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The MayDay Fund Scholar Awards Program

The MAYDAY Fund was established in 1992 to further Shirley Steinman Katzenbach’s commitment to social and medical causes. The Trustees adopted Mrs. Katzenbach’s special interest in the treatment of pain as the Fund’s mission. The Mayday Fund is dedicated to alleviating the incidence, degree and consequence of human physical pain.

The MAYDAY Fund, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization since 1992, engages only in philanthropic grant activities defined by its mission targeting the alleviation of pain.


Eligible Scholar Applicants: 

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.



Applicants must: (1) Be a member of NHCGNE (2) Be a registered nurse, (3) Hold a degree in nursing, (4) Be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident, (5) Be enrolled or accepted in a doctoral nursing degree program with a focus on research, and (6) Demonstrate potential for long-term contributions to geriatric nursing and pain research.



Two awards will be made each year over a period of five years, 2017-2021. 

Applications for the award are accepted once a year on or about October 31st (if not a holiday).   

An applicant is eligible to receive $5,000.00 over a 2 year period, including the institutional match from NHCGNE ($1250/year from the MayDay fund and $1250/year from NHCGNE.  Award funding may be used for tuition, fees and research expenses.  Applicants must include:

  • Five (5) page research abstract with details on aims and methodology (excludes references)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Senior investigator mentor’s letter of support
  • Recent transcript
  • Institutional Commitment of 100% Match signed by an authorized official.

Additionally, please submit:

Data Sheet

All applicants must provide basic identifying information.  You must include a second, permanent e-mail address as well as a home address

Proof of Residency

If you are not a US citizen, a photocopy of your permanent residency visa (green card).


Provide a budget for grant Year 1 and grant Year 2. Each grant year may not exceed $2,500.00.  The budget must include registration fees, travel and lodging for the annual NHCGNE Leadership Conference in Year 2 of the award.  The budget may include the following items:  tuition, academic fees and items in support of your research.  PLEASE NOTE:  Grant does NOT award Facilities & Administrative (F&A)/indirect costs.

Send to:

National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence (NHCGNE)

11130 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite 350

Reston, VA 20191

ATTN: Dr. J Taylor Harden