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Guide to Financial Aid and Scholarships for Nurses

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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects a 12% growth in nursing from 2018-28, thanks in part to an aging baby boomer population and a growing emphasis on preventive medicine and chronic illness management. Many nursing employers seek candidates with a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), which allows nurses to access higher-paying positions and more diverse job opportunities.

However, nursing school tuition is on the rise, presenting a hurdle for prospective students. Learners may find financial assistance through scholarships, grants, or loans. Nurses who already hold an associate degree may benefit from RN-to-BSN scholarships and the flexibility afforded by online programs.

Prospective nursing students can secure scholarship and grant funding through a wide range of public and private providers. These include businesses, nonprofit organizations, professional associations, and community foundations, including institutional awards from colleges and universities offered to enrolled students.

Additionally, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Institute of Medicine recently launched an education initiative for professional nurses. One goal of this initiative is to ensure that 80% of RNs have earned a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) by 2020. As a result, more tuition funding has been made available to RNs seeking a BSN.

Grants and Scholarships Available for Nursing Students

In this section, we offer detailed information on a variety of grant and scholarship opportunities for nursing majors at all levels. Additionally, we point to appropriate funding opportunities for nursing students with diverse backgrounds and experiences, including master’s degree-seekers, minority students, and military members and veterans.

Beta Mu Chapter of Lambda Pi Alpha Sorority

Who Can Apply: Undergraduate learners in their third or fourth year of BSN or ADN programs in Illinois may apply. Applicants should possess documented evidence of at least 20 hours of community service and a 3.0 or higher GPA.

Amount: $1,500

Kaiser Permanente Health Care Career Scholarship

Who Can Apply: High school students, and college students who previously received scholarship money through Kaiser, may apply. Applicants must live in Oregon or southwest Washington, known as the Kaiser Permanente Northwest service area, for consideration.

Amount: Varies

Emergency Nurses Association Master’s Scholarship

Who Can Apply: Students pursuing a master’s degree in nursing, nursing administration, nursing education, or public health may apply. ENA expects applicants to possess a 3.0 or higher GPA, two letters of recommendation, and hold a current ENA membership.

Amount: Varies

American Red Cross Jane Delano Student Nurse Scholarship

Who Can Apply: Undergraduate or graduate students with at least one year’s worth of college credits and current enrollment in a U.S. nursing program may apply. Applicants should have documented volunteer experience with the Red Cross.

Amount: $3,000

Dr. Francis Anthony Beneventi Medical Scholarship

Who Can Apply: Current or prospective students planning to pursue a degree in nursing or a closely related field may apply, except those in a pre-med program, physician assistant school, or veterinary school. Applicants should possess a 3.25 or higher GPA.

Amount: $5,000

Coursey Enterprises Student Scholarships

Who Can Apply: First-year students in an RN or LPN program may apply. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen and submit an application containing a 200-word essay, photograph, and required contact information.

Amount: $250 per semester

The Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association, Inc., Undergraduate Scholarship Program

Who Can Apply: Nursing students of virtually any level and in any specialty nursing program may apply, including those in associate, bachelor’s, diploma, pre-licensure, RN-to-BSN, RN-to-MSN, and LPN/LVN-to-RN programs.

Amount: $7,500 per year

American Association of Colleges of Nursing Hurst Review Services Nursing Scholarship

Who Can Apply: U.S. and international pre-licensure nursing students enrolled in schools with AACN membership may apply. Applicants must include an application form and a personal essay.

Amount: $2,500

Health Resources and Services Administration Nurse Corps Scholarship

Who Can Apply: Students accepted or enrolled in an accredited nursing program in the U.S. may apply, as long as they do not have federal judgment liens, an existing service commitment, or overdue debts to the federal government.

Amount: Varies

Cascade Healthcare Solutions Nurses Make a Difference Scholarship

Who Can Apply: Current undergraduate nursing students or high school learners with acceptance to an accredited college or university nursing program may apply. Applicants should possess a 3.0 or higher GPA.

Amount: $1,000

Tylenol Future Care Scholarship

Who Can Apply: Students pursuing a career in helping patients, enrolled in two- or four-year graduate programs at a college, university, or vocational school may apply.

Amount: $5,000-$10,000

Association for Nontraditional Students in Higher Education Scholarship

Who Can Apply: ANTSHE reserves this merit-based award for students who are at least 23 years old and enrolled in a public two-year college or university. Applicants should also be a parent, veteran, low-income, or minority student.

Amount: Varies

Barbara Rhomberg Nursing Scholarship

Who Can Apply: Full-time learners who took at least three years off after high school before enrolling in an undergraduate nursing program may apply. Learners at the associate and bachelor’s levels are eligible.

Amount: $1,000

EMPOWER Scholarship

Who Can Apply: Minority students pursuing a career in healthcare who are residents or students in Minnesota or western Wisconsin are eligible for this scholarship. Applicants need at least a 2.0 GPA and must demonstrate financial need.

Amount: Varies

Leslie Andree Hanna Medical Scholarship

Who Can Apply: Female U.S. citizens pursuing a degree in the medical field are eligible for this scholarship. Applicants need at least a 3.25 GPA. Interested learners may reapply each year.

Amount: $5,000

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