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)

Nurse Fellows Program

The program is designed to increase the capacity of existing college nursing programs while building a pipeline of qualified registered nurses for Banner Health. The program provides students entering the Maricopa Community College nursing program the opportunity to receive education assistance in exchange for an employment commitment after completion of the nursing degree program.

MCHF - The Non-Traditional Nursing Scholarship

This scholarship provides assistance to non traditional nursing students. The scholarship is in honor of Pam Clausen RN, a long time MCMC board member and MCHF board member. The scholarship is available to Mid-Columbia residents who are planning to obtain a degree in nursing and practice in the Mid-Columbia Region. Furthermore, applicants must:• Have been accepted into and currently enrolled in a nursing program and have at least a 3.0 GPA• Be age 25 or over• Be returning to school after an interruption in their education• Be independent of parental support

Nurse Support Program II - Graduate Nursing Faculty Scholarship and Living Expenses Grant

Who may apply: An eligible student who is sponsored by a Maryland higher education institution to complete the graduate education necessary to become a qualified nursing faculty at a Maryland higher education institution. How to apply: Complete and submit the application for the Graduate Nursing Faculty Scholarship and Living Expenses Grant and all required documentation to the Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA). To be considered for the Living Expenses Grant, an applicant must submit their 2009 Maryland State tax return and W-2 forms.When to apply: The Graduate Nursing Faculty Scholarship and Living Expenses Grant application and documentation must be submitted prior to the start of the semester they wish to be considered for funding. Students are encouraged to apply by August 1 to start in the fall semester, by December 1 to start in the spring semester, and by May 1 to start in the summer semester. Applications submitted after the suggested deadlines will be considered as long as funds are available.ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTSTo be eligible for the Graduate Nursing Faculty Scholarship, an individual must be a Maryland resident and be enrolled at a Maryland college or university as a full-time (9+ credits per semester) or part-time (6-8 credits per semester) graduate student in a Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) program or another graduate-level nursing program required to prepare individuals to become nursing faculty. Audited courses cannot be used to reach the minimum credit hours required for full-time or part-time status. The Graduate Nursing Faculty Scholarship is not based on need. You must provide documentation of sponsorship by a nursing school in Maryland. The nursing school sponsoring the student must agree to provide mentors for the student and incorporate the student into its campus faculty culture and, provide career counseling and assistance with placement as a faculty member at the institution or another nursing school in the State.To be eligible for a Living Expenses Grant, an applicant must receive and accept an offer for a Graduate Nursing Faculty Scholarship and must submit their 2009 Maryland State tax return and W-2 forms. Eligible applicants must have an annual gross salary that does not exceed $75,000 if single, or an annual gross salary that does not exceed $75,000 with a combined adjusted gross income that does not exceed $160,000 with their spouse, if married. A student receiving the Graduate Nursing Faculty Scholarship and Living Expenses Grant must commit to: (1) completing the required graduate program within a maximum of two years for full-time students and (2) working as a nursing faculty at a Maryland institution upon program completion.FINANCIAL NEEDThe Graduate Nursing Faculty Scholarship is not based on need. The Living Expenses Grant is based on an applicant's income from his/her Maryland State tax return and W-2 forms.AWARD AMOUNTThe Graduate Nursing Faculty Scholarship equals the amount of tuition and mandatory fees not to exceed $13,000 per academic year ($6,500 per fall and spring semesters) and will be prorated for part-time recipients. The award is renewable for a maximum amount of $26,000. Award recipients may request summer funding, as long as the total amount of funding for the academic year does not exceed $13,000. Summer funding requests not originally noted on applications must be in writing and be received by OSFA by May 1 of each year. Summer awards are subject to the availability of funds.Living Expenses Grant awards may not exceed the maximum of $25,000 per academic year ($12,500 per semester) for full-time (9 + credits per semester) recipients and will be prorated for part-time recipients. If a recipient is receiving any type of stipend, salary supplement and/or other form of financial assistance for living expenses, it may be deducted from the grant award total. Grant awards are subject to the availability of funds and all eligible applicants may not receive an award.

Geraldine “Polly” Bednash Scholarship

Application Deadlines: January 31, April 30, July 31, and October 31 Two $5,000 scholarships will be distributed to top nursing school applicants four times each year. Scholarship Criteria: All scholarship applicants must meet the following criteria: 1. Maintain at least a 3.2 grade point average in current program or at last school attended. 2. Be admitted or enrolled in a baccalaureate or higher degree nursing program at an AACN member institution affiliated with (see OR have submitted your application to a nursing school through NursingCAS (see Due to the volume of applications received, only winners will be notified of final decisions. All winners will be announced in the AACN News Watch e-newsletter and posted on the AACN Web site.

ALOCOA Foundation Scholarship for Continuing Education

To provide financial assistance to occupational and environmental health nurses who are interested in pursuing continuing education. Amount Awarded: $1500 Number Awarded: 1 each year. Eligibility: This program is open to occupational and environmental health nurses who wish to participate in a continuing education activity that will further their professional development and continued competence. Selection is based on a statement of career goals as they pertain to the applicant's professional development and continued competence, how the continuing education activity will further the applicant's goals, commitment to ongoing continuing education activities, a letter support, and financial need. Additional Information: Funding for this program is provided by the Alcoa Foundation. This scholarship is not intended to supplement tuition in an academic program.

Eugen Grabschied Scholarship Fund

Awarded to dependent children of police employees who are studying for a degree in the medical profession.

Janel Parker Career Mobility Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria Candidates must apply for the scholarships. Current full member of ANNA, having been a member for a minimum of the last 2 years as of the awards/scholarship application deadline date. Actively involved in nephrology nursing related health care services. Accepted or enrolled in a baccalaureate or higher degree program in nursing. Each sponsor may request candidates meet additional criteria to those listed. Any additional criteria will be listed annually in the call for applications published in the ANNA Update and on the ANNA website. Application The completed application must include: Documentation that the eligibility criteria are met. Certified transcript(s) of the applicant’s academic records, if currently enrolled, or if not currently enrolled, an official letter of acceptance from the academic institution into a course of part-time or full-time study to begin no later than 3 months following the receipt of the award. Three letters of recommendation using the ANNA prescribed form found on the ANNA Web site. Each letter author must send the completed form directly to the ANNA National Office. An essay of 250 words or less written by the applicant describing career/educational goals and addressing: Expected time frame for completion of the degree. Application of this award to meet the expected expenses. Impact of the completion of degree program on applicant’s nephrology nursing practice.

Nursing - Academic Opportunity Award

After receiving the application, the Nursing department will send you additional forms to be completed and returned. These awards are for incoming freshmen only.

FNSNA Scholarships

FNSNA scholarship eligibility criteria include:• Current enrollment and matriculation in a state-approved nursing program leading to an associate degree, baccalaureate, diploma, generic pre-licensure doctorate or generic prelicensure master’s degree; or enrolled in an RN to BSN completion, RN to MSN completion, or LPN/LVN to RN program;Matriculation means the student has applied to and has been admitted into a state approved nursing program.• Pre-nursing students taking courses to prepare for matriculation into a nursing program;• Attending classes and taking no less than six (6) credits per semester.• Involvement in student nursing organizations and/or community health activities;• Document academic achievement;• Establish financial need;• U.S. Citizen or Alien with U.S. Permanent Resident Status/Alien Registration Number;• High school students are not eligible to apply;• Students graduating prior to December 2011 are ineligible to apply.

Green Law Firm Nursing Home & Elderly Care

Attorney Bill Green and his team at Green Law Firm are committed to improving the quality of care in nursing homes. With over 26 years of experience serving the community and many years fighting against low standards of elderly care, Bill is dedicated to promoting passionate students who are focused on making care homes a ‘home’ for our senior population. We are pleased to be offering a $1500 nursing scholarship to high-achieving students who are committed to elderly care and pursuing a baccalaureate degree in nursing. Our hope is to further their professional development and continued competence, allowing them to improve the quality of life for seniors at nursing homes. Applicants will be judged on the content of their application, the essay they provide and on their academic merits. Eligibilty: ✓ Candidates must be working at a nursing home or in an industry directly related to elderly care ✓ Candidates pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree (BSN), including those who already hold a RN certification ✓ Applicants must submit an official copy of their transcript, application and essay to c/o Judi McCabe – 3511 Rivers Ave, North Charleston, South Carolina 29405 ✓ No minimum GPA required How to Apply: To apply for the Green Law Firm Nursing Home & Elderly Care Scholarship, please fill out our online application below and submit their essay along with an official copy of their transcript and covering letter to: c/o Judi McCabe 3511 Rivers Ave North Charleston South Carolina 29405 Essay Topics: Interested applicants should submit a 500-1000 Essay on one of the following topics: - The Psychological Impact of Nursing Home Abuse on Elderly Residents - The Importance of Combatting Ageism in a Care Home Environment Application Deadline: December 31, 2017

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