Nursing school can be expensive, and often students need all of the help that they can get to pay for their education. One of the best ways to get help paying for college is through scholarships. A scholarship is a sum of money given to a student by a person or organization to help pay for the expenses associated with education. The following is a list a places to find nursing scholarships to help ease the financial burden of becoming a nurse.
- Local scholarships from hospitals, community colleges, nursing homes, etc.
- CertifiedBackground.com Scholarship: CertifiedBackground.com awards two $5,000 scholarships per deadline, with four different application deadlines per year (January 31, April 30, July 31, and October 31). The scholarships are awarded to nursing students enrolled in a BSN program or higher who either attend a school affiliated with CertifiedBackground.com (list available at http://www.aacn.nche.edu/students/scholarships/CBSchools.pdf) or applied to nursing school through NursingCAS. Applicants must have a 3.2 GPA or higher.
- AACN and Johnson & Johnson Minority Nurse Faculty Scholarship: This $18,000 scholarship is awarded to underrepresented minority students who agree to teach nursing school following graduation. The deadline to apply is May 1st. Preference is given to those who are earning a doctoral degree, but the minimum requirement is to be enrolled in or accepted into a clinically focused master's degree program. Applicants must be full-time students, and must sign a letter of commitment saying that they will teach one year for each year of scholarship provided and participated in a mentoring program. To apply, visit http://www.aacn.nche.edu/students/scholarships/minority and download the scholarship application.
- Hurst Reviews/ AACN Nursing Scholarship: This program awards two $2,500 scholarships twice a year, with application deadlines falling on January 15 and July 15. The application is quick and painless, and can be found at http://www.hurstreview.com/AACN.
- AfterCollege/AACN Nursing Scholarship: These scholarships are in the amount of $2,500 and are awarded four times per year to students pursuing a BSN, MSN, or doctoral degree. The application deadlines are March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31. To apply, go to http://www.aftercollege.com/content/article/aftercollege_aacn_scholarship/.
- Johnson and Johnson's Campaign for Nursing's Future: This organization offers 365 different scholarships which are available at http://www.discovernursing.com/scholarships#no-filters. These scholarships are not all available in every state, but applicants can search their individual states for a list of scholarships in their areas.
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services NurseCorps: This loan repayment program for registered nurses addresses the nursing shortage in underserved areas across America. The program asks for a 2 year commitment working full-time in a poor rural or urban area, promising to repay 60% of each participants student loans during this time period. During an optional 3rd year, the program will pay another 25% of the remaining balance. In addition to loan forgiveness, participants earn a competitive wage and benefits. More information and the application is available at http://www.hrsa.gov/loanscholarships/repayment/nursing/.
- The Foundation of the National Student Nurses' Association: The NSNA awards scholarships ranging from $1000-$5000 biannually to those enrolled in approved nursing or pre-nursing programs. This organization awards a total of about $345,000 in scholarships per year based on academic achievement, financial need, and extracurricular involvement. For more information, visit http://www.nsna.org/FoundationScholarships/FNSNAScholarships/UndergraduateScholarship.aspx.
- American Cancer Society Scholarships: The American Cancer Society awards scholarships to those enrolled in or applying to an accredited doctoral or master's degree nursing program. The stipend for the doctoral scholarship is $15,000 and the stipend for the master's scholarship is $10,000. The deadline to apply for doctoral students is October 15th, and the deadline for master's students is February 1st.