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Nursing Scholarships

Nurses are an integral component of our healthcare system. Nursing programs come in a variety of formats, with 1- and 2-year associate degree programs available as well as 4-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree programs. These 4-year programs prepare graduates to become Registered Nurses (RN).

In RN degree programs, you'll study liberal arts and humanities electives in your first two years. Along with these courses, you'll be expected to enroll in natural science and nursing theory courses. In the third and fourth years of the program, you'll take more intensive nursing courses such as anatomy and physiology, microbiology, pharmacology and nutrition. Many programs feature an internship as a degree requirement. With a nursing internship, you'll receive course credit while working in an actual healthcare setting.

If you want to continue your education past the bachelor's degree level you have several options. Both masters and doctoral programs in nursing are available. At the graduate level you can specialize in fields such as neonatal care, women's health or adult acute care. 

The median salary for RN's was just over $65,000 as of May, 2012. The states with the highest levels of employment for nurses are California, Texas, New York, Florida and Pennsylvania.

Current stats and future projections regarding nursing employment opportunities can be somewhat confusing. On the one hand, most experts claim the nation is in the midst of a nursing shortage. At the same time, graduates of RN programs are increasing each year and many are having a difficult time finding employment. One reason for this is that as the nation continues its sluggish economic recovery older nurses are delaying their retirement. This in turn reduces employment opportunities for recent graduates.

Still, nurses are definitely needed and this need will grow larger as the average age of our citizenry increases. Also, technological improvements in healthcare technology and delivery will result in increased demand.

Continue reading below to explore the many nursing scholarship possibilities.

Master's Scholarships

PURPOSE: To provide scholarships to registered nurses who are interested in and committed to oncology nursing to continue their education by pursuing a master's degree in nursing. SCHOLARSHIP: Masters degree scholarships are awarded annually at $3,000 each. INSTRUCTIONS: The candidate must be currently enrolled in (or applying to) a masters nursing degree at an NLN or CCNE accredited School of Nursing. The candidate must have a current license to practice as a registered nurse and must have an interest in and commitment to oncology nursing. Upon completion of degree, the nurse shall submit a summary describing the education activities in which he/she participated. NOTE: An individual cannot receive this award more than one time. REQUIREMENTS: Submit $5 application fee (made through ONS eSource)

Ethnic Minority Bachelor's Scholarships

The candidate must have a demonstrated interest in and commitment to oncology nursing. The candidate must be an ethnic minority nurse currently enrolled in an undergraduate nursing degree program in an NLN-accredited School of Nursing. The candidate must have a current license to practice as a registered nurse. At the end of each year of scholarship participation, the nurse must submit a summary describing the education activities in which he or she participated.

American School Health Association Scholarships

To provide financial assistance to undergraduate and graduate students interested in preparing for a career in school health. Amount Awarded: $500 Number Awarded: 3 each year. Duration: 1 year. Eligibility: Applicants must be full-time students majoring in one of the following areas: school health education, school nursing, or pediatric or adolescent medicine/dentistry. Other specialties are also considered if the application is accompanied by a letter from the academic advisor on official letterhead describing the academic program's preparation for the specialization. Applicants are required to be juniors or seniors in college or to be graduate students. They must have earned at least a 3.0 GPA. Financial need is not considered in the selection process. Additional Information: Recipients are also given a 3-year complimentary student membership in the association. .

AZHHA Education Foundation - Scholarship

The foundation provides grants and scholarships to residents of Arizona who are enrolled in accredited health care programs, with a focus on nursing.

William R. Goldfarb Memorial Scholarship

Award Amount: Based on qualifications, need, and other funding. May be $10,000 or more Number of Awards: 1 per year License Requirement: Any active Amateur Radio License Class Region: Any Field of Study: Bachelor's degree course in business-related, computers, medical, nursing, engineering, or science Institution: Regionally accredited Other: Open only to high school seniors; must demonstrate financial need by submission of Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Student Aid Report (SAR). Note: The William R. Goldfarb Memorial Scholarships is available only to high school seniors and applications must be accompanied by transcript and a FAFSA based on current available information. The Goldfarb Scholarships is a "gap" scholarship and the award is computed annually based on a calculation of each year's education costs minus other awards or scholarships received and minus the Expected Family Contribution(EFC) as calculated on the FAFSA each year. Student's are expected to maintain a B average and should submit transcripts of academic performance each semester to the ARRL Foundation Office.The Goldfarb Scholarship is awarded only for undergraduate degrees in the fields of study indicated above.

Frances Tompkins Scholarship Program for People of Color-For Nursing Students

Offers special scholarships for nursing or pre-nursing students of color.

Friends of Rutland Heights Hospital Scholarship

For students enrolled in a course of study leading to certification and employment in direct patient care, preferably in the Worcester area.

Vocational Nurse Scholarship (VN)

Applicant's who are enrolled or accepted into an accredited California Vocational Nursing (VN) Program approved by the Board of Vocational Nurses and Psychiatric Technicians.Eligible students may receive up to $4,000 in scholarship funds and commits to practice direct patient care for two-years in a medically underserved area (MUA) of California. You must be both a permanent resident of California and U.S. citizen in order to apply for all programs administered by the Health Professions Education Foundation.Selection of awards is based solely on the information and documents contained in the VNSP program packet. Selection for awards is based in the following criteria: work experience, financial need, career goals, community service, community background, academic performance. Priority will be given to individuals whose community background and commitment indicates the likelihood of long-term employment in a medically underserved area even after the service obligation has ended.

Health Care Majors Scholarships

Eligibility Criteria:•Must be of Hispanic background•Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident residing in the United States or Puerto Rico•Must be studying at an accredited university in the U.S. or Puerto Rico for the upcoming academic year•Must be (or plan to be) enrolled full-time as an undergraduate or graduate student for the upcoming academic year•Must have earned and maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average of no less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale•Must demonstrate financial need•Must be studying a major that falls under the Health Care Majors Application

Elizabeth H. Black, RN Scholar Award

To provide funding to nurses interested in conducting research. Amount Awarded: $5000 Number Awarded: 1 each year. Duration: 1 year. Eligibility: This program is open to RNs who have earned at least a bachelor's degree. Applicants must be beginning researchers who have had no more than 3 research-based publications in refereed journals and have received, as a principal investigator, no more than $5,000 in extramural funding in any 1 research area. Proposed research may be for master's thesis or doctoral dissertation only if the project has been approved by the principal investigator's thesis or dissertation committee. There are no restrictions on the research topic. Additional Information: There is a $50 application fee.

Promise of Nursing Regional Faculty Fellowship Program

Eligibility Requirements: In order to be eligible for the PON Fellowship, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:  Be a registered nurse holding a baccalaureate degree in nursing; students in RN to BSN or RN to MSN programs are not eligible to apply;  Be a US citizen or an Alien with U.S. Permanent Resident Status/ Alien Registration Number;  Be enrolled and matriculated in a state approved graduate school in one of the Promise of Nursing regions (see list of eligible zip codes at www.nsna.org – click on Foundation);  Currently taking courses and registered for no less than six (6) credits; (in the case of doctoral completion, students who maintain “required continuous enrollment” are also eligible);  Attend school in an eligible zip code area and be committed to staying within that region upon completion of their program;  Students who live and work as a faculty member in a Promise of Nursing region and are enrolled in an online degree granting program are also eligible;  Document academic excellence;  Establish financial need;  Document the commitment to the nurse educator role and plan to serve in this capacity upon completion of the program.

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