Nursing Scholarships and Grants

Last updated: January 07, 2019

Registered nurses are among the most in-demand jobs of our generation. The American Nurses Association (ANA) projects that with new job growth, higher median salary rates and growing employment rates of RNs, nursing ranks as the occupation with the most annual job openings between 2012 and 2022. Considering population growth, the need for nurses is expected to contingently rise which will make nursing students more than just occupationally secure, but in a global sense, necessary.

Are you considering pursuing a career in nursing? If so, you’re among the over 3 million Registered Nurses (RNs) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) in the U.S. working towards a healthier population. The road to becoming an RN involves both classroom and hands-on experience, which help prepare you to become the best nurse you can possibly be. Use our guide to learn more about how you can qualify to be a nurse and how you can fund your college education with financial aid opportunities and nursing scholarships.

The more prepared students are within their field of study, the more they are capable of giving back to their community in the form of jobs in hospitals, nursing care facilities, physicians offices, outpatient care centers, elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, residential facilities, and more.

“By 2022, Nursing employment rates are projected to increase by 20%, with over 3.5 million jobs available.”
— American Nurses Association (ANA)

Nursing employment opportunities are only expected to rise over the next few years, but before students are ready to apply to a nursing program, first they must learn how to qualify to become a nurse.

How to Qualify to be a Nurse

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Complete a Nursing Degree Program

Registered nurses typically choose between three types of degree programs: obtaining a diploma in nursing, an associate or bachelor’s degree in nursing, or a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (BSN) which includes practical training in the field. Choosing a more advanced and intensive course load offers more possibilities for employment within a variety of post-graduate nursing careers such as teaching, administration, consulting, and various healthcare settings.

 
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Choose a Specialty

Nurses can receive credentials in pediatrics, ambulatory care, advanced practice nurses such as midwives, practitioners, and anesthetics, among many other specialized fields. The requirements for declaring specialties vary by state, but generally require at least a Master’s degree.

 
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Obtain Licensing

All states require registered nurses to pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN), which is a 6-hour test that assesses students understanding of the nursing practice. Requirements for this license may vary by state.

 
 

Resources for Nursing Students

Davis Mobile NCLEX-RN Med-Surg App

This app provides study questions for the NCLEX-RN licensing test. This is a valuable tool for nursing students preparing for the exam.

Drugs.com Pill Identifier

This app is helpful for healthcare students and professionals, because it allows users to search pills by common, physical features.

Pocket Anatomy

Students working to memorize names of bones and muscles of the human anatomy have this app available to them to help with memorization and identification.

Nurse.com

This resource for student nurses has information on jobs, news, events, awards, and a blog that offers tips on ways to become the best caretaker of not only patients, but of themselves.

Practical Clinical Skills

This website provides free training exercises and clinical decision support aids using simulation-based training elements.

RegisteredNursing.org

Resources and tools are available through this site that are recommended by RNs practicing in the field, with everything from scholarships, to practice tests.

#RNchat

A site that combines the power of Twitter with Registered Nurses worldwide, offers a place to connect and share stories to publicly discuss topics pertaining to the nursing field.

Learning Nurse

This site offers a simple way to study and learn more about the nursing industry, complete with free modules, videos, tests, and more.

 
 

How to Pay for College

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Scholarships

There are hundreds of scholarships for nursing students, which are awarded by local organizations, private companies, societies and more.

 
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Grants

Grants don’t need to be paid back and are based on your financial circumstances. They are usually funded by the federal government, your state or college.

 
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Fellowships

While scholarships usually fund tuition, fellowships typically cover graduate study, research projects and abroad experiences without needing to be paid back.

 
4

Student Loans

You can borrow money from the government or a bank, but it needs to be paid back with interest. The federal government offers many loan options—fill out the free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to see if you qualify for financial aid. If you need help, use our interactive guide to learn how to answer every question.

 
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Federal Work-Study Program

Provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to pay education expenses.

 
 

If you’re just beginning the process of finding suitable scholarships, make sure you’re prepared for the application process by starting a folder with the assets below.

Scholarship Application Preparation

States and universities have different application requirements regarding prerequisite classes needed for admission into BSN programs. Check university websites for information on specific requirements needed prior to acceptance.
Not all scholarships are based off of your GPA, but most need to verify your high school education to qualify. Try to get certified copies of your transcript early, so you have plenty of time to meet the deadline.
Although there are scholarship opportunities that aren’t merit-based, it’s valuable to take the SAT or ACT standardized tests in case it’s a scholarship qualification.
Your scholarship essay is what will bring attention to your application out of the pool of applicants. That’s why it’s important to craft a stand out piece that attests to your experience, adheres to the scholarship guidelines and most importantly, highlights your true personality.
Letters of recommendation are a true judgement of your character—something that can’t be revealed through your test scores or transcript. Reach out to former teachers, counselors or bosses, so that they can speak to your qualifications. You may also want to provide them with a resume that outlines your achievements and goals as well.
 

Nursing Scholarships

Instructions: Click through the dropdowns below to sort by the region you reside, award amount and if you qualify for need-based aid.

James F Reville Scholarship

Amount: $3,000

Deadline: January 21, 2019

Full time students enrolled in a healthcare program are eligible to apply for this award. Student’s training must be in a field related to intellectual or other developmental disabilities.

The Harry S Truman Scholarship Program

Amount: $30,000

Deadline: February 5, 2019

Students pursuing a bachelor degree in strong academic standing are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Students who are passionate about becoming a "change agent," and demonstrate strong community service and leadership. Must be a U.S. citizen.

Sigma Theta Tau International / National League for Nursing Research Award

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: February 4, 2019

Applicants must be enrolled in either a Masters or Doctoral program for nursing, with an interest in advancing the science and technology of the healthcare industry. Students must submit a proposal for review.

AHNA Research Committee Grant

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: February 15, 2019

Members of AHNA of at least one year and are working in pursuit of holistic healthcare are eligible for this award. Students will be accepted based on a research proposal.

Elizabeth J. Davis Scholarship

Amount: up to $3,000

Deadline: June 30, 2019

Home care professionals of Vermont seeking full-time degrees are eligible for this scholarship. Students must be pursuing their RN or LPN, occupational therapy or social work to apply.

Irene and Daisy Macgregor Memorial Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: February 15, 2019

Two students of high scholastic standing and character who have been accepted into a course of study to become a medical doctor are eligible to apply. Pre-med, veterinarian or physician assistant are not eligible. Females applicants are preferred.

The Vegetarian Resource Group College Scholarship

Amount: $15,000

Deadline: February 20, 2019

Applicants who have shown compassion and strong promotion to a peaceful world are eligible for this award. Must be a U.S. resident.

Barbara Rhomberg Nursing Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: March 31, 2019

This sponsored scholarship is awarded each year to one non-traditional full-time student pursuing undergraduate study in nursing.

Elizabeth Garde National Scholarship

Amount: $850

Deadline: March 1, 2019

The Danish Sisterhood of America offers this renewable scholarship to one nursing student annually. Applicants must be enrolled in a full-time nursing program and maintain a 3.0 GPA to be considered.

Doris W. Frey Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $2,750

Deadline: February 24, 2019

The scholarship awards students studying Christian ministry/youth ministry, teaching, Christian counseling, nursing or medicine. Students must graduate from a public or private high school in Charlotte, Collier, Hendry, Glades or Lee County. All High School Seniors, Undergraduates, and Graduates are eligible to apply.

Oregon Student Aid

Amount: up to $10,000

Deadline: March 1, 2019

The state of Oregon offers over 500 government funded scholarships to student nurses pursuing higher education. Financial need will be considered for these scholarships.

Heartland Foundation : Mary Ann Reinert Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: April 15, 2019

Applicants who are pursuing careers in surgical nursing or surgical services, including nursing, technology or any other surgical-related field are preferred for this scholarship. Must be enrolled for 12 credit hours, and maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher to apply.

OMNE Nursing Leaders of Maine Scholarships

Amount: $500

Deadline: May 1, 2019

Any Maine individual enrolled in a Maine accredited BSN or MSN nursing bachelor's degree program with an overall grade point average of “C” or better in current program are eligible to apply.

Smith Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: May 12, 2019

Students enrolled in Oregon state pursuing a degree in Nursing are eligible for this award. Applicants will be reviewed on commitment to furthering career in Oregon state, leadership abilities, and financial need.

Exceptional Nurse Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Deadline: June 1, 2019

These scholarships are available to students studying nursing, who are either studying to work with patients with disabilities, or have a disability of their own. Applicants must be full-time students to be considered.

Kansas Nursing Foundation General Scholarship

Amount: $500

Deadline: March 31, 2019

Undergraduate students residing in Kansas and pursuing a nursing degree are eligible. Must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and provide three letters of recommendation.

Josh Gottheil Memorial Bone Marrow Transplant Career Development Awards

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: June 15, 2019

Students who are currently employed as a non-advanced practice level nurses working in bone-marrow transplantation are encouraged to apply. Students spending more than 75% of their time working are preferred. Must have two or more years remaining in nursing practice prior to applying.

VDH Nursing Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Deadline: June 30, 2019

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. Students must have a GPA of 3.0 to be considered.

Michigan Nurses Foundation Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: July 31, 2020

Nursing students currently enrolled in a Michigan college or university in good academic standing are encouraged to apply. Candidates must demonstrate progress towards degree completion.

Naomi Brack Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: September 30, 2019

The OADN Association sponsors this scholarship to second year students enrolled in a nursing program in North Dakota. Students must have a 2.5 GPA to be considered.

Hawai'i Community Foundation Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Deadline: January 1, 2020

Hawaii Community Foundation is providing a wealth of financial support to qualified students throughout Hawaii. With over 250 scholarships, Hawaii students can surely find a scholarship that applies to them.

American Indian Nurse Scholarship Awards

Amount: $1,500

Deadline: June 1, 2019

Candidates must be at least 1/4 American Indian and enrolled in a tribe, or able to prove direct tribal ancestry. Candidates must be enrolled an undergraduate or graduate nursing program are eligible.

Caroline E Holt Nursing Scholarship

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: February 15, 2019

This one-time award is given to students pursuing a degree in nursing. Financial need will be considered.

Illinois Amvets Sad Sacks Nursing Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: March 1, 2019

Illinois high school seniors in pursuit of a nursing degree are encouraged to apply for this scholarship. Must prove satisfactory academic record. Priority will go to students who are the dependent of a veteran.

South Dakota Department of Health scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: October 1, 2019

The South Dakota Board of Nursing sponsors this scholarship for students who have resided in the state for at least one year, and are pursuing a career in nursing. RN and LPN candidates will be considered.

Undergraduate Education Nursing Scholarship

Amount: $500-$1,000

Deadline: June 1, 2019

Students currently enrolled in a nursing program with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and are residents of Rhode Island are eligible to apply. Must demonstrate clinical proficiency, enthusiasm, and motivation within their studies.

The Recovery Village® Health Care Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: June 30, 2019

A $1,000 award will be given to a student pursuing a health-related degree program. Areas of study that will be considered include, but are not limited to, counseling, social work, emergency medicine, pre-med, nursing, psychology (with a focus on addiction counseling or a substance-abuse related field). Applicants must submit an essay no more than 500 words describing why they are passionate about health care, with a focus on substance abuse and mental health. Essays can draw from personal or professional experience.