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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)

Oncology Nursing Foundation Master's Scholarships

The candidate must have a demonstrated interest in and commitment to oncology nursing. The candidate must currently be enrolled in a graduating nursing degree program in an NLN-accredited School of Nursing. The program must have application to oncology nursing. The candidate must have a current license to practice as a registered nurse. The candidate may be a part-time or full-time student. 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.

R&D Systems Scholarship Application Fall 2018

R&D Systems is proud to support education in science with a scholarship program established to students who are pursuing a degree in a science related field. The R&D Systems Scholarship Program will be awarded to students pursuing a degree in a science related field. A $1500 (or international currency equivalent) scholarship will be awarded twice a year for one student in the fall semester and one student in the spring semester.

Novus Biologicals Scholarship Program Fall 2018

Research is a critical component for the development and advancement in the life science community. We want to further scientific achievement by helping students who are interested in developing a career in science. The Novus Biologicals Scholarship Program is awarded to students pursuing a degree in a science related field twice a year. A $1500 (or international currency equivalent) scholarship will be awarded to one student for the fall and spring semesters.

Lung Health Dissertation Grant

The objective of the Lung Health Research Dissertation Grant is to support pre-doctoral dissertation research in the various disciplines of social science examining risk factors affecting lung health including:  Psychosocial lung health research  Behavioral lung health research  Health services and health policy research  Epidemiological/Biostatistical lung health research  Public Health education research ELIGIBILITY Education and Experience At the time of application, the applicant must be a matriculating student in good standing in a full-time academic program leading to a doctoral degree in one of the above-mentioned fields. Nurses pursuing a doctoral degree in any field are eligible. Individuals with an MD degree who wish to acquire a PhD or those conducting bench research not involving patients or patient data are not eligible to apply. Citizenship At the time of application, candidates must be United States citizens or foreign nationals holding one of the following visa immigration statuses: permanent resident (Green Card), exchange visitor (J-1), temporary worker in a specialty occupation (H-1B), Canadian or Mexican citizen engaging in professional activities (TN), Australians in Specialty Occupation (E-3 visa) or temporary worker with extraordinary abilities in the sciences (O-1). Lung Health Dissertation applicants may hold a student (F-1) visa. At the time of application and throughout the award, an applicant must be employed by a U.S. institution. Applicants are required to submit one signed original plus two copies of all application materials to: American Lung Association 21 W. 38th Street, 3rd Floor New York, NY 10018 ATTN: Research Division

Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS)

Eligible Applicants You are eligible to apply for this scholarship at a school that participates in the Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students program if you are From a disadvantaged background as defined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: An individual from a disadvantaged background is defined as one who comes from an environment that has inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skill, and abilities required to enroll in and graduate from a health professions school, or from a program providing education or training in an allied health profession; or comes from a family with an annual income below a level based on low income thresholds according to family size published by the U.S. Bureau of Census, adjusted annually for changes in the Consumer Price Index, and adjusted by the Secretary, HHS, for use in health professions and nursing programs. A citizen, national, or a lawful permanent resident of the United States or the District of Columbia, the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico or the Marianas Islands, the Virgin Islands, Guam, the American Samoa, the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Federated State of Micronesia. Eligible Disciplines Under this program, funds are awarded to accredited schools of medicine osteopathic medicine dentistry optometry pharmacy podiatric medicine veterinary medicine nursing (associate, diploma, baccalaureate and graduate degree) public health chiropractic allied health (baccalaureate or graduate degree programs of dental hygiene, medical laboratory technology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, radiologic technology, speech pathology, audiology, and registered dietitians) graduate programs in behavioral and mental health practice (includes clinical psychology, clinical social work, professional counseling, or marriage and family therapy) programs providing training of physician assistants

Frances Tompkins Scholarship

Students currently enrolled in state-approved schools of nursing or pre-nursing in associate degree, baccalaureate, diploma, general doctorate, and generic master's programs. Funds are not available for graduate study unless it is a first degree in nursing. The scholarships are based on academic achievement, financial need, and involvement in nursing student organizations and community activities related to health care. Additional criteria may be required by some sponsors. Graduating seniors are not eligible.

Marsh Minority Scholarship

Established by Wendy and Stanley Marsh 3 in 1997 to benefit Hispanic and African American students enrolled at West Texas A&M University majoring in the field of Education, Nursing, Allied Health, Sociology, or General Studies Eligibility
 • Restricted to African American and Hispanic students 
• Junior or Senior college students or masters level students
 • Maintain a 3.0 or better cumulative GPA while in college
 • Major in field of Education, Nursing, Alllied Health, Sociology, or General Studies at West Texas A&M University Application
• AAF General Scholarship Application Award Selection
 • AAF Scholarship Selection Committee Scholarship Amount 
• $1,000
 • Renewable award

Oncology Nursing Certification Corp Master's Schps

The candidate must have a demonstrated interest in and commitment to oncology nursing. The candidate must currently be enrolled in a graduating nursing degree program in an NLN-accredited School of Nursing. The program must have application to oncology nursing. The candidate must have a current license to practice as a registered nurse. The candidate may be a part-time or full-time student. 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.

Genetics Institute Master's Scholarship

The candidate must have a demonstrated interest in and commitment to oncology nursing. The candidate must currently be enrolled in a graduating nursing degree program in an NLN-accredited School of Nursing. The program must have application to oncology nursing. The candidate must have a current license to practice as a registered nurse. The candidate may be a part-time or full-time student. 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.

Ethnic Minority Academic Master'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 a graduating nursing degree program in an NLN-accredited School of Nursing. The program must have application to oncology nursing. The candidate must have a current license to practice as a registered nurse. The candidate may be a part-time or full-time student. 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.

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.

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