Educational Funding

Financial assistance to advance your psychiatric nursing education may be available through the CRPNA Education Fund, and the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Foundation Inc.

CRPNA Education Fund

The College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta (CRPNA) Psychiatric Nursing Education Fund is provided to support Registered Psychiatric Nurses in their pursuit of educational opportunities that specifically impact their skills, knowledge and professional development. Education funding is intended to support RPNs in their development of additional knowledge and skills within the profession of Psychiatric Nursing.

These educational opportunities are defined as:
  • Event Funding - non credit educational programs including participation in conferences, workshops and seminars.
  • Short Term Funding - programs leading to obtainment of certification or enhanced specialty knowledge.
  • Long Term Funding - courses within educational programs at the Baccalaureate, Masters or Doctoral level of study.

You MUST meet the following criteria to apply for reimbursement of self-paid costs to complete educational courses:
  • Educational activity must occur within 6 months, before or after the deadline dates
  • Deadline dates are: May 31st and November 30th
  • Completed application forms must be received or postmarked by the deadline dates.  Late or incomplete applications WILL NOT be accepted
  • Applicants must hold an Active Practice Permit at the time of the funding application
  • Applicants must reside in Alberta with a minimum of one (1) year post practicing registration experience in Alberta
  • Applicants can only apply for funding once (1) per application deadline date, priority will be given to first time applicants, funding will be determined by the number of eligible applications received
  • Applicants MUST ATTACH a BRIEF description and COST of the Course(s), Event, Workshop, Seminar or Conference with the application
  • Eligible expenses are: tuition, registration fees, limited travel and accommodation 

Applicants must apply for educational funding using an Education Fund Application form.  Mail, fax or email your completed application form and required documents to the CRPNA.  Only complete and eligible applications will be considered.  CRPNA may request further information upon review of a submitted application.  Submission of an application does not guarantee full or partial funding support.

This fund will be administered by CRPNA and the Education Fund Committee. All decisions are final.

Applicants will receive written notification as to the status of your application 4 - 6 weeks after the application deadline date.

National Scholarships

The Registered Psychiatric Nurses Foundation Inc. (RPNF) is pleased to announce the establishment of the new McCormick/Henry Scholarship for studies in the mental health and mental illnesses for/of seniors. The Scholarship was established in honour of a Registered Psychiatric Nurse who has contributed to seniors’ mental health issues at the provincial, national and international levels.

This latest scholarship adds to the two previous national scholarships offered by the RPNF

  1. John Alex Crawford Scholarship - This is a National Scholarship honoring John's professional dedication to education and practice standards development for Psychiatric Nursing. This Scholarship of a minimum of $1000 is for any Registered Psychiatric Nurse in Canada who wishes to pursue Master's or Doctoral studies that are directly related to any of the four domains of Psychiatric Nursing Practice
  2. The Annette Osted National Student Scholarship celebrates one of the leaders who advocated for the advancement of all Psychiatric Nurses in Canada - a minimum of $500 awarded to a Psychiatric Nurse student enrolled in the 3rd or 4th year of the Baccalaureate Psychiatric Nursing program at a Canadian University. (Applicants are required to have a minimum 3.0 GPA for this Scholarship)
  3. The McCormick/Henry Scholarship - This scholarship is for an RPN in Canada who is taking further studies in seniors mental health at the graduate level (MA or PhD) or through an accredited certificate program.
Application forms may be found at