Nursing Scholarships and Grants

Last updated: April 23, 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.

 
2

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.

 
3

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

1

Scholarships

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

 
2

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.

 
3

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.

 
5

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.

Creative Biolabs Scholarship Program

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: July 20, 2019

Students worldwide are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. students, majoring in a science related field such as biology, biochemistry, chemistry, and molecular biology, are encouraged to apply. Must have a 3.0 GPA to be considered.

2018 Nurses Make a Difference Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: August 1, 2019

Nursing students enrolled in their undergraduate studies with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible for this scholarship. Students will be asked an essay question for submission.

Emergency Nurse Association Scholarship

Amount: up to $2,500

Deadline: August 1, 2019

The Emergency Nurses Association offer a range of scholarships to support residents of the state of Texas who are pursuing a degree in Nursing, but especially emergency nursing. Applicants must be a TXENA member, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher to apply.

NPO Nanette Clapper Memorial Scholarship for Students in Nurse Practitioner Education Programs

Amount: Varies

Deadline: August 1, 2019

Emerging nurse practitioners of Oregon state are encouraged to apply for this scholarship. RN's are also eligible to apply. See website for more details and eligibility requirements.

ACNL Nursing Scholarships

Amount: up to $7,500

Deadline: August 19, 2019

The Association of California Nurse Leaders offer annual scholarships, fellowships, and grants to support leadership excellence among California's aspiring nurses. Applicants are not required to be registered with the ACNL to apply.

Colon Furr Nursing Scholarship

Amount: $600

Deadline: September 25, 2019

Any permanent legal resident who resides in North Carolina and has been accepted to or is enrolled in a 1 year Licensed Practical Nurse program or who is enrolled in a 2, 3 or 4 year program that leads to certification as a Registered Nurse is eligible for this scholarship.

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.

Ohio College Opportunity Grant

Amount: Varies

Deadline: October 1, 2019

Applicant must be enrolled in an associates degree, first bachelors degree, or nurse diploma program at an eligible Ohio or Pennsylvania institution with a maximum household income of $96,000.

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.

Geraldine “Polly” Bednash Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: October 31, 2019

Applicants must be admitted or enrolled in a baccalaureate or higher degree nursing program at an AACN member institution affiliated with CastleBranch., or have submitted their application to a nursing school through NursingCAS.

WOCN Society Accredited Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: November 1, 2019

Scholarships are accepted twice annually to participating members of WOCN Society Accredited Nursing Education Program. Individuals demonstrating strong academic achievement are preferred.

AANA Scholarship

Amount: $3,000

Deadline: December 1, 2019

The American Association for Nursing Anesthetists support student nurses pursuing their higher education with scholarships nominated by a sponsor.

Lamber Goodnow Nursing Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: December 1, 2019

Students planning on enrolling, or who are enrolled in an accredited nursing program are eligible for this recurring scholarship. Applicants will be reviewed based on their essay submissions.

Murse World Scholarhip

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: December 15, 2019

This scholarship is awarded for the winning written or image submission answering the question: How do you plan on making the world a better place through your future career? This scholarship is intended for U.S. students studying anything related to the medical or health field.

CastleBranch-GNSA Scholarship

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: December 30, 2019

Applicants for this scholarship must be enrolled in a graduate nursing program at an AACN member school of nursing, and must be, or apply to be, a GNSA member.

Dr. Lorraine G. Spranzo Memorial Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: December 31, 2019

Registered nurses who are residents of Maine pursuing an advanced degree are encouraged to apply for this award. Must be a graduate student with a GPA of 3.0 to be considered.

Niche Nursing Scholarship

Amount: $500

Deadline: December 31, 2019

Open to all high-school and undergraduate students pursuing a career in nursing. Must be a legal resident of the U.S.

After College AACN Scholarship

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: December 31, 2019

Students seeking their undergraduate degree with the dream of becoming a practicing nurse or a nurse educator are eligible for this award. Nursing scholarship recipients are awarded quarterly.

Academic Education Scholarships

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: January 1, 2020

This award is for occupational or environmental health nurses dedicated to developing leadership skills, while furthering the occupational nurse profession as a whole. Must be a member of AAOHN to apply.

Annette Haag Leadership Scholarships

Amount: $1,500

Deadline: January 1, 2020

This award is for one occupational or environmental health nurse dedicated to developing leadership skills, while furthering the occupational nurse profession as a whole. Must be a member of AAOHN to apply.

Liberty Leadership Scholarships

Amount: $1,500

Deadline: January 1, 2020

This award is for occupational or environmental health nurses dedicated to developing leadership skills, while furthering the occupational nurse profession as a whole. Must be a member of AAOHN to apply.

Professional Development Scholarships

Amount: $1,500

Deadline: January 1, 2020

This award is for occupational or environmental health nurses dedicated to developing leadership skills, while furthering the occupational nurse profession as a whole. Must be a member of AAOHN to apply.

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.

ANNA Career Mobility Scholarships

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: January 1, 2020

Current members of ANNA actively involved in nephrology nursing related healthcare services are eligible for the ANNA Scholarships. Must be enrolled in an undergraduate program in good academic standing.

Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP)

Amount: Varies

Deadline: January 1, 2020

This scholarship is for qualifying active duty students, who are accepted into a four year institution. Must maintain full-time student status for duration of program. Benefits include monthly living expenses coverage, full coverage of tuition, and a $20,000 signing bonus. See website for more details and qualifications.

Indiana Nursing Scholarship Foundation

Amount: Varies

Deadline: January 1, 2020

Students who live in Indiana and require financial need will be considered for this scholarship. Must have a GPA of 2.0 and be admitted to an Indiana university.

Nebraska Health Care Foundation Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Deadline: January 1, 2020

The Nebraska Healthcare Foundation (NHCF) awards a variety of long-term support for students pursuing degrees in nursing. Check the scholarship website for specific eligibility requirements.

Johnson & Johnson Discover Nursing Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: January 1, 2020

Students pursuing a four-year nursing degree at an accredited college or university are eligible for this national scholarship opportunity. Must be accepted as a full-time student at an ICFNJ member college with a GPA of 3.2 or higher.

Express Medical Supply Scholarship

Amount: $500

Deadline: January 6, 2020

Must be currently enrolled in accredited university. Applicants are asked to tweet a picture that represents the heart of your hometown to be considered for this scholarship.

Bobby Griffith Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $6,000

Deadline: February 1, 2020

LGBTQ+ students studying nursing are eligible to apply. Students demonstrating hardship, special circumstances, leadership, and academic achievement will be considered.

The Harry S Truman Scholarship Program

Amount: $30,000

Deadline: February 5, 2020

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.

Washington State Opportunity Scholarship

Amount: $1,500

Deadline: February 12, 2020

This scholarship is offered to Washington State residents who have acquired a high school diploma or GED from a Washington state institution. Must fill out a FAFSA to apply. See website for more details.

AHNA Research Committee Grant

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: February 15, 2020

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.

Irene and Daisy Macgregor Memorial Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: February 15, 2020

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.

Caroline E Holt Nursing Scholarship

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: February 15, 2020

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

The Vegetarian Resource Group College Scholarship

Amount: $15,000

Deadline: February 20, 2020

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

The Cynthia E. Morgan Memorial Scholarship Fund

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: February 25, 2020

Students planning to enroll or who are already enrolled in a healthcare program and are permanent residents in the state of Maryland are eligible for this scholarship. Must be attending a university within the state of Maryland to apply.

Washington State Opportunity Scholarship

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: February 28, 2020

Washington state residents pursuing a degree in STEM/Healthcare working towards a bachelor's degree are eligible for this award. Must be enrolled in a Washington State University, and plan to enroll as a full-time student. Financial aid will be considered.

Elizabeth Garde National Scholarship

Amount: $850

Deadline: March 1, 2020

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.

Oregon Student Aid

Amount: up to $10,000

Deadline: March 1, 2020

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

Illinois Amvets Sad Sacks Nursing Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: March 1, 2020

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.

Fontana Transport Inc. Scholars Program

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: March 15, 2020

First generation college prospective students who are underrepresented, low income, and passionate about pursuing a career in health related fields. Students are not required to be U.S. citizens, but must have a 3.5 GPA to be considered.

The Nursing Foundation of Pennsylvania Future Nurse Leader Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: March 30, 2020

The Nursing Foundation of Pennsylvania Future Nurse Leader Scholarship exists to provide scholarships to students demonstrating leadership skills in their pursuit of a nursing degree. Funds are for full-time nursing students in an accredited BSN program in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Anna N Dosen Serbian Educational Fund

Amount: $3,000

Deadline: March 31, 2020

Graduating seniors and undergraduate students are eligible to apply for this award. Must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher and pursue a degree in health related fields. Preference to students of Serbian heritage.

A.T. Anderson Memorial Scholarship

Amount: up to $2,000

Deadline: March 31, 2020

This scholarship is awarded to college students who are AISES members of American Indian or Alaskan Native ethnicity, and are pursuing a degree in engineering, medicine, natural resources, math, and other sciences. Must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Native American and Alaska Natives are preferred.

Barbara Rhomberg Nursing Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: March 31, 2020

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

Barbara Rhomberg Nursing Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: March 31, 2020

The Barbara Rhomberg Excellence in Nursing Scholarship, sponsored by B4 Brands, is awarded each year to a non-traditional, fulltime student pursuing undergraduate degrees in nursing.

Heartland Foundation : Mary Ann Reinert Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: April 15, 2020

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, 2020

Any Maine individual enrolled in a Maine accredited BSN or MSN nursing bachelor's degree program is eligible to apply.

The Senior Care Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: May 1, 2020

Students of all levels of study pursuing academic work in hopes of working with the elderly are encouraged to apply for this award. Scholarship will be awarded based on essay and/or video submission.

Health Careers Scholarship Program

Amount: Varies

Deadline: May 6, 2020

Students pursuing a degree in healthcare are eligible to apply for this award. Recipients will be chosen based on the required essay prompt and financial need.

Smith Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: May 12, 2020

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, 2020

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.

American Indian Nurse Scholarship Awards

Amount: $1,500

Deadline: June 1, 2020

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.

Undergraduate Education Nursing Scholarship

Amount: $500-$1,000

Deadline: June 1, 2020

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.

HURST/AACN Nursing Scholarship

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: July 15, 2020

This scholarship program is available to prelicensure students enrolled at member AACN schools. See website to find out if your school is a member.

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.