12 Nursing Scholarships You Should Know About

In Education, Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nurse
June 2, 2016

Nursing Scholarships - 12 Nursing Scholarships You Should Know About

Whether you’re just now starting your education toward becoming the nurse you want to be, or a career-long nurse seeking career advancement, these are the nursing scholarships that you need to know about before heading off to class.

The cost of education has skyrocketed over the past 20 years, and the cost of becoming a high-level healthcare professional have increased in-kind. Luckily, many new scholarship programs have sprung up to help lighten the load on future nurses by supplementing some of the cost. I think we can agree that even an extra $500.00 toward that 5-figure tuition cost can make a difference.

The best advice you can get when it comes to scholarships is to find as many that you qualify for and apply to them all. These programs can be highly competitive, so avoid cutting any corners when it comes to the application process. Jump through the extra hoops to get the letters of recommendation from the people that will represent you best and put your personal statements through several revisions prior to submission.

Nursing Scholarships

1. A.T. Anderson Memorial Scholarship

Amount:$1,000/$2,000 undergraduate/graduate respectively

Eligibility: Eligible to those pursing degrees in mathematics, medical sciences, physical science, technology, science, engineering, or natural resources. Eligible candidates must be full-time students at an accredited four-year college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Applicants must be enrolled members of a federally or state-recognized American Indian Tribe, Alaskan Native Village, or be a Native Hawaiian. They must also be AISES members at the time of application.

Requirements: The scholarship requires candidates to submit their transcripts, an essay of up to 1,500 words addressing their education and career goals, why they chose to study in their field, and their motivations, and their current resume. Two letters of recommendation are required along with a Certificate of Indian Blood (CIB) or proof of tribal enrollment.

2. AfterCollege/AACN Scholarship Fund

Amount: $10,000

Eligibility: Available to students pursing a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree in nursing with special consideration to those looking to become a nurse educator, those completing an RN-to-BSN program, or an RN-to-MSN program. Applicants must be enrolled at the time of application, not just accepted.

Requirements: Applicants must submit their current transcripts and an essay of 250 words maximum about their goals and aspirations in the future. Only scholarship finalists are required to submit letters of recommendations, published articles, and awards/honors to the selection committee.

3. Bachelor’s in Nursing Degree Scholarship

Amount: $3,000 – $5,000

Eligibility: Eligible candidates for this nursing scholarship must be enrolled in a bachelor of nursing degree program at an NLN or CCNE accredited nursing school, and must also be in their senior year.

Requirements: Since the application is now closed, there seems to be no information available at this time as to what exactly is required. It’s assumed that you’ll need multiple reference letters, transcripts, and an essay of some kind. Once again, this is speculation until the scholarship opens back up next year.

4. Master’s Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Eligibility: Candidates for this nursing scholarship must be a currently enrolled in a nursing master’s degree program at an NLN or CCNE accredited nursing school. Candidates must exhibit a commitment to oncology nursing and individuals must also be currently licensed registered nurses, or those who are not currently licensed RNs but have a bachelor’s in another field.

Requirements: Since the application is now closed, there seems to be no information available at this time as to what exactly is required. It’s assumed that you’ll need multiple reference letters, transcripts, and an essay of some kind. Once again, this is speculation until the scholarship opens back up next year.

5. NBNA Scholarship Program

Amount: $1,000 – $6,000

Eligibility: Eligible candidates for this nursing scholarship must be a member of NBNA and a member of a local chapter, if one exists within a 50 mile radius. Candidates must be currently enrolled in a nursing program, in good academic standing, and have at least 1 year remaining.

Requirements: Candidates must submit their official transcripts, a 2-page written essay, two letters of recommendation, a clear professional headshot, and other, optional, elements like participation in nurse activities or involvement in the African American Community.

6. Ann Olson Memorial Doctoral Scholarship

Amount: $5,000 – $7,500

Eligibility: Eligible candidates must be current RNs who exhibit a commitment to oncology nursing as well as enrolled in, or applying to, a doctorate-level nursing program. Candidates must also have a current registered nurse license and commitment to oncology nursing in the future.

Requirements: Two professional reference letters are required, one of which must address the candidate’s ability to manage doctoral-level coursework. At the end of each scholarship period, recipients must also write a summary of the educational activities in which they were involved.

7. Barbara Rhomberg Nursing Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Eligibility: Applicants must be enrolled in a full-time undergraduate nursing program working toward an associate’s or bachelor’s degree. Must be a non-traditional student, meaning that they did not immediately continue their education after high school. Must have a 3 year gap between high school and college.

Requirements: Applicants must include two letters of recommendation, a 500-word essay describing your passion for becoming a nurse, your non-traditional path, and your future plans and goals, and an enrollment verification form.

8. FNSNA Scholarship Program

Amount: $1,000 – $7,500

Eligibility: Students currently enrolled in an accredited nursing program leading to an associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree are eligible applicants.

Requirements: Applicants must include recently college and nursing school transcripts (no minimum GPA is listed). Members of the NSNA must provide proof of membership. Registered nurses currently enrolled in bachelor’s programs and LPNs/LVNs in programs leading to registered nurse licensure must provide a copy of their license to be considered.

9. March of Dimes Graduate Nursing Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Eligibility: Eligible applicants must be registered nurses currently enrolled in a graduate program in maternal-child nursing. They must also be a member of one of the following organizations: the Associations of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, the American College of Nurse-Midwives, or the National Association of Neonatal Nurses.

Requirements: Rather than the traditional requirements such as letters of recommendation, the March of Dimes Graduate Nursing Scholarship requires a resume-style application. An example can be found here.

10. Mary Opal Wolanin Scholarship

Amount: $500.00

Eligibility: This nursing scholarship is available to both undergraduate and graduate students. Undergrads must be enrolled at a nationally accredited university program and intend to work in a gerontology or geriatric setting in the future. Graduate students must also been enrolled at an accredited university as well as currently carrying at least 6 credit hours.

Requirements: Two letters of recommendation, transcripts with a minimum GPA of 3.0, and a statement of the candidates educational and professional goals in the future are required for the application. The statement must not exceed 300 words.

11. Nurse Corps Scholarship Program

Amount: $1,330/month

Eligibility: Graduate students applying to this nursing scholarship must be majoring in gerontology or geriatric nursing and be carrying at least 6 credit hours. Undergraduates can either be full or part-time students as long as they’re in a nationally accredited nursing program in the U.S., but must intend on working in gerontology or geriatrics post-graduation.

Requirements: Two letters of recommendation, transcripts with a minimum GPA of 3.0, and a statement of professional & educational goals, emphasizing the student’s goals as they relate to gerontology or geriatrics.

12. Genesis Health Services Foundation Nursing Scholarship

Amount: $10,000

Eligibility: Candidates must be current students, in good academic standing, and attending an accredited school in Iowa or Illinois in pursuit of a bachelor’s program in nursing. They must also be resident within the Genesis Health Sysytem, so the scholarship is limited to those living in Clinton, Des Moines, Jackson, Louisa, Muscatine, or Scott Counties in Iowa, Henry, Mercer, Rock Island, or Whiteside Counties in Illinois. Cumulative high school GPA must be 3.0 or higher, and college GPA must be 2.5 or higher.

Requirements: This type of scholarship is somewhat rare as the terms say you must pay back the scholarship (loan) unless you work 2 years in the Genesis Health System. Working for them for 1 year will grant you 50% of the loan forgiven.

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