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External scholarships and educational opportunities

Scholarships and Grants

The following listings are outside scholarships and educational opportunities.

Promise of Nursing (PON) Faculty Fellowships

Deadline:  Rolling application period

Registered nurses enrolled in graduate level, degree-granting colleges and universities in selected regions of the US may be eligible to apply for a Promise of Nursing Regional Faculty Fellowship (PON Fellowship).  Apply for up to three (3) semesters/quarters at a time. The PON Fellowship is designed to assist RN’s who are preparing for the nurse educator role to achieve their degrees. PON Fellowships are awarded annually and may be applied toward tuition, academic fees, and books.  Award amounts range from $1,000 to $7,500 per academic year. Funding for the PON Fellowship Program is contributed by several hospitals and health care agencies, by Johnson & Johnson, and by national companies with an interest in supporting nursing education.  The funds are raised at gala fundraising events sponsored by Johnson & Johnson.  The PON Fellowship Program is administered by the Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association (FNSNA).

  • Be a registered nurse holding a baccalaureate degree in nursing; students in RN to BSN or RN to MSN programs are not eligible to apply;
  • Be a US citizen or an Alien with U.S. Permanent Resident Status/ Alien Registration Number;
  • Be enrolled and matriculated in a state approved graduate school in one of the Promise of Nursing regions (which includes Washington state);
  • Currently taking courses and registered for no less than six (6) credits; (in the case of doctoral completion, students who maintain “required continuous enrollment” are also eligible);
  • Attend school in an eligible zip code area and be committed to staying within that region upon completion of their program;
  • Students who live and work as a faculty member in a Promise of Nursing region and are enrolled in an online degree granting program are also eligible;
  • Document academic excellence;
  • Establish financial need;
  • Document the commitment to the nurse educator role and plan to serve in this capacity upon completion of the program.

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Live Your Dream Award for Women

Open Application period: July 1 – Nov. 15 each year

Live Your Dream Awards finalist has the potential receive up to $16,000 (Scholarships range from $1,000 to $10,000) to help undergraduate (or vocational/skills training) students offset tuition costs, purchase books, get transportation, or find reliable childcare so she can worry less about how to pay her bills and focus on reaching her dreams. The Live Your Dream Award are all about helping women who have faced obstacles on the path to living their dreams. Provides the primary financial support for yourself and your dependents.

Application Requirements: Dependents can include children, spouse, partner, siblings and/or parents, has financial need, is enrolled in or has been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program, is motivated to achieve your education and career goals, resides in one of Soroptimist International of the Americas’ member countries/territories (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guam, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, United States of America, Venezuela), has not previously been the recipient of a Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity or Live Your Dream Award, does not have a graduate degree, is not a Soroptimist member, an employee of Soroptimist International of the Americas or immediate family of either, and has a Social Security number or Tax ID number. (This is required for tax purposes and is only necessary if you are a resident of the United States. You will not be asked to share this information unless you have been given an award.) To prepare your application go to Learn more.

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Undergraduate Scholarship Program – Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association

Open application: Sept. 2019 to Jan. 2020

Promise of Nursing Scholarships are available (for the 2020-21 academic year)  in selected regions of the US including Washington.  Funds for this scholarship are supported by contributors in selected regions. Students currently enrollment and matriculated in a state-approved nursing program leading to an associate degree, baccalaureate, diploma, generic pre-licensure doctorate or generic pre-licensure master’s degree; or enrolled in an RN to BSN completion, RN to MSN completion, or LPN/LVN to RN program;​

  • Pre-nursing students taking courses to prepare for matriculation into a nursing program;
  • Attending classes and taking no less than six (6) credits per semester.
  • Involvement in student nursing organizations and/or community health activities;
  • Document academic achievement;
  • Establish financial need;
  • U.S. Citizen or Alien with U.S. Permanent Resident Status/Alien Registration Number;
  • High school students are not eligible to apply;
  • Funds are not available for graduate study unless it is for a first degree in nursing.

The NSNA Foundation awards over $250,000 annually in the general scholarship and promise of nursing programs. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $10,000.

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Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar Awards

Deadline: Sept. 16, 2019

Fulbright’s postdoctoral and early career awards present an excellent opportunity for recently minted scholars to deepen their expertise, acquire new skills, work with additional resources and make connections with leading scholars in their fields. These awards are open to U.S. scholars who have recently completed their doctoral degree – typically within the five previous years. Scholars are eligible to apply if they will complete the requirements for their doctoral degree by February 1, 2019, unless otherwise specified in the award description.

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ANEW Scholarship:2019-2020 Academic Year

Deadline: Sept. 18, 2019 at 11:00 PM PDT

The UW School of Nursing (SoN) and WA State Department of Corrections (DOC) jointly announce an Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) scholarship opportunity. The scholarship is created through a grant funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), a federal governmental agency, to train and produce Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) who are prepared and willing to work with underserved and vulnerable populations, people who are in remote areas and medically underserved/health provider shortage areas (HPSAs), and/or correctional settings after graduation. The grant also emphasizes enhancing APRNs competencies to treat opioid use disorder and chronic pain management issues.

Five scholarships in total will be awarded between Fall and Winter quarters. The total amount is $22,000 per awardee to be used for tuition, other school fees, stipend, and travel cost associated with the designated clinical rotation(s).

Eligibility and requirements:
1) Third year matriculated DNP student in AGNP or PMHNP track;
2) US citizen/permanent resident;
3) Full-time student status;
4) In good standing with respect to academic status and DNP Essential Behaviors;
5) Complete a minimum of one quarter (or more) clinical practicum at one of the 17 DOC clinics. This clinical placement may require overnight travel within WA State, including a half- or one-day DOC facility tour;
6) Complete DEA Waiver requirement (24-hour online or in-person training) for buprenorphine prescribing;
7) Agree to include acknowledgment of funding in any disseminated work; and
8) Willing to meet and respond to grant-driven inquiries in a timely manner both during and 1-3 years following completion of the DNP program.

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Roberta Scofield ONCC Memorial Certification Award

Deadline: Sept. 30, 2019

This award recognizes nurses who are committed to oncology nursing. Up to 150 applicants will receive a free registration for an ONCC certification examination or renewal by Option 1 (ILNA Points) in 2020. The non-transferable awards must be used for an ONCC certification registration for the year awarded. Award criteria candidates must demonstrate dedication to oncology nursing and a commitment to obtaining or renewing oncology nursing certification.

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Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship

Deadline: Sept. 30, 2019

Digital Responsibility believes that it’s our responsibility to use technology in a way that doesn’t harm others and to be aware of the impact that technology has on our health, environment, and society at large. Do you know how far you will drive on the freeway if you take your eyes off the road for five seconds, the average time it takes to send a text? An entire football field. According to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, texting while driving makes drivers 23 times more likely to get into a “safety-critical event.” The purpose of this scholarship is to help you understand the risks of texting while driving. The Digital Responsibility Scholarships are available to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. You must be U.S. citizen or legal resident.

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AfterCollege/AACN Scholarship Fund

Deadline: Sept. 30, 2019

The AfterCollege-AACN Scholarship Fund supports students who are seeking a baccalaureate, master’s or doctoral degree in nursing. Special consideration will be given to students in a graduate program with the goal of becoming a nurse educator; students completing an RN-to-BSN or RN-to-MSN program; and those enrolled in an accelerated program. One scholarship in the amount of $2,500 will be awarded each quarter. Please note that all applicants must already be enrolled (not just accepted) at an AACN member institution. The University of Washington School of Nursing is an AACN member with several programs (Accelerated BSN, Master’s, BSN to DNP, BSN to PhD, CNL, MSN to DNP, Entry-Level BSN, PhD).

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Pride Foundation Scholarships

Open Application Date: Oct. 11, 2019

The Pride Foundation offers more than 50 different scholarships though there is only one application to complete. Scholarships are available to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and straight-ally (straight and supportive of LGBT issues) students as well as students from LGBT families. Students must either be residents of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon or Washington (but may study anywhere) or be attending school in one of those five states. We particularly encourage applications from LGBT students of color and trans students. Students must be high school seniors, currently enrolled in college, university, trade, vocational or certificate programs or planning to enroll in the next school year.

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Doctoral Degree Scholarships in Cancer Nursing

Annual Application Deadline:  Oct. 15

Awarded to graduate students who are pursuing doctoral study in the field of cancer nursing research and preparing for careers as nurse scientists. Initial awards are made for up to two years with the possibility of a two-year renewal. There is a stipend of $15,000 per year. Grant applications must be submitted electronically via proposalCENTRAL. For more information use the Learn more link and click on the Policies and Instructions link within the website.

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AAHD Frederick J. Krause Scholarship on Health and Disability

Deadline: Nov. 15, 2019

The AAHD Frederick J. Krause Scholarship on Health and Disability is awarded annually to a deserving student with a disability who is pursuing undergraduate/graduate studies (must be at least enrolled as a junior in college) in an accredited university who is pursuing studies related to the health and disability, to include, but not limited to public health, health promotion, disability studies, disability research, rehabilitation engineering, audiology, disability policy, special education and majors that will impact quality of life of persons with disabilities.  To obtain applications instructions use Learn more.

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NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs)

Deadlines:  November 15 (“Extramural” programs)

The NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) are a set of programs established by Congress and designed to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals into biomedical or biobehavioral research careers. The LRPs repay up to $35,000 annually of a researcher’s qualified educational debt in return for a commitment to engage in NIH mission-relevant research. There are eight LRPs: five for researchers not employed by NIH (“Extramural” programs in Clinical Research, Clinical Research for Individuals in from Disadvantaged Backgrounds, Contraception and Infertility Research, Health Disparities Research, and Pediatric Research ) and three for researchers employed by NIH (“Intramural” programs in AIDS Research, Clinical Research for Individuals in from Disadvantaged Backgrounds, and General Research). However, LRPs are not intended to fund research projects. Rather, LRP awards are based on an applicant’s potential to build and sustain a research career.

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American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN) Scholarships

Application open late: 2019

AAOHN has several scholarships to apply for.  Liberty Leadership, Annette Haag Leadership, Professional Development and Academic Education Scholarships.  Scholarships range from $1,500 to $2,500. Check their website periodically beginning fall 2019 as deadline is around Jan. 1, 2020.

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American Indian Nurse Scholarship Program

Deadlines:  June 1 (fall awards) and Dec. 1 (spring awards)

Since 1928 The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America (NSCDA) has provided a small number of scholarship awards to assist students of American Indian heritage who are pursuing degrees in nursing or in the field of health care and health education. Eligible students receive $1,500 per semester and the money is to be used strictly for tuition, books or fees applicable to the student’s approved program. The grant is sent to the school and credited to the student’s account. Once a student is accepted, he or she may re-apply for continued funds each semester as long as the student remains in academic good standing. For application click on Learn more.

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Touchmark Foundation Nursing Scholarship

Deadline:  Dec. 30, 2019

The Touchmark Foundation awards scholarships to support students pursuing degrees in nursing. In addition, the Foundation is supporting a special effort to increase the number of nurses available to teach tomorrow’s nurses. By helping to develop new nursing teachers, the number of nurses can be increased at a faster rate, and investments in nursing are leveraged for many years. Open to students pursuing nursing degrees with a preference for those students pursuing geriatric nursing. Student must live or be attending school in the following states: OR, WA, ID, MT, ND, SD, MN, WI, OK, or Alberta, Canada.

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AfterCollege/AACN Scholarship Fund

Deadline: Dec. 31, 2019

The AfterCollege-AACN Scholarship Fund supports students who are seeking a baccalaureate, master’s or doctoral degree in nursing. Special consideration will be given to students in a graduate program with the goal of becoming a nurse educator; students completing an RN-to-BSN or RN-to-MSN program; and those enrolled in an accelerated program. One scholarship in the amount of $2,500 will be awarded each quarter. Please note that all applicants must already be enrolled (not just accepted) at an AACN member institution. The University of Washington School of Nursing is an AACN member with several programs (Accelerated BSN, Master’s, BSN to DNP, BSN to PhD, CNL, MSN to DNP, Entry-Level BSN, PhD).

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Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) and the United Health Foundation

Deadline: Jan. 11, 2020

The Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) and the United Health Foundation have partnered to provide financial assistance to Asian and Pacific Islander students who plan to pursue a degree that will lead to a career in the health field.  Be of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity as defined by the U.S. Census. Be a citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States. Citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau are also eligible to apply. Enrolling as a full-time, degree-seeking, second-year student in the upcoming academic year at an accredited U.S. college or university.  Plan to pursue a degree that will lead to a career as a health care professional. Primary health care professionals include: general practitioners, internists, family practitioners, OB/GYNs, dentists, public health professionals, mental health professionals, nurses, physician assistants, and pharmacists. Award up to $15,000.

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Wozumi Family Scholarship

Deadline:  Jan. 12, 2020

Pride Foundation’s scholarship program is committed to supporting LGBTQ and allied students that show leadership potential either within the LGBTQ community and/or within their field of study, lack a broader LGBTQ community support system, face additional barriers to educational access, including students who are financially, racially, socially, geographically, or politically disenfranchised, and demonstrate significant financial need. Northwest Residency: Applicants must be a resident of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington but may study elsewhere. The Wozumi Family Scholarship for students who are goal-oriented, HIV positive, and/or focusing on the treatment and/or eradication of HIV. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider’s website.

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Senior Caregiver Scholarship

Deadline:  January 15, 2020 (for Spring awards)

The Senior Caregiver Scholarship is intended for students who currently serve as caregiver for an elderly friend or relative, or have been caregivers in the past. The award can be used towards tuition and/or books. Applicant Eligibility: Eligible students must be attending a two or four year university at the time that the award is given. Awards are $2,000 for tuition and/or books.

Application Requirements: Students must submit an application questionnaire, a current transcript, and a 3 minute video. In the video, the student should share their caregiving story, including what they learned from the experience and how their caregiving experience influenced their career path and choice of college major.

Applications are accepted twice per year (typically in July or August and again in January) for scholarships in Autumn and Spring quarters.

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Hurst Review Services – American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Scholarship

Deadline: Jan. 15, 2020

Hurst Review Services, the fastest growing NCLEX Review Company in the country, and the AACN are pleased to announce our continued partnership awarding scholarships to students pursuing professional nursing degrees. The scholarship program is available to pre-licensure students enrolled at member AACN schools. The AACN is the national voice for academic nursing education. AACN works to establish quality standards for nursing education; assists schools in implementing those standards; influences the nursing profession to improve health care; and promotes public support for professional nursing education, research, and practice. Two $2,500 scholarships are awarded twice yearly.

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Technology Addiction Awareness Scholarship

Deadline: Jan. 30, 2020

Digital Responsibility believes that it’s our responsibility to use technology in a way that doesn’t harm others and to be aware of the impact that technology has on our health, environment, and society at large.  Young people spend an average of 7.5 hours a day consuming media–and this doesn’t include computer use for schoolwork–according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. With technology always at the ready at your fingertips, it can be a challenge to unplug. But taking a break from technology is healthy for both the mind and body. The purpose of this scholarship is to help you understand the negative effects of too much screen time. The Digital Responsibility Scholarships are available to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. You must be U.S. citizen or legal resident.

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American Cancer Society Graduate in Cancer Nursing Practice Scholarship

Deadline:  Feb. 1, 2020

This award supports graduate students pursuing a master’s degree in cancer nursing or doctorate of nursing practice (DNP). Awards may be for two years, with a stipend of $10,000 per year. Eligibility: Applicants are not required to be a US citizen, but those without U.S. citizenship must hold a visa that will allow him or her to remain in the U.S. long enough to complete the degree program and graduate; the applicant must meet requirements for graduate study and at the time of funding have been accepted by the institution to which s/he has applied; all applicants must have a current license to practice as a registered nurse; has work experience in oncology, e.g., cancer nursing or a related field; is involved in cancer-related professional and academic organizations; is involved in cancer-related volunteer organizations, and has published or contributed to scholarly publications, presentations, and creative works.

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Washington HECB American Indian Endowed Scholarship

Deadline: Feb. 1, 2020

A highly-educated American Indian population is vital for improving the economic sufficiency and prosperity of American Indian communities located within the state of Washington. To this end, Washington State, in collaboration with the American Indian Community and other private sector partners, established the American Indian Endowed Scholarship (AIES). This program provides educational scholarships on a competitive basis to high-achieving, low-income resident students who have close social and cultural ties to an American Indian tribe or community within the state. Recipients demonstrate academic merit and a commitment to serve the American Indian communities in Washington. Students must have close cultural and social ties to an American Indian tribe and/or American Indian community in Washington State. The endowment fund is comprised of monies contributed by the state and matched by private donors. Donors include individuals, corporations, and tribes. The interest earnings are used each year to award scholarships to financially needy, full-time students who agree to use their education to benefit other American Indians. The scholarship, which ranges from $500-$2,000 annually, may help defray educational expenses for up to five (5) years. Thirteen (13) students will receive the scholarship.

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James “Rhio” O’Connor Mesothelioma Scholarship Fund

Application period open: $1,000 awards monthly

Rhio O’Connor was diagnosed with a deadly cancer (mesothelioma) and given a year to live. Instead of giving up he found his own path to health and outlived his prognosis by more than six years. To receive a scholarship application which will include the rules and deadlines.

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LEAP1% Scholarship Fund

Deadlines: Aug. and Oct. each year

The LEAP1% Scholarship Fund provides financial support for students who demonstrate a history of advocacy, responsibility, accountability, and perseverance; are go-getters, and have shown or have the strong potential to be contributors to their community.

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Tylenol® Future Care Scholarship

Deadline: Opening in 2019

This program has helped promising individuals achieve academic excellence in medicine, ensuring the well-being of you and your family. Each year the makers of TYLENOL® award annual scholarships to well deserving students pursuing careers in healthcare. Twenty-three years and over eight million dollars later, we’re proud to continue a tradition that supports those dedicated to a lifetime of caring for others. Awards are for $5,000 to $10,000 per award. Open application periods vary from year to year, bookmark site and check periodically for the open period. Review Frequently Asked Questions sheet for selection criteria and who is eligible to apply.

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Scholarship matching clearinghouse

More than $50 million in scholarships is available on, a free, web-based scholarship matching clearinghouse for Washington residents. It is also featured in the Pay for School section of As many as 70 organizations representing 300 types of scholarships are listed.

AACN Nursing Scholarships

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing has several scholarships available, including the Geraldine “Polly” Bednash Scholarship, CastleBranch–GNSA Scholarship and Minority Nurse Faculty Scholarship.

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Washington Women In Need (WWIN) Grants

Western Washington Women In Need Grant program application cycle is open. Washington Women in Need believes in the power of determined women to transform their lives and the course of their families’ lives for generations to come. WWIN address a deep need in society, providing women a hand up to improve their futures, in turn, strengthening their families and our societies as a whole. They make financial grants to low-income women in Washington State who are ready for transformational change in education and healthcare.

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NURSE Corps Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Award amount: 100 percent of tuition

The NURSE Corps Scholarship is available to undergraduate and graduate nursing students. Recipients of this award must agree to work for at least two years at a health care facility with a critical shortage of nurses.

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Argonne National Laboratory Graduate Laboratory Internship (Thesis research)

Deadlines:  Vary

The Graduate Laboratory Internship is available to currently enrolled full-time graduate students from any U.S. institution. You must be at least 18 years of age, be interested in a career in accounting/finance, immigration law, business management, marketing, nursing, physical therapy, human resources, science, technology, engineering or mathematics to be considered for this internship. Graduate Research Program (GRP) appointments are available to qualified U.S. and non-U.S. university graduate students who wish to carry out their thesis research at Argonne National Laboratory under the co-sponsorship of an Argonne staff member and a faculty member at the student’s home institution.

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Baylor Scott & White Health Medical Professionals Nursing Internships

Deadlines: Vary

Baylor Scott & White Health offers internships for new graduates and experienced nurses in a variety of specialties, each designed to give you experience, opportunities for learning and a chance to grow your skills. So, if you’re just starting your nursing career, or if you’re changing specialties, we have an internship that’s tailored for the nurse you want to become. We offer a wide variety of specialty nursing internships across Central Texas and North Texas, including: Adult Specialties (Med/Surg, Rehab, Telemetry, Progressive care, Critical care, Oncology, Transplant, Women’s services, EE and OR), and Pediatrics Specialties (are offered in Central Texas only): Med/Surg, PICU, NICU, ED, OR and Supplemental float pool. BSN preferred with a 3.0 or above GPA required. Several openings able throughout the year.  Winter opportunities are posted Sept. 1 with positions that begin in January and February, and Summer opportunities are Feb. 1 with positions that begin in June and July each year.

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