Here are our picks in 50 great scholarships for nursing students.
1. Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship
Offered by the National Hispanic Medical Association at New York University, this $2,000 to $5,000 scholarship is available to Hispanic students who are enrolled at a postsecondary institution and majoring in a healthcare field such as medicine, nursing, dentistry, health management, policy analysis, public health, allied health, or health research. Recipients are selected based on accomplishments, leadership skills, academic track record, and commitment to serving the healthcare needs of the Hispanic community.
2. McNeil Consumer Health Rural and Undeserved Scholarship
This scholarship is available to students who are enrolled in a full-time master's degree pediatric nurse practitioners program. Applicants must be a registered nurse, have at least a year of experience in pediatric medicine, and demonstrate financial need. Students must also plan to work in a rural area for at least two years after graduation and be members of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP). The award amount varies and applications are due by June 15th.
3. National Association of Hispanic Nurses Scholarship
This scholarship is offered by the National Association of Hispanic Nurses and is only available to nursing students who are NAHN members. Applicants must be enrolled in a nursing degree program at the diploma, practical/vocational, associate's, baccalaureate, or graduate degree level. The monetary amount for the award is $1,000 and the scholarship deadline is March 14th.
4. Caroline E. Holt Nursing Scholarship
This scholarship is offered by the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) and is in the amount of $1,000. Students must demonstrate financial need and be enrolled in (or be planning to attend) an accredited nursing program. The application deadline is February 15th.
5. Mildred Nutting Nursing Scholarship
This $1,000 scholarship is available only to students who are enrolled in or have been accepted into an accredited nursing program. It is offered by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), and preference is given to students from the greater Lowell, Massachusetts area. The deadline to submit both an application and financial aid form is February 15th.
6. Nurse Leader Scholarship
Offered by Loyola University New Orleans, this $4,500 scholarship is available to students in the school's online Master's degree program for nursing. Students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, and the application deadline is November 30th. The school will choose five students to receive the monetary awards.
7. Above and Beyond Scholarship
Offered by the National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration in Long-Term Care, this $1,000 scholarship is available to students at various levels of education. Students must have a BSN and be seeking some sort of higher degree related to nursing, gerontology, health administration, or long-term care. Applicants must either be NADONA/LTC members or be sponsored by a member. Four students will receive awards.
8. After College/AACN Scholarship Fund
This $10,000 scholarship is available to nursing students who are pursing baccalaureate, master's, or doctoral degrees. Special consideration is given to students who are enrolled in a master's or doctoral degree program to pursue a nurse faculty career, completing an RN to BSN program, or enrolled in an accelerated baccalaureate or master's degree program. The scholarship fund accepts applications at multiple points throughout the year: June 30th, September 30th, December 30th, and March 30th.
9. Kay F. Fullwood Northeast Florida Geriatric Nursing Scholarship Fund
Established by the Florida Nurses Association, this scholarship is only available to residents of Northeast Florida. Students must be enrolled in an accredited graduate nursing program with a focus on geriatrics or be a practicing geriatric nurse who needs financial assistance to conduct research or attend a conference about geriatric nursing. Applications are due June 1st.
10. Academic Study Award
Offered by the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Foundation, this $2,500 award is available to registered nurses enrolled in a full- or part-time accredited baccalaureate nursing program. Students should have an interest in environmental or occupational health. Full- and part-time graduate students are also eligible if their program of study has an application to occupational or environmental health. The application deadline is January 10th.
11. AORN Foundation Scholarship Program
Offered by the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses, this scholarship is available to current nursing students or AORN members who have been accepted into an accredited nursing program. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA and demonstrate financial need. The amount of the award varies, and the scholarship deadline is June 15th.
12. BSN Scholarship
This $1,500 scholarship is available only to active members of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses who are enrolled in a bachelor's of science in nursing program. Students must have completed at least one course, be practicing rehabilitation nursing, and have at least two years of experience in rehabilitation nursing. Students must submit an application, transcripts, a summary of academic and professional goals and achievements, and letters of recommendation. The deadline for submission is June 1st.
13. CNA Region 11 Scholarship
Offered by the California Nurses Association, this scholarship is aimed at members of the Alameda County Nurses Association. Students must be enrolled in an educational nursing program, be attending (or plan to attend) a nursing conference, or be engaged in nursing-related research. The monetary amount of the scholarship varies, and the application deadline is August 1st.
14. Colorado Nurses Association Nightingale Scholarship
This scholarship is available to Colorado residents who are members of the Colorado Nurses Association or the Colorado Student Nurses Association. Applicants must be second-year ASN students, third- or fourth-year BSN students, or RN students enrolled at any postsecondary institution. Practicing RNs enrolled in doctoral degree programs are also eligible. Undergraduate students must have a 3.25 GPA or higher, and graduate degree students must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Students must be planning to practice nursing in Colorado after graduation. The scholarship is in the amount of $1,000 and the application deadline is October 26th.
15. Dorothy Budnek Memorial Scholarship
Offered by the Association of Radiologic and Imaging Nursing, applicants to this scholarship must have been members of the association for at least three years. Applicants must also have a nursing license and be enrolled in an approved academic program. The award amount is $600 and the scholarship deadline is September 15th.
16. Eight and Forty Lung and Respiratory Nursing Scholarship Fund
This $3,000 scholarship is offered by the American Legion. Applicants must be employed full-time in either a hospital, clinic, or health department. Specifically, applicants must be employed in a department related to lung and respiratory control to be eligible. The scholarship application deadline is May 15th.
17. ENA Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship
This scholarship is for nurses pursing baccalaureate degrees in nursing. Applications must also have
been Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) members for at least a year before applying. Students must submit an application, references, transcripts, and a statement of goals. The monetary award is $3,000 and the scholarship deadline is June 1st.
18. Foundation for Neonatal Research and Education Scholarship
Applicants to this scholarship must be registered nurses and be accepted into an accredited BSN program, a master's degree nursing program, a post-master's degree program in business nursing or nursing administration, or a doctoral program. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA average and be actively involved in neonatal nursing at the professional level. The award amount varies and the scholarship deadline is May 1st.
19. Foundation of the National Student Nurses' Association Career Mobility Scholarship
Offered by the National Student Nurses' Association, this scholarship is available to both nursing and pre-nursing students. Students must be pursuing LPN to RN, RN to BSN, or RN to MSN degrees. The scholarship application deadline is January 14th and scholarships are awarded in amounts anywhere from $1,000 to $2,500.
20. Foundation of the National Student Nurses' Association Specialty Scholarship
Offered by the National Student Nurses' Association, this scholarship is available to nursing students who have an interest in a particular specialty area related to nursing. The scholarship application is due January 14th and the monetary award is $2,000. The scholarship committee selects winners based on the overall strength of applications.
21. Health Professional Loan Repayment
This award is available to students in particular nurse professions, including physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, licensed nurses, midwifes, dental hygienists, dentists, and pharmacists. Applicants must be employed or be under contract for employment at an eligible site, provide proof of student debt, and sign a commitment to serve for at least three years. Applicants may receive a maximum of $35,000 and the scholarship application deadline is April 29th.
22. Karen O'Neil Memorial Scholarship
This $3,000 scholarship is offered by the Emergency Nurses Association. Applicants must have been members of the ENA for at least twelve months prior to submitting an application. They also must be nurses who are pursuing an advanced nursing degree. The application deadline is June 1st.
23. Medtronic Physio-control Advanced Nursing Practice Scholarship
Applicants for this scholarship must be nursing students who are studying for an advanced clinical practice degree with the goal of becoming a clinical nurse specialist or a nurse practitioner. Applicants must have been Emergency Nurses Association for at least one year before applying, and the scholarship committee will give special consideration to those with an interest in cardiac nursing. The scholarship amount is $3,000 and the application is due June 1st.
24. Past Presidents' Parley Nursing Scholarship
Offered by the American Legion Auxillary in the Department of California, this scholarship is only open to current residents of California. Students must be enrolled or planning to enroll in a nursing program in order to receive this $2,000 scholarship. Applicants must also be the husband, wife, widow, widower, or child of a veteran, or be a veteran themselves. The application deadline for this scholarship is April 5th.
25. Senator Patricia K. McGee Nursing Faculty Scholarship
This application is offered by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have lived in New York State for at least a year at the time of application. Students must be registered nurses, be licensed in the state of New York, and be accepted into an accredited graduate school nursing program within New York. Students must also agree to serve in a nursing facility for four years in order to receive up to $20,000 in award money. The application deadline is June 15th.
26. Thomara Lattimer Cancer Foundation Scholarship
This award is available to students who are between the ages of 17 and 30 and are of African-American decent. They must also have a 3.0 GPA, live in the state of Michigan, and be enrolled in an accredited postsecondary institution. They must also be studying certain health-related careers, including nursing, medicine, occupational or physical therapy, or physician assisting. The award amount varies and the scholarship deadline is December 27th.
27. Minority Nurse Faculty Scholarship
This scholarship is offered by Johnson & Johnson and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and is available to graduate degree nursing students who are from a minority background. Students must agree to teach in a school of nursing after graduation and must be enrolled in their program full-time. Preference is given to doctoral degree students and the scholarship deadline is May 1st.
28. Certifiedbackground.com Scholarship
This scholarship is available to students enrolled in a baccalaureate (or higher) degree nursing program and maintain at least a 3.2 grade point average. Students must attend a school that is an American Association of Colleges of Nursing member and is affiliated with certifiedbackground.com. Applicants may also be future nursing students who have submitted their application to a school through NursingCAS. The scholarship is for $5,000 and there are multiple deadlines throughout the year: January 31st, April 30th, July 31st, and October 31st.
29. Hurst Reviews/AACN Nursing Scholarship
This scholarship is offered by both Hurst Reviews Services and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, and is available to prelicensure nursing students pursuing a professional nursing degree. Students must attend a school that is an AACN member. Two $2,500 scholarships are awarded twice yearly, and the application deadlines are January 15th and July 15th.
30. Nurse Leaders for North America Scholarship
Provided by the Global Scholarship Alliance, this scholarship is available to active and unencumbered registered nurses licensed in the United States. Applicants must be U.S. or Canadian residents, have successfully completed at least a three year nursing program, and have completed clinical rotations in surgical, obstetrics, pediatrics, psychiatry, and medical nursing. Applicants must also have one year of post-graduate acute care experience in specialties such as ICU, OR, and ER. Students should also have a desire to pursue an advanced degree and work in a high-volume, acute-care setting. Award winners receive full-tuition scholarships including books, fees, and a new computer.
31. Nursing Economics Foundation Scholarship
This scholarship is for registered nurses who have plans to attend an accredited master's or doctoral nursing program with an emphasis on administration, management, or leadership. Students must also be U.S. citizens. The scholarship committee will award four $5,000 scholarships, and the application deadline is May 31st.
32. StraightForward Media Nursing School Scholarship
This scholarship is available to students who are pursuing a postsecondary degree in nursing. The average award amount is $500 and the scholarship deadline is July 14th. StraightForward Media gives out one nursing school scholarship every three months.
33. A Nurse I Am Scholarship
This scholarship is for students who are enrolled (or have been accepted into) an accredited LVN/LPN, RN (ADN or BSN), or an RN-BSN program. Students may be in school on a full-time or part-time basis. Students must be U.S. citizens and be attending school in the U.S. The award amount is $2,000 and the application deadline is March 1st.
34. NURSECorps Scholarship Program
This scholarship is for students who are enrolled in nursing school programs at the diploma, associate's degree, baccalaureate, or graduate degree level. Students must be U.S. citizens, nationals, or lawful permanent residents. Scholarships recipient must work for two years after graduation in a Critical Shortage Facility. Preference is given to students who show the greatest financial need and are enrolled in an accredited program as full-time students. The monetary award amount varies and the application deadline is May 2nd.
35. Exceptionalnurse.com College Scholarship
To receive this award, scholarship applicants must be nursing students and also have a documented disability. Applicants should be attending (or have been accepted into) a college or university on a full-time basis. Students should also show dedication to both the nursing career and academic excellence. The award amount is between $250 and $500 and the scholarship deadline is June 1st.
36. Lambda Pi Alpha Undergraduate Nursing Scholarship
To win this scholarship, applicants must be nursing students of African American decent who are entering either their junior or senior year in school. Applicants must also have at least a 3.0 grade point average and demonstrate financial need. The award amount is $1,500 and the deadline by when to submit the scholarship is April 1st.
37. Tafford Uniforms Nursing Scholarship Program
To win this scholarship students must be enrolled in an accredited nursing program in the United States and have at least a 2.5 GPA average. Applicants must be enrolled in either a bachelor of science in nursing, master's of science in nursing, licensed practical nurse, or associate degree in nursing program. The scholarship deadline is June 1st and the monetary amount of the award is $1,000.
38. Medical Professionals of Tomorrow Scholarship
This scholarship is for full-time college students who are pursuing a degree in the medical field, including nursing. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited two-year, four-year, or graduate program in the U.S. Students must submit an essay about why they chose their current field of study and what they hope to accomplish. The scholarship application deadline is December 31st and the award is given in amounts anywhere from $500 to $3,500.
39. Greta James Nursing Scholarship
Applicants for this scholarship must either be enrolled in or planning to attend an accredited nursing school. Applicants must answer an essay question about why they decided to go into the nursing field and what makes them qualified to receive the scholarship. The deadline for the application is December 31st and the scholarship committee grants two recipients $2,500.
40. SGNA RN Education Scholarship
Awarded by the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, this scholarship helps pay educational expenses for full-time students working toward licensure as registered nurses. One or more awards in the amount of $2,500 are awarded annually, and the application deadline is in July.
41. Miriam Fay Furlong Grant
To qualify for this award, applicants must be in good standing with the Alpha Tau Delta professional fraternity for nurses. The scholarship is to support students who are enrolled in nursing school programs. One to six awards are given each year in the amount of $1,000 and the deadline is April 15th.
42. Health Occupations Students of America Scholarship
To be eligible for this award, students must be in pursuit of a degree, such as nursing, preparing them to be a health professional. Applicants must also be a Health Occupations Students of America member and need to submit an official transcript, a statement of future goals, a list of leadership activities and community involvement, a photo, a personal statement, and references. Applications are due by April 1st.
43. Barry and Julia Smith Family Nurse Scholarship Program
This scholarship is for students who are at least 25 years old and are enrolled in a nursing school program. Applicants must have an interest in hospice or end of life care nursing. Applicants must also be full-time students who are in their junior year or nursing study. The scholarship is awarded in the amount of $1,000 and the application deadline is in May.
44. American Quarter Horse Foundation Education or Nursing Scholarship
The AQHA/AQHYA provides scholarships each year to college bound high school students who are members of the American Quarter Horse Association. Students must have been members for at least a year and be pursuing a degree in either nursing or education. One award is given in the amount of $10,000 each year and is renewable for up to four years. The deadline for the scholarship application is in January.
45. The Bernice McNamara Memorial Scholarship Award: The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults
This scholarship is aimed at students who have lost a parent or guardian to cancer or have a parent or guardian with cancer. Students must be pursuing or planning to pursue a career in the field of nursing. One award is given each year in the amount of $2,500, which is spread over two semesters. The application deadline is March 30th.
46. Mary Opal Wolanin Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarship
Offered by the National Gerontological Nurses Association, this scholarship is available to students who are enrolled in a nursing school program. Applicants must be committed to working in a geriatric/gerontology setting after graduation. Two awards are given each year – one undergraduate and one graduate – in the amount of $500. Applications are due no later than June 1st.
47. Gerontological Nursing Student Leadership Award
This award, sponsored by the National Gerontological Nursing Association fellows, is given to students currently attending or planning to attend nursing school. Winners of the award will be given the opportunity to attend the national convention and learn more about nursing and gerontology.
48. Jadeh Marselis-Moore Student Nurse Essay Contest
This scholarship is aimed at male nursing students who are enrolled in their last year of nursing school and will be NCLEX-RN eligible. The student who submits the best essay will receive a monetary award of $500. The deadline by which students must submit their application is June 30th. Students must also be current members of the American Assembly for Men in Nursing.
49. AAMN Foundation Student Nurse Essay Contest
Offered by the American Assembly for Men in Nursing, this scholarship is available only to male students pursuing a degree in nursing. Students must be enrolled in their final year of a pre-RN program leading to NCLEX-RN eligibility. The student with the best response to the essay question will receive $500. The scholarship deadline is July 1st.
50. Air Force ROTC Nursing Scholarship
This scholarship is for members of the air force who are also students. Students must pass the Air Force Office Qualifying Test and the Air Force ROTC Physical Fitness Test, and have a minimum 2.5 GPA. The scholarship will pay for tuition and fees up to $18,000 as well as $900 worth of books. Recipients must be a sophomore or junior enrolled in an accredited nursing program. The application deadline is December 1st.