Investing in your education with your hard-earned money or even through loans can seem like a daunting task. Luckily, organizations provide scholarships and grants for aspiring nurses. Read on for a list of funding opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate degrees from private companies, nonprofit groups, state governments, the federal government, and universities.
Scholarships and Grants for Nurses and Students
A Nurse I Am Scholarship
Cherokee Uniforms sponsors this scholarship for aspiring nurses. Candidates simply need to fill out the application form on the website.
Who Can Apply: All nursing students may apply.
A.T. Anderson Memorial Scholarship
Each candidate must submit an application, a resume, recommendation letters, three essays, and transcripts demonstrating a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Who Can Apply: Students pursuing any STEM-related degree, including the medical sciences, may apply. Candidates must also possess tribal citizenship.
Amount: $1,000 for undergraduate students; $2,000 for graduate students
Advanced Practice Healthcare Scholarship
Administered by California's Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD), this scholarship offers considerable funding to students pursuing degrees to become certified nurse midwives (CNMs), clinical nurse specialists, and nurse practitioners (NPs).
Who Can Apply: California's OSHPD considers students with minimum 2.0 GPAs enrolled in advanced practice nursing programs at accredited California universities.
Amount: Up to $25,000
AfterCollege and AACN Scholarship Fund
After candidates submit their initial applications online, the selection committee will contact finalists for recommendation letters, awards and honors, and other materials. Special consideration goes to students in nurse educator programs, master's bridge programs, and accelerated programs.
Who Can Apply: Undergraduate and graduate nursing students enrolled in AACN institutions may apply.
Agnes Naughton RN-BSN Fund
The Florida Nurses Association offers this scholarship to registered nurses (RNs) who want to continue their education. Contact the association for specific application instructions.
Who Can Apply: RNs pursuing bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degrees in Florida may apply.
Alice Newell Joslyn Medical Fund
The BECA Foundation -- an organization offering financial aid to Latino students in the San Diego area -- administers this scholarship. Each candidate must submit two recommendation letters, a personal statement, academic transcripts, and their estimated family contribution.
Who Can Apply: Latino students pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in the medical or healthcare fields may apply. Candidates must live in San Diego County at the time of application.
American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Professional Development Scholarships
This association offers several scholarship opportunities for nursing students and professionals who work in the field of occupational health. Some scholarships provide money for educational purposes, while others offer professional development funding.
Who Can Apply: AAOHN considers nurses and nursing students in the occupational health field.
American Holistic Nurses Association Research Grants
AHNA offers a research grant for AHNA members conducting holistic nursing research. Each candidate must submit a 3-5 page research proposal outline of the project, along with a proposed budget.
Who Can Apply: Applicants must possess AHNA membership for at least one year to apply.
American Indian Nurse Scholarship Program
Founded in 1928, this program offers funding to American Indian students to pursue nursing degrees. The program expects scholarship recipients to return to their communities after earning their degrees, where they can provide healthcare services.
Who Can Apply: Students of American Indian, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian heritage may apply. Applicants must maintain current enrollment in associate or bachelor's degree programs.
Annette McClanahan Harrison Endowed Nursing Scholarship
This scholarship, intended specifically for students enrolled at the University of Missouri's Sinclair School of Nursing, provides funding for students with financial needs. Candidates can apply through the university's annual scholarship application.
Who Can Apply: Full-time students with financial need may apply.
Amount: Varies each year, but typically $1,000 or more
The Genesis Health System offers this scholarship for nurses hoping to further their education and careers. Along with their application form, each candidate must submit a recommendation letter from their supervisor.
Who Can Apply: Applicants must work at the Genesis Health System. They must either be pursuing a doctor of nursing or master of science in nursing program to become an NP.
Arizona Nurses Foundation Scholarship
The Arizona Foundation for the Future of Nurses (AzFFN) offers several scholarships, including for undergraduate and graduate nursing students who wish to continue their nursing careers in the state. Interested individuals should contact the foundation for specific information on how to apply.
Who Can Apply: AzFFN considers undergraduate and graduate nursing students in Arizona.
Association on American Indian Affairs Scholarship
This scholarship provides financial assistance to students pursuing associate, bachelor's, or graduate degrees. Each candidate must submit their transcripts, an essay, and a copy of their Tribal ID card.
Who Can Apply: An applicant must maintain membership in their respective American Indian Tribe and possess a minimum 2.5 GPA.
Association of periOperative Registered Nurses Foundation Scholarship
This association offers scholarships to bachelor's, master's, and doctoral students who aim to begin careers in perioperative nursing. An interested candidate can apply on the association's website with a personal statement.
Who Can Apply: Undergraduate or graduate nursing students with a minimum 3.0 GPA may apply.
Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship
Administered by the Ocean Medical Center in New Jersey, this scholarship program offers financial assistance to individuals aiming to advance their nursing careers. Interested individuals can apply through the center.
Who Can Apply: Only employees of or nursing students at the Ocean Medical Center may apply. An applicant must maintain current enrollment in an RN, RN-to-BSN, or advanced degree program in nursing.
Barbara Rhomberg Excellence in Nursing Scholarship
Sponsored by B4 Brands, this scholarship offers funding to full-time undergraduate nursing students. Each candidate can enter the competition by filling out the application form, along with submitting an essay and two recommendation letters.
Who Can Apply: Students enrolled full time in associate or bachelor's degree programs in nursing may apply. Candidates must have at least a three-year gap between high school and college.
Bates Nursing Scholarship Fund
Based in Lewiston, Maine, Bates College offers several scholarships for students pursuing degrees in nursing. Degree-seekers may apply for these funding opportunities for the college.
Who Can Apply: Bates College nursing students may apply.
Bethesda Lutheran Communities Scholarship for College Students
Bethesda Auxiliary offers this award to seminary students and Lutheran college enrollees to pursue careers that help disabled people. Interested individuals can apply through the website.
Who Can Apply: Members of the Lutheran congregation and juniors or seniors in college with at least 3.0 GPAs may apply.
Caroline E. Holt Nursing Scholarship
The Daughters of the American Revolution offer several scholarship opportunities, including one for nursing students in financial need. An interested individual can apply by submitting their college transcripts or a letter of admittance to nursing school.
Who Can Apply: Students enrolled at accredited nursing schools may apply.
Charlotte McGuire Scholarships
Since 1987, the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) has provided this scholarship in the name of its founder. Both undergraduate and graduate students may apply on the organization's website.
Who Can Apply: AHNA considers holistic nursing undergraduate and graduate students.
District of Columbia Nursing Scholarship
Administered by the Daughters of the American Revolution, this scholarship offers funding for nursing students enrolled at the University of the District of Columbia.
Who Can Apply: Nursing students with minimum 3.25 minimum GPAs at the University of the District of Columbia may apply.
Doctoral Degree Scholarships in Cancer Nursing
This fund, provided by the American Cancer Society, offers financial assistance for graduate students pursuing doctoral nursing degrees to work as nurse scientists. Candidates can apply through the society's online portal.
Who Can Apply: Doctoral students in the field of cancer nursing research may apply.
Amount: $15,000/year, renewable for two years
Edwina Foye Award for Outstanding Graduate Student
The Foundation for Seacoast Health offers several scholarships, including this one for master's and doctoral nursing students. Interested individuals should submit their applications along with their GRE scores to the foundation no later than April 1.
Who Can Apply: Applicants must live in Portsmouth, Rye, New Castle, Greenland, Newington, or North Hampton, New Hampshire; or Kittery, Elliot, or York, Maine.
Elaine Gelman Student Scholarship
Administered by the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) Foundation, this scholarship provides funding to NP students. Each candidate must submit a personal statement, two letters of support, and transcripts demonstrating a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Who Can Apply: NAPNAP members may apply.
ENA Foundation Scholarships
The Emergency Nurses Association provides multiple scholarship programs for undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degree-seekers. Students can apply online by submitting their transcripts and two recommendation letters.
Who Can Apply: ENA considers members with minimum 3.0 GPAs.
ExceptionalNurse.com College Scholarships
ExceptionaNurse.com, a website providing resources to nurses with disabilities, runs several scholarship programs for nursing students. Candidates submit an application through the website, and must include three recommendation letters and an essay.
Who Can Apply: The site considers nursing students with documented disabilities.
Frances Helen Ziegler Tunnell Graduate Honor Scholarship
Vanderbilt University offers this internal scholarship to nursing students to demonstrate financial need.
Who Can Apply: Vanderbilt University students with a minimum 3.0 GPA
Genesis Health Services Foundation
The Genesis Foundation grants multiple scholarships for individuals working at the Genesis Health System. Interested individuals can find specific application instructions for each scholarship at the foundation's website.
Who Can Apply: An applicant must either work at the Genesis Health System or be the child of an employee.
Amount: Varies, typically from $800-$2,500
FNSNA General Scholarship Program
Run by the Foundation of the National Student Nurses' Association, this scholarship allows students from all over the country to apply. The criteria for the scholarship may change each year, so applicants should check the foundation's website for the latest information.
Who Can Apply: Undergraduate nursing students
Amount: Up to $7,500/academic year
George B. Boland Nurses Training Scholarship
Forty and Eight, an organization for service members and veterans, offers this scholarship for nursing students who already received scholarships but need additional financial assistance.
Who Can Apply: Nursing students aiming to become RNs or NPs may apply. They must receive sponsorship from a Voiture Local, a local chapter of Forty and Eight.
Amount: Maximum of $1,000
Graduate and Professional Scholarship Program - Maryland
Maryland's state government offers this scholarship to graduate students enrolled in nursing or other professional programs who demonstrate financial need. Students may apply through the state government.
Who Can Apply: Maryland's Higher Education Commission considers residents pursuing graduate or professional degrees in nursing, medicine, or a few other areas listed on the program website.
Hurst Reviews/AACN Nursing Scholarship
Janel Parker Mobility Scholarship
Sponsored by the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA), this scholarship provides funding to nursing students pursuing either a bachelor's or advanced degree. Individuals can apply by submitting their transcripts, three recommendation letters, and an essay.
Who Can Apply: ANNA members pursuing nursing degrees may apply.
Kansas Nursing Service Scholarship
The Kansas Board of Regents facilitates this scholarship program. Sponsors such as adult care homes and psychiatric facilities can provide scholarship funding to students who commit to working at the sponsor organizations after receiving licensure.
Who Can Apply: The Board of Regents considers nursing students in Kansas.
Lambda Pi Alpha Undergraduate Nursing Scholarship
The Lambda Pi Alpha sorority at Chicago State University offers this scholarship to one of its members. Each applicant must submit their transcripts that demonstrate at least a 3.0 GPA, proof of community service hours, a personal statement, and three recommendation letters.
Who Can Apply: Upper-level undergraduate nursing students at Chicago State University and members of the Lambda Pi Alpha sorority may apply.
Loyola University Nurse Leader Scholarship
Loyola University Chicago provides a few different scholarship opportunities for its master's and doctoral degree-seekers. Students may apply through the university's website.
Who Can Apply: Graduate nursing students at Loyola University Chicago may apply.
Amount: Up to $6,000
Madeline Picket (Halbert) Cogswell Nursing Scholarship
The Daughters of the American Revolution provides this scholarship to two students enrolled in accredited nursing programs. Interested individuals can apply by emailing the address on the group's website.
Who Can Apply: Members or descendants of members of the Daughters of the American Revolution may apply.
Mildred Nutting Nursing Scholarship
This Daughters of the American Revolution scholarship provides funding to nursing students in need of financial assistance. Although nurses from around the country may apply, scholarship judges give preference to candidates from the Lowell, Massachusetts, area.
Who Can Apply: DAR considers students currently enrolled in accredited nursing programs.
NAHN Scholarship Programs
The National Association of Hispanic Nurses provides several funding opportunities for its student members at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Applicants can find instructions on how to apply for each specific scholarship on its webpage.
Who Can Apply: NAHN members enrolled in accredited licensed practical or vocational nurse, associate, diploma, baccalaureate, and graduate nursing programs may apply.
Amount: Varies, up to $5,000
Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program
Administered by Papa Ola Lokahi, a healthcare service group for Native Hawaiians, this scholarship provides scholarship funds for students who commit to working in medically underserved communities in Hawaii for 2-4 years.
Who Can Apply: Native Hawaiians pursuing degrees in the healthcare field may apply.
NBNA Scholarship Program
The National Black Nurses Association offers various scholarships to its members each year. Each candidate can send in an application, along with their official transcripts, a two-page essay, and two recommendation letters.
Who Can Apply: NBNA members currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate nursing programs with at least one year of education remaining may apply.
NHSC Scholarship Program
The National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program offers a full year of funding for students pursuing training in the primary health professions. Scholarship recipients must commit to at least two years of full-time service working in an area with a healthcare professional shortage.
Who Can Apply: NHSC considers full-time students at accredited colleges or universities aiming to become NPs or CNMs.
Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania
The Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania offers scholarships to professional nurses and nursing students in the state. An applicant must submit their transcripts and two recommendation letters.
Who Can Apply: Pennsylvania residents enrolled in nursing school who possess minimum 3.0 GPAs may apply.
Amount: Varies, with a $1,000 minimum
NURSE Corps Scholarship Program
Offered by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, the NURSE Corps Scholarship Program pays for the full cost of nursing students' education in exchange for scholarship recipients committing to working at healthcare facilities with a critical shortage of nurses.
Who Can Apply: U.S. citizens enrolled in accredited nursing programs may apply.
Amount: Full tuition coverage + monthly stipend
Nurse Research Grants
Sigma collaborates with various nursing organizations to offer research grant opportunities. Graduate students who conduct research for their degrees may benefit from these funding resources.
Who Can Apply: Applicant criteria differ by grant.
Nurses Educational Funds
The Nurses Educational Funds, Inc. provides scholarships to nursing students. Each applicant submits three references, academic transcripts, a personal essay, and a goal statement.
Who Can Apply: NEF considers nursing students with minimum 3.6 GPAs pursuing master's degrees or doctorates.
Promise of Nursing Program
The Foundation of the National Student Nurses' Association and Johnson & Johnson administer this scholarship to address the current nursing shortage. Students in certain states may apply by filling out the online application.
Who Can Apply: Nursing students in Arizona, California, Maryland, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington may apply.
Amount: Up to $7,500
Sandy Purl Mentorship Scholarship
The Oncology Nursing Foundation offers this scholarship to members of its Chicago chapter. Interested individuals can apply through an online portal on the chapter's website.
Who Can Apply: ONF Chicago chapter members may apply.
Amount: Up to $1,000
Society of Pediatric Nurses Academic Education Scholarship
This association awards two scholarships each year to SPN members pursuing nursing degrees to work as pediatric nurses. Applicants can fill out a form on the group's website.
Who Can Apply: SPN members may apply.
Tylenol Future Care Scholarship
This scholarship program offers funding to 35-40 recipients. Applications must include academic transcripts and an essay.
Who Can Apply: Students enrolled in graduate programs in the medical, nursing, or pharmacy field with at least one year of schooling remaining may apply.
Velma Flies Anderson Scholarship
This scholarship grants funding to senior nursing students who demonstrate financial need. Interested individuals can fill out the application form online and submit their transcripts, two recommendation letters, and a narrative outlining their reasons for applying.
Who Can Apply: Nursing seniors within the Heartland Foundation service area, including counties in Missouri, Ohio, Kansas, and Nebraska, may apply.
Virginia Elizabeth and Alma Vane Taylor Student Nurse Fund
Administered by the Women's Fund of Winston-Salem, this scholarship offers funding for nursing students in financial need. Applicants submit their most recent academic transcripts, their parents' tax return, and FAFSA records to prove financial need.
Who Can Apply: North Carolina residents pursuing associate or bachelor's degrees may apply.
Amount: Up to $1,500
Virginia L Pilcher, RN Scholarship
The Genesis Foundation offers this scholarship for nurses who wish to continue their education. An individual can apply by submitting their bachelor's or master's program acceptance letter and writing a 500-600 word essay about how furthering their education will help their career.
Who Can Apply: The foundation considers employees of the Genesis Medical Center Davenport who possess RN licenses.
WGU Future of Nursing Scholarships
Western Governors University provides scholarships to students pursuing bachelor's or master's degrees in nursing. Students can apply through a portal on the university's website.
Who Can Apply: Nursing students at Western Governors University may apply.