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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)

Estel V. and Mildred Marsh Scholarship

Applicants must be Ball State nursing students.

APON Excellence in Pediatric Oncology Nursing Practice Award

To recognize and reward outstanding professional practice by members of APON. Number Awarded: 1 each year. Duration: Annually. Eligibility: This award is presented to a registered professional nurse currently involved in the direct care of pediatric oncology patients. Nominees must be association members; have at least 2 years of direct care experience in pediatric oncology; exemplify a high level of compassion and specialty expertise documented by peers and/or family/patients; be a recognized expert in clinical nursing practice; actively incorporate research and new ideas from the literature into clinical practice; and be an effective communicator.

AspiringNurse.com’s $1,000 Nursing Scholarship Essay Contest

Aspiringnurse.com is offering a $1000 scholarship to undergraduate nurse students seeking financial aid for tuition, books and education related costs! Who is eligible to apply for this scholarship? Any future undergraduate student who is currently currently enrolled or has been accepted into a United States accredited nursing program. Essay Question: What, do you feel, is the largest problem the field of nursing faces today (education or job related), and how would you fix it? *Essay must be at least 500 words in length, and no more than 800. Supporting Documents Required of Potential Winners: one copy of Official High School or College Transcripts proof of enrollment or acceptance into accredited nursing program Copy of Unites States Driver’s License or Government Issued ID Headshot photograph in high-resolution, digitally as a JPEG or TIFF file (to be shown on the winners page). Who is eligible to apply? Any future undergraduate student who is currently attending a college or university and is either enrolled or accepted into an accredited nursing program. You must be attending a United States college or university.

Kenneth and Cecile Parks Memorial Scholarship for Nursing

Created by Gerald and Sherry Smalley in memory of Sherry’s parents, Kenneth and Cecile Parks. The fund shall provide scholarship assistance to needy and deserving students who have graduated from Tippecanoe Valley or Warsaw School Corporation and are seeking degrees in the field of nursing.

Ann Olson Memorial Doctoral Scholarship

The candidate must demonstrate an interest in and commitment to oncology nursing. The candidate must be currently enrolled in or applying to a doctoral nursing degree or related program. 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.

ENA Foundation Doctoral Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a nurse pursuing a doctoral degree. Applicants must be ENA members for a minimum of twelve (12) months prior to applying.

Leicester Samaritan Nursing Association Schp

For residents of Leicester to pursue full or part-time studies in a health-related field.

Gibbons Nursing Scholarship

For high school seniors who are going on for further education. Plan to major in nursing.Students are urged to visit their high school counselor to find out about this opportunity.School: Celina

Rhea Sourifman Caplin Memorial Scholarship

Selection Criteria * Greater Hartford resident (preference to Bloomfield) * Of the Jewish faith * Accepted or currently enrolled at an accredited institution of higher learning * Pursuing nursing or healthcare profession * Minimum B average in sciences * Good citizenship and active involvement in the communityAdditional materials: * Essay about why you should receive a scholarship from the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford. * Financial Aid Worksheet (last page of application available at http://www.jcfhartford.org) and copy of parents' IRS 1040

Linda Miller Scholarship-2

College/Department: Applied Sciences & Arts - Nursing Nursing major with a GPA of 3.0 and above.

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