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)

Nursing Scholarship

College/Department: Applied Sciences & Arts - Nursing Must be a nursing major.

Kaiser Nursing Scholarship

Eligibility: • Open to students who are pursuing health care and nursing careers• Financial need will be considered • Submit 2 reference letters including at least one from a faculty member GPA: 3.00

Hall-Wesleyan Memorial Scholarship Fund

Fund Purpose: Scholarships to students attending IWU majoring in religion and philosophy and intending to serve as either a pastor or missionary, nursing, or education, as determined by IWU. Fund Story: The Hall- Wesleyan Memorial Scholarship Fund was created by Luella Hall in 1994 in memory of Reverend W.F. Hall, Mary B. Howlett Hall and Delia Howlett. This scholarship was created to benefit IWU students majoring in Religion and Philosophy (intending to serve as a pastor or missionary), Nursing or Education. The fund is now advised by Indiana Wesleyan University.

Clinical Practice Grant

To provide funding to members of AACN who wish to conduct research directly related to the association's clincial practice research priorities. Amount Awarded: $6000 Number Awarded: 1 each year. Eligibility: RNs who are current members of the association may apply for these grants. They must propose to conduct research on a topic that the AACN has identified as a priority for clinical practice: techniques to optimize pulmonary function and prevent pulmonary complications; weaning of mechanically ventilated patients; effect of nursing activities/interventions on hemodynamic parameters; techniques for real-time monitoring of tissue perfusion and oxygenation; nutritional support modalities and patient outcomes; interventions to prevent infection; pain assessment and pain management techniques; accuracy and precision of invasive and non-invasive monitoring devices; and effect of nursing activities, environmental stimuli, and human interactions on intracranial and cerebral perfusion pressure. Research conducted in fulfillment of an academic degree is acceptable.

Unity Hospital Education Fund Health Careers Scholarship

Description: Awarded annually to promising students enrolled in medical, dental, optometry, nursing, pharmacy, therapy, veterinary medicine or any and all educational programs that are designed to educate individuals for medical or other health care services. New, current, or re-entering students in a health related field are eligible for consideration.Criteria: Permanent resident of Buchanan School District for 6 months: if currently a high school senior or a high school graduate, a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or equivalent employment or military experience; if currently a college student, a grade point average of 2.5; must provide the most current transcript of grades or credits earned. Current or anticipated enrollment in an accredited college with a health related major and participation in volunteer and/or community activities.Award: Up to $1000; given at the discretion of the Unity Hospital Education Fund Advisory Committee.Some awards may be renewable.

AAC’s Behavioral Health Academic Scholarship Program

In an effort to help those who are helping others, AAC is excited to offer 3 scholarships for those studying in the fields of behavioral health, counseling, psychology, social work, nursing or related sciences. With facilities across the United States, AAC provides comprehensive, compassionate treatment for those suffering from alcohol and drug addiction along with co–occurring mental/behavioral health issues. Our CARF–accredited treatment facilities support individualized treatment plans with research–based therapies and well–appointed amenities. AAC established these scholarship awards to provide financial assistance to college and graduate students pursuing careers in behavioral health and addiction–related studies. Students eligible for scholarships are those enrolled or will be enrolled in behavioral health, nursing, counseling, psychology, social work, marriage/ family therapy, or other program focusing on treating mental health and/or substance abuse issues. Eligibility High school graduate as of Summer Open to full or part-time undergraduate or college graduate students Must be entering or enrolled in behavioral health, nursing, counseling, psychology, social work, marriage/ family therapy, or other program focusing on treating mental health and/or substance abuse issues. Requirements Essay (800 words max.) – Why are you interested in pursuing a career in behavioral sciences?

A Nurse I Am Scholarship

To make the film "A Nurse I Am" especially rewarding, Cherokee Uniforms is offering up to 10 scholarships of $2,000 each for nursing students who complete an application, submit an essay on the required assignment, and are judged as winners. To participate, you will need to have watched either version of "A Nurse I Am" - the 32-minute Educational Version or the 62-minute documentary. We highly recommend that you watch both. Watch both versions of "A Nurse I Am" now. Essay Assignment: You must fully address the question. Patients and their family members base their perceptions of the care received on their personal experience with the medical personnel they interact with. After viewing the film "A Nurse I Am" describe how the nurses in the film build a positive rapport with patients and their family members. How will you ensure that you provide those you care for with a positive healthcare experience? Requirements: Applicants must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an accredited LVN/LPN, RN degree (ADN or BSN), diploma, or RN-to-BSN program, and must begin/ have begun classes no later than Jan. 31, 2015. Enrollment may be on a full-time or part-time basis. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal residents. Applicants' nursing education programs must be located within the 50 U.S. states. Must complete the application and the essay requirement described on the application. The essay must be typed and double-spaced in 10 point Times New Roman font. In the top left corner of each page, include the following on separate lines: first and last name, contact telephone number, e-mail address, and date. Essay word limit: 750 words Scholarship Benefits: The A Nurse I Am Scholarship provides awardees $2,000 each for use toward paying tuition, fees and any other school-related expenses.

NSNA Scholarship Program

All applicants must be students currently enrolled in state-approved schools of nursing or pre-nursing* in associate degree, baccalaureate, generic doctorate, and generic master's programs. High school students are not eligible. Monies are awarded in the spring to be used in the next academic year and summer school. Monies can only be used for nursing or pre-nursing in one of the above mentioned programs. No monies can be used for graduate education unless leading to a first degree in nursing. Graduating high seniors are NOT eligible. (*Pre-nursing students are students enrolled in college or university programs designed as preparation for entrance into a program leading to an associate degree, diploma or baccalaureate degree in nursing.) GENERAL SCHOLARSHIPS are open to all nursing and pre-nursing students who meet the above eligiblity requirements. CAREER MOBILITY SCHOLARSHIPS are open to nursing and pre-nursing students who are registered nurses enrolled in programs leading to a baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing or licensed practical/vocational nurses enrolled in a program leading to licensure as a registered nurse. Applicants must submit a copy of their license. BREAKTHROUGH TO NURSING SCHOLARSHIPS FOR ETHNIC PEOPLE OF COLOR are open to nursing or pre-nursing students who indicate on the application that they are members of one of the minority groups (Black, Native American, Spanish surname, Asian, Polynesian) SPECIALTY SCHOLARSHIPS may have additional criteria, i.e. interest in a nursing for eligiblity. All applicants will automatically be considered for all scholarships for which they are eligible. Selection of scholarship recipients is based on academic achievement, financial need, and involvement in nursing student organizations and community health activities related to health care. All factors are equally weighted. The Selection Committee is composed of nursing faculty and students from a variety of nursing programs.

Anna B. Binge Memorial Scholarship

History: Mr.Robert R.Binge established this award in memory of his late wife.Requirements: Applicants must be full-time students (juniors or seniors) with a major in nursing and a minimum GPA of 2.5.

Foundation for Neonatal Research and Education Research Grants

To provide funding to neonatal nurses interested in conducting a research project. Amount Awarded: $10000 Number Awarded: Several each year. Duration: 1 year or longer. Eligibility: Applicants must be a professionally active neonatal nurse, engaged in a service, research, or educational role that contributes directly to the health care of neonates or to the neonatal nursing profession. They must be an active member of a professional association dedicated to enhancing neonatal nursing and the care of neonates. Participation in ongoing professional education in neonatal nursing must be demonstrated by at least 10 contact hours in neonatal content over the past 24 months.

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