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It is not surprising that nursing is a population profession for students to consider. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics , the average nurse will earn over $77,000 per year.
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Caretakers on the Climb Scholarship for Nursing Students
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In recognition of the invaluable service that nurses provide to our communities, we’re offering a $500 scholarship to one outstanding student pursuing a career in…
In recognition of the invaluable service that nurses provide to our communities, we’re offering a $500 scholarship to one outstanding student pursuing a career in nursing. Nurses are the heart and soul of our medical system. They treat the sick and injured, look after our elderly, and provide much-needed support during public health crises. They are true caretakers. If you’re a “caretaker on the climb” who could use some help paying for school, we encourage you to apply for this scholarship! See the “Application Information” section below for details regarding the essay prompt. We look forward to reading your application!
Grade Level: College & Graduate Students
Citizenship: US Citizens, Permanent Residents
Academic Interest: Healthcare, Nursing
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A Nurse I Am Scholarship
Offered by Careismatic Brands, Inc.
The A Nurse I Am Scholarship is funded by Careismatic Brands, Inc., an organization dedicated to manufacturing high-quality products and supporting diverse and courageous people…
The A Nurse I Am Scholarship is funded by Careismatic Brands, Inc., an organization dedicated to manufacturing high-quality products and supporting diverse and courageous people in their efforts to lead better and healthier lives. Every year, the "A Nurse I Am" Scholarship awards $3,000 to multiple students currently enrolled in an accredited nursing program in the U.S. If this scholarship sounds like a fit for you, we encourage you to apply! Bear in mind that the scholarship cycle runs from February 1st to April 15th of each year.
$10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship
The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…
The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high school student who hopes to go to college, a graduate student who’s in a master’s program, or an adult learner who wants to return to school, you are eligible for our no essay scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to students who get the most out of Scholarships360 scholarships and content. You will be a strong applicant if you apply to scholarships with the Scholarships360 platform. Finalists for this scholarship will be interviewed about their process for funding their education.
Grade Level: All Grade Levels
Minimum GPA: No GPA requirement
Niche $50,000 No Essay Scholarship
Offered by Niche
Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year.…
Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year. Niche is giving one student $50,000 to help pay for tuition, housing, books and other college expenses — no essay required!
Citizenship: US Citizens, Permanent Residents, DACA
$2,000 Sallie Mae Scholarship
Offered by Sallie Mae
Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…
Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for school.
Grade Level: HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students
$25k “Be Bold” No-Essay Scholarship
Offered by Bold.org
Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.
Medical Scrubs Collection Scholarship
Offered by Medical Scrubs Collection
Are you a high school senior or college student planning on pursuing a career in the medical field? If so, consider applying for the Medical…
Are you a high school senior or college student planning on pursuing a career in the medical field? If so, consider applying for the Medical Scrubs Collection Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship awards $1,000 to multiple aspiring medical workers who submit an essay or image about what inspired them to pursue a degree in the medical field. While finalists for the scholarship will be chosen by the Medical Scrubs Collection, winners will then be selected by the general public. Thus, if you’re chosen as a finalist, we recommend reaching out to your friends and family to vote for your submission! To learn more about the Medical Scrubs Collection Scholarship, keep on reading. We encourage you to apply!
Grade Level: High School Seniors & College Students
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Academic Interest: Food Science/Nutrition, Healthcare, Dental Health/Services, Therapy/Rehabilitation, Nursing, Medicine
AvaCare Medical Scholarship
Offered by AvaCare Medical
The AvaCare Medical Scholarship recognizes impressive, caring students who are pursuing a degree in the medical field. This scholarship is awarded annually to one submission…
The AvaCare Medical Scholarship recognizes impressive, caring students who are pursuing a degree in the medical field. This scholarship is awarded annually to one submission that tells about an inspiring act of kindness. AvaCare Medical judges will choose five to ten finalists, whose work will then be posted on their website. Voting will be open for a limited time on the scholarship page, after which the winner will be chosen by a panel of judges based on multiple factors, including the number of votes. Applicants must be current high school seniors or post-secondary students who are pursuing a degree in a medical field such as in therapy, nursing, medicine, nutrition, laboratory science, dentistry, health law, etc. Applicants must also be citizens of the United States or in possession of an Alien Registration Card. While any student pursuing a degree in a medical field may apply, preference will be given to students with a physical disability.
Grade Level: High School Seniors & College Freshmen
Citizenship: US Citizens
Medical Amateur Radio Council Scholarship
Offered by ARRL Foundation Inc.
The Medical Amateur Radio Council Scholarship is open to students with an Active Technician Class (one of three US Radio Amateur licenses) or higher license.…
The Medical Amateur Radio Council Scholarship is open to students with an Active Technician Class (one of three US Radio Amateur licenses) or higher license. Applicants' field of study must be leading to a career in the healing arts, including, but not necessarily leading to Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, EMT, or Radiology technician. Preference will be given to undergraduate students and those in certificate programs, but graduate students may also apply. Applicants should be able to describe how they have engaged in volunteer and/or public service activities making use of Amateur Radio. If possible, applicants should show a desire to encourage others in the healing arts to become licensed hams (amateur radio operator).
Academic Interest: TV/Radio Broadcasting, Healthcare, Dental Health/Services, Radiology, Pharmacy, Animal/Veterinary Sciences, Nursing, Medicine
Irene and Daisy MacGregor Memorial Scholarship
Offered by National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
The Irene and Daisy MacGregor Memorial Scholarship is awarded to students of high scholastic standing and character who have been accepted into or are pursuing…
The Irene and Daisy MacGregor Memorial Scholarship is awarded to students of high scholastic standing and character who have been accepted into or are pursuing an approved course of study to become a medical doctor (no pre-med, veterinarian, or physician assistant) at an approved, accredited medical school. This scholarship is also available to students who have been accepted into or who are pursuing an approved course of study in the field of psychiatric nursing at the graduate level at accredited medical schools, colleges, or universities. There is a preference for females "if equally qualified." At least two, but not more than four recommendations and a one-page resume must also be submitted.
Grade Level: Graduate Students
Minimum GPA: 3.3
Academic Interest: Healthcare, Osteopathy, Nursing
Caroline E. Holt Nursing Scholarship
The Caroline E. Holt Nursing Scholarship is a prestigious award that recognizes the hard work and dedication of three exceptional students who are pursuing a…
The Caroline E. Holt Nursing Scholarship is a prestigious award that recognizes the hard work and dedication of three exceptional students who are pursuing a career in nursing. This one-time scholarship is open to those who have been accepted or are currently enrolled in an accredited nursing school. To apply, candidates must submit a one-page resume and at least two, but no more than four, recommendations. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to further your education and make a difference in the world of healthcare.
Academic Interest: Nursing
Other Category: Low Income
Madeline Pickett (Halbert) Cogswell Nursing Scholarship
The Madeline Pickett (Halbert) Cogswell Nursing Scholarship is a prestigious award for students pursuing nursing degrees. Eligible applicants must be accepted or enrolled in an…
The Madeline Pickett (Halbert) Cogswell Nursing Scholarship is a prestigious award for students pursuing nursing degrees. Eligible applicants must be accepted or enrolled in an accredited nursing school and be members, descendants of members, or be eligible for membership in NSDAR. To apply, include a letter of acceptance or transcript, along with recommendations and a one-page resume. Don't forget to include the DAR member's name and national membership number. This scholarship is a great opportunity for aspiring nurses to further their education and make a difference in the healthcare field.
Virginia Leyda Roberts Nursing Scholarship
Offered by Daughters of the American Revolution-Colorado State Society
The Virginia Leyda Roberts Nursing Scholarship is open to Colorado residents who are accepted to or currently enrolled in nursing school. Applicants must be either…
The Virginia Leyda Roberts Nursing Scholarship is open to Colorado residents who are accepted to or currently enrolled in nursing school. Applicants must be either high school seniors or current undergraduate students in pursuit of an Associate's or Bachelor's nursing degree. All awards are judged based on academic excellence, commitment to the field of nursing, and financial need. The scholarship will be judged and awarded without regard to race, religion, sex, national origin and disability. DAR membership is not required to apply, but applicants must obtain a letter of sponsorship from a Colorado DAR Chapter. If you're a Colorado resident passionate about pursuing a nursing career, we encourage you to apply!
ONS Foundation Master’s Scholarship
Offered by Oncology Nursing Foundation
The Master's Scholarships are supported by the Oncology Nursing Foundation and the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation to provide scholarships to registered nurses committed to oncology…
The Master's Scholarships are supported by the Oncology Nursing Foundation and the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation to provide scholarships to registered nurses committed to oncology nursing who are pursuing a master's degree in a relevant field. Each candidate must be in good academic standing, be a registered nurse, and have a commitment to oncology. To apply, candidates must provide a letter of reference from their current work supervisor or academic advisor on organizational letterhead, signed by the individual providing the recommendation. If you're a registered nurse pursuing a master's degree in oncology or a relevant field, we encourage you to apply!
Academic Interest: Oncology, Nursing
Amy Hunter-Wilson, MD Scholarship
Offered by Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation
The Amy Hunter-Wilson, MD, Scholarship annually awards $1,000 to American Indian students pursuing training or advanced education as doctors of medicine, nurses, or in a…
The Amy Hunter-Wilson, MD, Scholarship annually awards $1,000 to American Indian students pursuing training or advanced education as doctors of medicine, nurses, or in a related health field. To apply, interested students must submit a completed application and supporting materials, in addition to proof of their tribal membership or verified tribal participation from a recognized tribal council or government. The scholarship was established in honor of Amy Hunter-Wilson, an impressive Wisconsin Medical Society member and scholar who studied the effect of smoking on fetuses. If you're an American Indian student pursuing advanced education or training to become a healthcare professional, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.
Race/Ethnicity: Native American
Academic Interest: Healthcare, Nursing, Medicine
Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago Academic Scholarship Program
Offered by JVS Chicago
The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago Academic Scholarship Program offers scholarship funds to help Jewish college and graduate students offset some of their financial burden.…
The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago Academic Scholarship Program offers scholarship funds to help Jewish college and graduate students offset some of their financial burden. To be eligible, applicants must be Jewish, been born and raised in the Chicago metropolitan area*, including Lake County, Indiana or had one continuous year of full-time employment in the Chicago metro area prior to enrollment, intend to return to the Chicago metropolitan area after completing school, and are entering their last two years of an undergraduate program or entering an accredited graduate program in the upcoming academic year. Eligible fields are listed below under "Eligibility Overview." Selected recipients will earn awards worth up to $4,000 each, which are potentially renewable. If you're an incoming Jewish college upperclassmen or graduate student from the Chicago Metropolitan Area or Lake County, Indiana, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.
Grade Level: College Upperclassmen & Graduate Students
Academic Interest: Architecture, Communications, Computer Science, Education, Engineering, Law, Biology, Math, Science, Technology, and Society, Natural Sciences, Religion, Physical Sciences, Psychology, Social Services, Visual & Performing Arts, Photography/Photojournalism, Music, Healthcare, Audiology, Dental Health/Services, Pharmacy, Public Health, Therapy/Rehabilitation, Animal/Veterinary Sciences, Nursing, Business, Medicine, Chemistry
Religious Affiliation: Jewish
State: Illinois, Indiana
Mary T. Price Scholarship
Offered by Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation
The Mary T. Price Scholarship is open to graduating seniors from Logan High School in Logan, West Virginia, who are planning to pursue the field…
The Mary T. Price Scholarship is open to graduating seniors from Logan High School in Logan, West Virginia, who are planning to pursue the field of study of Registered Nursing from an accredited college in West Virginia. Applicants must also have a minimum 3.0 GPA. If you meet these criteria, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.
Grade Level: High School Senior
State: West Virginia
Martha Douglas Memorial Scholarship
Offered by Mississippi Nurses' Association (MNA)
The Martha Douglas Memorial Scholarship is an amazing scholarship opportunity for Mississippi residents who are currently enrolled as a student in good standing at a…
The Martha Douglas Memorial Scholarship is an amazing scholarship opportunity for Mississippi residents who are currently enrolled as a student in good standing at a Mississippi School of Nursing. First-choice applicants are practicing school nurses in an MS school district, while second-choice applicants are students in a BSN or higher program of study. To apply, all students must submit an approximately 1,000-word essay about their "role as a nurse leader." If you're a nursing student in Mississippi, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.
Nurse Oneita Dongieux Award for Excellence
The Onita Dongieux Award of Excellence is a great scholarship opportunity for Mississippi residents currently enrolled and in good academic standing in a Mississippi school of…
The Onita Dongieux Award of Excellence is a great scholarship opportunity for Mississippi residents currently enrolled and in good academic standing in a Mississippi school of nursing. To apply, interested students must submit a previously unpublished essay about "Who or what inspired [their] interest in nursing." Essays should be limited to 2 pages, typed, and double-spaced on letter-sized paper. If you're a Mississippi resident and nursing student, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.
Grade Level: College Students
Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate Scholarship Program
Offered by NASA Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium
The Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate Scholarship Program, twice a year, grants $3,000 to current and incoming undergraduate students at WSGC Member Institutions who are…
The Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate Scholarship Program, twice a year, grants $3,000 to current and incoming undergraduate students at WSGC Member Institutions who are pursuing STEM programs of study supporting NASA's Mission Directorates. The Consortium especially encourages applications from members of minority groups, women, and persons with disabilities, and from those pursuing interdisciplinary aerospace studies in, but not limited to, engineering, the sciences, architecture, law, business, nursing, and medicine. If you’re a current or incoming WCGC Member Institution student with a passion for space-related studies, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.
Academic Interest: Architecture, Engineering, Law, Science, Technology, and Society, Aviation/Aerospace, Nursing, Business, Medicine
How to win nursing scholarships
Like any scholarship, nursing scholarships are highly competitive. If you want to earn funding for your BSN, MSN, DNP, or other nursing degree it’s important to stand out from the pack. One of the best ways to do this is by writing stellar essays. Researching the mission and values of the organization and considering what their prompts are asking for carefully can take you a long way.
Once you get an idea of the values and principles you want to emphasize in your application, it’s time to get to writing. We can help you fine-tune your writing to produce some concise and powerful essays. Our guides on writing about yourself , writing a winning scholarship essay , and tailoring your writing to 250 or 500 word limits are a great way to start. Be sure also to check out our guides to answering the most common scholarship essay prompts , and how to start and end a scholarship essay.
Resources for nursing students
Nursing students can receive a host of benefits from joining nursing associations. Whether you are hoping to become a nurse practitioner, a registered nurse, or any other type of nursing professional, these organizations can help jump-start your career. They can include networking, conferences, scholarships, and even job placements. Here are a few associations to consider. Be sure also to check out organizations that are regional or local to you!
National Student Nurses’ Association
The biggest national organization for students studying nursing, this organization offers networking opportunities, subscriptions to nursing literature, scholarships, and more. They also offer student discounts on study tools and other resources you may need to use for your education.
Health Occupations Students Association
HOSA is a national organization that offers similar benefits to the National Student Nurses’ Association. The main difference is that HOSA includes members from all parts of the healthcare field. That means you’ll be plugged into a more diverse network of students. Both have their own benefits; while NSNA is more specialized, HOSA can plug you into larger networks.
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Frequently asked questions about nursing scholarships
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Nursing Scholarship Essay Examples
If you are writing a nursing essay for college admission or scholarship, it is helpful to look at some good nursing scholarship essay examples. Your essay should be unique and demonstrate your passion and interest in nursing school.
Last updated on December 8, 2023 by College Financial Aid Advice.
Here are a few nursing scholarship essay examples to give you some ideas. You can also check out some of our scholarship information on Nursing Scholarships and Medical Scholarships .
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Nursing Scholarship Essay Example
Wow! I never thought I would have my own scholarship , but this opportunity has come to fruition and I plan to use every dollar for the good of nursing. It is wonderful to be able to give back to the nursing profession, and it humbles me to be a part of this year’s recipient’s journey. I have been there, and nursing school is incredibly tough. To be able to ease the stress of that journey for a nurse pursuing his or her BSN is an honor !
I want to tell you why I believe scholarships are so important.
You always hear people talking about “nurse burnout”. Well, it is a real thing. Retirement is also a real thing. And the nursing shortage is a real thing . Therefore, we want and we need more nurses in this profession. I, personally, had to take out over $40,000 in student loans when I went to school, so I completely understand the need for scholarship and outside opportunities to fund your dreams. I want to live in a scholastic world where money does not stop one selfless human being from pursuing the most trusted profession in the world. Scholarships are super important to ensure that we can build up our profession with nurses for the future.
I would like to share an example of the Nurse Kelley Scholarship essay that I have written. It is completely true, and hopefully, this nursing scholarship essay example will give you a good idea of what we are looking for in a submission.
There are many reasons someone might choose to go into the nursing profession. Maybe they “want to help people”. Maybe they love math and science. Maybe they want to give back to their community. Maybe their mom was a nurse. Whatever the reason may be, for most of us, it’s different. I chose to go into nursing because of a personal experience that I had when I was young. I lost my biological father to colon cancer, and I wanted to be a caring support system for other families going through what we did. The strange thing about the many reasons people choose nursing, is that somehow, we are all still very connected in this choice.
You see, nursing is a profession where you have to take care of complete strangers, and we have signed on to do this for life.
Nursing is so incredibly unique and selfless in that what we do every single day is care for people who are at their most vulnerable moments, and we often times do it while missing something in our life that means something to us. We constantly sacrifice for our patients. We constantly give while barely taking. The most important thing to remember is that we don’t mind. That’s what makes us different. We know what we have gotten ourselves into, and we love doing it. There is a special place in a nurse’s heart that draws them to the type of work that we do. And it brings us all together, our binding character trait.
I think I can say now that I guess my reason for going into nursing is a combination of everyone’s reason. They may spark from different experience, but we are intertwined in our methodology for career choice through our heart for others. I am PROUD to be a nurse!
I want to remind any nurse reading this that nursing will continue to choose you throughout your career. It is so funny how nursing just pulls you out of your everyday life as if to say, “nope, you don’t get to be a civilian today, you’re still a nurse”! I’ll give you an example. Four days after I was crowned Miss Colorado I was driving in my crown and sash away from an appearance as a car flipped over on our interstate and started on fire. Of course, I pulled over. A fireman also pulled over (that special place in our hearts, other service industry members have that too!), and we collectively (after removing the crown and sash) helped pull this man from his car and start working on him. It was wild. I remember shaking my head thinking, “thanks a lot, nursing”, and then giggling. How lucky I am to have been chosen by this profession!
Nursing is the best. It will be a part of you forever.
Congratulations on making this choice for your career. You won’t regret it.
All my love,
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13 Best Nursing Scholarships & Grants for Nursing Students in 2023
Becoming a nurse is a big decision, and can offer both incredible challenges as well as opportunities. Nurses are critical to the medical field for keeping patients safe and healthy. They’re one of the heroes of society – without nurses, we couldn’t continue the same way!
Nursing has become a high-demand profession. With baby boomers retiring and the current pandemic ongoing, there’s a shortage of graduate nursing students entering the field. This fact is motivating institutions and organizations all over the country to step up and offer scholarships, grants, and other financial aid to absorb some of the brunt of tuition costs for nursing students.
And it’s a good thing, too, because nursing school is not cheap. Nearly 3 out of 4 nursing students graduate with student loans. In addition, tuition is on a steady rise, adding to students’ need to borrow. For example, the cost of nurse practitioner school can sometimes total over $100,000.
While these numbers may be alarming, scholarships can help. Conduct a careful search for scholarships, and then be dedicated as you select, list, and apply for as many as possible. The more opportunities you apply for, the higher your chances of winning those awards. You might be surprised how much you can save on tuition by slowly chipping away at your scholarships list!
Top Scholarships for Nursing Students to Apply For
Here are a few examples of financial awards that are relevant to anyone in nursing education or an accredited nursing program. Some of these awards are for high school seniors, undergraduate and graduate students in a nursing program, including anyone in graduate nursing programs. Some of the scholarships below include awards focused on health.
WiseGeek Nursing No-Essay Scholarship
- Amount: $500
- Application Deadline: August 16, 2022
- Details: WiseGeek wants to lift the burden of student debt for the future generation of students looking to provide for the public through their nursing education. The WiseGeek Nursing No-Essay Scholarship is designed to support students dedicated to providing equitable opportunities for all people across the nation.
Bold Science Matters Scholarship
- Application Deadline: September 14, 2022
- Details: An increasing number of students are pursuing degrees in STEM, with more than 330,000 students receiving Bachelor’s degrees in STEM in 2015-2016 alone. This award seeks to support students who are interested in science and fascinated by scientific discoveries. Any student may apply for this award. To apply, students need to share which scientific discovery is their favorite and why.
Mary P. Perlea Scholarship Fund
- Application Deadline: June 1, 2022
- Details: This scholarship seeks to honor Mary P. Perlea’s legacy by supporting underrepresented or disadvantaged students so they can reach their full potential. Any undergraduate student who is part of an underrepresented or otherwise disadvantaged community, such as BIPOC students, LGBTQ+ students, single moms, etc., may apply for this award, but students pursuing STEM are preferred. To apply, students will need to share about the challenges they have overcome in life and how they hope to use their education to help other underserved or underrepresented students.
Benoit Migambit Chronic and Neurological Diseases Scholarship
- Details: There is currently no cure for epilepsy, along with many other chronic diseases. To honor Benoit Migambi, who passed away from epilepsy, this award seeks to inspire the next generation of students studying neurological and chronic diseases. Graduate students studying chronic and neurological diseases are eligible to apply.
Noah Jon Markstrom Foundation Scholarship
- Amount: $3,000
- Details: Undergraduate and graduate students earning their degree to work in pediatric medicine are applicable for this award. Preference will be given to students specializing in oncology or cancer research in the Pacific NW. To apply, students write about what inspired them to pursue a career in pediatric medicine.
National Healthcare Heroes Grant for Nurses
- Amount: $1,000
- Application Deadline: May 16, 2022
- Details: Now, in the midst of a global pandemic, nurses are on the frontlines, fighting on a daily basis to stop the spread of coronavirus that is crippling our nation. Despite this, as some hospitals reduce or halt elective procedures, some nurses have seen their incomes drop during a period in which they have never been more essential. As part of the initiative to provide more nursing scholarship opportunities for prospective nurses, this grant will go to an aspiring or current nurse to aid with the cost of tuition or student loans.
Deborah Stevens Pediatric Nursing Scholarship
- Application Deadline: May 20, 2022
- Details: This award seeks to support nursing students who are interested in pursuing careers in pediatric nursing. Any undergraduate nursing student who is interested in becoming a pediatric nurse may apply for this award. To apply, students need to share why they’re pursuing nursing and why they’re interested in pediatric nursing.
Healthy Living Scholarship
- Application Deadline: August 15, 2022
- Details: This award seeks to support students who are passionate about health, wellness, and leading physically and mentally healthy lives. Any high school senior, undergraduate, or graduate student who’s a US citizen or permanent legal resident and passionate about health and wellness may apply for this award.
Bold Mental Health Awareness Scholarship
- Application Deadline: June 24, 2022
- Details: The Bold Mental Health Awareness Scholarship will support one student who is struggling with mental health or is passionate about helping others who struggle with mental health. This scholarship is open to all students from any field of study. Students can apply by sharing about what they think should be done to help people who struggle with mental health.
WiseGeek Nurse Appreciation No-Essay Scholarship
- Amount: $500
- Application deadline: April 16, 2022
- Details: The WiseGeek Nurse Appreciation No-Essay Scholarship is meant to support nurses and encourage more young people to consider a nursing career. The award will help current or aspiring nurses pay their student loans or tuition.
- Amount: $1,000
- Application deadline: May 16, 2022
- Details: The National Healthcare Heroes Grant for Nurses has a goal to show appreciation for nurses, inspired by their heroic work on the frontlines of our battle with the current pandemic. The grant hopes to help reduce the shortage by inspiring one more person to pursue their dreams of becoming a nurse. Students of any education level are welcome to apply.
Black Nurse Magic Scholarship
- Amount: $1,500 (2 winners, $750 each)
- Application deadline: May 29, 2021
- Details: This scholarship was created in memory of Melinda Edwards-Jackson, to honor a first-generation Black nursing student who is or will be attending Prairie View A&M University. Applicants are asked to complete a short essay about achievement through hardship.
First-Gen in Health & Medicine Scholarship
- Application deadline: July 1, 2021
- Details: This scholarship is designed to recognize and support a first-generation student who is pursuing a career in medicine or public health. Students of any education level are welcome to apply, and are asked to write about their experience pursuing a degree in health or medicine and how being a first-generation student has impacted that.
These are only a few types of financial awards available for students pursuing a nursing degree, or students pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree that is relevant to nursing. These awards could also benefit community college students transferring to an accredited school.
How to Qualify for Nursing Scholarships
Eligibility requirements can vary widely and depend entirely on the specific scholarship program. Many simply require the applicant to be a current or future nursing student or someone in the nursing profession. Still, others may seek out nursing students of a particular degree specialization or demographic.
Here are some typical eligibility requirements for nursing scholarships:
- An undergraduate or graduate student in nursing (sometimes specific to a particular level of education)
- A 3.0 GPA or higher or demonstrated academic excellence
- (Sometimes) pursuing a particular concentration of study
- (Sometimes) belong to an ethnic minority
Keep in mind, there may be other scholarships you can qualify for that aren’t related to the field of nursing. These include scholarships that recognize:
- Unique hobbies or skills
- Academic achievement
- Athletic performance
- Musical talent
- Volunteer work
- Your identity, gender, or demographic
- Financial need
How to Apply for Nursing Scholarships
There are a few things that students should keep in mind when they are seeking financial support for an undergraduate degree, graduate nursing program, doctoral degree, or any other degree focused on nursing school. Some students enrolled in nursing programs may also be able to find financial support to pay for their nursing education. Students should do the following things when looking for financial assistance as aspiring nursing students.
Where to Look for Scholarships
Scholarship applicants can take the financial burden of paying for higher education if they found a scholarship fund or grant program to pay for school. Whether you’re interested in finding a graduate program, a nursing practice, or nursing degree, there are options out there for you. You already have plenty of resources at your fingertips to get you started on your search for scholarships. You just need to know where to look.
You might start by asking your school if they know of opportunities. If you’re still in high school, as your guidance counselor, as they may have unique insights into local or limited scholarships taking place.
Or ask the financial aid office on your college campus. They can tell you not only of specific opportunities but also of practical tips to narrow your search and optimize your applications. Don’t forget to ask the nursing department at your school of choice. They may even have special scholarship opportunities unique to nursing students at your school.
You can also ask around locally, at the hospital, library, churches, volunteer committees, or even your employment (or your parents’). Finally, search online for scholarships. You might start with the U.S. Department of Labor’s free scholarship search tool or Bold.org .
Types of Scholarship Sponsors
Sponsors of scholarships can come from various organizations and committees. For example:
- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- The Health Resources and Services Administration
- Minority advocacy associations
- College departments
Scholarship Application Strategy
When selecting scholarships to apply for, find a balance between applying to as many as possible and capitalizing your time on those that are likely to benefit you most (such as those with high award amounts or low competition). If an award is limited to a certain specialization or location that applies to you, you may have a higher chance of winning that scholarship. Undergraduate nursing students can also keep their eyes open for awards to help pay for any graduate degree they may decide to pursue in the future. Graduate students pursuing a future in nursing may be able to find many different awards to help them pay their way.
As you send out applications, it may be helpful to first gather up all the documents and information you’ll need for your applications. While different scholarships will ask for different bits of information, it’s common to require some of the following:
- A previously-completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- ACT or SAT scores
- College or high school transcripts
- An essay or personal statement
- Your resume
- Letters of recommendation
- Other financial information
Commonly Asked Questions About Scholarships for Nursing Students
What scholarships are available for nursing students.
There are plenty of scholarships opportunities available for nursing students. To get started, check out Bold’s scholarships for nursing students , such as the WiseGeek Nurse Appreciation Scholarship , the National Healthcare Heroes Grant for Nurses , the Black Nurse Magic Scholarship , or the First-Gen in Health & Medicine Scholarship .
How do I get a full ride to nursing school?
You may be able to find a single scholarship that will offer full-ride tuition coverage. But chances are, the best way to cover your entire college tuition is through multiple scholarships together. Apply to as many scholarships as you can for better chances of obtaining more awards.
How can I pay for nursing school with no money?
Start by trying for scholarships and grants, as these funds will not need to be paid back. In addition to scholarships, several government assistance programs exist to help nursing students achieve their goals. You might also try fellowships, loan forgiveness programs , work-study or working through school, employer assistance, or even military or travel nursing.
How do I get a nursing scholarship?
Simply apply! You never know what you might win unless you try. Capitalize your time by making sure you meet the eligibility requirements before beginning an application to any scholarship.
Can I get a scholarship for being a nursing student?
Yes! There are plenty of scholarships out there designed to honor nursing students and help them reach their educational and career goals. Students can also earn a graduate scholarship or scholarship for doctoral students pursuing nursing scholarships or nursing education.
When should I start applying for scholarships?
Applicants must honor award deadlines for nursing scholarships. Deadlines for scholarships vary depending on the unique award opportunity. Pay close attention to the details of each scholarship on your list to be sure of their application deadline.
What types of scholarships are available for nursing students?
There are all sorts of scholarships for nursing students. They may be designed to recognize nursing students with a particular specialization, from a particular region, with high academic achievement, or of a particular identity (gender, ethnicity, or religion).
What to consider when applying for scholarships?
Remember that with high-competition scholarships (with high numbers of applicants), chances of winning are essentially a numbers game. Don’t let it get you down when you don’t win an award – just keep sending applications out!
How do I make my application stand out?
It’s best to submit your scholarships applications as early before the deadline as you can. Carefully follow all submission instructions (sometimes candidates are disqualified from avoidable mistakes). And if completing an essay, be creative, personal, and professional in your writing.
How can I increase my chances of getting scholarships?
First, apply to as many scholarships as you can (just make sure you meet the eligibility requirements first). But second, try to capitalize your time and efforts on the opportunities with high award amounts and/or low competition.
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Choosing a career in nursing means you may be entering a meaningful field that has what the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) considers a steady outlook for job growth and, with the right education, may present opportunities for advancement. However, it can take years of costly education to qualify as a nursing professional and figuring out how you’ll pay for school can be an overwhelming task.
If fees for tuition, books, and materials are interfering with reaching your goals, you may find help by applying for a wide range of scholarships. Even one award can make an impactful difference.
While there are requirements for securing any scholarship, don’t underestimate your chance of receiving an award. There are scholarships open to all kinds of nursing students, with many designed for applicants with specific specialties, cultural identities, histories in the military, and other demographic characteristics.
Whether you’re a high school senior planning for freshman year or a working professional seeking new direction in your career, scholarships can be a valuable tool for helping you pay for the education you need to succeed.
In This Article
First-Generation College Students
Students with Disabilities
Scholarships That Don’t Require U.S. Citizenship
Regional and State Scholarships
Scholarships with No GPA Requirement
Graduate and Doctoral Nursing
Other Financial Awards
According to the BLS , job opportunities for registered nurses are expected to grow by up to 5.6% through 2032 , creating more than 195,400 new jobs. The outlook is similarly encouraging for licensed practical nurses , also with an anticipated job growth of up to 5.3%.
estimated job growth rate for RNs through 2032 (as fast as average)
estimated job growth rate for LPNs through 2032 (as fast as average)
However, with many states reporting a nursing shortage, patient care and treatment outcomes may be an issue.
Thankfully, both public and private organizations offer scholarships to nursing students. These awards are intended to help students meet their financial obligations so they can graduate and make important contributions to the field.
American Red Cross Jane Delano Student Nurse Scholarship
Open to: Undergraduate or graduate nursing students who are employees of or have contributed volunteer service to an American Red Cross unit.
Application Requirements: Applicants must be in good academic standing in a U.S. nursing program, with the equivalent of 1 year of college credits completed. It’s also required to have served as a Red Cross volunteer or employee at least once within the past 5 years.
Deadline: May; visit the Red Cross website for details.
Award Amount and Terms: A limited number of $3,000 scholarships are awarded. Scholarship funds may be applied toward tuition, books, and academic fees only.
How to Apply: Complete the on-site application, including the 2-part essay. Part 1 is a description of relevant Red Cross experience; part 2 relates to the applicant’s plans in the nursing field.
Association of periOperative Registered Nurses Foundation (AORN) Scholarship
Open to: Undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a career in perioperative nursing with enrollment in an accredited bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree program.
Application Requirements: Applicants must be interested in perioperative nursing and be continuing their education in the field. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Consideration is also given to financial need.
Deadline: Mid-June; visit the AORN website for details.
Award Amount and Terms: Award amounts vary by individual and can cover the cost of allowable expenses, including tuition and books. Awards are paid as reimbursements for expenses after the recipient provides proof of payment to the scholarship administrator.
How to Apply: Complete the application on the website. An essay and personal statement expressing interest and experience in the field of perioperative/surgical nursing are required.
DAR Caroline E. Holt Nursing Scholarship
Open to: Students who have been accepted or are currently enrolled in an accredited school of nursing and are in financial need.
Application Requirements: In addition to proving financial need, applicants must provide a letter of acceptance into a nursing program or current transcript.
Deadline: February 15
Award Amount and Terms: A one-time scholarship of $2,500 is awarded to 3 students per year.
How to Apply: Complete the application on the website. A financial need form must accompany the application.
Coursey Enterprises Student Scholarships
Open to: First year nursing students enrolled in an RN or LPN program.
Application Requirements: Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
Deadline: December 1 for the spring scholarship and May 1 for the fall scholarship.
Award Amount and Terms: A $250 scholarship is awarded to 1 student each semester.
How to Apply: Application instructions are on the website. A 200-word essay titled “Why I Want to Be a Nurse” is required. The application, essay, and personal photo must be submitted via mail.
Foundation of the National Student Nurses Association (FNSNA) General Scholarship
Open to: All U.S. nursing students currently enrolled in a state-approved undergraduate or graduate nursing program.
Application Requirements: Criteria vary depending on guidelines established by the annual scholarship sponsor. The scholarship typically emphasizes an area of nursing specialization. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or aliens with U.S. permanent resident status/alien registration numbers.
Deadline: Mid-January; visit the FNSNA website for details.
Award Amount and Terms: Awards range from $1,000 to $7,500 per academic year. Payment is made to the recipient’s school and is used to offset the cost of tuition, academic fees, and books only. Unused funds must be returned to FNSNA at the end of the year.
How to Apply: Complete the online application. An enrollment certification form, financial aid certification form, and transcript must accompany the application.
Hurst Review Services Nursing AACN Scholarship
Open to: Eligible students must be enrolled in a school that’s a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) .
Application Requirements: Applicants must be pursuing professional nursing degrees at an AACN school.
Deadline: January 15 and July 15
Award Amount and Terms: 2 scholarships for $2,500 each are awarded twice a year.
How to Apply: Complete the application on the website.
HRSA NURSE Corps Scholarship Program
Open to: All nursing students accepted to or enrolled in an accredited diploma, associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degree nursing program.
Application Requirements: All applicants must be U.S citizens or a lawful permanent resident, free from any federal judgment liens or existing service commitment, and not overdue on a federal debt. Applicants must also be willing to work at an eligible organization with a critical shortage of nurses when they graduate.
Deadline: Deadlines vary each year. Applicants can sign up on the website to receive email notifications when the next scholarship cycle opens.
Award Amount and Terms: Awards vary to cover full tuition and related fees, a monthly stipend, and payment for costs such as books, uniforms, and supplies. Acceptance of the award initiates a contract with the federal government to fulfill the service obligation after graduation.
How to Apply: Read the Application and Program Guidance document and apply online. Funding preference is given to applicants with financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Applicants must have a current FAFSA on file.
Cascade Healthcare Nurses Make A Difference Scholarship
Open to: Current students in an undergraduate nursing degree program at an accredited college or university , as well as high school students who have been accepted into college and plan to study nursing.
Application Requirements: Applicants must be a legal U.S. resident or hold a student visa, be at least 18 years of age, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Deadline: Beginning of August; visit the website for details.
Award Amount and Terms: A one-time payment of $1,000 is paid to the recipient’s student account.
How to Apply: Complete the application on the website. Applicants must also submit an essay based on the current scholarship writing prompt.
TravelNurseSource Future U.S. Nurse Scholarship
Open to: First-time undergraduate students with at least 1 semester completed in a U.S. nursing school.
Application Requirements: The applicant must be a legal U.S. resident, be at least 18 years of age, and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Deadline: October; visit the TravelNurseSource website for details.
Award Amount and Terms: A 1-time award of $2,000 is paid directly to the educational institution and is applied to the recipient’s current tuition.
How to Apply: In addition to an application, applicants must submit a 30-second to 1-minute self-made video. The video must address why the applicant wants to become a nurse and the impact the scholarship award would have on their educational goals.
TYLENOL Future Care Scholarship
Open to: Undergraduate and graduate students attending an accredited nonprofit 2- or 4-year college, university, or vocational-technical school, where they are seeking a degree to actively treat patients.
Application Requirements: All applicants must be residents of the United States or Puerto Rico and have at least 1 year of school remaining. Eligible undergrad students must have completed at least 1 year of study by the application deadline. Graduate students only need to provide proof of enrollment. Recipients are chosen based on the evaluation of an applicant’s college GPA, academic records, community involvement or volunteer service, and a required essay.
Deadline: End of June; visit the Tylenol website for details.
Award Amount and Terms: 10 one-time awards of $10,000 and 30 one-time awards of $5,000 are awarded each year. Funds must be applied to tuition, fees, books, supplies, and equipment required for the recipient’s education.
How to Apply: Upload the registration form and required documents on the Tylenol website. An essay is also required.
Scholarships for Adult Students
Many students start the pursuit of a career with the intention of earning a college degree and progressing to a rewarding position. However, unexpected events can cause students to interrupt their plans and end their education before completing their degrees. These scholarships help adults return to school and realize their educational and professional goals.
B4 Brands Barbara Rhomberg Nursing Scholarship
Open to: Nontraditional, full-time students pursuing undergraduate, associate, or bachelor’s degrees in nursing are eligible.
Application Requirements: Nontraditional students are those who postponed the pursuit of a college degree after high school or had their college careers interrupted, and instead entered the workforce or military, or fulfilled a family or non-profit obligation. Applicants must have at least a 3-year gap between high school and enrollment in a college or university to qualify. Past winners and applicants can reapply each year.
Deadline: End of March; visit the B4 Brands website for details.
Award Amount and Terms: A one-time award of $1,000 are made payable to the recipient’s educational institution for the upcoming fall semester.
How to Apply: Download the application on the website and return the completed form together with all additional documentation. Applicants are also required to submit 2 letters of recommendation and an essay.
Unigo $10K Scholarship
Open to: Anyone 13 years of age or older at the time of application.
Application Requirements: Applicants must be legal residents of the United States and be currently enrolled (or enroll no later than the fall of 2024) in an accredited postsecondary institution.
Deadline: December 31 st
Award Amount and Terms: A one-time award of $10,000 is paid to the institution attended by the recipient.
How to Apply: Complete the application on the website. Applicants must also write an essay of 250 words or less on the current writing prompt.
Scholarships for First-Gen College Students
Students who are the first people in their families to attend college establish a new path for others to follow in their footsteps. These scholarships help students establish a new norm for students and their families by easing the financial burdens associated with higher education.
The Kim and Harold Louie Family Foundation Scholarship Program
Open to: High school students and current college students who will be attending a college or university in the United States as a freshman in the upcoming academic year.
Application Requirements: Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher, a minimum SAT score of 1200 (out of 1600) or 1800 (out of 2400), or a minimum ACT score of 25. Special consideration is given to applicants whose parents did not attend college, are current U.S. military service members, or U.S. veterans. Applicants with a demonstrated financial need or a documented significant disability will also be favored.
Deadline: End of March; visit the Louie Family website for details.
Award Amount and Terms: A total of approximately $100,000 is distributed among recipients. Individual award amounts vary each year.
How to Apply: Complete the application on the website. Applicants are also required to submit a 300-500-word essay based on the current writing prompt.
The McKelvey Fou http://www.mckelveyfoundation.org/ ndation Scholarship
Open to: High school seniors who will be the first in their families to attend college.
Application Requirements: Students pursuing careers in all fields can apply. Preference is given to students who have proven to dedicated and involved in their communities and have limited financial resources.
Deadline: Deadlines vary each year. Visit the McKelvey website for details.
Award Amount and Terms: A total of 125 scholarships valued at $12,000 each are awarded. The awards must be applied toward attendance at a 4-year college in the recipients’ home states.
Scholarships for Single Parents
Scholarships for single parents typically target women who are trying to improve their living situations by earning an education. Financial support often can cover educational costs as well as other expenses , since personal responsibilities can prevent single parents from having the time and money to return to school.
Soroptomist Live Your Dream Award
Open to: Undergraduate female students of all majors who are the sole providers for their families.
Application Requirements: Applicants must be able to prove financial need and that they’re the primary provider for themselves and their dependents. They must be enrolled in or accepted to a vocational/skills training program or undergraduate degree program. Applicants must reside in the U.S. or one of Soroptomist’s member countries or territories.
Deadline: November 15
Award Amount and Terms: Local club awards are $1,000, regional-level awards are either $3,000 or $5,000, and 3 national awards of $10,000 also are given. Recipients have the potential to receive up to $16,000 total. Funds can be used to pay for tuition, student loans, reliable childcare, or any expenses that may be interfering with the recipient’s ability to attend school.
How to Apply: Complete the application on the website. Applicants must also submit an essay of 750 words or less related to the challenges they’ve faced and how the award will help them live their dreams.
Women’s Independence Scholarship Program, Inc.
Open to: Single mothers with young children who have survived domestic violence and want to return to school to become self-sufficient.
Application Requirements: Applicants must be separated from an abusive partner for at least 1 year, but not more than 7 years. They must maintain a grade point average of 2.75 or higher to apply. Applicants must also demonstrate financial need.
Deadline: Online applications are accepted on a continuous basis. New submissions are reviewed in about 2 months.
Award Amount and Terms: Awards vary between $250 and $5,000. Funds are paid directly to the recipient and can be used for tuition, books, and other college fees.
Scholarships for Women
Women occupy more than 86% of nursing positions in the United States in 2021, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Nursing offers women a wide range of opportunities for long-term employment, specialization, and advancement. These scholarships support women who are dedicated to making a difference in the field of healthcare.
Steven Bufton Memorial Educational Fund Legacy Scholarship
Open to: Female students in their freshman or sophomore year of a nursing degree program.
Application Requirements: Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. A minimum of 3 qualified applicants must complete the application process for the scholarship to be awarded.
Deadline: Deadlines vary each year. Visit the Stephen Bufton website for details.
Award Amount and Terms: National scholarships are awarded each year in the amounts of $5,000–$10,000.
Scholarships for Men
As the demand for qualified nurses increases and career opportunities expand, more men are considering a career in this predominantly female field. Men account for about 14% of all RNs, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. These scholarships support men as they develop the skills that will allow them to make an impact as nurses.
Nursing.org Breaking Barriers Scholarship for Men in Nursing
Open to: Male students actively enrolled in an accredited nursing program.
Application Requirements: All applicants must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years old at the time of application. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. Recipients must demonstrate outstanding character, ability, and confidence in nursing.
Deadline: Early August; visit the Unigo website for details.
Award Amount and Terms: A one-time award of $500 is paid to the recipient’s school. The recipient must participate in 2 brief interviews with a representative from Nursing.org. The first interview occurs at the time of the award and the second occurs 6 months later.
How to Apply: Complete the application on the website. Applicants must also complete an essay in response to a writing prompt.
American Association for Men in Nursing (AAMN)
Open to: Undergraduate and graduate male students currently enrolled in an accredited nursing program who are AAMN members.
Application Requirements: Applicants must be attending an accredited university and have completed at least 1 academic term. Graduate nursing students include RN students pursuing a master’s, doctor of nursing practice, or PhD.
Deadline: Deadlines vary each year. Visit the AAMN website for details.
Award Amounts and Terms: 2 undergraduate scholarships of $1,000 each and 1 graduate scholarship of $1,5000 are awarded. The recipient of the graduate scholarship must present a 15-minute presentation at the AAMN annual conference or a 60-minute webinar to the AAMN membership on “Improving Men’s Health.”
How to Apply: Complete the application on the website. Applicants must also submit an essay on the current writing prompt.
Scholarships for Veterans
Veterans seeking a career in nursing can earn scholarships intended to provide financial rewards in recognition of the contributions they made to their country. These financial rewards can be key to helping veterans re-enter the workforce. Some veterans’ scholarships extend eligibility to veterans’ parents, spouses and children.
Army Nurse Corps Association (ANCA) Scholarship
Open to: Students currently enrolled in a baccalaureate or advanced nursing or nurse anesthesia program who are serving or have served in any branch of the U.S. Army, along with their parents, spouses and children.
Application Requirements: Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Since the Army Nurse Corps does not have a relationship with the U.S. Army, the recipient does not have a military service obligation. Individuals receiving funding from a component of the U.S. Army are not eligible to apply.
Deadline: Deadlines vary each year. Current information is posted on the ANCA website every year in the fall.
Award Amount and Terms: Award amounts are one-time payments of $3,000.
How to Apply: Submit an application and required supporting documents online. Academic and personal letters of recommendation, a personal statement, and documentation of military service are also required.
Purple Heart Scholarship Program
Open to: Purple Heart recipients who are members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH), their spouses, widow/widower or direct lineal descendants.
Application Requirements: Must be a graduate or upcoming graduate (current senior) of a high school or GED program, accepted or enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited U.S. college, university or trade school, have at least a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or greater on a 4.0 scale.
Deadline: Deadlines vary each year. Check MOPH’s website for details.
Award Amount and Terms: The MOPH awards varying amounts to multiple winners each year.
How to Apply: Complete an application on MOPH’s website, which may include a personal essay and letter(s) of recommendation.
VFW’s Sport Clips Help a Hero Scholarship
Open to: Active duty, honorably discharged, retired, National Guard, or Reserve members who are currently enrolled or accepted in a VA-approved program or school at an accredited postsecondary institution are eligible.
Application Requirements: Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have completed basic training and follow-on training. Only those military members separated with or currently holding a military rank of E-5 or below can apply. Applicants must also have a financial need.
Deadline: April 30 for the fall scholarship and November 15 for the spring scholarship.
Award Amount and Terms: Awards are valued at $5,000. Funds are paid directly to the school and must be used for school tuition and fees. How to Apply: Complete the online application. A current FAFSA report must also be filed.
Scholarships for Minority Students
Scholarships for minority students help create a more diverse community of nursing professionals. Some scholarships are open to all minorities, while others target one specific group. These scholarships help to increase opportunities for students who are underrepresented in this field.
Asian American / Pacific Islander Nurses Association Scholarship
Open to: Any member of AAPINA pursuing an undergraduate or graduate nursing degree.
Application Requirements: Two years of AAPINA membership and a currently active member, enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate (master’s or doctoral) nursing program, and evidence of excellent academic performance (GPA > 3.5/4.0).
Deadline: Deadline varies each year. Check AAPINA’s site for details.
Award Amount and Terms: One time award of $500 to one winner.
How to Apply: Applicants must submit their CV, a personal essay and two letters of recommendation to the Chair of the Awards Committee. Refer to AAPINA’s website for their email address.
Minority Nurse Scholarship Program
Open to: Third- and fourth-year minority nursing students enrolled in an accredited BSN program in the United States or an accelerated program leading to a BSN degree, such as RN-to-BSN or BA-to-BSN . Students enrolled in the third or fourth year of an accelerated master’s entry program for nursing with bachelor’s degrees in fields other than nursing are also eligible.
Application Requirements: Applicants must be a racial or ethnic minority. They must also be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Deadline: Deadlines vary each year. Visit the Minority Nurse website for details.
Award Amount and Terms: 2 scholarships for $1,000 and 1 scholarship for $3,000 are awarded. Funds are disbursed in the summer to be applied toward the fall semester.
How to Apply: Download and complete the application form on the website. Applicants must also submit a 250-word personal statement and a letter of recommendation. The application must be mailed.
National American Arab Nurses Association Scholarships for Nursing Study
Open to: Students that have accepted or enrolled in a nursing program of nearly any level (associate to doctoral) and have Arab heritage.
Application Requirements: Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S., have a GPA of 3.0 or greater, be able to demonstrate academic or professional leadership and evidence contribution to the healthcare of the Arab-American community.
Deadline: Exact deadline varies each year. Check NAANA’s website for details.
Award Amount and Terms: Multiple winners will receive scholarships in the amount of $500-$1000.
How to Apply: Submit an an application online via email which includes transcripts of all postsecondary schooling and writing a one to two page personal essay.
NSCDA American Indian Nurse Scholarship Program
Open to: Undergraduate and graduate nursing students enrolled in an accredited 2- or 4-year nursing program who are at least a quarter American Indian and enrolled in a tribe. Applicants not enrolled in a tribe who can prove direct tribal ancestry will be considered.
Application Requirements: Applicants must be in good academic standing in pre-nursing or a healthcare or health education program. Students pursuing associate degrees must expect to graduate in 2 years, while those pursuing bachelor’s degrees must graduate in 4 years. Applicants must also prove financial need and a career goal directly related to the needs of the Native American people. Recipients of an Indian Health Service Scholarship are not eligible to apply.
Deadline: June 1 for the fall scholarship and December 1 for the spring scholarship.
Award Amount and Terms: Winners receive $1,500 per semester. Once accepted, students can reapply for funds each semester as long as they remain in good academic standing. Funds are paid directly to the recipient’s school to be used for tuition, books, and educational program fees.
How to Apply: Complete the application on the website and submit required documents online.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Open to: High school seniors, undergraduate students, community college students transferring to 4-year universities, and graduate students of Hispanic heritage. All majors and graduate fields are accepted, with an emphasis on STEM majors.
Application Requirements: Applicants must be enrolled or plan to enroll in an accredited, non-profit, 4-year university or graduate school during the fall of a scholarship cycle. High school students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, while college and graduate students must have a minimum of 2.5 Applications are open to U.S. citizens, permanent legal residents, and DACA or eligible non-citizens (as defined by FAFSA). The awards are based on merit.
Deadline: Early April; visit the HSF website for details.
Award Amount and Terms: Award amounts range from $500 to $5,000.
How to Apply: Complete the online profile for application.
National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) Nursing Scholarships
Open to: Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a nursing program who are NBNA members.
Application Requirements: Applicants must be in good scholastic standing at the time of application and have 1 full year of school remaining. The NBNA offers 17 individual scholarships every year. Specific eligibility criteria differ for each scholarship.
Deadline: Deadlines vary each year; visit the NBNA website for details.
Award Amount and Terms: Award amounts range between $1,000 and $6,000. Terms vary by individual scholarship.
How to Apply: Complete the application on the website. A 2-page written essay and letters of recommendation are also required.
Scholarships for Students with Disabilities
Open to: Full-time students with a documented disability who have applied or have been admitted to a college or university program.
Application Requirements: Undergraduate students receive preference. Applicants must demonstrate their commitment to the nursing studies and career excellence. Several scholarships are awarded. Visit the website to determine individual scholarship criteria.
Deadline: June 1
Award Amount and Terms: A one-time award in an amount ranging between $250 and $500.
How to Apply: Applicants must complete a 1–2-page essay on how they plan to contribute to the nursing profession and how their disability influences their practice as nurses. Medical verification of a disability is required as part of the application. Completed applications must be submitted by mail.
DisABLEDperson Inc. Scholarship
Open to: Full-time students enrolled in a 2- or 4-year accredited college or university in the United States. Part-time students who can’t attend school full-time because of their disability can also apply.
Application Requirements: Applicants must register on disABLEDperson.com and become a community member prior to accessing an application. Award recipients must provide proof of disability.
Deadline: Deadlines vary each year; visit the DisABLEDperson website for details.
Award Amount and Terms: A $2,000 scholarship is awarded during each competition period.
How to Apply: Register and complete the application on the website. Applicants must also complete an essay of 1,000 words or less in response to the writing prompt.
Many scholarships are open to international students as well as U.S. residents who aren’t citizens. These awards help to expand the pool of nursing professionals to include a diverse population.
R&D Systems Scholarship
Open to: Students pursuing a baccalaureate, graduate, associate degree, or diploma in nursing or any science-related field are eligible.
Application Requirements: Applicants must have a major declared in nursing or a science-related field at the time of application. The scholarship is open to applicants worldwide.
Deadline: There are 2 deadlines each year; visit the R&D website for details.
Award Amount and Terms: A $1,500 scholarship is awarded to 1 student in the fall semester and 1 student in the spring semester.
How to Apply: Complete the application on the website. Applicants must also write a personal statement of 500 words or less and answer a writing prompt.
Gallagher Student Health Careers Scholarship Program
Open to: All full-time undergraduate students pursuing their first degrees from an accredited 4-year institution and have at least 2 full semesters leading up to graduation.
Application Requirements: The scholarship is open to non-U.S. residents and international students who are studying at a U.S.-based institution of higher education.
Deadline: Deadlines vary each year; visit the Gallagher website for details.
Award Amount and Terms: There are 6 $7,500 scholarships are awarded each year. The awards are distributed in 2 parts. The first half is awarded for the fall semester and the second for the spring semester. Funds are paid directly to the recipients.
How to Apply: Download and complete the application on the website. Applicants must also submit a financial aid form and a 500-word essay related to their choice of career in healthcare. Also required are 2 letters of recommendation. All documents must be mailed and received by the deadline.
Regional & State Scholarships
The current nursing shortage continues to create a high demand for registered nurses across the country. In response, many public and private organizations offer geographically specific scholarships to help increase the number of nursing professionals in that area. Some regional awards require that recipients work for a period of time in the specified area to help remedy nursing shortages there.
Wherever you live, there are likely to be regional and state scholarships available. Unfortunately, we can’t list them all here, but you can find options with a quick Google search for scholarships in your state. Here are a few notable examples to give you a preview of what you might find.
California Health Professionals Education Foundation (HPEF)
Open to: Nursing students attending qualified nursing programs in California.
Application Requirements: The HPEF administers 6 scholarship programs. Eligibility criteria differ by scholarship. The awards may require a period of service to a medically underserved community upon graduation.
Deadline: The scholarship cycle opens on January 2, however deadlines varies each year. Visit the HPEF website for details.
Award Amount and Terms: Award amounts vary by individual scholarship.
How to Apply: Complete the appropriate application on the website.
Georgia Nurses Foundation and Georgia Nurses Association Nursing Scholarship Awards
Open to: Full- or part-time undergraduate and graduate students who are residents of Georgia and enrolled in an accredited nursing program.
Application Requirements: The organizations co-sponsor 3 separate scholarships: the Katherine Pope Scholarship for a non-RN student seeking a baccalaureate degree in nursing; the Annie Lou Overton Scholarship for an RN student seeking a baccalaureate degree in nursing; and the Kathryn Suggs Chance Leonard Scholarship for students pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree in nursing. Undergraduate applicants must have a GPA of at least 2.5, while graduate applicants require a GPA of 3.0 in prior nursing education. Additional requirements for each scholarship are available on the website.
Deadline: June 15. Scholarships are awarded every 2 years, on odd years only.
Award Amount and Terms: Award amounts vary by year, though a minimum of $500 is guaranteed for each recipient. Payment is made directly to recipients.
How to Apply: Each scholarship requires a separate application available on the website. A scholarship recommendation form must accompany all submissions.
Kaiser Permanente Healthcare Career Scholarship
Open to: High school seniors at each of 139 eligible high schools in the Kaiser Permanente Northwest service area, which spans north of Longview, Washington to Eugene, Oregon.
Application Requirements: Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and plan to pursue a healthcare career full-time at a non-profit U.S. accredited college or university. No proof of U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residency is required. Consideration is given to diverse students and those from economically or socially disadvantaged backgrounds.
Deadline: Early December. Registration opens in September with more details.
Award Amount and Terms: A winner is chosen from each of the 139 eligible high schools. The one-time awards range from $2,000 to $10,000. Awards from $5,000 to $10,000 are for the most qualified applicants and are split between 2 payments in the fall of the first and second years of college. After their second year of college, recipients can apply for an additional one-time scholarship for their third year and or a paid summer internship at Kaiser Permanente.
Nursing Foundation of Pennsylvania (NFP) Scholarships
Open to: Undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate nursing students attending a nursing school in Pennsylvania.
Application Requirements: The NFP administers several scholarships with various application criteria. Specific eligibility requirements for each scholarship are on the website. Separate applications are needed for each scholarship.
Deadline: The scholarship cycle opens on January 1, however deadlines varies each year. Visit the NFP website for details.
Award Amounts and Terms: Award amounts vary by scholarship.
How to Apply: Complete the appropriate applications available on the website. Additional requirements vary depending on the scholarship selected.
Pride Foundation Scholarship
Open to: Residents of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon or Washington who are pursuing postsecondary education in the following school year and who identify as LGBTQ+.
Application Requirements: Must submit three essays, a resume and an academic transcript (transcripts required for WA residents only).
Deadline: Exact deadline varies each year. Check the Pride Foundation’s website for details.
Award Amount and Terms: Multiple people are selected to win varying amounts. In 2021, they awarded scholarships to 108 students totaling $705,000.
How to Apply: Create an account and submit an application through their online portal.
Many scholarships don’t have GPA requirements or consider academic experience. These scholarships can be valuable to students whose GPAs don’t reflect their educational commitments. They can also even the odds for older applicants, whose most recent GPA may be years or even decades old and not representative of their current scholastic abilities.
Niche Nursing Scholarship
Open to: All high school and college students interested in studying nursing.
Application Requirements: Applicants must have a current free account on the scholarship search website Niche. Applicants without an account must create one to access the application. There are no essay, recommendation, or minimum GPA requirements.
Deadline: December 31
Award Amount and Terms: A $500 scholarship is awarded each year.
How to Apply: Complete the application on the website, accessible via your Niche account.
Graduate & Doctoral Nursing Scholarships
Nursing students pursuing graduate and doctoral degrees may have drained their financial resources to earn their bachelor’s degrees. For others, the prospect of borrowing tuition money may mean adding to existing undergraduate student loans. These scholarships support nurses in taking the next step in their education so they can work in advanced roles in clinical practice or administration.
Nurses Educational Funds, Inc. (NEF) Scholarships
Open to: Full- or part-time master’s or doctoral students who are pursuing a degree in nursing.
Application Requirements: The NEF Board of Directors reviews application for more than 20 scholarships for advanced degrees in nursing. Some scholarships concentrate on areas of specialization. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, maintain a minimum GPA of 3.6, and have a current RN license from any U.S. state. National professional nursing association membership is also required.
Deadline: Deadlines vary each year; visit the NEF website for details.
Award Amount and Terms: Award amounts vary and range up to full tuition depending on the scholarship received.
How to Apply: Complete the application on the website. A $20 application fee via PayPal is required. Applicants must also submit 3 reference forms and a personal essay of 750–850 words in length.
Uniform Advantage-GNSA Scholarship
Open to: Members of the Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA) who are seeking a master’s or doctoral degree.
Application Requirements: Must currently be enrolled in a graduate nursing program, a GNSA member, have a GPA of 3.5 or greater and be a U.S. citizen.
Deadline: January 31 and September 30.
Award Amount and Terms: Two $2500 scholarships are awarded, one in spring and one in fall.
How to Apply: Submit an application online which requires providing one academic or professional reference and writing a 500 word essay.
Other Financial Resources
While scholarships can make a significant contribution toward easing your financial burden, you can supplement scholarship awards by applying for financial aid, private or school-based grants, student loans, and work-study opportunities to help bridge the gap between your available resources and outstanding bills. The Federal Student Aid website offers a FAFSA4caster tool to help you determine your eligibility for federal student aid. Most colleges require that you file a FAFSA to qualify for any type of financial assistance.
If you’ve incurred debt from your nursing education, you may be eligible for reimbursement from programs that offer nursing student loan forgiveness . This option may also be available from regional or state health organizations, as well as individual employers, as an incentive to work in a specific geographic area or individual healthcare location.
Use the “Find Schools” button to find a nursing program near you, and visit our nursing financial aid guide for more resources.
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The 50 Best Nursing Scholarships in 2023
Dec 13 2022
Personal Finance / Nursing Scholarships
Getting into nursing school is one thing. Paying for it is something else.
You’ll likely pay your nursing school fees in many ways: savings, loans , tuition reimbursement from your job , grants, or scholarships.
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Advanced Practice Healthcare Scholarship Program
Amount : Up to $25,000/per year (can be awarded up to three times) Deadline: October 31, 2022
Available to : The APHSP is available to potential nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and nurse midwives who attend a California Board or committee-approved program.
- Be enrolled in a minimum of six units, or its equivalent until program completion;
- Maintain a GPA of 2.0 or greater until program completion;
- Graduate after June 30, 2023;
- Not have any other existing service obligations with other entities, including other HCAI programs;
- Not be in breach of any other health professional service obligation;
- Commit to providing a twelve-month service obligation in a medically under-served area upon graduating;
- Provide 32 hours or more per week of direct patient care upon graduating.
How to apply: Complete the online application and provide additional information as requested.
AfterCollege/American Association of Colleges of Nursing Scholarship
Amount: $2,500 awarded each quarter Deadline: March 31, June 30, September 30, December 31, 2022
Available to: The AfterCollege/AACN Scholarship is for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in nursing. Special consideration will go to graduate students who want to be nurse educators, students completing an RN-to-BSN or RN-to-MSN program, and those enrolled in an accelerated program.
Requirements: All applicants must be enrolled (not just accepted) at an AACN member institution . To check if your school is a member, see AACN Members .
How to Apply: Complete the online application and provide additional information as requested.
American Nephrology Nurses Association – Career Mobility Scholarships
Amount: Five scholarships at $2,000 Deadline: October 15, 2022
Available to: The ANNA Career Mobility Scholarship is available for ANNA members who are in the pursuit of either a BSN or advanced degree.
- Current full member of ANNA, having been a member for a minimum of the last 2 years as of the awards/scholarship application deadline date;
- Actively involved in nephrology nursing related health care services;
- Accepted or enrolled in a baccalaureate or higher degree program in nursing.
How to Apply: Complete the online application for this nursing school scholarship and provide additional information as requested.
Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses Foundation (AORN) Scholarship
Amount: Varies by student Deadline : Mid-June, visit the AORN website for more details
Available to: The AORN Scholarship is available to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a career in perioperative nursing. The student has to be enrolled in an accredited bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree program.
Requirements: Applicants need to be interested in perioperative nursing and plan on continuing their education in the field. They must have a 3.0 GPA or higher. Applicants with financial needs are given more of a priority.
How to Apply : Complete the online application for this nursing school scholarship and provide additional information as requested.
AvaCare Medical Scholarship
Amount: $1,000 Deadline: December 15, 2022
Available to: Students who are pursuing a degree in the medical field.
- Citizen of the United States or in possession of an Alien Registration Card;
- High school senior or enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university;
- Achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0;
- Pursuing a degree in the medical field such as therapy, nursing, medicine, nutrition, laboratory science, dentistry, health law, etc.
Although all students with the above criteria are welcome to apply for this nursing school scholarship, preference will be given to students with a physical disability .
Barbara Rhomberg Nursing Scholarship
Amount: $1,000 Deadline : April 30, 2023
Available to: This nursing school scholarship is awarded to non-traditional, full-time students pursuing undergraduate degrees in nursing.
Requirements: Students must have started their undergraduate studies three years or more after graduating from high school.
How to Apply: Complete the online application and provide additional information as requested.
California Emergency Nurses Association
Amount : Varies Deadline : July 31, 2023
Available to : The California ENA awards two scholarships each year.
The Terri Sturgill Scholarship is awarded to a non-nurse enrolled in a nursing program and pursuing an initial RN license.
The Daniel Kelleher Scholarship is awarded to someone who has an RN license, is enrolled in a nursing program, and has shown commitment to the ENA.
Requirements: Applicants must be a member of the California ENA and match the criteria for each scholarship.
How to Apply : Complete the online application and provide additional information as requested.
Coursey Enterprises Student Scholarships
Amount : $250 each semester Deadline : Fall nursing school scholarships must apply between February 1st and June 1st. They will be awarded in September. Spring scholarships must apply between September 1st and December 1st. They will be awarded in January.
Available to : The Coursey Enterprises Student Scholarship is for first-year nursing students enrolled in an RN or LPN program.
Requirements: Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
Dare to Soar Career Mobility Scholarship
Amount: $1,000 Deadline: October 15, 2022
Available to: The DARE to Soar Mobility Scholarship is available to American Nephrology Nurse Association (ANNA) members pursuing a bachelor’s or graduate degree.
DAR Caroline E. Holt Nursing Scholarship
Amount : $2,500 Deadline : Beginning of November – end of January for next school year
Available to: The DAR Caroline E. Holt Nursing Scholarship is for students who have been accepted or are currently enrolled in an accredited school of nursing and are in financial need.
Requirements: Students need to prove financial need and provide a letter of acceptance to a nursing program or current transcript.
ENA Foundation Scholarships
Amount: Between $1,000 and $10,000 Deadline: Academic Scholarships: March 1-April 29; Conference Scholarships: March 14-April 18
Available to: The ENA Foundation Scholarships are available to members and nonmembers seeking to further their education with degrees ranging from associates to doctoral degrees, as well as conference scholarships for members interested in attending ENA’s annual education and networking event.
Requirements: Applicants who are Emergency Nurses Association members in good academic standing qualify for all scholarships , along with additional criteria ; nonmembers may apply to non-RN scholarships and one undergraduate one.
The Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association General Scholarship
Amount : Up to $10,000 Deadline : February 11, 2023
Available to : This nursing school scholarship is available to current U.S. students. These scholarships typically reflect a specific area of specialization within the nursing profession such as oncology, critical care, emergency nursing, or a certain population of the nursing profession that is often underrepresented who plan on focusing on a specialty area.
- Students currently enrollment and matriculated in a state-approved nursing program leading to an associate degree, baccalaureate, diploma, direct-entry master’s degree; or enrolled in an RN to BSN completion, RN to MSN completion, or LPN/LVN to RN program;
(Matriculation means the student has applied to and has been admitted into a state-approved nursing program. Students in an accelerated program must graduate after July 1, 2023, to be eligible.)
- 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
Geraldine “Polly” Bednash Scholarship
Amount: $5,000 Deadline: January 31, April 30, July 31, and October 31
Available to: This nursing school scholarship is for students enrolled in a bachelor’s or higher degree program accredited with the AACN member institution affiliated with CastleBranch .
- Maintain at least a 3.2 grade point average in current program or at last school attended;
- Be admitted or enrolled in a baccalaureate or higher degree nursing program at an AACN member institution affiliated with CastleBranch , OR have submitted your application to a nursing school through NursingCAS .
How to apply : Complete the online application and provide additional information as requested.
HealthGrad.com Leadership Scholarship
Amount: $1,000 Deadline: Typically in May each year
Available to: Any undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in a healthcare-related field of study.
Requirements: Applications will be reviewed by scholarship staff. Candidates are judged on academic history, extracurricular activities, employment history & essay. Here is a quick breakdown of all criteria involved in picking winning candidates:
- Completed Registration
- Completed Essay
- Work History and Activities
- GPA (min 3.2 on a 4.0 scale)
Health Resources & Services Administration Nurse Corps Scholarship Program
Amount: Full-ride scholarship Deadline : Varies by year
Available to: These two nursing school scholarships are available to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in nursing.
Requirements: Applicants must agree to work in a critical shortage facility after graduation. Students must also be U.S. citizens and enrolled full-time. Additionally, applicants must have a goal of being a physician, dentist, nurse practitioner , nurse-midwife, or physician assistant.
Hurst Reviews/AACN Nursing Scholarship
Amount: Two nursing school scholarships in the amount of $2,500 will be awarded twice yearly Deadline: January 15 and July 15
Available to: The scholarship program is available to prelicensure students enrolled at member AACN schools. Visit this website to find out if a school is a member.
Requirements: Applicants must be enrolled in an AACN school.
Janel Parker Career Mobility Scholarship
Amount: $2,500 Deadline: October 15, 2022
Available to: Members of the American Nephrology Nurses’ Association who are pursuing a BSN or advanced degree in nursing.
- Candidates must apply for the scholarship;
Josh Gottheil Bone Marrow Transplant Development Award
Amount: Four $2,000 scholarships Deadline: June 15, 2023
Available to: Non-advanced practice level registered nurses working in bone marrow transplantation by providing financial assistance to attend nursing continuing professional development that will further the nurses’ professional goals as they relate to transplant nursing.
- Currently employed as a registered nurse working in bone marrow transplantation with a minimum of 75% devoted to direct patient care. Preference will be given to non-advanced practice (bedside) nurses;
- One or more years in BMT nursing practice prior to application due date.
NNCC Career Mobility Scholarship
Amount: $3,000 Deadline: October 15, 2022
- Candidates must apply for the scholarships;
- Accepted or enrolled in a baccalaureate or higher degree program in nursing;
- Candidates must hold current certification through the Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission (NNCC).
Nurses Make a Difference Scholarship
Amount: $1,000 Deadline: August 1, 2023
Available to: This nursing school scholarship is available for current students in an undergraduate nursing degree program at an accredited college or university, or high school students who have been accepted into a college and plan to study nursing.
Requirements: All applicants must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and be a legal resident of the USA or hold a valid student visa.
How to Apply: Complete the online application and provide additional information as requested. Submit an application online along with an essay. This is an essay contest with a different topic each year.
Ruth Abernathy Presidential Scholarship
Amount: $1,250 for undergraduates and $1,750 for graduates Deadline: October 15, 2022
Available to: This nursing school scholarship is available to undergraduate and graduate students who are members of SHAPE America. Applicants must be majoring in the field of health, physical education, recreation, or dance.
- Applicant must be a current member of SHAPE America. Students may join at the time of application;
- Applicant must be majoring in the field of health, physical education, recreation or dance;
- Graduate applicant must be enrolled in a matriculated full-time master’s or doctoral program (Doctoral candidates working on their dissertation must be no more than one year beyond coursework completion);
- Undergraduate applicant must have college junior or senior class standing;
- Applicant must have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 overall on a 4.0-grade point scale.
How to Apply: Complete the graduate or undergraduate online application and provide additional information as requested.
Stephanie Carroll Scholarship
Amount: Varies Deadline: April 15, 2023
Available to: This nursing school scholarship is available to nursing students enrolled in an accredited nursing program who are pursuing Long Term Care or Geriatrics.
- Applicants must practice in long-term care/post-acute care for at least two years after graduation;
- Applicant must show proof of acceptance for the upcoming school year and accreditation;
- Applicant must include a list of school-related expenses with final total;
- Applicants must submit with their application, a double-spaced typed/word-processed essay of no less than 100 words that addresses why the candidate wants to become a nurse and their commitment to the nursing profession, including goals for nursing career after graduation.
Tylenol Future Care Scholarship
Amount: $5,000 – $10,000 Deadline: July 30, 2023
Available to : This nursing school scholarship will be awarded to students and practitioners who are seeking a degree to actively treat patients.
- Must be a resident of the United States, Puerto Rico or the District of Columbia;
- A graduate student or college senior enrolling in graduate school in the upcoming academic year;
- Provide proof of enrollment in a graduate program for nursing, medical and/or pharmacy;
- Must have one or more years of school remaining.
How to Apply: Complete the online application and provide additional information as requested. More information can be found here .
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APU S. Evelyn Lewis Memorial Scholarship in Medical Health Sciences
Amount: Between $500 and $1,000. Deadline: February 1, 2023
Available to : This nursing school scholarship is available to women enrolled in a program leading to a degree in medicine or health sciences
- Submit three letters of recommendation;
- Official transcripts from all universities/colleges attended;
- Essay of 150 words or more addressing information about themselves, community service activities, educational goals and aspirations;
- Copy of W-2 form;
- Must prove community service hours.
Past National President’s Scholarship National Scholarship in Memory of Beloved Member, Sheri Parrack Nancy Griffin Legacy Endowment National Scholarship in Honor of First Responders
Amount: Between $2,000 to $5,000 Deadline: May 15, 2023
Available to: These four scholarships are part of THE STEPHEN BUFTON MEMORIAL EDUCATIONAL FUND for women who are pursuing post-secondary educational goals as well as ongoing professional development in order to support their career advancement and to help them become role models, mentors, and leaders of the future. The National Scholarship in Honor of First Responders is available to those pursuing a medical (nursing, technology) degree.
- Female, U.S. citizen;
- At least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale;
- At least a college Freshman in August 2023;
- Attending an accredited U.S. college or university that offers at least a baccalaureate degree in August 2023;
- For the National Scholarship in Honor of First Responders – must be going into the medical field (nursing, technology, etc.).
American Association for Men in Nursing (AAMN) Scholarships
Deadline: August 19, 2023
- An AAMN member going back to school who is, or plans to be, a faculty member in a school of nursing;
- An AAMN member going to school to become an LPN/LVN or RN (pre-licensure).
Applicant must submit documentation providing or showing the following:
- Financial Need
- Academic Status
- Professional Associations
- Volunteer & Community Services
- Honors, Awards & Scholarships
- Personal Statement – 500 words
- Reference Letter – 300 words
Nursing.org Breaking Barriers Scholarship for Men in Nursing
Amount: $500 annually, non-renewable Deadline: August 1, 2023
Available to: This nursing school scholarship is available for U.S. men who are majoring in nursing.
Requirements: Selection for the award is based primarily on academic achievement (GPA 3.5 or higher) and responses to the short answer and essay questions.
AAHD Frederick J. Krause Scholarship on Health and Disability
Amount: $1,000 Deadline: March 1, 2023
Available to: Awarded annually to deserving students who have a disability and who are enrolled in undergraduate or graduate studies in an accredited American college or university.
- Applicant must have graduated high school and be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student. Applicant must have completed a minimum of one full year of undergraduate college or more. In other words, the applicant must have sophomore or greater status in a program at a college or university pursuing an undergraduate degree; or enrolled part time or full time in a graduate school, pursuing a post graduate degree;
- Applicant must have a disability as defined by the American with Disabilities Act and provide documentation to verify this;
- Applicant must be a US citizen or legal resident living in the United States and enrolled in an accredited United States college or university;
- Must provide a Personal Statement (maximum 2 pages, double spaced), including a brief personal history, educational/career goals, extra-curricular activities, and reasons why they should be selected by the AAHD Scholarship Committee;
- Applicant must provide two (2) Letters of Recommendation (One must be from a faculty member or academic advisor);
- Applicant must provide a copy of their most recent college transcript;
- For more specific details on criteria, please visit the scholarship program page.
Peter Gili Scholarship Award : A $500.00 scholarship will be awarded to a nursing student with a disability.
Caroline Simpson Maheady Scholarship Award : A $250.00 scholarship will be awarded to a nursing student with a disability. Preference will be given to an undergraduate student, of Scottish descent, who has demonstrated a commitment to working with people with disabilities.
ExceptionalNurse.com : A $250.00 scholarship will be awarded to a qualified student with a disability to continue their education in a nursing education program. Preference is given to undergraduate students. Applicants must demonstrate a serious commitment to the academic study of nursing and career excellence. This nursing school scholarship will only be awarded once.
Jill Laura Creedom Scholarship Award :
A $500 scholarship will be awarded to a nursing student with a disability or medical challenge. Applicants are encouraged to read Jill Creedon’s essay submitted with her application to the College of Nursing at Villanova University.
Anna May Rolando Scholarship Award : A $500.00 scholarship will be awarded to a nursing student with a disability. Preference will be given to a graduate student who has demonstrated a commitment to working with people with disabilities.
Bruno Rolando Scholarship Award : A $250.00 scholarship will be awarded to a nursing student with a disability. Preference will be given to a nursing student employed at a Veteran’s Hospital.
Mary Serra Gili Scholarship Award : A $250.00 scholarship will be awarded to a nursing student with a disability.
Genevieve Saran Richmond Award : A $500.00 scholarship will be awarded to a nursing student with a disability.
Deadline: June 1, 2023
General Requirements for all awards:
- Completed and signed application form;
- Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can personally attest to your academic abilities and personal character (non-relatives);
- Essay (approximately 1-2 pages);
- Official transcripts from high school and/or college;
- Medical Verification of Disability Form .
Amount: Varies by award
How to Apply: Complete an online application and provide additional information as requested.
DisABLEDperson Inc. Scholarship
Amount: $2,000 Deadline: November 16, 2022
Available to : In order to qualify for this nursing school scholarship , students must be enrolled full-time in a two- or four-year accredited college or university in the United States. They must be U.S. citizens. Part-time students can apply as long as attendance is due to their disability and not their financial situation (minimum of 6 credits for undergraduate, 6 credits for graduate).
Requirements: Applicants have to register on disABLEDperson.com and join as a community member before starting an application. Awardees must prove disability.
Nursing scholarships for LGBTQ+ people
The pride foundation.
Amount: Varies by scholarship Deadline: January 7
Available to: This nursing school scholarship program supports LGBTQ+ students who are leaders—in their own lives, in their families, in their home communities, in their fields of study, in their workplaces, or in movements for justice. The multiple awards provide essential financial resources and community support to inspirational LGBTQ+ student leaders across the Northwest.
- currently live within that state and have done so for at least three months prior to the application deadline; OR
- have lived within that state for at least one year at any time within the five years prior to the application deadline.
- Pursuing Post-Secondary Education: Applicants must be pursuing post-secondary education in the coming 2022-2023 school year. This includes community college, four-year public or private college or university, certificate programs, vocational/technical/trade programs, law school, medical/dental/veterinary school, or graduate education.
The Pride Foundation also has similar scholarships students may apply for. Check out the website for more information.
Amount: Varies by award Deadline: January 31, 2023
Available to: Three scholarships are awarded to students who are:
- Graduating high school seniors and recent high school graduates;
- Community college transfer students;
- Medical students;
- Be a resident of or attend a community college in northern or central California but may study elsewhere.
Requirements: Students must be in good academic standing and have never received an eQuality graduate student scholarship. Candidates must have served the LGBT+ community and experienced hardship or special circumstances. Specific requirements vary by award.
Army Nurse Corps Association (ANCA) Scholarship
Amount: $3,000 Deadline: Deadlines change every year (usually in late fall or early winter). The most up-to-date information is posted on the ANCA website yearly in the fall.
Available to: This nursing school scholarship is open to students who are enrolled in a bachelor, advanced nursing, or nurse anesthesia program who are serving or have served in any branch of the U..S. Army. This scholarship is also available to their parents, spouses, and children.
- Are serving or have previously served in any branch, at any rank, of a component of the US Army (Active Army, Army National Guard, or Army Reserve);
- Are not currently receiving funding by a component of the US Army (e.g., ROTC scholarship students and students receiving full GI Bill benefits are not eligible); and
- As applicable, have received an Honorable Discharge.
- Nursing or anesthesia students whose parent(s), spouse, or child(ren) have current or previous service in a component of the US Army.
VFW’s Sport Clips Help a Hero Scholarship
Amount: up to $5,000 Deadline: April 30 for the fall semester and November 15 for the spring semester
Available to: This scholarship helps active duty, honorably discharged, retired, National Guard, or Reserve members who are enrolled or admitted into a VA-approved program or school at an accredited institution are eligible.
- Be a citizen of the United States;
- Be retired, honorably discharged, active duty, or a member of the National Guard or Reserve;
- Have completed Basic Training and follow-on training (Advanced Individual Training, technical school, etc.);
- Separated with or currently hold a military rank of E-5 or below;
- Demonstrate a need for financial assistance;
- Participate in, be accepted to or currently enrolled in a VA-approved program or school at an accredited post-secondary institution.
How to Apply: Complete the online application and provide additional information as requested. Candidates must also submit a FAFSA report.
Abbott Scholarship Fund
Deadline: April 15, 2023 Amount: $10,000
Available to: Undergraduate and graduate nursing students can apply for up to 8 scholarships, depending on their education path. 5 $10,000 scholarships are available for nursing students, 2 for seeking to be a nurse practitioner and 1 for PhDs. The scholarship is offered in partnership between the Abbot Scholarship Fund and the National Black Nurses Association. Selection criteria include interest in clinical trials and primary care, volunteerism and the student’s background, financial need and academic performance.
Requirements: Students must be graduate or postgraduate students attending a university. Applicants must also be affiliated with the National Black Nurses Association.
American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES) A.T. Anderson Scholarship
Amount: $1,000 for undergraduate students, $2,000 for graduate students Deadline: May 31, 2023
Available to: AISES members pursuing any STEM-related degree such as Architecture, Mathematics, Medical Sciences, Physical Science, Technology, Nursing, Engineering, or Natural Resources.
- Applicants must be: an enrolled citizen or a descendant of an enrolled citizen of a federal or state-recognized American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native Village; or Native Hawaiian or descendant from a Native Hawaiian; or Pacific Islander or descendant from Pacific Islander; or Indigenous person of Canada. Enrollment documents and/or a copy of birth certificate(s) showing descendancy from an enrolled citizen, Indigenous group of Canada, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander are acceptable. Applicant may also, instead, provide a copy of their Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood or Certificate of Degree of Alaska Native Blood (CDIB) card. Please note, AISES may not always have scholarships available for non-citizens of the United States.
- All scholarships require applicants be current AISES members at the time of application. All applicants will be required to enter a valid AISES membership number. To get a membership number join AISES or retrieve your membership number through AISES Membership Portal . AISES membership is free for all pre-college and college students.
Requirements: Students must be full-time undergraduate or graduate students at an accredited two-year or four-year college/university and have a 3.0 or higher GPA.
BAND-AID® BRAND Champions for Health Equity Scholarships
Deadline: January 27, 2023 Amount: $10,000
Available to: Black nursing students pursuing a BSN or higher can apply for $10,000 grants. The BAND-AID® Brand Black Healthcare Heroes in Nursing Scholarship will be awarded to 5 students.
Requirements: Students must be studying for an undergraduate degree or higher at an accredited university.
Dr. Martha Dawson Genesis Scholarship
Deadline: April 15, 2023 Amount: $1,000
Available to: Black graduate or postgraduate students who are members of the National Black Nurses Association. Candidate may be an RN seeking master’s, DNP, PhD in leadership or EdD who are pursuing a role in leadership or administration.
NSCDA American Indian Nurse Scholarship (AINS) Program
Amount: Recipients receive $1,500 per semester. Students can receive the award every semester as long as they remain in good standing. Deadline: June 1 for the fall scholarship and December 1 for the spring scholarship.
Available to: This nursing school scholarship gives students of American Indian descent the opportunity to pursue careers in nursing. The students are expected to return to work among their people to help improve health care. Some students work on reservations, and others find employment in hospitals in areas largely populated by American Indians. The career goals now include not only nursing careers, but jobs in health care and health education, as well.
Requirements: Students must be enrolled in a pre-nursing, healthcare, or a health education program. Students enrolled in an associate’s degree program must graduate in two years. Students enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program must graduate in four years. Applicants must prove financial need and plan on working in a field that helps Native American people directly.
Healthline Stronger Scholarship
Amount: $5,000 Deadline: April 25, 2023
Available to: This scholarship is open to all students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program. Previously, it was focused upon students who identify as Black, Indigenous, Hispanic/Latinx, and Pacific Islander.
- Be a college junior or senior or graduate student in Fall 2022;
- Demonstrate leadership and community involvement;
- Demonstrate commitment to reducing health inequalities in their community.
William K. Schubert Minority Nursing Scholarship
Amount: $2,750 Deadline: April 30
Available to: This nursing school scholarship is available to those students who wish to increase the diversity of registered nurses at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center . The program grants awards annually to assist with tuition and fees for persons who are preparing to be pediatric registered nurses that provide patient care. The student should be a member of one of the underrepresented groups in the registered nursing profession. Underrepresented groups include male nurses/nursing students and nurses/nursing students who are American Indian or Alaskan Native, Black or African American, Hawaiian Native or other Pacific Islander, Hispanic or Latino, and/or Asian including Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Asian Indian, Thai, or Vietnamese/Southeast Asian.
Requirements: Student must be enrolled or accepted in a prelicensure registered nurse program (bachelor’s or master’s degree) at an accredited school of nursing on a full-time or part-time basis, earning a 2.75 GPA or better.
Do not forget about nursing grants. There are many state and federal government nursing grants. When exploring federal nursing grants, you will find all the information you need on the U.S. Department of Education website . There are different terms and conditions for each type of grant offered, so be sure to read all the fine print before applying. Lending Tree published an excellent resource, breaking down financial aid grants by state . You can use their handy guide to see what is available in your state.
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How to Write The Perfect Nursing Scholarship Essay
Writing a strong essay is one of the best ways to put yourself in the running to land a nursing scholarship .
But what does a strong essay look like? What does it include?
Continue reading to learn how to write a scholarship essay your reader won't be able to put down!
Here’s what we’ll cover:
Essential tips for writing your essay
The dos and don'ts of essay writing
A foolproof essay template you can have for free
Essential tips for writing your nursing essay
1. fully understand the requirements and criteria.
Before you write a single word, you must examine the application requirements and criteria.
First, you need to make sure that you meet all of the minimum requirements to avoid wasting any time.
If you do meet all of the requirements, you should go through the application with a fine tooth comb, making a note of the experience, skills, and qualifications required. Doing so will ensure you know what to focus on in your essay.
2. Create a solid essay outline
Armed with your notes, the next step is creating a working essay outline. Studies show that stories resonate well with humans and tend to be more impactful than facts or statistics alone in writing.
So, when you’re creating your outline, you should mark out a definitive beginning, middle, and end to keep your essay readers engaged and invested throughout. Here’s a basic outline structure for your reference:
- Beginning: Summarize why you’re applying for the scholarship and what you’re going to cover in your essay.
- Middle: Explain exactly why you want to be a nurse, and why you’re the ideal candidate. Cover the skills and experience requirements from the application brief and back them up with real-life examples.
- End: Finish strong by communicating why the institution offering the scholarship is the right fit for you, reiterate your passion for nursing, and finish with an impactful line that sticks in the memory.
3. Study the essays of past scholarship winners
Want to know the most overlooked, yet impactful, piece of advice for writing a great scholarship essay?
Read the essays of past scholarship winners if you can!
Doing so will give you an idea of what your reader is looking for in the essay.
Do they talk about their future nursing plans a lot? Do they share a very specific and personal story that led them to choose this career path?
Identifying the trends in previous winners’ essays will provide you with invaluable insight that you can use to write your own. In addition, pay attention to the following:
- How the essay is formatted
- How the essay is structured
- How the winning applicant communicated their skills and experience
- How the winning applicant approached their writing style in terms of language and sentence structure.
While you want to make sure you write your essay in your own words and your own voice, taking note of the elements other writers have included can help you craft your essay.
4. Be clear and concise
While you probably have a lot to write about, there is (generally) a word limit, typically 500 to 1000 words. This means that you must be extremely clear and concise with the words you choose.
To create the biggest possible impact with the fewest words, you should aim to use the active tense as much as possible. Not only will this make you sound confident but it will also prevent you from going off course and rambling.
Use action words where appropriate and be as ruthless as possible with your edits, chopping out any words, information or phrases that seem like fluff and filler words.
"One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple."— Jack Kerouac
5. Describe why you want to become a nurse
In the middle—or heart—of your essay, you will need to explain precisely why you want to become a nurse.
To get this essential element of your nursing scholarship essay just right, you will need to:
- Dig deep and consider your personal motivations for becoming a nurse
- Communicate which aspects of the job or vocation appeal to you most
- State the professional & personal challenges you want to overcome
- Offer a brief insight into your ultimate aims, goals or dreams as a nurse
Condensing this level of personal detail and passion into a paragraph or two is no easy feat, but by working through the above four exercises and leaving yourself enough time to create, arrange, and edit, you can do it.
Looking for scholarship examples online for inspiration is a good idea, but remember, this is about you and your motivations. If you simply copy & paste a template from the web, you will fail to make an impact. Don’t do it.
6. Share your plans for the future
Following on from your ‘why I want to become a nurse statement’, you should offer a deeper insight into your plans for the future.
Sharing your future plans and aspirations will showcase your passion as well as your long term commitment—so including this information in your nursing scholarship essay is essential.
Do you want to become head of a hospital department? Do you want to ultimately specialize in a particular area of nursing? Do you want to serve your local area and create community-driven nursing initiatives? Perhaps you want to make your mark in the education sector?
Only you know what your ultimate aspirations are, but the point is—make sure you include them in your essay.
7. Have a friend proofread your essay
Last but certainly not least in our nursing essay writing tips is proofreading.
A fresh set of eyes is always helpful when it comes to proofreading your essay, because you want it to be near perfect from start to finish. Having a trusted friend or mentor proofread your essay provides an opportunity to get feedback on your content and any potential errors or typos you may have missed.
Nursing scholarships essays: the dos and don’ts
To summarize our essential nursing scholarship essay writing tips, here some definitive dos and don’ts for your reference:
- Check the requirements and brief before you start writing.
- Make logical notes and create a working outline.
- Be clear, concise, and confident.
- Explain why you want to become a nurse and share your future aspirations.
- Carefully proof and edit your work. Have a trusted friend proofread your essay for you.
- Start writing until you’ve taken the time to absorb every piece of relevant information.
- Rush the process and submit your application without editing, redrafting and proofing.
- Forget that the essay is about your specific skills and experience. Don’t be too generic.
- Copy or plagiarize word for word. Using examples for inspiration is fine, copying is not.
A Basic template for nursing scholarship essays
For your guidance and inspiration, here’s a basic nursing scholarship essay template/outline to follow:
Summarize your intent for your application and what attracts you to the nursing profession.
Talk about your existing skills and experience based on the application brief, backing up your statements with an example or two.
Talk about activities or events you’ve participated in as well as practical skills that make you an excellent candidate. Again, use examples here.
Move onto your ‘why I want to become a nurse’ statement, followed by an insight into your career-based goals, aims, and aspirations.
State why you have the personal attributes to be a successful candidate, explain why you make an excellent fit for this particular scholarship and end with an impactful, emotive line that showcases your passion for nursing.
Best of luck…
Follow these guidelines and you’ll no doubt write an amazing essay that lands you the perfect nursing scholarship. If you need some more tips, feel free to reach out to our admission team at Labouré College.
We wish you the very best of luck and if you’re looking for more inspiration, read all about the 30 types of nurses employers are hiring right now .
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- On average, nursing school tuition can cost anywhere from $12,000-$100,000 per year depending on the degree level.
- If you are already enrolled in a nursing program (undergraduate or postgraduate), you are still eligible for many scholarships.
- Help your scholarship application stand out by making a strong impression and choosing the right references.
Scholarships are a great way to help fund your nursing education because they don't require repayment. Explore these 35 nursing scholarships available for the fall 2023 school year, and discover ways to make your application stand out.
How to Secure a Scholarship for Nursing School
Scholarships can be highly competitive and preference may be given to students based on how well they show that they meet the qualifications. Here’s three simple ways to make an impression:
- An essay introduction that is attention-grabbing (compelling or insightful) can make the difference. Just remember to stay focused on the requested topic.
- Choose references who truly know you and what you have to offer. Selecting references who do not know you that well can lead to a generic recommendation letter.
- Lastly, research the organization’s mission and values. Organizations want to know that you are a good fit. Show that your goals and vision for your future align with the mission and values of the organization.
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On average, undergraduate and graduate nursing school tuition can cost from $12,000-$100,000 per year. Securing multiple scholarships can help offset these costs. Discover 35 nursing school scholarships (listed by deadline date) for 2023.
Building Beautiful Futures Scholarship (Powered by Dark & Lovely)
For Black women and women of color who are undergraduate science students or prospective students. Applicants must be a National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) member.
Amount: $10,000 (Renewable for three years)
Deadline: May 21, 2023
National League for Nurses (NLN) Nursing Education Scholarship Award
For postgraduate NLN members who aspire to become nurse educators. Must have completed at least one year of study before June 2023.
Deadline: May 22, 2023
Provident Foundation Scholarship
For high schoolers in their senior or college students pursuing a healthcare degree. Applicants must identify as part of an underrepresented minority group and reside in Chicago, Illinois.
Deadline: May 26, 2023
AISES A.T. Anderson Scholarship Program
For undergraduate and graduate students of STEM-related majors, including nursing. Must be an enrolled citizen (or descendant) of a tribal indigenous group.
Amount: $1,000 (undergraduate); $2,000 (graduate)
Deadline: May 31, 2023
Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses Academic Scholarship
For entry-level undergraduate and graduate nursing students with an interest in perioperative/surgical nursing.
Baby 360 Nursing Scholarship
For undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled (or accepted) in a nursing program.
Georgia Nurses Foundation Academic Scholarships
For nursing students at any degree level. Must be a resident of the state of Georgia.
North Carolina Nurses Association (NCNA) Triad Region Scholarship
For NCNA members enrolled (or accepted) in an BSN or graduate nursing program. Must have lived in the region for at least a year.
Amount: $1,000 to $2,000
Anna May Rolando Scholarship Award
For nursing students with a disability. Preference given to graduate applicants who have demonstrated commitment to people with disabilities.
Deadline: June 1, 2023
Bruno Rolando Scholarship Award
For nursing students who have a disability. Preference given to graduate students who are employed at a Veteran’s hospital.
Caroline Simpson Maheady Scholarship Award
For nursing students who have a disability. Preference given to undergraduate applicants of Scottish descent.
Coursey Enterprises Student Scholarships
For students enrolled in a nursing program. Must be a first year student.
Amount: up to $250
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Amount: $250 to $500
Florida Nurses Association Scholarships
For nursing students at any degree level. Must have lived in Florida for at least a year.
Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) Scholarship
For registered nurses (RNs) and healthcare professionals enrolled (or accepted) in a nursing/healthcare program. Must be a MNA member with one year of field experience.
Texas Nurse Practitioners (TNP) Foundation Scholarship
For Texas RNs who have completed at least 25% of a nurse practitioner (NP) program. Must be a TNP member that resides in Texas.
Eileen S. and Earl C. Whittemore Advance Practiced/Nurse Practitioner Scholarship
For Mississippi Nurses Association (MNA) members enrolled in an NP program. Must reside in Mississippi.
Deadline: June 7, 2023
Nursing Incentive Scholarship Fund
For nursing students at any degree level. Must reside in Kentucky.
Amount: $1,500 to $3,000
Deadline: June 8, 2023
Texas Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) Academic Scholarship
For students enrolled in (or admitted to) a nursing program at any degree level. Must be an ENA member with a Texas assignment.
Deadline: June 10, 2023
Nurses For Our Future Scholarship
For New York state residents pursuing an undergraduate nursing degree. Out-of-state residents must be willing to relocate to the state to be eligible.
Deadline: June 14, 2023
Cherokee Nation Higher Education Scholarship
For students with registered Cherokee Nation citizenship pursuing an initial undergraduate or graduate nursing degree.
Deadline: June 15, 2023
Continental Society, Daughters of Indian Wars Scholarship
For students enrolled (or accepted) in a nursing program. Applicants must be an enrolled tribe member planning to work with the tribe or nation in education or social services.
Amount: $2,500 to $5,000
Darcy Lynn Dengel Foundation, Inc. Nursing Scholarship
For students pursuing a BSN or graduate nursing degree. Must have graduated from a high school in Montana.
Amount: $2,000 up to $7,000 (undergraduate students); 2,000 (graduate students)
Probo Medical Scholarship
For students in their final year of high school or undergraduate program pursuing degrees in the medical field. Applicants must submit an essay that answers a prompt about how to make healthcare more accessible and affordable.
Deadline: June 21, 2023
The Katie Brush Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Scholarship
For students enrolled in a critical care CNS program. Must be a member of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists.
Amount: up to $2,000
Deadline: June 26, 2023
Golden State Nursing Foundation Scholarship
For nursing students enrolled in a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral program. Two awards available for each degree level. Applicants must reside in California.
Deadline: June 30, 2023
ImVein Healthcare Scholarship
For students pursuing a degree in a healthcare field. Must be enrolled (or accepted) in a graduate or doctoral program.
Deadline: July 1, 2023
NurseThink® - American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Scholarship
For students enrolled in graduate or doctoral programs at AACN institutions who desire to become nursing faculty.
Deadline: July 15, 2023
Antibodies-Online Annual University Scholarship
For high school seniors, undergraduate, and graduate students enrolled in a life science (or related) degree program in Fall 2023.
Deadline: July 20, 2023
Geraldine Polly Bednash Scholarship
For nursing students (or applicants) at any degree level at an AACN institution.
Deadline: July 31, 2023
Nurses Make a Difference Scholarship
For undergraduate nursing students or high school students pursuing a nursing degree. Awarded by Cascade Healthcare Solutions.
Amount: up to $1,000
Deadline: August 1, 2023
Alabama Board of Nursing Graduate Scholarship
For applicants with a registered nurse license in Alabama pursuing a graduate nursing degree. Must have lived in Alabama for at least one year.
Deadline: August 31, 2023
Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) Individual Education Scholarship
For HPNA members pursuing a nursing degree at any degree level. Must currently work in a hospice/palliative care setting.
Amount: $750 to $3,000
Helping Hands for Single Moms
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Promise of Nursing Faculty Fellowship
For BSN-prepared RNs enrolled in a postgraduate nursing program in California. Must have completed at least six course credits prior to application date. Applicants must also demonstrate financial need and commitment to work in a nurse educator role after graduation.
Amount: $1,000 to $7,500 per academic year
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What is a nursing scholarship?
A nursing scholarship is an award given to an incoming or current undergraduate , graduate or professional nursing student. Scholarships may be given by professional organizations, non-profit organizations or directly through the school. Additionally, some private, for-profit organizations offer nursing scholarships.
Nursing scholarships may cover tuition, room and board and other education-related expenses . Scholarships may be given for one year or may renew for several years, and the annual amount will depend on the scholarship provider.
Types of Nursing Scholarships
Embarking on a career in nursing is an admirable decision, filled with opportunities for growth and service. Fortunately, the pathway to becoming a nurse is supported by various scholarships, each with its unique focus and benefits. Whether you're just stepping into the field or aiming to advance your expertise, scholarships are valuable resources that can ease the financial burden of education.
Scholarship Opportunities for Undergraduate Students
Degree in nursing.
Undergraduate students pursuing a degree in nursing have a plethora of scholarship options. These scholarships are tailored to support the full spectrum of the educational journey, from tuition assistance to book allowances. They are designed to recognize and reward the commitment to healthcare excellence.
High School Seniors
High school seniors dreaming of a nursing career can start on the right foot with scholarships specifically for them. These awards often look for candidates demonstrating strong academic records and a passion for the healthcare field.
American Indian/Alaska Native/Permanent Resident
Diversity in nursing not only enriches the profession but also ensures a wide range of perspectives in healthcare. Scholarships for American Indian, Alaska Native, and permanent residents aim to support underrepresented communities in nursing, creating a more inclusive and culturally competent healthcare environment.
Application Process for Nursing Scholarships
Understanding the eligibility criteria is crucial. Most scholarships have specific requirements, such as GPA, residency status, or commitment to certain service areas after graduation. Ensure you meet these to avoid disappointment later.
Academic Performance and Academic Standing
Your academic achievements can be your ticket to scholarship success. Maintaining a solid GPA and standing out academically are often key factors in securing financial support for your nursing education.
Timing is everything. Keep track of scholarship deadlines to ensure your application is considered. Late submissions can mean missed opportunities, so mark your calendar and set reminders.
Required Documents for Submission
Prepare in advance by gathering all necessary documents, such as transcripts, letters of recommendation, and personal statements. These documents tell your story and showcase your potential as a future nurse.
Selection Criteria for Recipients
Scholarship committees often look for well-rounded candidates. Leadership qualities, volunteer experience, and a clear vision for your nursing career can set you apart in the selection process.
Graduate Nursing Programs and Scholarship Opportunities
Graduate students at school of nursing.
For those furthering their education, graduate nursing programs offer specialized scholarships within the nursing profession. These can support research, clinical specialization, or educational leadership goals, paving the way for advanced practice and contributions to the field.
Graduate Programs in Nursing Education
Nurse educators might discover scholarships to help them train the next generation. These scholarships address the nursing school teacher shortage by increasing the number of skilled educators.
Nursing scholarships help students pay for an education that leads to a rewarding career. Financial assistance and acknowledgment for healthcare dedication are provided by a number of different organizations and sources. You can confidently navigate this landscape by understanding the types, application procedure, and graduation opportunities. Remember, each scholarship you receive advances your aims and confirms your status in the nursing profession.
How to apply for a nursing scholarship
The application process for a nursing scholarship is similar to many other scholarships. First, you should start the research process as soon as possible. Note any scholarships that you might be eligible for and use a spreadsheet to organize the deadlines and any pertinent requirements. Set reminders on your calendar to note when the applications are due.
If the scholarship requires a recommendation letter, decide who to ask and give them at least a few weeks’ notice to write the Letter of Recommendation (LOR) and possibly offer them a sort of “template” to limit the amount of time they will be required to invest. Most likely they will have some experience writing such letters, but if you don't ask far enough in advance, they may not have time to accommodate you. Start working on the essay as soon as possible so you have enough time to write a draft, ask for edits from a trusted source and work on revisions.
When can I apply for nursing scholarships?
There is no set season for nursing scholarship applications, and the exact deadline for nursing scholarships can vary. Set aside time each month to review new scholarship opportunities and figure out how to apply. You can sign up for notifications from scholarship websites to find out when new awards are posted.
How can I maximize my chances of winning a scholarship?
You can improve the odds of winning a nursing scholarship by following the scholarship guidelines carefully. Many students hurt their chances by not reviewing the requirements and submitting the application after the deadline.
Can I get a full ride to nursing school?
While a single, "full-ride" scholarship is not very common, it is certainly possible to find and apply for a number of available scholarships. Also, there are other scholarships you will qualify for that are not specifically intended for nursing school but that can be used to get your nursing degree.
For example, the March of Dimes Graduate Nursing Scholarship is available for graduate level students and they offer a Nursing Diversity Scholarship for historically underrepresented undergraduate students.
Do I need to fill out the FAFSA to qualify for a scholarship?
You should definitely complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) regardless of your major or the type of scholarships you feel you are best qualified for. For example, the Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship asks for proof that students have submitted the FAFSA. Also, internal awards directly given by the school may require that students complete the FAFSA. You can contact the school's financial aid department to see what their specific rules are.
Even if the FAFSA is not required, completing it will make you eligible for federal student loans , work-study and grants, including the Pell Grant . Also, many states mandate that you complete the FAFSA to be eligible for their own grants. In general, all students should complete the FAFSA, even if they don’t think they will qualify for need-based aid.
Can I get a nursing scholarship as a graduate or doctoral student?
While there are usually more nursing scholarships for undergraduate students, graduate and doctoral students can still find plenty of scholarship opportunities.
Are nursing scholarships based on financial need?
Like other kinds of awards, some nursing scholarships may only be given to students with demonstrated financial need. However, there are also plenty of opportunities for students who do not qualify based on their family’s financial status. Read through the scholarship description to determine if need is a factor.
Estelle R. Ford Future Nurses Scholarship
- Amount $1,000
- Deadline December 31, 2023
In order to apply for the Estelle R. Ford Future Nurses Scholarship, you must be a second year student in a two year nursing program or a third or fourth year nursing student in a four year program. Additional criteria for this scholarship is that you are either from North Central MA, a surrounding community or attending a two or four year nursing program in one of the colleges in North Central ... Read more
Bonnie Fang Nursing Scholarship
- Amount $5,000
The Bonnie Fang Nursing Scholarship is open to all full-time nursing students in a state-approved associate or baccalaureate degree nursing program in the states of California and Nevada. Applicants must be legal U.S. citizens or permanent residents who demonstrate financial need, are free from any federal judgment liens or existing service commitment, and not overdue on a federal debt; be ... Read more
Brake It Down Scholarship
- Amount $2,000
Vehicular accidents among teens are approximately 4 times higher than that of other age groups. Luckily, you can join hands with your friends to commit to safe driving. Take a quiz about how well you know your bestie, and share a customized guide with them with tips and advice to stay safe on and around the roads. You’ll even enter for the opportunity to earn a $2,000 ... Read more
MIT THINK Out of the Box Scholars Program
- Deadline January 1, 2024
The MIT THINK Scholars Program, part of MIT TechX, fosters student-led innovation in STEM fields. It offers mentorship and funding to high school students across the US to turn their research proposals into reality. Scholarship Details Initiative of MIT TechX for promoting student-led innovation in STEM. Accepts project proposals from high school students across the ... Read more
Washington-Nixon Nursing Scholarship for Single Mothers
- Amount Varies
- Deadline January 5, 2024
The Washington-Nixon Nursing Scholarship is for single, non-traditional females, providing primary support for custodial child/children. Junior or senior college students actively pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing are also eligible. Students must show academic promise and have a minimum GPA of 3.0, completed 60 hours of prerequisites and be enrolled full-time during the award ... Read more
Samuel Huntington Public Service Award
- Amount $30,000
- Deadline January 12, 2024
The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides $30,000 stipends to graduating college seniors to pursue public service anywhere in the world. The Award allows recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for one year before proceeding on to graduate school or a career. Past award recipients have won an unsolicited, prestigious McArthur “genius” grant; been named U. S. Surgeon ... Read more
James F. Reville Scholarship
- Amount $3,000
This scholarship honors James F. Reville, in recognition of his dedication to bettering the lives of people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. Mr. Reville was one of The Arc New York’s most respected Presidents, serving the Association from 1965 to 1969. He served as President of the Welfare League Chapter of The Arc New York, from 1963 to 1964, was a member of the ... Read more
ACF Red Baucher Scholarship Fund
- Amount $500
- Deadline January 20, 2024
The Red Boucher Scholarship honors the late H.A. “Red” Boucher and was established by the Alaska Society for Technology in Education in 2008. Applicants must be a graduating senior (homeschooled students included), or previous graduate, of an Alaskan high school, be in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and must be formally enrolled full-time in a technology-related ... Read more
HBCU Week x FOSSI STEM Scholarship
- Amount $40,000
- Deadline January 31, 2024
The Future of STEM Scholars Initiative (FOSSI) is a program providing scholarships and professional development opportunities directed at furthering science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in students from underrepresented communities. If selected, the student will receive a $40,000 scholarship award disbursed in the amount of $10,000 per year, for up to four years. ... Read more
Madeline Pickett Cogswell Nursing Scholarship
- Amount $2,500
The DAR, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children. DAR members volunteer millions of service hours annually in their local communities including supporting active duty military ... Read more
DAR Caroline E. Holt Nursing Scholarship
The Caroline E. Holt Nursing Scholarship is a one-time $2,500 award which is given to three students who are able to demonstrate financial need and who have been accepted or are currently enrolled in an accredited school of nursing. A letter of acceptance into a nursing program or a transcript stating the applicant is in a nursing program must be included with the application. A letter of ... Read more
ANSWER Scholarship Endowment
- Amount $22,000
- Deadline February 1, 2024
The ANSWER Scholarship Endowment provides financial support and encouragement to adult women age 25 and older who are raising school-age children (grades Pre-Kindergarten -12) and are seeking to earn a four-year undergraduate degree in the field of their choice. Scholarship award amounts will vary annually at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee, though they typically range from $2750 per ... Read more
JVS Chicago Scholarship Program
- Amount $4,000
JVS Chicago offers scholarships to Jewish students residing in the Chicago metropolitan area (including Lake County, Indiana). Eligible applicants must: were either born and raised in Chicago area or one continuous year of full-time employment in the Chicago metro area prior to enrollment; plan on remaining in the Chicago area after completing school; are entering an accredited graduate program ... Read more
Richard J. Bea Nursing Scholarship
- Amount $7,500
- Deadline February 2, 2024
The Grossmont Healthcare District is an active supporter of healthcare education and training for the benefit of future generations. Each year, a portion of the District’s grants and sponsorships overall budget is allocated to local college and high school students living or attending school within District boundaries through scholarships. Non-residents may also be granted scholarships as long as ... Read more
Iowa Farm Bureau Scholarships
- Amount $10,000
The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) and many of its 100 county Farm Bureaus offer a variety of scholarships at the state and local level to future college students. Eligibility for Farm Bureau scholarships is reserved for current IFBF members (and their children) who are in good standing with the organization. To be considered, a graduating high school senior must have a minimum 2.5 GPA, be ... Read more
WSOS Career and Technical Scholarship
- Amount $12,000
- Deadline February 5, 2024
WSOS offers Washington students financial assistance, career training, and mentorship opportunities. Most recipients are first-generation college students, women, and students of color. All are pursuing a high-demand, family-sustaining wage career in Washington state! WSOS is an organization focused on removing barriers to getting an education and helping Washington students find their pathway to ... Read more
Emma Jean Frierson Memorial Nursing Scholarship
- Deadline February 9, 2024
Education is vital to the growth and future of every community. Because of this, the Saginaw Community Foundation administers a variety of scholarship programs for high school, community college, university and vocational students. Since awarding our first $500 scholarship in 1987, the Saginaw Community Foundation has awarded more than $8 million in scholarships. Learn more about all of our ... Read more
Beverly E. Hendricks Nursing Scholarship
Saginaw social service club - norman d. osborne memorial scholarship.
Founded in 1984, the Saginaw Community Foundation works to improve the quality of life in Saginaw County by linking donor interests with the community’s most pressing needs and promising opportunities. The foundation administers more than 655 charitable funds and 248 scholarships. Since our inception, more than $52 million has been granted to programs and projects that benefit Saginaw County ... Read more
Saginaw Black Nurses Association Scholarship
Saginaw area health care administrators scholarship, lisa krukowski-whalen nursing scholarship, cosby h. watson memorial scholarship in nursing, callie m. wilson memorial scholarship, lee essie and charlie mcmillan, jr. medical scholarship, joe h. and rosanne s. gardner scholarship, paul & deanna virciglio scholarship, hias chicago scholarships.
HIAS Chicago Scholarships will be awarded to students who came to the United States with the assistance of HIAS Immigration & Citizenship; or is a U.S.-born child or grandchild of someone who immigrated to the United States with the assistance of HIAS Immigration & Citizenship; or someone who applied, or whose family applied, for Permanent Residency (i.e. a “Green Card") or citizenship with the ... Read more
NMF Primary Care Leadership Program
- Deadline February 13, 2024
To be eligible for the NMF Primary Care Leadership Program, applicants must: Provide proof of U.S. citizenship or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) approval letter; Currently be enrolled in an accredited medical school or graduate-level nursing or physician assistant program located in the U.S.; Identify as a student underrepresented in medicine* and/or socioeconomically disadvantaged ... Read more
Manatee County Medical Education Scholarship
- Deadline February 15, 2024
The Manatee County Medical Education Foundation Scholarship is offered to U.S. citizens legally residing in Manatee County for the past two years who are pursuing careers in Nursing or specific health-related fields (that provide direct medical care to individuals and excluding pre-med, chiropractic, optometry, pharmacy, dental or general sciences). Applicants must be accepted into a two- or ... Read more
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund offers funding to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a university degree. Scholarships are available, on a competitive basis, to high school seniors, undergraduate students, community college students transferring to four year universities, and graduate students. Applicants must be Hispanic/Latino, have a minimum 3.0 GPA (for high school students) or 2.5 ... Read more
Jean Andrews Nursing Scholarship
The Jean Andrews Nursing Scholarship was created to encourage students to enter the nursing profession. To be eligible, applicants must: reside or work in Addison County; be seeking an undergraduate, graduate or professional degree in registered nursing or nursing education; and plan on attending an accredited school approved for federal Title IV funding (Pell grants, or federal Direct loans). ... Read more
Anne Moncrief Layman Nursing Scholarship
The purpose of the Anne Moncrief Layman Nursing Scholarship is to promote careers in the nursing profession by awarding scholarships to students pursuing a degree as a Registered Nurse and who meets the basic requirements as outlined in the scholarship guidelines. This scholarship is available to residents of Hopewell and the following localities: Prince George, Colonial Heights, Petersburg, ... Read more
Pacific Gas & Electric Company Access ERG Scholarship
- Deadline February 23, 2024
Employee Resource Groups not only help bring our employees together, but provide an essential bridge of communication to our customers, regardless of culture, age, gender or other defining elements. As part of the support these groups provide to the communities we serve, ERGs offer scholarship opportunities for those pursuing higher education. PG&E and its employee groups offer a wide range of ... Read more
Joseph James Morelli Legacy Foundation Scholarship
- Deadline February 25, 2024
The Joseph James Morelli Legacy Foundation supports young adults with learning differences by awarding scholarships toward obtaining a degree in a STEM field. The financial support that we provide may be used towards tuition, books, testing, tutoring, assistive technology, or any other resource that students require to obtain accommodations and navigate an often highly stressful and challenging ... Read more
SVCF Samsung@First Scholars
- Amount $15,000
- Deadline February 28, 2024
Samsung Semiconductor Inc.’s theme of “Collaborate. Innovate. Grow.” has served as the company’s mantra to drive technology innovation today and for the next 30 years in Silicon Valley. To help support the valley’s continued legacy as the epicenter of innovation and growth in high-tech, the company has made a commitment to the next-generation of innovators by establishing its Samsung@First ... Read more
SVCF Latinos In Technology Scholarship
The Latinos in Technology Scholarship supports Latino college students in 3 ways: Financial. We financially support third and fourth-year Latino students who have declared a major in a STEM-related field at a 4-year university with scholarships of up to $10,000 renewable for up to three years. Professional Development. All of our Latinos in Technology scholars have the opportunity to participate ... Read more
Lisa Kaminski Memorial Scholarship
Pay It Forward Cincinnati exists to improve the lives of their fellow community members. Throughout their generosity, they offer the Lisa Kaminski Scholarship. Lisa enjoyed serving as a mentor and emphasized the importance of getting involved – socially, professionally and charitably. This scholarship is a way to preserve the legacy of Lisa Kaminski. It provides an opportunity for graduating high ... Read more
Indian Health Service Scholarships
The Indian Health Service (IHS) offers three scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native students in order to educate and train health professionals to staff Indian health programs. Criteria will vary slightly by scholarship. Applicants must meet specific eligibility requirements: be a high school graduate or the equivalent; have a minimum 2.0 GPA; be capable of completing a health ... Read more
Illinois AMVETS Sad Sacks Nursing Scholarship
- Deadline March 1, 2024
The Illinois AMVETS Service Foundation supports a scholarship program each year that provides graduating Illinois high school students a scholarship for their continued education. Applicants must be a 2nd year or greater nursing student and must provide a copy of acceptance letter into an accredited nursing program. Priority is given to the dependent of a deceased or disabled veteran. ... Read more
GRCF Armando "Frank" Quaglia Veteran's Scholarship
The Grand Rapids Community Foundation's Armando "Frank" Quaglia Veteran's Scholarship is for students from Kent or Ionia counties who are a veteran or family member (spouse, child, or step-child) of a veteran of the United States Armed Forces attending an accredited four-year college or university full-time majoring in engineering or a medical/healthcare field. Applicants must have financial need ... Read more
GFWC Massachusetts Catherine E. Philbin Scholarship
Since it was founded in 1890, the General Federation of Women's Clubs has been a unifying force, bringing together local women's clubs from around the country and throughout the world. Although there is considerable diversity in the ages, interests, and experiences of GFWC clubwomen, all are united by a dedication to community improvement through volunteer service. Throughout their generosity, ... Read more
Elms College STEM Scholarships
Elms College is a modern part of a living tradition established over 300 years ago by the Sisters of St. Joseph — a bold group of devout, progressive changemakers. We are dedicated to providing a rigorous education animated by a community where all are welcome. Elms is a private college that strives to be accessible to all. We believe education is not an end in itself, but a path to discovering ... Read more
Leah J. Dickstein Medical Student Award
The Association of Women Psychiatrists is pleased to sponsor the Leah J. Dickstein, M.D. , M.A. Award. The recipient of the AWP Leah J. Dickstein, M.D., M.A. Award will be expected to attend the AWP Annual Meeting (in conjunction with the American Psychiatric Association meeting) in San Francisco in May, where they will receive this award. The winner will receive a plaque honoring their ... Read more
PSGC Statewide Undergraduate Scholarship
In one of several efforts to promote higher education in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) disciplines, the Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium (PSGC) offers financial support to undergraduate students through an annual state-wide scholarship program. Women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply. Applicable students ... Read more
Elizabeth Garde National Scholarship
- Amount $850
The Danish Sisterhood of America is very proud of its Scholarship and Grants Programs, which are available to members of the Danish Sisterhood and their children, regardless of age. Our scholarships and grants are made possible through generous endowments and memorial funds and are being supplemented by donations from individual members, lodges, and districts of the National Sisterhood. No ... Read more
MidMichigan Health Bailey Scholarships
The Bernard F. and Melissa Anne Bailey Family Fund is an endowment created for the purpose of funding student health-care scholarships. The fund was created through a $3.3 million bequest from Bernard F. Bailey to MyMichigan Medical Center Midland. The income earned from the fund will be used to help mid-Michigan area individuals who are accepted into accredited health career programs and are ... Read more
GRCF Roger and Jacquelyn Vander Laan Family Scholarship
The Grand Rapids Community Foundation's Roger and Jacquelyn Vander Laan Family Scholarship is offered to a senior at South Christian High School entering a full time program in the fall at any accredited college, university, vocational, or technical school and majoring in healthcare, education, or business. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and have at least a 3.0 GPA. Scholarship ... Read more
GRCF Violet Wondergem Health Science Scholarship
The Grand Rapids Community Foundation's Violet Wondergem Health Science Scholarship is offered to a resident of Kent or Ottawa County majoring in an undergraduate level health service related field at any accredited Michigan college or university. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and have a 3.0 GPA. Scholarship recipients are selected by the Grand Rapids Community Foundation (GRCF) and ... Read more
Choose Ohio First STEMM Scholarship
Our university was built on a hilltop in Akron — a word meaning “the highest point.” For over 150 years, that’s where we’ve set our sights, rising from one peak to another in engineering, business, technology, health care, and the arts and sciences. Bound and determined to meet every challenge, we continue to climb, to forge new paths and reach new heights — and we want you to join us. Throughout ... Read more
Good Samaritan Foundation Scholarships
Good Samaritan Foundation is honored to award an average of $30,000 annually in financial support to local scholars. With eight scholarship funds available, the Foundation is able to provide much needed assistance to support graduating seniors, undergraduate or graduate students, medical students, and Good Samaritan employees as they work to attain their educational goals. Applicants should be ... Read more
Cal Grant C Award Program
- Amount $3,009
- Deadline March 2, 2024
If you aspire to pursue an occupational or technical program leading to your dream job, the Cal Grant C program in California offers a valuable opportunity. This program provides free financial assistance to students pursuing vocational education, with no GPA requirement. Here's a comprehensive overview of the Cal Grant C program: Eligibility Criteria: 1. Occupational or Technical ... Read more
Carolina Panthers Graduate Scholarship
- Deadline March 3, 2024
Provides graduate level scholarships to athletes in North and South Carolina on the basis of leadership, citizenship and academic merit. Eligibility Requirements: Have earned an intercollegiate varsity letter in college. Female athletes may letter in any sport; male athletes must letter in football; Be a graduating senior athlete at an accredited North or South Carolina college or university; ... Read more
Advocates for African Americans Carolinas Scholarship
Advocates for African Americans Carolinas Scholarship Fund is supported by Advocates for African-Americans, a Duke Energy employee resource group in Charlotte. It was founded by Duke Energy employees in 1996 to attract, nurture, develop and promote a diverse workforce. Advocates for African Americans Carolinas Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to college-bound students from North and South ... Read more
Loren Richards Elder Care Scholarship
- Deadline March 4, 2024
The Loren Richards Elder Care Scholarship was established to provide an annual $2,000 scholarship for an upcoming third or fourth year undergraduate student pursuing a degree in a field of study that will prepare them for a career that will have direct impact on the elderly population. This scholarship is renewable for a second year contingent on the recipient remaining a full-time student in ... Read more
John and Maggie Price Scholarship
The John and Maggie Price Scholarship was established in 2015 through an estate gift from Mr. John Price, former member of the Fayette County Board of Education. The John and Maggie Price Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors at Tates Creek High School in Lexington who intend to major in nursing at an accredited, four-year college. This scholarship provides an award of $1,000 that ... Read more
Vengu Family Memorial Scholarship
The Vengu Family Memorial Scholarship is available to graduating seniors from Scott County who intend on pursuing a degree in the medical field or in photography. Applicants must be a graduating senior from Scott County High School or Great Crossing High School; have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0; and plan to be enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited four-year college or university in ... Read more
Mildred E. Swakto Memorial Scholarship
- Deadline March 8, 2024
The Mildred E. Swatko Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a student enrolled in the Nursing or Golf Course programs at Horry-Georgetown Technical College. To be eligible, applicants must have maintained a “C” average or better in high school, and they must demonstrate financial need. To receive this scholarship for each academic year, students must remain in good standing with a minimum of a 2.8 ... Read more
Foundation for Community Health High School Scholarships
- Deadline March 9, 2024
This gift-supported program encourages aspiring healthcare providers with scholarship awards and community connections. Our High School Healthcare Scholarship Program has a rich history that includes nearly $480,000 awarded to 653 scholarship recipients, with many past awardees now caring for patients in western Montana, the state, and throughout the world. Application deadline is midnight on ... Read more
California Capital Airshow STEM Scholarship
- Amount $8,000
- Deadline March 10, 2024
Are you a high school senior graduating from a high school in Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado, Yolo, Yuba, Sutter or Solano counties? Do you have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher? The California Capital Airshow Scholarship was established to invest in future leaders by awarding scholarships to graduating high school seniors planning to pursue a degree in one of the following areas: Aviation, ... Read more
American Association of Blacks in Energy Scholarship
- Amount $20,000
The American Association of Blacks in Energy is a professional association composed of African Americans in the energy industry. Through its Scholarship Program, the Association seeks to help increase the number of African-Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans (underrepresented minorities) in energy related fields. We are proud to award 7 scholarships annually: Six scholarships at $3K ... Read more
Gladys D. Goodson Scholarship
- Deadline March 15, 2024
The Gladys D. Goodson Scholarship was established in 2008 with funds from the Gladys D. Goodson estate. Gladys Goodson was born in Thayer County, Nebraska, in 1912, and graduated from Fairbury High School in 1931. She became a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and worked in nursing homes and hospitals in Illinois until her retirement. Gladys established this scholarship to help students from ... Read more
A.B. and M.R. Noel Scholarship
The A.B. and M.R. Noel Scholarship was established in 2008 to benefit graduates of Wood River Rural High School in Wood River, Nebraska attending Central Community College or Concordia University in Seward, NE. It is also offered to students of nursing attending Central Community College-Grand Island and Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska. High school or college transcript and first page of ... Read more
Medical Professional Student Scholarship
To apply for the Medical Professional Student Scholarship, applicants must: have completed the appropriate undergraduate education and be currently pursuing an advanced degree in a medical-related field, such as physician, physician assistant, dentist, physical therapist, occupational therapist, APRN, etc.; or be an undergraduate nursing student enrolled in nursing studies. (Undergraduate nursing ... Read more
Wayne J. & Wanda M. Lillich Scholarship
To apply for the Wayne J. & Wanda M. Lillich Scholarship, applicants must be a current graduating senior from the Johnson County School District. The applicant must demonstrate academic success in high school studies and must possess the ability to do post-secondary work in a satisfactory manner. The applicant must be pursuing a post-secondary education in the areas of health care, religion, or ... Read more
Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program
Students pursuing degrees in eligible professions who are enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university are eligible to apply to the Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program. Scholars will receive funding for tuition, books, other related educational costs, and a monthly stipend while enrolled full-time in an accredited university/college program. A coordinated service plan ... Read more
Orbeck Memorial Scholarship
- Deadline March 17, 2024
The Orbeck Memorial Scholarship is open to current high school seniors in the state of Minnesota who have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and will be pursuing a career in the public service industry (law enforcement, military, medical, public safety). All applicants are required to completely fill out the application, provide an explanation of your Eagle Scout project, as well as complete an ... Read more
Timothy L. Correll Foundation Memorial Scholarships
- Amount $750
- Deadline March 20, 2024
Our mission is to find and grant scholarships to dedicated individuals who aspire to go to school to train to serve their communities as nurses or emergency responders. To be considered for a TLCF Scholarship, student applicants must be a Minnesota resident and enrolled in an undergraduate program in an accredited College or University in one of these three programs: fire science, paramedics ... Read more
James T. and Rose M. Perryman Family Foundation Scholarships
- Deadline March 31, 2024
In 2015, James and Rose Perryman established The Perryman Foundation to provide for the education of the next generation of innovators. Since its founding, the Foundation has provided over $2 million in financial support to hard working college students. The James T. and Rose M. Perryman Family Foundation awards 3 different types of scholarships: Trade School applicants supporting STEM based ... Read more
WID Horizons Michigan Scholarship
Our Horizons High School Scholarship is for girls in their senior year of high school who plans to attend a Michigan university next fall and are interested in STEM. Eligible applicants must: be a citizen of the United States; be a resident of Michigan; demonstrate achievements in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math; demonstrate interest in pursuing a career related to national security or ... Read more
Mae & Mary Scholarship Fund
The Mae & Mary Scholarship Fund's mission is to financially assist and to empower young people to experience their unlimited potential through education. They are a charitable educational organization dedicated to the advancement of African Americans pursuing careers in medical and healthcare related fields. Applicants must be African American graduating High School Seniors from anywhere in the ... Read more
Renate W. Chasman Award
The Chasman Award was established in 1986 to encourage women to pursue careers in the science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The award honors the memory and scientific contributions of Renate Chasman (1932-1977), a noted physicist at Brookhaven Lab. Her work significantly influenced the design of electron particle accelerators around the world, including Brookhaven’s ... Read more
Army Nurse Corps Association (ANCA) Education Fund
One of the Army Nurse Corps Association’s major initiatives is the Scholarship Program. Its purpose is the support of nursing education through scholarship funding to worthy students who are US citizens in an accredited baccalaureate or graduate nursing or anesthesia program. Students are encouraged to apply if they are currently enrolled in an accredited baccalaureate or advanced degree ... Read more
Weld Legacy Foundation Scholarshoips
As part of its ongoing commitment to health education, Weld Legacy Foundation awards approximately $90,000 annually in scholarships to individuals in the community and employees of North Colorado Medical Center. Weld Legacy Foundation has granted scholarships to nearly 185 students seeking a career in healthcare. Some of these individuals have remained in Greeley and work as part of the staff at ... Read more
Joseph R. Calder, Jr., MD Scholarship Fund
- Deadline April 1, 2024
Joseph R. Calder, Jr., MD Scholarship Fund is offered for current and/or aspiring Lycoming County medical professionals who plan to dedicate their lives to helping others. Applicant must be accepted into a part-time or full-time medical related program, including medicine, nursing, pharmacy, allied health, or any other related specialty. Preference given to the following: either a student who is ... Read more
Frederic H. Kass III M.D. Endowed Scholarship
All applicants must be residents of Washington County, Maryland and must be a senior in high school accepted at an accredited college, majoring in the health care field, with a GPA of 3.0. or a current college student, majoring in a health care field, with a GPA of 3.0 or an employee of Hospice of Washington County, Inc. continuing their education in the healthcare field, accepted to an ... Read more
Livelikemak Foundation Scholarship
Livelikemak Foundation Scholarship is a scholarship open to any Utah High School Senior going into the medical profession with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. You must be pursuing a career in the medical field, complete the Livelikemak Scholarship application and complete and submit a personal essay. You must also be accepted into a post-secondary institution (college or university, technical or ... Read more
Karis S. (Powell) Woodward, RN, Nursing Scholarship Fund
The Karis S. (Powell) Woodward, RN, Nursing Scholarship awards assistance annually to students who meet the following criteria: are entering at least the sophomore year of an accredited bachelor of nursing program; have a permanent address n an area served by Blanchard Valley Health System; have at least a 3.0 GPA; be enrolled in coursework for academic credit and count toward a degree in ... Read more
Mon Health Medical Center Foundation Scholarships
The Mon Health Medical Center Foundation awards scholarships to eligible students pursuing degrees in healthcare fields. The scholarships are valued at $1,000 annually. Selection is based on financial need and academic performance. Applicants must submit a letter describing why they selected a specific health career. A sub-committee of the foundation’s board of directors selects the recipients. ... Read more
Naugatuck Valley Medical Scholarship Fund
The Naugatuck Valley Medical Scholarship Fund (NVMSF) is a fund dedicated to financially assisting graduating high school seniors who plan to major in a medical or biomedical field. The NVMSF extends scholarships to students in the lower Naugatuck Valley area of Connecticut, which is made up of the towns of Ansonia, Derby, Seymour, Shelton, Oxford, and Beacon Falls. Applicants must have a GPA of ... Read more
Church of the Brethren Nursing Scholarships
The Church of the Brethren awards a limited number of scholarships each year to individuals enrolled in a nursing program. Candidates for the scholarships must be enrolled in a LPN, RN, or nursing graduate program and members of the Church of the Brethren. A preference is given to new applications. Also, a preference will be given to individuals who are in their second year of an associate’s ... Read more
Adena Health Foundation Scholarships
- Deadline April 5, 2024
As the health care industry nationwide hopes to resolve ongoing staffing shortages in several areas, Adena Health System is taking the action to turn that hope into reality. Adena awards scholarships to students through its Hope for Our Future initiative to pursue courses of study within fields associated with health care that may one day lead some of the recipients home to care for the ... Read more
ACF Barnes W. Rose, Jr. and Eva Rose Nichol Scholarship Program
- Amount $800
- Deadline April 6, 2024
The Barnes W. Rose, Jr. and Eva Rose Nickol Scholarship Fund was established in 2003 in honor of Albuquerque High alum and 1957 West Point grad Barnes W. Rose and his aunt, longtime New Mexico resident, Eva Rose Nickol. This award is for an Albuquerque High School senior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in one of the STEM majors - Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics. To be eligible, ... Read more
ACF Davis-Kozoll Scholarship
- Deadline April 7, 2024
The Davis-Kozoll Scholarship was established in 2019 for students seeking a higher education. Student may pursue a master’s, bachelor’s, or associate degree in a science and/or human service discipline without consideration of a planned career location. Alternatively, students may pursue a degree, technical or vocational certificate, or diploma for use in any planned trade or career in a ... Read more
The Mary Elizabeth Dodson Conrad Scholarship
- Deadline April 11, 2024
The Mary Elizabeth Dodson Conrad Scholarship is awarding up to $2,500 for two high school graduates who are residents of Forsyth County and seeking a degree or credential in the healthcare field. Both graduating seniors and adult students may apply. In honor and memory of Mary Elizabeth Dodson Conrad's life, her many sacrifices, and her humble service. Mary, known as Liz to many, worked at a ... Read more
The Maureen D. Keller Undergraduate Scholarship
- Deadline April 15, 2024
The Maureen D. Keller Undergraduate Scholarship is awarded by Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences to support the continuing STEM education of our Keller BLOOM Program participants. The $1,000 scholarship honors and remembers Dr. Maureen Keller and her dedication to quality research and education in the field of oceanography. Our Keller BLOOM participants have already proven their academic and ... Read more
NCJWLA Inger Lawrence - M.R. Bauer Foundation Nursing Studies Scholarship
Applicants for the Inger Lawrence - M.R. Bauer Foundation Nursing Studies Scholarship must be enrolled in, or accepted to, a degree program in Nursing in Los Angeles county. This award is also available for University of Nevada Las Vegas. Some units toward the degree are preferred, but not required. In order to apply students, must: Currently be enrolled or accepted and planning to attend next ... Read more
NCJWLA Jeffrey A. Tidus Scholarship For Healthcare Professionals
Applicants for the Jeffrey A. Tidus Scholarship for Healthcare Professionals must be accepted to or enrolled in a post-graduate program in the healthcare field (Nursing, Physician Assistant, MD, DO, Mental Healthcare worker). Special consideration will be given to students who are the first generation in their families to attend college. In order to apply students, must: Currently be enrolled or ... Read more
Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship
The mission of the Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship is to acknowledge, support, and empower exceptional graduating high school seniors of King, Snohomish, and Pierce Counties by providing financial assistance for an education at their college of choice within Washington state. Over 1,000 of the most promising high school graduates from King, Pierce and Snohomish counties have attended college ... Read more
NADONA LTC Stephanie Carroll Scholarship
This scholarship has been established in memory of Stephanie Carroll, long-time valued NADONA employee. It will be awarded to a nursing student enrolled in an accredited nursing program who has chosen Long Term Care or Geriatrics as their practice area after graduation. Nursing students in an undergraduate or graduate program are also eligible to apply for this scholarship. Applicant must ... Read more
Virginia Department of Health Nursing Scholarships
The Nursing Scholarship Program is for students in a practical nurse program (LPN) or a registered nurse (RN) program and who are accepted or enrolled a school of nursing in the State of Virginia. Scholarship recipients must agree to engage in full-time nursing in Virginia for one month for every $100 received. Presently, the Virginia Department of Health, Office of Health Equity offers several ... Read more
Edna R. Anthony Scholarship
The Women of BECA, Inc. provide scholarships in the remembrance of Edna R. Anthony. Candidates must be enrolled as a high school senior and must maintain a grade point average of 2.5 or higher. Applicants must also must attend a Historically Black College or University and declare a major in Criminal Justice, Journalism or Nursing or Healthcare. Winners are announced in May. Women of BECA ... Read more
June Gill Nursing Scholarship
The June Gill Nursing Scholarship is offered to an adult or student Grange Member who is in good standing. Selection will be based on the following: verification of enrollment in a nursing program; verification of Grange Membership; and a review of the applicant's career statement, academic records and financial need. Public and private institutions may be attended within or outside New York ... Read more
- Amount $1,500
- Deadline April 17, 2024
The EMPOWER Scholarship is open to culturally diverse students who have been accepted to or are enrolled in a post-high school program. Eligible applicants must: be a resident of Minnesota or Western Wisconsin or be attending school in Minnesota or Western Wisconsin; have volunteer and/or community service; demonstrate financial need; have a 2.0 GPA; and plan on pursuing a career in healthcare. ... Read more
Allina Health EMPOWER Scholarships
The EMPOWER Scholarship was created for applicants with plans for education related to direct patient-focused healthcare. EMPOWER stands for Encourage Minority Participation in Occupations with Emphasis on Rehabilitation. At Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, we recognize the importance of encouraging culturally diverse students to enter a patient-focused healthcare field. Due to the ... Read more
SVCF James A. McCavitt and Annie LePors McCavitt Scholarship
- Deadline April 21, 2024
The James A. McCavitt and Annie LePors McCavitt Scholarship Fund supports graduating high school seniors from the Tussey Mountain School District in Pennsylvania. Applicants must be a current graduating senior from the Tussey Mountain School District in Pennsylvania who will have completed all four years at his/her school and be planning to enroll on a full-time basis in a college or university ... Read more
The Hyacinth Scarlett Music Memorial Scholarship
- Deadline April 23, 2024
The purpose of The Hyacinth Scarlett Music Memorial Scholarship is to honor Hyacinth's achievements and dedication to those around her. Classically trained as an opera singer, her love of music translated as a choir director (of her church Victory Place International Worship Center and of the Jamaica Nurses' Association of Florida Choir) and for many years as a pianist and music director for the ... Read more
The Pearl Mae Foundation Scholarship for Healthcare and First Responders
- Deadline April 27, 2024
The Pearl Mae Foundation gives annual scholarships of $1000 to students who want to pursue careers in health care or first responder fields to help support the increased demands of the growing senior population. The student must be seeking a career in the healthcare or first responder fields (nursing, pre-med track, EMT, firefighter, police officer, etc.) Graduate students are also encouraged to ... Read more
NHSC Scholarship Program
The National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program (NHSC SP) awards scholarships to students pursuing eligible primary care health professions training. In return, scholars commit to provide primary care health services in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs). You can apply to the Scholarship Program if you are committed to primary care and accepted to or enrolled in an accredited ... Read more
Cuidado Casero Foundation Nursing Scholarship
- Deadline April 30, 2024
To be eligible for the Cuidado Casero Foundation Nursing Scholarship, applicants must: attend a nursing program in the Dallas-Fort Worth Counties; be of Latino or Hispanic origin and also be bilingual; demonstrate at school, at the workplace, and within the community the characteristics of leadership, integrity, and passion for the nursing field; demonstrate financial need; have a 3.0 GPA; and ... Read more