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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)

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.

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)

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.

Edith M. Pritchard Fund

An endowed fund given to applicants interested in nursing education/public health. The criteria that are given the most consideration when selecting candidates are: • Academic excellence, which is given first priority; and • Potential for contributing to the profession. To qualify for an NEF award, you must be: • A registered nurse; • A member of a professional nursing association; • Enrolled full- or part-time in a NLNAC or CCNE accredited nursing Masters degree program, having completed a minimum of 12 credits (at the time of application) with a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or higher • Enrolled full- or part-time in a doctoral program in nursing or a nursing related field, with a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or higher; • A U.S. citizen or have declared your official intention of becoming one. NEF scholarships are given for a full academic year and are non-renewable. Completed applications, including all support material must be received in the NEF office no later than February 1. If all materials do not reach us by that date, your entire application will be declared ineligible. There is a small, non-refundable processing fee of $20 for each application. Checks should be made payable to NEF and included with your application. NEF scholarships are competitive. The number of awards and the amount of each depend upon available funds.

John J. Murphy Family Scholarship

Established through a grant from the Communities Foundation of Texas, this award is available to Olean area students and students whose family members are employed by or have retired from Dresser Rand in Olean . This is a $10,000 scholarship, with $2,500 awarded per year for four years. Preference will be given to applicants indicating their intention to pursue Bachelor Degrees or higher in nursing, engineering or business. Selection criteria shall include scholastic achievement, school and community participation, demonstrated leadership potential and financial need as determined by the Community Foundation’s scholarship committee.

Forensic Mental Health Association of California Scholarship

College/Department: General - Nursing, Social Work, Psychology and Criminal Justice Award is for a graduate student, majoring in nursing, social work, psychology, or majors related to criminal justice, who has shown a demonstrated interest in the field of forensic mental health and has a commitment to employment in an associated area of forensics.

Edna Ashy Award

To recognize and reward outstanding contributions to ophthalmic nursing knowledge and literature by members of ASORN. Amount Awarded: $500 Number Awarded: 1 each year. Eligibility: Applicants for this award must have been active members of the society for at least 2 years and be RNs, actively working in ophthalmic nursing for at least 2 years. They must submit original entries that may include, but are not limited to, publishable articles, research studies, projects, community service projects, or educational materials; video projects or presentations are not accepted. Selection is based on relevance to ophthalmic nursing, clarity of project purpose, clarity of project goals, clarity of project objectives, scholarship, originality, and creativity.

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.

Doctoral Degree Scholarships in Cancer Nursing

To provide financial assistance to graduate students pursuing a doctoral degree in cancer nursing. Amount Awarded: $15000 Number Awarded: Varies each year. Duration: 1 to 4 years. Eligibility: This program is open to registered nurses with a current license to practice who are enrolled in or applying to a doctoral degree program in cancer nursing at an academic institution within the United States. The institution must offer an organized multidisciplinary program in cancer control or cancer care that allows a student the flexiblity to develop educational and research activities related to cancer nursing. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents; be committed to pursuing studies full time; have had experience in professional nursing; be involved in professional organizations; be involved in the American Cancer Society and other volunteer programs; have published or contributed to publications and creative works; have received professional and personal awards and honors; have clear, explicit, and realistic professional goals; have considered geographic location and financial needs as well as program components in selecting a doctoral program; have conducted or plan to conduct research that is meritorious, methodologically sound, and relevant to cancer nursing; have identified a faculty sponsor who is experienced in their area of study and will provide guidance in academic and research activities; have selected a doctoral program that will support their professional goals and research; and have made a career commitment to cancer nursing. They must be preparing to work in the following fields or cancer nursing: research, education, administration, or clinical practice.

American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses Scholarship Program

Candidates MUST be licensed registered nurses who have been active members of the ASPAN for at least two years. The scholarship is for students seeking a B.S.N. or advanced degree in nursing.

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