Nursing Scholarships and Grants 2021
| Gayle Morris, BSN, MSN
The cost of higher education may be rising, but nursing scholarships and grants can help prospective nurses pay for school. Along with general nursing school scholarships, there are opportunities for undergraduates, graduate students, individuals studying certain specialties, and students from every demographic and geographic region.
In addition to the following grants and scholarships for nursing students, check for more opportunities through your state board of nursing. Many states offer scholarships or repayment programs for nurses.
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Cherokee Uniforms sponsors this scholarship, disbursing a different number of awards each year. Applicants should submit an essay.
Who Can Apply: Any nursing student enrolled in an accredited program may apply.
Candidates for this award must demonstrate a minimum 2.0 GPA and be free of other service obligations. Recipients spend 12 months practicing full time in a medically underserved area.
Who Can Apply: This scholarship is open to prospective nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and nurse midwives attending a California Board- or committee-approved program.
Amount: Up to $25,000
A selection committee chooses finalists from a pool of initial applicants. Finalists submit recommendation letters, published articles, awards, honors, and other relevant materials. Prospective nurse educators and students enrolled in accelerated, registered nurse to bachelor of science in nursing (RN-to-BSN) or registered nurse to master of science in nursing (RN-to-MSN) programs receive special consideration.
Who Can Apply: Students pursuing a BSN, an MSN, or a doctoral degree in nursing at an AACN member institution may apply.
Amount: $2,500 quarterly
Applicants submit a resume, transcripts, verification of tribal citizenship, letters of recommendation, and three essays up to 500 words each.
Who Can Apply: While candidates must possess tribal citizenship, they may be pursuing any STEM-related degree, including nursing.
Amount: $1,000 for undergraduate students; $2,000 for graduate students
Along with an online application, students should provide two letters of recommendation, transcripts, a personal statement, and their estimated family financial contribution.
Who Can Apply: This award supports Latino students living or attending high school or college in San Diego County. Eligibility is based on financial need, scholastics, and community awareness.
Applicants must submit proof of tribal heritage, a recommendation from a school official, official transcripts, a photograph, and a biographical statement.
Who Can Apply: This scholarship is open to American Indian, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian students pursuing a nursing degree. Recipients are expected to provide healthcare in their community after graduation.
Amount: $1,500 per semester to recipients who remain in good academic standing
The organization offers multiple nursing scholarships and grants. Most require an application, official transcripts, letters of recommendation, an essay, and documentation of eligibility.
Who Can Apply: Students must be members of ANNA, pursuing a BSN or higher degree, and actively involved in nephrology nursing to be eligible for all awards.
Applicants must be in good academic standing, with at least one year of college credit. Funds apply only to tuition, books, and academic fees.
Who Can Apply: This scholarship is available to undergraduate or graduate students who have volunteered with or work for the American Red Cross.
AzFFN offers multiple scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students attending nursing school in Arizona.
Who Can Apply: Applicants must live in Arizona, although guidelines vary by individual award.
Applicants must submit an application, letters of recommendation, official college transcripts, a personal statement, school financial information, documentation of present or prior military service, and a photograph.
Who Can Apply: Candidates may be undergraduate or graduate nurses serving at any rank in the U.S. Army or who have received an honorable discharge. Current or former military spouses, children, and parents may also apply.
Students with a GPA of at least 3.0 may submit an online application, essay, and personal statement. Funds cover tuition, books, and allowable expenses.
Who Can Apply: This scholarship is open to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a career in perioperative nursing.
Applicants should submit official transcripts documenting enrollment in a BSN program, a resume, and a 1-3 page summary of their professional and educational goals and achievements.
Who Can Apply: ARN members enrolled in a BSN program who demonstrate at least two years of rehabilitation nursing experience.
Candidates must provide two recommendation letters, enrollment verification, and an essay.
Who Can Apply: Sponsored by B4 Brands, this scholarship supports full-time students pursuing an associate or a bachelor's degree in nursing. Eligible candidates have a gap of at least three years between high school and college.
Amount: Nonrenewable $1,000 paid to the school
This award is funded by the state's RN licensing fee and aims to distribute multiple awards across the state. Applicants apply online.
Who Can Apply: This award is open to students pursuing a BSN with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Candidates must be willing to work in a medically underserved area for 12 months.
Amount: Up to $10,000
The Daughters of the American Revolution sponsors this need-based scholarship. Interested applicants must submit their official college transcripts and demonstrate financial need.
Who Can Apply: This award supports undergraduate students who are accepted into or enrolled in an accredited nursing school.
Cascade Healthcare Solutions hosts this essay contest for aspiring nurses. Applicants should submit a photo and a brief biography with their manuscript.
Who Can Apply: Eligible undergraduates and high school students should hold a minimum 3.0 GPA.
The American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) uses this program to support nurses who specialize in holistic nursing. Qualifying AHNA members must hold a current RN license and demonstrate their commitment to holistic nursing practice.
Who Can Apply: This award funds undergraduates and graduate-level nursing students who are active AHNA members.
Coursey Enterprises sponsors two scholarships every spring and fall. Applicants should submit a personal essay and photo.
Who Can Apply: Candidates should be first-year nursing students enrolled in an RN or licensed practical nurse (LPN) program.
This award is sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution and administered by the University of the District of Columbia.
Who Can Apply: Nursing students at the University of the District of Columbia who maintain a 3.25 GPA or higher may apply.
The Foundation for Seacoast Health sponsors this award. Eligible graduate students should submit GRE scores and results from the National League of Nursing Admissions test.
Who Can Apply: Candidates who reside in Portsmouth, Rye, New Castle, Greenland, Newington, or North Hampton, New Hampshire; or Kittery, Elliot, or York, Maine.
ENA offers multiple scholarships. Undergraduate applicants must demonstrate a minimum GPA of 3.0, attend an accredited university, and submit two letters of recommendation.
Who Can Apply: All scholarships are open to student ENA members.
This website supports nurses with disabilities and offers multiple scholarships for its target readership. Applicants with a medically verified disability should submit three letters of recommendation, an essay, and official transcripts.
Who Can Apply: Qualifying students must have a documented disability and should be attending or plan to attend a nursing program full time.
While the award's annual sponsor defines eligibility criteria, guidelines typically emphasize a nursing specialty such as critical care, oncology, or emergency care. Applicants provide financial aid certification and an official transcript.
Who Can Apply: This scholarship is open to current students in the U.S. who intend to focus on a specialty area.
Amount: Up to $7,500
This need- and merit-based scholarship supports Vanderbilt University nursing students pursuing an MSN.
Who Can Apply: Applicants must be enrolled full time in an MSN program at the Vanderbilt School of Nursing and maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher.
This scholarship is administered through a Forty and Eight Voiture Locale. Applications are available only at the Voiture Locale and must be submitted by mail.
Who Can Apply: This award is open to students seeking an undergraduate or graduate degree in nursing. Applicants must reside in a Voiture Locale with an official nurse training program.
Amount: Up to $1,000
Students must submit recent transcripts, a college acceptance letter, a copy of the Student Aid Report/Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and a personal essay.
Who Can Apply: Undergraduate students and high school seniors must be enrolled full time in a STEM program, maintain a minimum 3.75 GPA, and achieve a 1290 SAT score or 28 on the ACT.
While this award covers tuition, fees and educational costs, recipients must work in a critical shortage facility after graduation. Applicants submit recommendation letters, supporting documentation, and an essay.
Who Can Apply: Eligible applicants should be undergraduate students enrolled in an accredited nursing degree program who do not have federal judgment liens, existing service commitments, or overdue federal loan payments.
Amount: All tuition, fees, and educational expenses
Applicants must register with Hurst Reviews before completing an online application. Hurst is a review service for nurses preparing for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).
Who Can Apply: This award is open to undergraduate students enrolled at AACN schools.
Amount: $2,500 twice a year
Qualifying students demonstrate academic promise in the helping professions, including healthcare and public health.
Who Can Apply: Applicants must be Jewish, born and raised in Chicago, and intend to remain in Chicago after graduation.
Amount: Up to $8,000
Qualifying undergraduates must be enrolled full time in a Kansas nursing program to be eligible for this Board of Regents scholarship. Applicants should complete a FAFSA, commit to an eligible sponsor, and complete the State of Kansas Student Aid application.
Who Can Apply: This service-based award funds LPN or RN students willing to practice in a Kansas sponsor facility such as a psychiatric hospital, home health agency, or adult care home.
Amount: $3,500 (LPNs); $4,500 (RNs)
Applicants must submit official transcripts demonstrating a GPA of at least 3.0, a personal statement, three letters of recommendation, and evidence of at least 20 hours of community service in the past year. Applicants must also have completed at least one semester of nursing coursework and undergo an interview.
Who Can Apply: Candidates must be Lambda Pi Alpha members, Illinois residents, and undergraduate students.
Loyola University Chicago students may apply for a variety of nursing scholarships through the school's online portal.
Who Can Apply: Applicants must be Loyola nursing students.
This association offers scholarship opportunities for undergraduate- and graduate-level nursing students. NAHN's website provides individual criteria for each award.
Who Can Apply: Candidates must be NAHN members enrolled full time in an accredited nursing program.
Amount: Up to $5,000
NBNA members can apply for more than 20 scholarships on the organization's website. Application materials vary between awards.
Who Can Apply: Students must be NBNA members at both the national and local levels. They should be enrolled in a nursing program, with at least one full year left in their studies.
Along with a 500-1,500 word essay, applicants should submit their contact information and the name of their school.
Who Can Apply: This opportunity helps fund undergraduate and graduate students seeking a degree in the medical sciences, including nursing.
Students who demonstrate academic excellence should submit two letters of recommendation and three essays. Recipients are obligated to perform two years of full-time service in an underserved location for each year they receive a scholarship.
Who Can Apply: Full-time graduate students enrolled in an accredited program who do not have an existing service application.
Amount: Covers tuition, fees, and a monthly stipend for living expenses
The nonprofit organization supports scholarships for residents pursuing a nursing diploma or degree. Applicants provide two recommendation letters, transcripts, and a letter of acceptance from their nursing program.
Who Can Apply: Scholarships are open to Pennsylvania residents maintaining a 3.0 GPA or higher in a state board-approved program.
Amount: Varies; $1,000 minimum
Western Governors University nursing students should provide documentation of financial need and submit a general institutional scholarship application.
Who Can Apply: Nursing students attending Western Governors University may apply.
Amount: Up to $4,000
NEF offers financial assistance for graduate-level nursing students. Candidates should provide three references, a personal essay and goals statement, unofficial transcripts, and a $20 application fee.
Who Can Apply: Applicants must be licensed RNs and current graduate students who maintain membership in a professional nursing association. Specific guidelines vary by degree.
Each of this organization's four scholarships maintains different application guidelines.
Who Can Apply: All awards are open to nursing students who reside in Pennsylvania.
Students pursuing a STEM or business degree at a nonprofit institution may apply online on the Foundation's website. Applicants must demonstrate financial need through their 1040 tax return. They should also submit information about their academic achievements, community service, and extracurricular activities, along with an essay.
Who Can Apply: Any graduating high school senior or undergraduate student with at least one year left of school may apply. Candidates must have graduated from high school in one of Middle Tennessee's 40 counties. Students must demonstrate a 2.5 GPA or higher and score a 21 on the ACT.
Sigma administers a variety of grant opportunities for graduate-level nursing students. Application processes and eligibility criteria vary with each grant.
Who Can Apply: These grants support graduate-level nursing students conducting research.
The University of Missouri Health's Sinclair School of Nursing sponsors multiple internal, need-based awards. Eligibility requirements vary between scholarships.
Who Can Apply: Applicants must be students at the Sinclair School of Nursing.
Three scholarships provide aid for students committed to advancing health equity.
Who Can Apply: Undergraduate juniors and seniors who are Black, Hispanic, Latino/a, or Indigenous may apply.
Students applying for STDLabs' scholarship should provide their GPA, official transcripts, and an essay.
Who Can Apply: Any student attending an accredited degree program is eligible.
Applicants should hold a cumulative GPA of 3.7 or higher, a minimum 1300 SAT score, or a minimum 27 ACT score. They must also submit two reference letters and a personal statement.
Who Can Apply: Learners whose parents are or were in the military, who demonstrate financial need, or whose parents did not attend college receive special consideration.
Applicants should submit their official transcripts, documentation of community involvement, and two 500-word essays.
Who Can Apply: Graduate-level nursing students or college seniors who plan to attend a graduate-level nursing program and who have one or more years of school remaining.
Qualifying applicants demonstrate both financial need and excellent clinical performance evaluations. Candidates should provide two letters of recommendation, hold a 3.0 GPA or better, and live in the Mosaic Life Care Foundation service area.
Who Can Apply: Undergraduate seniors attending an accredited RN program in St. Joseph, Missouri.
Applicants should offer documentation that they or someone close to them has experienced mental health challenges.
Who Can Apply: Any college student who has experienced mental health challenges.
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