Nursing-ScholarshipsIn these difficult economic times, students of any profession must scour the internet for as much funding as they can find if they want to graduate with a minimum amount of debt. Debt can be a major obstacle for graduating students and scholarships are one of the best ways to mitigate that issue. Nurses fresh out of college face many obstacles. Finding employment, even with a nursing shortage, can be difficult with a lack of practical experience. Sometimes finding the right job just takes time, and it’s important to minimize the amount of money you borrow for school, because it lessens the immediate financial burden on you at graduation.

There are numerous nursing scholarships available at all levels of nursing. Many are awarded by state and local sources. Some are administered by national organizations. Knowing what kind of nurse you want to be when you start school can help you find funds. Many nursing organizations are for specialized nurses, and reward nurses that are members, even members that aren’t licensed, for their intent to pursue a nursing career in their specialization.

This list is comprised of 75 fantastic nursing scholarships. Here you will find scholarships of every kind including: specialization specific, region specific, national scholarships, essay contests, private scholarships, corporate scholarships, and government programs. Do not be discouraged if there is not a scholarship from your state on the list. There are plenty of national scholarships here, and many of the state specific scholarships (which are numerous) did not make it on the list. But they are out there. Use the state scholarships on this list as a guide that will show you what to look for in your own state.

As far as state and local scholarships are concerned, the best way to find them is to talk to your financial aid officer, do some of your own research, and talk to local chambers of commerce, or a high school guidance counselor. The more specific you are about what you want to do, the more scholarships you will find.

One type of scholarship every nursing student should be on the lookout for is the hybrid scholarship/loan from local medical care institutions. These scholarships are offered in exchange for a commitment from the student to work at their institution for a certain number of years. If the student decides not to work at the institution after graduation, then the scholarship becomes a loan that must be paid back. A lot of people are averse to this kind of commitment, but in this economy it can be looked at as a bonus. Not only are you committing to the organization, but they have an implicit commitment to you so long as you meet their standards so it is a fantastic opportunity to transition straight into a job after graduation. An almost guaranteed two years of experience right out of nursing school isn’t something at which any nursing student should turn up their nose.

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The scholarships on this list are numbered 1-75 but this is not a ranking, it’s just for convenience. 1-50 are undergraduate scholarships, and 51-75 are graduate and doctoral scholarships. Some of the scholarships take applicants from any level. Basic eligibility criteria is included in the short descriptions of each scholarship, but those interested in the scholarship should read the full eligibility criteria from the organization’s website to confirm they meet the requirements.

Undergraduate Scholarships

1. Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association Scholarships

The Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association awards $345,000 annually to students nationwide, with funds between $1,000 and $2,500. The scholarships are available for students in nursing programs at both the bachelor and associate levels. The number of scholarships offered by the Foundation isn’t specified.

Scholarship Amount: $1,000-$2,500
Scholarship Deadline: 01/15/2015

2. Hurst Review Services/American Association of Critical Care Nurses Scholarship Partnership

This $2,500 scholarship is brought to you by a partnership between Hurst Review Services and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. Two scholarships are awarded to students twice per year. The scholarships are available to pre-licensure students enrolled at AACN member schools.

Scholarship Amount: $2,500
Scholarship Deadline:01/15, 07/15

3. AfterCollege/AACN Scholarship Page

In another corporate partnership, AfterCollege partners with the AACN to offer a $2,500 scholarship four times per year, at the rate of one per quarter. AfterCollege is a company that helps new graduates find entry level positions in their field and analyzes job seeking data for acquired from new graduates. The company recognizes both the need to encourage students to pursue nursing programs, and the challenge of pairing nursing graduates up with a good fit in the field.

Scholarship Amount: $2,500
Scholarship Deadline(s): 03/31, 06/30, 09/30, 12/31

4. Arthur J. Gallagher and Company Scholarships

The Arthur J. Gallagher and Company corporation awards five $5,000 scholarships to nursing students annually. The company does this because one of its major goals is to find solutions to global health problems, and ending the nursing shortage is a way to attack issues of global health.

Scholarship Amount: $5,000
Scholarship Deadline: 05/16

5. American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation

There are over sixty different scholarships offered by the ASSE Foundation to students around the nation with a variety of entry requirements. Not all of the scholarships offered are for nursing, but many are open to nursing students. Students only have to submit one application, and the foundation will evaluate it, and consider it for any of the specific awards for which the student is qualified.

Scholarship Amount: $1,000-$5,500
Scholarship Deadline: N/A

6. Association of periOperative Registered Nurses

The specific number of scholarships awarded by AORN, and the amount of those scholarships, isn’t made available on the website. This is in part because financial need is considered when deciding the amount of the scholarship and thus the amount varies. Students must express the intent to go into perioperative and surgical nursing to be qualified for a scholarship, but membership in AORN is not required.

Scholarship Amount: Varies
Scholarship Deadline: 06/15

7. Association of Rehabilitation Nurses Scholarships

The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses doesn’t specify how many scholarships it awards annually, but the available scholarships are for $1,500. The organization offers scholarships to both BSN and MSN students. The scholarship is intended to help rehab nurses further their experience and education. Membership in the ARN is required, along with two years experience in rehabilitation nursing.

Scholarship Amount: $1,500
Scholarship Deadline: 06/01

8. National Association of Hispanic Nurses Scholarships Page

The NAHN scholarships vary in the number awarded from year to year depending on the available money in the scholarship fund. The $2,500 amount of the scholarship however, can cover a large portion of the cost for a student. The scholarship is open to students of hispanic ethnicity, and students must be a member of NAHN in order to be considered.

Scholarship Amount: $2,500
Scholarship Deadline:TBA

9. Emergency Nurses Association Scholarships Page

In the past 22 years, the ENA has awarded over $2,000,000 in educational scholarships and research grants. Applicants, with the exception of non-RN applicants, must have been a member of the ENA for a minimum of 12 months. Non-RN applicants must have a letter of recommendation from an ENA member in order to be considered.

Scholarship Amount: $3,000
Scholarship Deadline: 06/01

10. Daughters of the American Revolution Scholarship Page

The DAR organization awards three $1,000 scholarships every year to members going into the nursing field. The Daughters of the American Revolution were founded as a non-political civic volunteer service. Additional funding may be available locally and members of the DAR should check with their local chapters about more opportunities.

Scholarship Amount: $1,000
Scholarship Deadline: 07/01

11. National Black Nurses Association Rita E. Miller Scholarship

The $2,000 Rita E. Miller Scholarship offered by the NBNA is for students currently enrolled in a BSN program, or a program leading to a career as an LPN or LVN. The scholarship is available to students that are members of the NBNA and active in their local chapter, and local African American community.

Scholarship Amount: $2,000
Scholarship Deadline: 04/15

12. American Indian Science and Engineering Society A.T. Anderson Memorial Scholarship

The American Indian Science and Engineering Society exists to support Native Americans in those fields, and encourage Native Americans to pursue careers in those fields. The scholarships are open to a wide range of technical and professional industries, and nursing is one of those STEM industries.

Scholarship Amount: $1,500-$2,000
Scholarship Deadline: 06/15

13. American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Liberty Leadership Scholarship

The Liberty Leadership Scholarship awards one $1,500 scholarship annual to an occupational health and environmental nurse. The nurse must be pursuing a BSN or higher level degree with the goal of moving into a leadership role.

Scholarship Amount: $1,500
Scholarship Deadline: 01/01

14. B4 Brands Barbara Rhomburg Excellence in Nursing Scholarship Page

The Barbara Rhomburg Excellence in Nursing Scholarship is a $1,000 non-renewable scholarship earmarked for non-traditional students. Non-traditional students are defined as those that did not pursue college right after high school. Students must be enrolled in a full time nursing program at the Associate or Bachelor level.

Scholarship Amount: $1,000 non-renewable
Scholarship Deadline: 08/31

15. Oncology Nursing Society Bachelor’s Scholarship

This $2,000 scholarship is available to students that are committed to oncology nursing. The scholarships are available to non-RN students that do not hold a bachelor level degree and are enrolled in a bachelor level program, and in their senior year. Students are not required to be an Oncology Nursing Society member in order to be eligible for the scholarship.

Scholarship Amount: $2,000
Scholarship Deadline: 02/01

16. Society of Pediatric Nurses Educational Scholarship

These two $500 scholarships offered by the SPNE are for members of the organization. The scholarships are designed to help current and future pediatric nurses achieve their educational goals.

Number of Scholarships Awarded: 2
Scholarship Amount: $500
Scholarship Deadline: 11/15

17. Outlaw Student Nursing Scholarship Page

Outlaw Student is a website that is devoted to providing students with advice about finding outside the box funding for school. While the site is rarely updated any more with new articles, the $500 nursing scholarship offered four times per year is still current. The older articles on the website can be useful as the site was essentially an advice column for students in difficult situations.

Scholarship Amount: $500
Scholarship Deadline(s): Rolling

18. Tylenol Future Care Scholarship Program

The Tylenol Future Care Scholarship Program is one of the biggest and most comprehensive scholarship programs out there. The program is open to students studying in a medical profession. There are a massive 40 awards. 30 of the awards are at the $5,000 level and 10 are at the $10,000 level.

Scholarship Amount: 30 at $5,000, 10 at $10,000
Scholarship Deadline: 05/27

19. National Black Nurses’ Association Dr. Lauranne Sams Scholarship

The NBNA awards five scholarships in the name of Dr. Lauranne Sams, founder of the NBNA, that range from $1,000-$2,000. The amount is determined by need. Students applying for the scholarship must be a member of the NBNA and a regular member of a local chapter.

Scholarship Amount: $1,000-$2,000
Scholarship Deadline: 04/15

20. National Black Nurses Association Board of Directors Scholarship

The NBNA Board of Directors Scholarship awards three $2,000 scholarships annually. Applicants must be active in their African American communities and provide proof of their activity. Applicants must also be members of the NBNA and a NBNA local chapter if one exists in their region.

Number of Scholarships Awarded: 3
Scholarship Amount: $2,000
Scholarship Deadline: 04/15

21. NBNA Scholarships Page

The Margaret Pemberton Scholarship is a $2,000 award that is offered to members of the NBNA that are pursuing an undergraduate degree in nursing. Applicants must be members of the NBNA and active in their local chapter and in their African American community.

Scholarship Amount: $2,000
Scholarship Deadline: 04/15

22. American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Academic Education Scholarships

AAOHN offers four $2,500 scholarships annually to occupational and environmental health professionals pursuing a degree in order to advance in the field. The scholarships are offered in partnership with UPS and Liberty Mutual Insurance. Applicants must be a member of the AAOHN organization.

Number of Scholarships Awarded: 4
Scholarship Amount: $2,500
Scholarship Deadline: 01/01

23. American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Annette Haag Leadership Scholarships

The AAOHN offers members one $1,500 scholarship through the Annette Haag Annual Giving Program. The program is designed to help improve occupational health nursing by supporting members of the organization as they strive to realize their educational goals.

Scholarship Amount: $1,500
Scholarship Deadline: 01/01

24. American Assembly for Men in Nursing Essay Contest

The American Assembly for Men in Nursing holds an annual essay contest through which eight $500 scholarships are awarded to applicants pursuing an undergraduate degree. Essay submissions are considered for each scholarship for which the applicant is qualified. Applicants must be male, members of the organization, and pre-licensed students pursuing licensure.

Scholarship Amount: $500
Scholarship Deadline: 04/01-07/01

25. Health Resources and Services Administration Nurse Corps Program

The scholarship program from the HRSA is one of the best programs available to prospective nurses. Many people might look at the commitment to serve in a critical shortage facility after completion of their program as a drawback. However in this economy, even with the nursing shortage, entry level nurses can have a hard time getting a job. So not only does this scholarship cover nearly all expenses and provide a $1,000 per month stipend during school, it almost guarantees a 2 year job upon graduation. Student fulfilling their commitment also make a regular nursing salary. In 2012, 263 students participated in the program.

Number of Scholarships Available: 263 Selected in 2012, varies year to year
Scholarship Amount: Full tuition, books, fees, clinical supplies, and uniforms.
Scholarship Deadline: Contact for Information

26. Akron General Service League Nursing Scholarship

Students that reside in the state of Ohio can apply for scholarships from this Ohio based health system. Akron General awards an unspecified number of scholarships of varied amounts to qualified Ohio nursing students based on financial need.

Scholarship Amount: N/A
Scholarship Deadline: 01/01

27. Georgia Nurses’ Association Scholarship

This scholarship for $500 or more is offered in odd years by the Georgia Nurses’ Association. The full scholarship amount is based on the financial need of selected students but is never less than $500. Applicants must be full time students that reside in Georgia. There are many state based nurses’ associations such as this so students not residing in Georgia should check their home state for similar organizations.

Scholarship Amount: $500 Minimum
Scholarship Deadline: Applications Available in fall 2014 for scholarships to be awarded in fall 2015.

28. American Legion Auxiliary (Arizona) Past Presidents’ Parley Nurses Scholarships

The American Legion Auxiliary is a national organization with state and local level chapters throughout the United States. Many of the American Legion Auxiliary chapters throughout the nation provide similar scholarships to residents of their states. Veterans and their family members are given first preference for these scholarships, but are not the exclusive recipients.

Scholarship Amount: $600
Scholarship Deadline: 05/15

29. South Carolina Nurses Foundation Scholarships

The South Carolina Nurses Foundation offers several nursing scholarships to South Carolina residents. The number of scholarships awarded, and the amount awarded are not publicized, and the deadlines vary so students must contact the organization for pertinent information.

Scholarship Amount: Varies
Scholarship Deadline: Contact for Deadline Information

30. Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund

Throughout its 3 year history, the Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund has raised over $10,000, and awarded $7,000 to 14 nursing students. The scholarship seems to gain momentum every year and the hope is that it will continue to grow and become a large source of aid to nursing students.

Scholarship Amount: $500 (average)
Scholarship Deadline: 07/11

31. Mary Marshall Nursing Scholarship for Licensed Practical Nurses

The number of Mary Marshall Nursing Scholarships for Licensed Practical Nurses awarded, and the amount of those scholarships, is dependent on the available funds, and number of qualified applicants. Applicants awarded a scholarship may apply for the same scholarship in subsequent years, for up to four years so long as they continue to meet the criteria. Applicants must have maintained a Virginia residency for one full year, and be a part or full time student in a school of practical nursing in the state of Virginia.

Scholarship Amount: Dependent on Available Funds
Scholarship Deadline: 05/01

32. Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation Scholarship Pool

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation offers a large pool of scholarships to West Virginia residents. These scholarships are awarded to qualified students studying a wide range of professions, of which nursing is one. The 2013-2014 academic year saw 398 scholarships awarded for a total of $446,100, making the average award $1,121. Each individual scholarship in the pool may have additional criteria beyond the general criteria. All applications are evaluated against all scholarships for which the student is eligible.

Number of Scholarships Awarded: 398 in the 2013-2014 year
Scholarship Amount: $1,121 Average Award
Scholarship Deadline: TBD

33. Oregon Community Foundation Scholarships Fund

The Oregon Community Foundation Scholarships Fund awards over $20 Million every year. The fund includes many nursing scholarships, as well as scholarships in a wide range of other professions. Students from the state of Oregon should contact the fund for specific information on the scholarships available to them.

Scholarship Amount: Varies
Scholarship Deadline: Varies

34. The BECA Foundation Alice Newell Joslyn Medical Fund

Alice Newell Joslyn Medical Fund is an example of the type of scholarships available to students in specific regions. In this case, the scholarship is specific to San Diego County. This type of scholarship can be found often by checking with local financial aid officers, guidance counselors, and chambers of commerce. Such scholarships are attractive because their extreme regional limitations means competition for the scholarship is much less than the competition for a national scholarship available to anybody from anywhere.

Scholarship Amount: $500-$2,000 per Academic Year
Scholarship Deadline: 01/20-03/10

35. Heartland Foundation Scholarships

The Heartland Foundation provides students from specific counties in Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska with scholarships to help with nursing programs from pre-licensure associate’s degree programs, to MSN programs. Details on the numerous scholarships can be found by following the above link.

Number of Scholarships Awarded: Varies
Scholarship Amount: Varies
Scholarship Deadline: 06/14

36. Independent College Fund of New Jersey Novo Nordisk Scholars Program

Many companies and organizations that spearhead the fight against specific illnesses reward students with an interest in targeting those same issues. The Novo Nordisk Scholars Program is an example of the monetarily significant scholarships these organizations sometimes make available. In this case the scholarships are awarded to students seeking to work with patients suffering from diabetes, hemophilia, and blood disorders.

Number of Scholarships Awarded: 4
Scholarship Amount: $5,000
Scholarship Deadline: TBA

37. Independent College Fund of New Jersey C.R. Bard Foundation Nursing Scholarship

The C.R. Bard Foundation awards ten scholarships per year of $2,500 each to students in New Jersey attending one of nine New Jersey universities. Students should always check with their financial aid offices and local communities to discover scholarships such as this. One of the major types of scholarship funding awarded each year is from local scholarship funds for which not enough eligible applicants apply.

Number of Scholarships Available: 10
Scholarship Amount: $2,500
Scholarship Deadline: 06/15

38. Conway Regional Health Foundation James S. Garrison Scholarship Fund

Local health systems like Conway Regional Health can be a great source of scholarship funds. Such organizations often offer both staff scholarships and local scholarships, and many, like Conway Regional, also offer scholarships on a statewide basis.

Number of Scholarships Awarded: 2 for the 2013-2014 Academic Year
Scholarship Amount: $2,500
Scholarship Deadline: 02/28

39. Rhode Island Foundation Albert and Florence Newton Scholarship

The Florence Newton Scholarship, offered by the Rhode Island Foundation, awards students between $500 and $2,500 based on their demonstrated financial need. While preference is given to residents of Rhode Island, residency is not a requirement for consideration.

Number of Scholarships Awarded: N/A
Scholarship Amount: $500-$2,000 Based on Need
Scholarship Deadline: 04/18

40. Rhode Island Foundation Willard and Marjorie Scheibe Nursing Scholarship

The Willard and Marjorie Scheibe Nursing Scholarship is for Rhode Island residents exclusively. The awards are based entirely on financial need. Once students qualify for a scholarship, it is renewable annually so long as the student continues to meet the standards of eligibility.

Scholarship Amount: Based on Financial Need
Scholarship Deadline: 04/18

41. Illinois AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Memorial Scholarships

The Illinois AMVETs Ladies Auxiliary Memorial Scholarships are available to high school seniors in the state of Illinois that intend to pursue a nursing degree. The seniors must also be children or grandchildren of veterans of the United States military. There is also a separate scholarship that adds the requirement that the veteran of whom the student is descended be deceased.

Scholarship Amount: $1,000
Scholarship Deadline: 03/01

42. Global Scholarship Alliance International Nursing Scholarships

This $5,000 international scholarship is for international students seeking to study nursing in the United States. The goal of this scholarship is to help increase knowledge and effectiveness in nursing on a global scale.

Scholarship Amount: $5,000
Scholarship Deadline: Varies- contact for more information.

43. Hawaii Community Foundation Nursing Scholarships

The Hawaii Community Foundation website lists several scholarships available to nursing students from the state of Hawaii. In order to find the nursing specific scholarships, simply use the search tool in the above link, using the keyword “nursing.”

Number of Scholarships Awarded: N/A
Scholarship Amount: Varies
Scholarship Deadline: Contact for Precise Information

44. Medical Professionals of Tomorrow Scholarships by U.S. Medical Supplies

The Medical Professionals of Tomorrow scholarship offered by U.S. Medical supplies is an essay contest for which the awards are $500, $1,000, and $3,500 for third, second, and first place respectively. The contest is open to all legal residents of the United States, and all students studying a medical field at a two or four year college, or in graduate school. High School seniors must be committed to a specific school in order to be eligible.

Scholarship Amount: $3,500, $1,000, $500
Scholarship Deadline: 12/31

45. Army Nursing Education Program Bonuses, Stipends, and Commitments

The United States Army offers a wide range of scholarships, grants, stipends, and bonuses to students who intend to study nursing and are either in, or will commit to signing up for, the Army. The commitment periods tend to be low when considering all the benefits, and the guaranteed experience of serving in the Army as a nurse is a compelling addition to a new nurses resume.

Scholarship Amount: Varies based on program.
Scholarship Deadline: N/A

46. American College of Nurse-Midwives Basic Midwifery Student Scholarships

These scholarships are for students that intend to pursue midwifery as a nurse and are available to students enrolled in a basic nurse midwifery or graduate nurse midwifery program. The scholarships have different criteria, so some are for nurses that intend to work in hospital, some out of hospital. There are 4 different scholarships with an unspecified number of awards that range from $200-$1,000.

Scholarship Amount: $200, $500, and $1,000
Scholarship Deadline: 03/01

47. Rise Up! Mississippi State Nurse Educator Scholarship/ Loan Program

This Mississippi scholarship program is open to Mississippi residents that are continuing their education in order to become nurse educators in the state of Mississippi. The scholarship is generous, with a maximum award of $8,000 over the course of three years.

Scholarship Amount: Maximum $8,000
Scholarship Deadline: 03/31

48. Nursing Foundation of Pennsylvania Jack E. Barger Sr. Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Jack E. Barger Sr. Memorial Scholarship fund is intended provide financial aid to nurses intending to work in the state of Pennsylvania. The six $1,000 scholarships invest in future nurses in order to help ensure that the growing need for nurses in the state will be met.

Number of Scholarships Awarded: 6
Scholarship Amount: $1,000
Scholarship Deadline: 04/30

49. Sharps Compliance Inc. Essay Scholarship

Students studying in the medical field may enter an essay contest held by Sharps Compliance. Students must write an essay on an issue that given to them on the Sharps scholarship website. Awards will be handed out to 3rd-1st place entries, at a prize of $500, $750, and $1,500. An employee of Sharps confirmed that while the dates for the scholarship in 2014 have not been announced, it does occur on an annual basis.

Scholarship Amount: $500, $750, $1,500
Scholarship Deadline: To Be Announced

Graduate Scholarships

Professional Association and Corporate Scholarships

50. AfterCollege/American Association of Critical Care Nurses Scholarship Partnership

The partnership between AfterCollege and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses offers four graduate scholarships of $2,500 to nurses pursuing their MSN degree. As more highly trained and experienced nurses and nurse educators reach the age of retirement, this scholarship program intends to ensure that future nurses have highly educated mentors and instructors in the field and they rise to fulfill the impending need for nurses.

Scholarship Amount: $2,500
Scholarship Deadline(s): 03/31, 06/30, 09/30, 12/31

51. National League for Nursing: Nursing Education Research Grants

The NLN offers research grants for students committed to conducting graduate level research into nursing education. As the medical field moves forward, and many experienced nurses retire, new nurses move in to fill in the gaps. However these new nurses do not have the experience of those approaching retirement. It’s important for nurse educators to explore different options and methods that will help new nurses specialize and fill the roles of those leaving the profession.

Scholarship Amount: N/A
Scholarship Deadline: 2014: Passed, 2015: TBD

52. Association of Rehabilitation Nurses Scholarships

The ARN graduate scholarship is intended to help nurses achieve their goal of earning either a Master’s or Doctorate of nursing. The $1,500 scholarship requires membership and involvement in ARN, current enrollment in a graduate nursing program, and applicants must have been practicing rehabilitation nursing for two years.

Scholarship Amount: $1,500
Scholarship Deadline: 06/01

53. ENA Scholarships Page

The Emergency Nurses Association offers one significant $5,000 scholarship per year to qualified members. The scholarship is for Emergency Nurses Association members seeking to advance in the discipline through the pursuit of a graduate degree.

Number of Scholarships Awarded: 1
Scholarship Amount: $5,000
Scholarship Deadline: 06/01

54. American Cancer Society Doctoral Degree Scholarship

The American Cancer Society recognizes how important nurses are in both cancer treatment and research. This scholarship is for a nurse pursuing a doctoral degree with the intent of conducting cancer nursing research as a nurse scientist. The $15,000 scholarship/stipend lasts for two years, and can be renewed for another period of two years.

Number of Scholarships Awarded: N/A
Scholarship Amount: $15,000
Scholarship Deadline: 10/15

55. Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Wisconsin League for Nursing Scholarship

This $1,000 scholarship is open to nursing students in the state of Wisconsin. The scholarship is available to students pursuing their ADN, BSN, MSN, DNP, or Ph.D. in nursing. Candidates must have completed half their program, and be state residents.

Scholarship Amount: $1,000
Scholarship Deadline: 02/01-04/30

56. American Society of PeriAnsthesia Nurses Scholarships

ASPAN awards scholarships to members between $285 and $1,000 for everything from tuition, to certification fees and humanitarian missions. There are also two scholarships available that are attached to a Nurse in Washington internship program.

Scholarship Amount: $285-$1,000
Scholarship Deadline: 07/01

57. National Association Directors of Nursing Administration/Long Term Care and Pharmerica Partnership Stephanie Carroll Memorial Scholarship

NADONA offers 13 scholarships with awards ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to nursing students enrolled in an NLN accredited nursing institution that have committed to working in long term care and geriatric nursing. Students in either undergraduate or graduate programs may apply.

Scholarship Amount: $1,000-$5,000
Scholarship Deadline: 05/15

58. Oncology Nurses’ Society Foundation Master’s Scholarship

Seven students last year were awarded the $3,000 graduate level scholarship by the Oncology Nurses’ Society. Nurses must be enrolled in an NLN or CCNE accredited school of nursing, and be pursuing their MSN for the purpose of advancing in their career as an oncology nurse.

Scholarship Amount: $3,000
Scholarship Deadline: 02/01

59. Oncology Nurses’ Society Foundation Doctoral Scholarship

The $3,500 ONS Doctoral Scholarship is one of few scholarships made available only to doctoral students. The goal of the ONS is to support oncology nurses seeking to further their understanding of oncology nursing, and involvement in cancer research, and cancer nursing research.

Scholarship Amount: $3,500
Scholarship Deadline: 02/01

60. Tylenol Future Care Scholarship Program

The Tylenol Future Care Scholarship Program is also available to nurses pursuing an MSN or doctoral degree program in nursing. These are some of the most significant awards available in the medical field.

Number of Scholarships Awarded: 40
Scholarship Amount: 30 at $5,000, 10 at $10,000
Scholarship Deadline: 05/27

61. American Cancer Society Graduate Scholarships

The American Cancer Society offers significant $10,000 scholarships to nurses studying at the graduate and doctoral level. The purpose of the scholarship program is to advance the understanding of cancer nursing practice to improve patient care and treatment effectiveness.

Number of Scholarships: N/A
Scholarship Amount: $10,000 Annually for Two Years
Scholarship Deadline: 02/01

62. National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Foundation Research Scholarship #1

This National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners research scholarship is for members of the NAPNAP professional association that desire to pursue graduate work with a research focus on childhood obesity.

Scholarship Amount: $2,500
Scholarship Deadline: 04/30

63. National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Foundation Research Scholarship #2

Another of the NAPNAP research scholarships, also for $2,500, is intended to support NAPNAP nurses that intend to conduct research in one of three major areas: impact of the nurse practitioner role in health care delivery, advanced nursing practice problems and issues, and exploratory or evaluative research of PNP education and credentialing.

Scholarship Amount: $2,500
<strong>Scholarship Deadline: 04/30

64. National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Foundation Research Scholarship #3 Foundation Research Scholarships

The third research scholarship from NAPNAP is a $3,000 scholarship for nurses conducting research in one of the following areas:
-Development/implementation of innovative methods for delivery of health care services in the following areas: school health, community, health, behavior and development, adolescent health, chronic disease management.
-Health care problems of children and their families.
-Educational programs and materials for healthcare providers and/or children and families.

Scholarship Amount: $3,000
Scholarship Deadline: 04/30

65. Nursing Educational Funds Graduate and Doctoral Scholarships

One application is evaluated for several different scholarships from the Nurses Education Fund. The scholarships are offered courtesy of individuals that started funds, as well as some organizations like the American Journal of Nursing Scholarship.

Scholarship Amount: Variable
Scholarship Deadline: 03/01

66. American Assembly for Men in Nursing Graduate Scholarships

Men are a significant minority in nursing and the American Assembly for Men in Nursing offers scholarships to help men in the field advance in their careers. Applicants must be male, and a member of the AAMN organization. Two scholarships are awarded at the graduate level. The applicants submit an essay which, as long as all academic criteria is met, is the primary mode of evaluation among applicants.

Scholarship Amount: $1,000
Scholarship Deadline: 04/01-07/01

67. Rhode Island Foundation Edward and Virginia Routhier Nursing Scholarship

Financial need determines the amount of this scholarship, which ranges from $500-$3,000. Applicants must be enrolled in a bachelor or graduate nursing program in the state of Rhode Island. There are three nursing scholarships offered by the Rhode Island Foundation and students should choose which they apply for carefully, as an individual student may only apply for one of the three.

Scholarship Amount: $500-$3,000 based on Need
Scholarship Deadline: 04/18

68. 10,000 Degrees New Leader Scholarship Page

The 10,000 Degrees scholarship program supports students enrolled in select California public universities. The program is open to more than just nursing students, however the application process does require that students major in one of only five different disciplines, of which nursing is one.

Number of Scholarships Awarded: Several (exact number not specified)
Scholarship Amount: Up to $8,000
Scholarship Deadline: 03/10

69. Good Samaritan Foundation Nursing Scholarships

The Good Samaritan Foundation is a Texas organization that has been dedicated to providing the state of Texas highly trained nurses since 1951. The organization administers an unspecified number of scholarships ranging from $500-$1000 to Texas residents at every level of nursing education. Students must have been accepted into a program approved by the Texas Board of Nursing.

Number of Scholarships Awarded: N/A
Scholarship Amount: $500-$1,000
Scholarship Deadline: 01/01-02/15, 05/15-06/30, 08/01-09/15

70. March of Dimes Nursing Scholarships Page

The March of Dimes offers several $5,000 scholarships to graduate nursing students. The actual number of scholarships awarded is based on the available money, and the number of qualified applicants. Applicants must be enrolled in an MSN program and be focused on maternal-child nursing.

Number of Scholarships Awarded: Several (Actual Number Varies)
Scholarship Amount: $5,000
Scholarship Deadline: 01/15

71. Touchmark Foundation Scholarship Information

The Touchmark Foundation awards scholarships to students from nine U.S. states and one Canadian province. The scholarships are primarily directed toward nurses looking to become nurse educators. The goal of the scholarship is to ensure high quality nursing instruction exists for the next generation of nurses.

Number of Scholarships Awarded: N/A
Scholarship Amount: $1,000
Scholarship Deadline: 06/30, 12/30

72. Shore Medical Center Tuition Reimbursement and Scholarship Programs

The Shore Medical Center Tuition Reimbursement and Scholarship programs provide education funds to current SMC staff members and students willing to commit to working for Shore Medical Center for a period of time after they complete their education. This is one of the most commonly overlooked kinds of scholarships, but also one of the best for prospective nurses. Not only does the nurse make a commitment to the medical center, but the medical center makes a commitment to the nurse, assuring said nurse of a job, should he or she meet the criteria for employment upon graduation.

Number of Scholarships Awarded: N/A
Scholarship Amount: $2,000
Scholarship Deadline: N/A

73. American Nurses’ Association-Illinois Sonne Scholarship

This scholarship awards $500-$1,500 to members of the Student Nurses Association of Illinois. The program is specifically for students in programs that lead to the qualifications to sit for licensure as a registered professional nurse.

Scholarship Amount: $500-$1,500
Scholarship Deadline: 03/15

74. Greater New York Association of Healthcare Recruiters

Execu|Search Group teams up with the GNYAHR to offer this $1,500 scholarship to students enrolled in MSN degree programs. Applicants must be a student or employee of a current GNYAHR member and reside in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut.

Scholarship Amount: $1,500
Scholarship Deadline: 08/15

75. The Mary Lewis Wyche Fellowship

This $5,000 (administered to the recipient annually) fellowship, is offered by the North Carolina Nursing Association. The fellowship is available to nurses in the state of North Carolina seeking their master’s or doctorate in education, practice, or administration.

Scholarship Amount: $5,000
Scholarship Deadline: 06/01