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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)

AAOHN Academic Scholarship

To provide financial assistance to registered nurses who are pursuing a bachelor's or graduate degree to prepare for a career in occupational and environmental health. Amount Awarded: $3000 Number Awarded: 1 each year. Duration: 1 year; may be renewed up to 2 additional years. Eligibility: This program is open to registered nurses who are enrolled in a baccalaureate, master's, or doctoral degree program. Applicants must demonstrate an interest in, and commitment to, occupational and environmental health. Selection is based on 2 letters of recommendation and a 500-word essay on the applicant's professional goals as they relate to the academic activity and the field of occupational and environmental health.

Chancellor's Award

The Chancellors Award, established in 1960, is made annually in recognition of superior scholastic attainment and active participation in the student community, within the framework of Christian commitment. One recipient is selected from each school of the University.

Alice Cossingham Scholarship

To provide financial assistance to Vermont residents who are interested in working on a nursing degree. Amount Awarded: $500 Number Awarded: 1 each year. Duration: 1 year; nonrenewable. Eligibility: This scholarship is available to high school seniors, high school graduates, and currently-enrolled college students in Vermont who are enrolled or planning to enroll in a nursing degree program. Applicants must be Vermont residents, be able to demonstrate financial need, apply to the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation for a Vermont Grant, and file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid no later than 4 weeks prior to the scholarship deadline. The following are required as part of the application process: a completed application form, 4 required essays, a resume, and an official transcript. Selection is based on financial need and the required essays.

AANA Foundation Scholarship Program

They offer student scholarships to individuals in accredited CRNA programs. To apply for a scholarship, a first-year student must be an AANA member and have completed at least six months of courses in an accredited CRNA program by the application deadline date. Second-year students must have completed at least one year of courses in an accredited CRNA program by the application deadline date.

Nurse Support Program II - Graduate Nursing Faculty Scholarship and Living Expenses Grant

Who may apply: An eligible student who is sponsored by a Maryland higher education institution to complete the graduate education necessary to become a qualified nursing faculty at a Maryland higher education institution. How to apply: Complete and submit the application for the Graduate Nursing Faculty Scholarship and Living Expenses Grant and all required documentation to the Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA). To be considered for the Living Expenses Grant, an applicant must submit their 2009 Maryland State tax return and W-2 forms.When to apply: The Graduate Nursing Faculty Scholarship and Living Expenses Grant application and documentation must be submitted prior to the start of the semester they wish to be considered for funding. Students are encouraged to apply by August 1 to start in the fall semester, by December 1 to start in the spring semester, and by May 1 to start in the summer semester. Applications submitted after the suggested deadlines will be considered as long as funds are available.ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTSTo be eligible for the Graduate Nursing Faculty Scholarship, an individual must be a Maryland resident and be enrolled at a Maryland college or university as a full-time (9+ credits per semester) or part-time (6-8 credits per semester) graduate student in a Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) program or another graduate-level nursing program required to prepare individuals to become nursing faculty. Audited courses cannot be used to reach the minimum credit hours required for full-time or part-time status. The Graduate Nursing Faculty Scholarship is not based on need. You must provide documentation of sponsorship by a nursing school in Maryland. The nursing school sponsoring the student must agree to provide mentors for the student and incorporate the student into its campus faculty culture and, provide career counseling and assistance with placement as a faculty member at the institution or another nursing school in the State.To be eligible for a Living Expenses Grant, an applicant must receive and accept an offer for a Graduate Nursing Faculty Scholarship and must submit their 2009 Maryland State tax return and W-2 forms. Eligible applicants must have an annual gross salary that does not exceed $75,000 if single, or an annual gross salary that does not exceed $75,000 with a combined adjusted gross income that does not exceed $160,000 with their spouse, if married. A student receiving the Graduate Nursing Faculty Scholarship and Living Expenses Grant must commit to: (1) completing the required graduate program within a maximum of two years for full-time students and (2) working as a nursing faculty at a Maryland institution upon program completion.FINANCIAL NEEDThe Graduate Nursing Faculty Scholarship is not based on need. The Living Expenses Grant is based on an applicant's income from his/her Maryland State tax return and W-2 forms.AWARD AMOUNTThe Graduate Nursing Faculty Scholarship equals the amount of tuition and mandatory fees not to exceed $13,000 per academic year ($6,500 per fall and spring semesters) and will be prorated for part-time recipients. The award is renewable for a maximum amount of $26,000. Award recipients may request summer funding, as long as the total amount of funding for the academic year does not exceed $13,000. Summer funding requests not originally noted on applications must be in writing and be received by OSFA by May 1 of each year. Summer awards are subject to the availability of funds.Living Expenses Grant awards may not exceed the maximum of $25,000 per academic year ($12,500 per semester) for full-time (9 + credits per semester) recipients and will be prorated for part-time recipients. If a recipient is receiving any type of stipend, salary supplement and/or other form of financial assistance for living expenses, it may be deducted from the grant award total. Grant awards are subject to the availability of funds and all eligible applicants may not receive an award.

Lillian E. Woodward Nursing Scholarship

The Lillian E. Woodward Nursing Scholarship is established to support the education of a student pursuing a baccalaureate degree in nursing at Humboldt State University. The student must be enrolled full-time, be a pre-nursing or nursing major, have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and have at least two semesters of course work to be completed at HSU. Applications are available online http://www.humboldt.edu/~nurs/Scholarships/Scholarshipindex.html and must be submitted by set deadline directly to the Department of Nursing, GH 122.

Graduate Scholarships

Successful applicants describe how their nursing practice will change as a result of the pursuant degree. In addition applicant must have/be: - AACN member in good standing - Active RN license. - Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. - Currently working in critical care or have worked in critical care for at least one year in the last three years (Full time or an equivalent equal to 1950 hours). - Previous recipients of the Educational Advancement Scholarship are eligible to reapply, but may receive only two scholarships, one per year. - Members of the Board of Directors, AACN staff and AACN volunteers participating in the application review process are ineligible. - Graduate of a baccalaureate degree program. - Current enrollment in a planned course of graduate study leading to a master's or doctoral degree.

AORN Senior Scientist Grant Program

To provide funding to experienced nurse researchers, especially members of AORN, who wish to undertake investigator-initiated research. Amount Awarded: $25000 Duration: These are 1-time grants. Eligibility: This program is open to experienced nurse researchers who wish to complete an individual research project related to perioperative nursing practice. The project may be part of a postdoctoral fellowship program. Project must be of sufficient complexity and scope that the outcomes can be expected to contribute to the scientific knowledge of perioperative nursing practice. Preference is given to members of the association. A research grant on perioperative nursing practice.

AORN Novice Researcher Grant Program

To provide funding for research to registered or undergraduate student nurses, especially those who are members of AORN. Amount Awarded: $1000 Duration: These are 1-time grants. Eligibility: This program is open to registered or student nurses who wish to complete an individual research project related to perioperative nursing practice. The project may be part of a formal educational program at the baccalaureate level, such as a dissertation, or may be a self-initiated study or research project. Students conducting projects as part of an educational program must provide a letter of support from their research advisor as part of their application. Nurses conducting research must provide evidence of consultation or other support that will ensure that the project is scientifically sound and conducted according to accepted research guidelines. Preference is given to members of the association.

TOGETHER WE CARE™ Nurse Practitioner Scholarship Program

MinuteClinic® and JOHNSON & JOHNSON FAMILY OF CONSUMER COMPANIES have teamed up again to bring you the 2015 Together We Care Nurse Practitioner Scholarship Program. This program will give up to 35 nurse practitioner scholarships: 30 Nurse Practitioner Scholarships at $2,500 each 5 Doctor of Nursing Practice Scholarships at $5,000 each Applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible for one of these scholarships: Must be a legal U.S. resident Must be enrolled in either a nurse practitioner program with a nationally accredited master's degree leading to licensure as an APRN with family nurse practitioner specialty OR with a special interest in community or public health OR Must be enrolled in a nationally accredited doctor of nursing practice program leading to licensure as an APRN with family nurse practitioner specialty or with other specialty Must demonstrate high academic performance, with a GPA or 3.2 or higher Must have strong community involvement/leadership activities Applications will close by May 29, 2015, or once 280 applications have been received.

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