The purpose of the Endowment Education Scholarship is to improve school nursing by assisting current professional registered school nurses or school nurse educators to pursue post-baccalaureate certification or graduate degrees. This award originated as the Shirley Steel Award in 1994. Shirley Steel NASN President (1991-92) from the state of Maryland was a strong advocate for continuing education for school nurses. The original award was funded by a personal donation from Past President Steel and the Maryland Association of School Health Nurses. NASN has continued to budget and annually provide educational scholarships to NASN members who are advancing their education within school nursing.