IC announces unique scholarship for online master’s in nursing


Illinois College is offering a scholarship covering the cost of the first course in the new Master of Science in Nursing program for the first 30 students to enroll.

Evan Wilson '01, associate vice president of enrollment management, said the scholarship celebrates the long history of nursing education in Jacksonville and the dedication of healthcare professionals throughout the pandemic.

"This scholarship is an opportunity to enhance the legacy of nursing education in our community,” he said. “Our graduates are found in healthcare settings throughout Illinois and the nation and these scholarships speak to Illinois College's desire to enhance our graduates' ability to excel as leaders and educators in their profession.”

Illinois College announced the addition of the fully online master’s program in April, expanding the College’s current nursing education offerings to meet the needs of a critical and continuously growing profession. IC offers two CCNE accredited undergraduate programs including a four-year nursing degree on campus and an online RN to BSN degree. 

The first 30 students who are admitted and enroll in a course in one of the fall 2022 terms will receive a scholarship covering the cost of their first course, a $3,000 value. 

Students can enroll part- or full-time and complete the program in 12 to 18 months. Fully online and flexible, the program provides a student-centered approach and coursework designed for working nurses who want to expand their impact in healthcare. 

The program offers concentrations in Leadership/Administration and Education, and prepares future nurse leaders and educators who will train and lead the next generation of nurses. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is a burgeoning need for registered nurses and MSN prepared nurses in leadership and educator positions — a projected growth rate between 22% and 32% through 2030. 

To learn more about the online Master of Science in Nursing program and how to apply, visit

About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Illinois. With an enrollment of more than 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs. In 1932, the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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