Scholarships for Nursing Students

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Scholarships and Resources for Nursing Students

Nursing degrees open doors to professional advancement, increased salary, and the opportunity to make a vital difference in people’s lives. Nursing school demands not only time and dedication, but also a significant financial commitment. With college costs on the rise, 86% of U.S. students relied on financial aid to help finance their education in 2018. To avoid unmanageable debt, nursing students should prioritize scholarships before accepting loan offers. For more information on financial aid, check out our resource center.

With a national nursing shortage driving high demand in the field, motivated students can find an abundance of nursing scholarship opportunities. This guide highlights some of the best scholarships for nursing students and provides tips for crafting successful scholarship applications. Students can also consult our nursing student resource guide to discover additional strategies for making the most of a nursing degree program.

 
 

  • How do you get nursing scholarships?

    High school counselors, college financial aid offices, and online resources can help students identify nursing scholarship opportunities. Grades, financial need, and work or volunteer experience may contribute to a strong application.


  • How much does it cost to get a BSN?

    According to the National Center for Education Statistics, average annual tuition at four-year colleges in 2018 reached $43,139 among private institutions and $20,050 at public institutions.


  • How can I become a nurse fast?

    ADN programs require only about two years of study. Completing a BSN typically takes four years, but RN-to-BSN and second degree programs can accelerate students’ timelines.


  • Who will pay for me to become a nurse?

    Many organizations sponsor nursing scholarships, including nonprofit foundations, religious or community groups, businesses, and professional associations. Colleges and universities may offer institutional scholarships.


Scholarship Applications

Nursing scholarship applications seek typical criteria: transcripts, resumes, essays, personal statements, and letters of recommendation. Financial need and proof of acceptance or enrollment in an accredited program also form part of many applications.

Essay topics for nursing scholarship applications frequently invite applicants to reflect on their nursing career goals or experience. Telling an engaging story, tailored to the prompt, helps application committees understand applicants’ unique personal qualities.

Some scholarships require applicants to have healthcare experience. Whether mandatory or not, discussing any previous volunteer or professional healthcare experience demonstrates applicants’ commitment to the field.

While students should highlight their healthcare skills and knowledge, they should remember to include their soft skills as well. Make your application stand out with specific experiences or anecdotes demonstrating field-relevant qualities such as leadership or perseverance.

Scholarships



The following list features some of the many scholarships available to nursing students of all levels and backgrounds. Students can use this list as a starting point to begin their own research, learn about the financial aid process, and identify the most advantageous scholarships for their personal circumstances and goals.


  • A Nurse I Am

    Cherokee Uniforms administers this scholarship supporting nursing students currently enrolled in bachelor’s, associate, certificate or diploma programs within the United States. Applicants may attend classes full time or part time.

    Award: $2,000
    Deadline: To be scheduled

    Apply


  • AACN Scholarship

    Hurst Review Services partners with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to sponsor this scholarship benefitting prelicensure students attending AACN member schools. Four students receive scholarships each year.

    Award: $2,500
    Deadline: Mid-January and mid-July

    Apply


  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners Scholarship

    AANP accepts scholarship applications from registered nurses with at least one semester of a master’s or doctoral program completed. Applicants must submit their program of study, transcripts, resume, and references.

    Award: $2,500 – $5,000
    Deadline: Late March

    Apply


  • American Nephrology Nurses Association Career Mobility Scholarships

    Comprising several named awards, these scholarships provide funding for ANNA members pursuing a BSN or graduate-level nursing degree. Applicants must currently work in the field and hold nephrology nursing certification.

    Award: $1,000 – $4,000
    Deadline: Mid-October

    Apply


  • Army Nurse Corps Association Scholarship

    U.S. Army service members and veterans, as well as their spouses and children, can apply for this scholarship. Applicants may attend a bachelor’s or graduate nursing or nurse anesthesia program.

    Award: $3,000
    Deadline: Late March

    Apply


  • Association for Radiologic & Imaging Nursing Scholarships

    ARIN’s scholarship program includes the Dorothy Budnek Memorial Scholarship, open to association members enrolled in nursing programs. Applicants need a 3.0 GPA. Other scholarships provide funding for certification, membership, and conference expenses.

    Award: $600
    Deadline: Late October

    Apply


  • Association of Rehabilitation Nurses Scholarship

    ARN awards scholarships to active association members currently pursuing a bachelor’s or graduate-level nursing degree. Certified rehabilitation registered nurses with at least two years of professional experience receive preference.

    Award: $1,500
    Deadline: Early July

    Apply


  • American Indian Nurse Scholarship

    This scholarship supports individuals of American Indian, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian descent. Applicants may study nursing or other healthcare disciplines and must plan to work in Native American communities after graduation.

    Award: $1,500
    Deadline: Early December

    Apply


  • Caroline E. Holt Nursing Scholarship

    Applicants must demonstrate financial need and submit proof of acceptance or enrollment in an accredited nursing program. The Daughters of the American Revolution also offers other nursing scholarships with additional criteria.

    Award: $2,500
    Deadline: Mid-February

    Apply


  • CastleBranch-GNSA Scholarship

    Applicants must attend an AACN-accredited graduate nursing program, maintain a 3.5 GPA, and submit essays and references. They must also hold Graduate Nursing Student Academy membership and can join for free.

    Award: $2,500
    Deadline: Late September and late December

    Apply


  • Catching the Dream Scholarships

    This scholarship funds American Indian students enrolled in baccalaureate or graduate programs, including nursing students. Applicants must submit documentation of tribal enrollment and write an essay discussing their heritage, achievements, and career goals.

    Award: $500 – $5,000
    Deadline: Mid-March, late April, and mid-September

    Apply


  • DiversityNursing.com Scholarship

    Open to nursing students and practicing nurses at all levels, this scholarship requires applicants to create a user account with the sponsoring organization. The sponsor chooses one annual winner by drawing.

    Award: $5,000
    Deadline: Early May

    Apply


  • Emergency Nurses Association Scholarships

    These scholarships support ENA members pursuing a bachelor’s or graduate nursing degree. Non-members who work in rescue or emergency services may receive funding for BSN study. All scholarships require a minimum 3.0 GPA.

    Award: To be announced
    Deadline: Late April

    Apply


  • The Foundation of the National Student Nurses' Association Scholarships

    Nursing students at all levels, except for graduate student BSN degree-holders, may apply for FNSNA scholarships. The scholarship program encompasses multiple individual awards, which may set additional criteria.

    Award: $7,500
    Deadline: Mid-February

    Apply


  • HOSA Scholarships

    HOSA-Future Health Professionals, a student organization for aspiring health science professionals, administers this scholarship. Applicants may attend programs that lead to careers in a variety of fields, including nursing.

    Award: To be announced
    Deadline: Mid-April

    Apply


  • Heart of Healthcare Nursing Scholarship

    Nursing students at any level and in all specialties qualify for this scholarship. Applicants must write a 2,500-word essay and hold a minimum 3.5 GPA.

    Award: $1,000
    Deadline: Early September

    Apply


  • March of Dimes Graduate Nursing Scholarships

    The March of Dimes accepts scholarship applications from registered nurses pursuing a graduate degree in maternal-child nursing. Applicants must hold membership in specific professional organizations focused on women’s and neonatal health.

    Award: $5,000
    Deadline: Late January

    Apply


  • Mosaic Life Care Foundation Scholarships

    This healthcare and nursing scholarship program includes graduate and undergraduate awards with varying criteria. Requirements may include residency within Mosaic Life Care’s service region and current or future employment with the organization.

    Award: Varies
    Deadline: Mid-March, early April, mid-June, and mid-October

    Apply


  • National American Arab Nurses Association Scholarships

    This scholarship supports associate, bachelor’s, and master’s-level nursing students of Arab heritage. Applicants need a 3.0 GPA and must demonstrate a contribution to healthcare in Arab American communities.

    Award: $500 – $1,000
    Deadline: Late September

    Apply


  • National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration in Long Term Care Scholarships

    Graduate and undergraduate nursing students can apply for a NADONA nursing scholarship. Some awards require that applicants work in long-term care nursing or plan to pursue a career in the field.

    Award: Varies
    Deadline: Late January, early May, and late December
    Apply


  • National Association of Hispanic Nurses Scholarships

    NAHN members enrolled in full-time nursing programs at all levels can apply. Individual scholarships maintain varying criteria, such as a minimum GPA. Specific awards cater to male applicants and aspiring nurse educators.

    Award: $1,000 – $5,000
    Deadline: Early November

    Apply


  • National Black Nurses Association Scholarships

    The NBNA nursing scholarship program includes awards for nursing students at all levels. Some scholarships cater to students pursuing specific specialties or attending historically Black colleges and universities.

    Award: $1,000 – $5,000
    Deadline: Mid-April

    Apply


  • National Health Service Corps Scholarships

    NHSC scholarships provide tuition funds and monthly stipends for graduate students pursuing primary healthcare careers, including prospective nurse practitioners and nurse midwives. Recipients commit to practicing in areas with a healthcare professional shortage.

    Award: Varies
    Deadline: Varies

    Apply


  • Oncology Nursing Foundation Scholarships

    ONF sponsors several scholarships for nursing students pursuing careers in oncology. Applicants may attend bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral programs. BSN candidates must be entering their senior year.

    Award: $3,000 – $7,500
    Deadline: Late January
    Apply


  • StraightForward Media Nursing School Scholarship

    Students attending full-time or part-time undergraduate nursing programs at two-year, four-year, and vocational institutions may qualify. Applicants must submit an essay. Four students receive this scholarship annually.

    Award: $500
    Deadline: Mid-April, mid-July, mid-October, and mid-January

    Apply


  • U.S. Air Force Health Professions Scholarship Program

    The Air Force provides financial assistance for graduate nursing students. Nursing scholarship recipients commit to serving 45 days of active duty while in school and a minimum of three years after graduation.

    Award: Full ride plus stipend
    Deadline: Rolling

    Apply


  • Vohra Wound Care Scholarship for Nursing Education and Nursing Certifications

    Open to practicing nurses as well as students enrolled in physician assistant, nursing assistant, or nursing programs, this scholarship awards the recipient free access to Vohra’s wound care certification course.

    Award: $650
    Deadline: Late March

    Apply


  • William K. Schubert Minority Nursing Scholarship

    Open to Cincinnati Children’s employees, this scholarship supports pediatric nursing students from underrepresented populations, including male and racial minority applicants. Applicants must attend a prelicensure program and hold a minimum 2.75 GPA.

    Award: $2,750
    Deadline: Late April

    Apply


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