2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of The Foundation of the National Student Nurses' Association (FNSNA) in Memory of Frances Tompkins, NSNA's first Executive Director. FNSNA is dedicated to support nursing education and promote the future of the nursing profession. Since 1974, the FNSNA has awarded over $5 million in scholarships. Scholarships help pay for tuition, books and academic fees. This funding alleviates the stress and burden of rising tuition and decreases the amount of student loans. As we approach a serious shortage of registered nurses, funding helps a student graduate on time and enter the nursing workforce.