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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)

Aloha Scholarship

To provide financial assistance for nursing education to children or grandchildren of Montana members of the American Legion Auxiliary. Amount Awarded: $500 Number Awarded: 1 each year. Duration: 1 year. Eligibility: Eligible to apply are the children or grandchildren of members in Montana of the American Legion Auxiliary. Applicants must be residents of Montana, graduating from a high school in the state, and accepted by an accredited school of nursing. They must be recommended by their local auxiliary unit, pastor, high school principal, and 2 members of the business community. Selection is based 50 percent on character, aptitude, scholarship, and worthiness of the applicant and 50 percent on an essay on some phase of nursing.

Dempster Doctoral Education NP Research Grant

To provide funding to members of AANP who wish to conduct research for a doctoral degree project. Amount Awarded: $1200 Number Awarded: 1 each year. Duration: 1 year. Eligibility: This program is open to current student and full members of the academy who are pursuing a doctoral degree and working on their dissertation research. Applicants must be a currently licensed, practicing NP in the United States and the principal investigator on a research project that is to be used for their degree program. Their GPA in their doctoral program must be a 3.5 or higher. The research must have an outcomes-based primary care focus relevant to health care provided by NPs within the United States. Additional Information: There is a $10 application fee. A research project

FNSNA Scholarship

Applicant must be enrolled at a state-approved school of nursing or pre-nursing in an associate degree,baccalaureate, diploma, generic doctorate, or generic master's program. Award cannot be used for graduate education, unless it leads to a first degree in nursing. Selection is based upon academic achievement, financial need, and involvement in student nursing organizations and community service related to health care. Applicant will automatically be considered for any specialty scholarships for which he or she is eligible. Duration: All years.

Barbara Michaelis Scholarship

Preference to students majoring in Allied Health or a pre-professional program related to a medical field with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Financial need shall be considered.

Harry N. and Melva A. Derickson Scholarship

The Harry N. and Melva A. Derickson Scholarship Fund is an endowment fund of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities. The income from the fund is used to assist residents from Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry Counties for a course of study in preparation for medical or dental school, nursing, physical therapy, other medical related fields, or engineering. Students will be enrolled in undergraduate programs at two or four year colleges or universities. There will be multiple awards at varying amounts. It is preferred that the number of scholarships be split equally between males and females. Eligibility Criteria 1. Residents of Dauphin, Cumberland, or Perry counties 2. Desire to pursue a course of study in preparation for engineering, medical school, dental school, nursing, physical therapy, or other medical related fields 3. Academic achievement 4. Extracurricular activities 5. Service to the community 6. Financial need

ASPAN Degree Scholarship

To provide financial assistance for additional education to members of the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses(ASPAN). Amount Awarded: $1000 Number Awarded: At least 2 each year. Duration: 1 year; recipients may not apply for additional funding until 3 years have elapsed. Eligibility: This program is open to registered nurses who have been member of the society for at least 2 years and have been employed for at least 2 years in any phase of the perianesthesia setting. Applicants must be seeking a bachelor of science or advanced degree in nursing. They must submit a statement of financial need, 2 letters of recommendation, and a narrative statement describing their level of activity or involvement in a phase of perianesthesia nursing, ASPAN and/or a component, or their community.

Certification Board Perioperative Nursing CNOR Scholarship

Established in 1992 by the Certification Board Perioperative Nursing to support a CNOR pursuing a Bachelor's or Master's degree. RN Applicants shall be a member of AORN in good standing. Membership must be maintained continuously for 12 months prior to the application deadline and throughout the funding period. Membership is considered lapsed if full dues are not received at AORN Headquarters by the last day of the renewal month. A cumulative 3.0 GPA average is required and must be maintained for RN members. Student nurse applicants must submit proof of acceptance or enrollment in a NLNAC or CCNE program at an accredited institution. RN member nurses must be enrolled in an appropriate accredited institution for higher education. Applicant is responsible for submitting all materials, including application form, transcripts, resume or CV, personal statement and three letters of endorsement. Amount Awarded: $500 to $2,500 Duration: 1 year. GPA: 3 Affiliation: AORN Additional Restrictions: See synopsis

Eli Lilly and Company/American Nurses Foundation Scholar Award Program

To provide funding to nurses interested in conducting research on specified topics. Amount Awarded: $7500 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 either 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, or experienced researchers. 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. The proposed research topic must relate to endocrine disorders, mental health, or women's health. Additional Information: There is a $50 application fee.

International Scholar Laureate Program (ISLP)

Offered across the globe in Australia, China, Europe, India and South Africa, the ISLP programs provide delegates the opportunity to further career development, strengthen leadership skills and engage in a culturally enriching experience. In each ISLP delegation, scholars increase knowledge and preparation in a specific career field such as Anthropology & Archaeology, Communications & Journalism, Business, Diplomacy & International Relations, Engineering, Medicine and Nursing. Through a comparative curriculum, they gain a global understanding of how their career of interest is practiced in the host country and they are able to compare and contrast current methods and procedures in the United States.Golden Key and ISLP have partnered to offer four (4) $2,000(USD) scholarships exclusively for Golden Key members.

E. Peggy Bergopmi Nursing Education Scholarship

Eligibility: Fox Valley Technical College second year student enrolled in an Associate Degree Technical Nursing Program, who has maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA and has financial need. Award Amount: Two $500 scholarships will be awarded; one in the spring and one in the fall. Selection: Selection of the recipient will be made by faculty members of the Fox Valley Technical College Technical Nursing Program. Payment Procedure: Scholarship payment will be made directly to Fox Valley Technical College Foundation upon their request. Further Information: For more information regarding this scholarships application process please contact Fox Valley Technical College Foundation at 920-735-2478.

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