The goal of The National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence (NHCGNE) MAYDAY Scholar Award Program is to increase academic gerontological nursing capacity in the United States by increasing the number of well-prepared gerontological nursing faculty with interest in alleviating the incidence, degree and consequence of human physical pain. MAYDAY Scholars, in collaboration with a senior mentor, will implement a tailored professional development plan which supports development of new competencies and enhanced effectiveness as an academic leader in geriatric pain and research. The program is committed to advancing qualified applicants from underrepresented minority groups to improve the nation’s ability to provide culturally inclusive care to its increasingly diverse aging population. Members of underrepresented minority groups are encouraged to apply. This program is designed to support 2 years of doctoral work (PhD) for nurses committed to careers in academic gerontological nursing with an emphasis on pain.