum criteria established by the state board in
37 33-5707. SELECTION PROCESS -- AMOUNT OF AWARDS -- CONDITIONS. (1) The
38 state board shall promulgate rules by August 1, 2008, consistent with this
39 section, to determine:
40 (a) How eligible persons will be selected to receive the Idaho nursing
41 educator scholarship; and
42 (b) When the scholarship award will occur.
43 (2) Funds that are available for the nursing educator scholarship program
44 shall be used to provide scholarships to the scholarship recipient and the
45 participating eligible Idaho postsecondary educational institution that the
46 recipient attends for covering the educational costs for attendance and a liv-
47 ing stipend for the recipient.
48 (3) The nursing educator scholarship award shall not exceed the actual
49 educational costs at the eligible Idaho postsecondary educational institution
50 that the student attends plus a living stipend as determined by the state
51 board. The amount of scholarship awarded for attendance on a full-time basis
52 shall not exceed the recognized educational costs, after deducting the amount
1 of any other public or private scholarships or grants which the applicant
3 (4) Any scholarship awarded under this chapter shall not exceed the
4 equivalent of eight (8) semesters or the equivalent of four (4) academic
5 years. An eligible Idaho postsecondary educational institution participating
6 in this program shall be required to submit statements of continuing student
7 eligibility to the state board, which shall include verification that the stu-
8 dent is still enrolled, attending full time, maintaining satisfactory academic
9 progress and has not exceeded the award eligibility terms.
10 (5) Grant payments shall correspond to academic terms, semesters, quar-
11 ters or equivalent time periods at an eligible Idaho postsecondary educational
12 institution. In no instance shall the entire amount of a grant be paid to or
13 on behalf of such student in advance.
14 (6) If an eligible student, scholarship applicant or scholarship recipi-
15 ent becomes ineligible to participate in the nursing educator scholarship pro-
16 gram pursuant to this chapter or the rules established by the state board,
17 then the eligible student may reapply at any time for further consideration
18 pursuant to this chapter.
19 (7) If a student becomes ineligible for a scholarship under this chapter,
20 or if a student discontinues attendance before the end of any semester, quar-
21 ter, term or equivalent, covered by the grant after receiving payment under
22 this chapter, the eligible Idaho postsecondary educational institution shall
23 remit, up to the amount of any payments made under this grant, any prorated
24 tuition, fees or room and board balances to the state board. The student shall
25 be required to remit, up to the amount of any other reasonable grant balances,
26 such grant balances to the state board. In the event of extreme hardship as
27 determined by the state board, a student may request a waiver of remittance.
28 (8) An eligible student shall sign an agreement committing himself or
29 herself to serving as an instructor of nursing at a school or college of nurs-
30 ing in Idaho for four (4) years after graduation. If the student does not ful-
31 fill this agreement, the student shall be required to remit, up to the amount
32 of any other reasonable grant balances, such grant balances to the state
33 board. In the event of extreme hardship as determined by the state board, a
34 student may request a waiver of remittance.
35 33-5708. NURSING EDUCATOR SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM FUND. (1) There is hereby
36 created a fund in the state treasury to be designated the "Nursing Educator
37 Scholarship Program Fund."
38 (2) The fund shall consist of moneys appropriated to the fund by the leg-
39 islature, moneys contributed to the fund from other sources, and the earnings
40 on such moneys. The executive director of the state board may receive on
41 behalf of the state board any moneys or real or personal property donated,
42 bequeathed, devised or conditionally granted to the state board for purposes
43 of providing funding for such fund. Moneys received directly or derived from
44 the sale of such property shall be deposited by the state treasurer in the
46 (3) Earnings from moneys in the fund or specified gifts shall be distrib-
47 uted annually to the state board to implement the nursing educator scholarship
48 program as provided for pursuant to this chapter.
49 (4) All moneys placed in the fund and earnings thereon are hereby perpet-
50 ually appropriated to the state board for the purpose described in subsection
51 (3) of this section. All expenditures from the fund shall be paid out in war-
52 rants drawn by the state controller upon presentation of the proper vouchers.
53 Up to five percent (5%) of the annual earnings distribution to the state
54 board, but not to exceed seventy-five thousand dollars ($75,000), may be used
1 by the state board annually for administrative costs related to the implemen-
2 tation of the provisions of this chapter.
3 (5) Allowable administrative costs include, but are not limited to, oper-
4 ating expenses for the implementation and maintenance of a database, operating
5 expenses to administer the program, personnel costs necessary to administer
6 the program and costs related to promoting awareness of the program.
7 (6) Pending use, surplus moneys in the fund shall be invested by the
8 state treasurer in the same manner as provided for in section 67-1210, Idaho
9 Code. Interest earned on the investments shall be returned to the fund.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
Teachers in college nursing staffs are nearing retirement. Nurses
with B.S. degrees are in such demand that going into the private
side is very appealing. This is a scholarship idea to help get
nurses who have a B.S. degree to pursue their education to a
master's degree or doctorate degree to be able to teach on the
For every $50 dollars donated, it would reduce the tax liability of
the taxpayer by $4 dollars, and there would be a corresponding
reduction in tax revenue to the state.
Name: Rep. Pete Nielsen
Phone: (208) 332-1000
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE H 582