Historically, men have not entered the nursing profession to the extent that women have. Women make up more than 85%
of the registered nurse and nurse practitioner workforce. The relative dearth of male nurses may be traceable to gender stereotypes or stigmas
. In fact, men were barred from attending nursing schools in the 1850s, which mirrors the struggles women experienced trying to enter male-dominated professions, such as law, or the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.
While numerous initiatives
have helped increase the numbers of women in traditionally male professions, men have not been encouraged to pursue caregiving careers like nursing. With a critical nationwide nursing shortage
occurring in the U.S., male nurses can help fill the gap. To this end, we've compiled a list of nursing scholarships
open to men. Women can also apply to many on the list, but some extend only to men.
Scholarships for Male Nurses
American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Scholarships
Who Can Apply: Prelicensure undergraduates pursuing professional nursing degrees and enrolled at AACN-accredited schools can apply for these awards offered in partnership with Hurst Review Services, an NCLEX test preparation company.
Army Nurse Corps Association Scholarship
Who Can Apply: Nursing students working toward a baccalaureate or graduate degree with current or past military service can apply for this scholarship. Immediate family members of current or past service members can also apply.
Asian American/Pacific Islander Nurses Association (AAPINA) Scholarship
Who Can Apply: AAPINA invites active, two-year members pursuing undergraduate or graduate nursing degrees to apply if they can provide evidence of a 3.5 GPA and submit an essay and recommendation letters.
Breaking Barriers: Scholarship for Men in Nursing
Who Can Apply: Offered exclusively to men, these funds support those actively enrolled in an accredited nursing program who hold a 3.5 GPA and submit a 500-1,000 word essay.
Coursey Enterprises Student Scholarships
Who Can Apply: First-year nursing students training for careers as registered nurses or licensed practical nurses can apply with a 200-word essay discussing why they want to be a nurse.
Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) Foundation Academic Scholarships
Who Can Apply: ENA members can apply for all levels of scholarships, while nonmembers can only apply for undergraduate funding. Selection criteria include educational and career goals, professional involvement, community and leadership activities, and references.
Foundation of the National Student Nurses' Association (FNSNA) Scholarships
Who Can Apply: FNSNA accepts applications from enrolled undergraduate nursing students across the U.S. Selection criteria depend on the funding organization and usually funds students in specific underrepresented nursing specialties.
Amount: Up to $7,500 per academic year
Hector Gonzalez Past Presidents Scholarship
Who Can Apply: Funded by a National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) past president and founding member Hector Hugo Gonzalez, this award assists students enrolled in two-year associate degree in nursing programs.
HRSA Nurse Corps Scholarship Program
Who Can Apply: Students willing to commit to working in a facility with a critical shortage of nurses after graduation can apply. Eligibility includes U.S. citizenship, no federal judgment liens or overdue debt, and no existing service commitment.
Amount: Dependent on financial need
Men in Nursing Scholarship Award
Who Can Apply: The Great Nurse Foundation supports its male members who are enrolled in nursing school and requires applicants to submit a 10-minute video addressing the importance of and barriers to men in nursing.
National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) Scholarships
Who Can Apply: Members of the NBNA enrolled in a nursing program leading to a degree or diploma can apply with good scholastic standing and at least one full year of nursing school yet to complete.
Who Can Apply: Open to current nursing students at all degree or diploma levels, these awards vary by geographic area, and selection criteria focus on academic performance and service.
Promise of Nursing Scholarships
Who Can Apply: Nursing students at state-approved schools in eleven states can apply for these Johnson & Johnson-sponsored funds. The program seeks to address the nursing shortage and support future registered nurses.
Amount: Up to $7,500 per academic year
Tylenol Future Care Scholarship
Who Can Apply: Applicants must hold U.S. citizenship, provide proof of enrollment in (or acceptance to) a graduate nursing program, have at least one year of school remaining, and submit an essay.
United Health Foundation Diverse Scholars Initiative
Who Can Apply: Offered in partnership with NAHN, this scholarship for rising sophomores and above requires NAHN membership and conference attendance, full-time student status, and a GPA of 3.0.
Amount: $5,000 per year for up to three consecutive years
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