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)

ANNA/Sigma Theta Tau Grant

To provide funding to established researchers who are members of ANNA. Amount Awarded: $6000 Number Awarded: 1 each year. Duration: 1 year. Eligibility: This program is open to full members of ANNA who hold a master's or doctoral degree. Applicants must be proposing to conduct research related to nephrology nursing practice.

The Saltzman Scholarship

Undergraduate or graduate student focused on specific career goal, preferably in the health care field. Student should have sense of giving back to community. Renewable.For Jewish students in Greater Cleveland. Awards are available to both full and part-time students. Students are awarded up to a maximum of $4,000 per academic year in the form of loans and grants based on the total applicant pool, total need and total available funds.To be eligible for consideration for aid, a family's income should not exceed $85,000 annually. Exceptions to this rule are made in unique circumstances. Funds are distributed each August for the fall term. Students can apply once a year.

Brent Vroman Scholarship of Honor

Special Qualifications: • Recipient must be entering the military or a career in public service (education, firefighter, police officer, nursing, etc.).Other Requirements: • Recipient will also receive a scholarship medal of honor.

Pamela Stinson Kidd Memorial Doctoral Scholarship

This scholarship has been made possible through contributions to the Foundation in memory of Pamela Stinson Kidd. Pam was a longtime member of ENA and served on the ENA Board of Directors, the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing, as well as numerous ENA committees. Pam was an exemplary educator and nurse researcher who mentored many nurses. This scholarship is awarded to a nurse (RN) pursuing a doctoral degree to better emergency nursing.

Dean Hayden Student Research Scholarship

This research scholarship is open to students meeting the following criteria: 1) Nurse anesthesia student in good academic standing, 2) Member of the AANA. The Dean Hayden Student Research Scholarship is awarded up to $5,000. Criteria for Selection: 1) Nurse anesthesia student in good academic standing 2) Member of the AANA 3) Program Administrator or Research Advisor’s letter of support 4) Anticipated value of your research findings for nurse anesthetists The above criteria should be addressed by submitting: 1) Completed abstract 2) Anticipated value of your research findings for nurse anesthetists 3) Copy of institutional investigation committee/review board approval or exemption 4) Program Administrator or Research Advisor’s letter of support 5) Budget with justifications for expenses Please check the website for more information.

Doctor on Demand Scholarship

The Doctor On Demand Scholarship will award $5,000 to an exceptional student representing the next generation of modern medicine. The Doctor On Demand scholarship is available to any Medical, or Undergraduate student enrolled in a health-related field-of-study at an accredited college or university. This includes current, and recently graduated high-school students who will be attending their first semester fall. Application Instructions In a PDF, please provide a cover page with the following information: Name Email Phone Number College/University Year in School In the document, please answer the following question in 500-600 words: Please remember a time where you knew for certain you wanted to enter a medical field. Was there a specific event that triggered this? Was it something you were always drawn to? Why have you chosen health services over any other career? Once you have finished the essay, please email cover sheet (with above information) and essay in a PDF format to Please complete the survey in addition to submitting the essay. Survey answers will NOT be factored into scoring essay, but is a requirement to be considered for the scholarship award.

GE Healthcare Doctoral Scholarship

Support for this scholarship is provided by GE Healthcare as a 2010 ENA Strategic Sponsor. GE Healthcare provides expertise in patient monitoring, medical imaging and diagnostics and information technologies to help caregivers around the world develop new ways to predict, diagnose, inform and treat disease so their patients can live their lives to the fullest. This scholarship is awarded to a nurse (RN) pursuing a doctoral degree in nursing (PhD or DNP). This doctoral scholarship is being offered with the intent of assisting its recipient to prepare for a career as a faculty member at a college of nursing. Requirements: Applicants must show proof of acceptance and enrollment into an accredited doctoral program in nursing and must include a statement about their career intent. Applicants who are more than six months beyond the completion of all formal coursework and comprehensive examinations, are not eligible to apply for this scholarship.General Eligibility:? ?Applicants must be an ENA member for a minimum of twelve (12) months immediately prior to applying. Non-RN category applicants are not required to be an ENA member but a letter of reference from a current ENA member is required. A minimum of a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) is required for consideration. Applicants must be attending a NLN or AACN accredited school and must provide verification of the schools current accreditation. Previous scholarship recipients are not eligible to reapply under the same category. However, qualified previous recipients may apply for the next category. ENA members having served in the immediate past three years on the ENA Board of Directors, ENA Foundation Board of Trustees, or ENA Foundation Scholarship Review Team are ineligible to apply.

Bristol-Myers Squibb NP Student Scholarships

To provide financial assistance to members of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) who are pursuing a master's degree. Amount Awarded: $1000 Number Awarded: 4 each year. Duration: 1 year. Eligibility: This program is open to current student and full members of the academy who are enrolled in a MSN degree program as a nurse practitioner (NP). Applicants must have a GPA of 3.2 or higher. Additional Information: Funding for this program is provided by Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. There is a $10 application fee.

Campus RN/AACN Nursing Scholarship Fund

Criteria: 1. Must be enrolled in a bachelors, masters or doctoral nursing program. 2. Must have a minimum 3.25 GPA. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view for more information and an application form.

Aloha Scholarship

To provide financial assistance for nursing education to children or grandchildren of Montana members of the American Legion Auxiliary. Amount Awarded: $500 Number Awarded: 1 each year. Duration: 1 year. Eligibility: Eligible to apply are the children or grandchildren of members in Montana of the American Legion Auxiliary. Applicants must be residents of Montana, graduating from a high school in the state, and accepted by an accredited school of nursing. They must be recommended by their local auxiliary unit, pastor, high school principal, and 2 members of the business community. Selection is based 50 percent on character, aptitude, scholarship, and worthiness of the applicant and 50 percent on an essay on some phase of nursing.

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