15 Nursing Scholarships You Can Apply to This Weekend

When applying to nursing school, there are many questions to consider: Why do you want to earn the degree? What’s the best program format for your learning style? How will you finance your education? That last question is especially important, and nursing degree scholarships can be part of the answer by helping to reduce tuition costs.

Here are 15 scholarships for RNs interested in continuing their nursing education:

Geraldine “Polly” Bednash Scholarship

  • Amount: $5,000
  • This scholarship is awarded to support outstanding nursing students in baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs. Two $5,000 scholarships are distributed to the top applicants four times each year. Applicants must have at least a 3.2 GPA in their current program or last school attended. They must be admitted or enrolled in a program at an American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) member institution affiliated with CertifiedBackground.com.

Hurst Reviews/AACN Nursing Scholarship

  • Amount: $2,500
  • Hurst Review Services and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing have partnered to offer scholarships to students pursuing professional nursing degrees. Two $2,500 scholarships are awarded twice yearly.

Daughters of the American Revolution Scholarships

  • Amount: $2,000–$2,500
  • The Caroline E. Holt Nursing Scholarship, Mildred Nutting Nursing Scholarship, the District of Columbia Nursing Scholarship, and the Madeline Pickett (Halbert) Cogswell Nursing Scholarship are all available through the Daughters of the American Revolution Society. Each scholarship is a one-time award ranging from $2,000 to $2,500.

AANP Education Advancement Scholarships

  • Amount: Up to $2,500
  • Scholarships are available to AANP members who are currently enrolled in an accredited graduate school in pursuit of an advanced degree or certification and who are scheduled to complete an eligible NP program between fall 2018 and summer 2019. Applicants must be licensed as a registered nurse.

SGNA RN Advancing Education Scholarship

  • Amount: $1,000 for part-time students and $2,500 for full-time students
  • The SGNA RN Advancing Education Scholarship is awarded to RNs working in gastroenterology who are pursuing a BSN, MSN, or PhD. To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be an SGNA member enrolled in an accredited advanced degree program and maintain a 3.0 GPA. Scroll down to the bottom of the web page to download the application.

Nurses Educational Funds Scholarships

  • Amount: Varies
  • The Nurses Educational Funds scholarship program includes 22 scholarships available to students enrolled full or part time in an NLNAC or CCNE accredited nursing program who have maintained a minimum GPA of 3.6 over at least 12 credits. Scholarship amounts vary.

National Student Nurses' Association Scholarship

  • Amount: $1,000–$5,000
  • The NSNA Foundation awards more than $330,000 annually to graduate and undergraduate students; scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000. Applicants must be enrolled in state-approved schools of nursing for their first degree in nursing.

ExceptionalNurse.com Scholarships

  • Amount: $250–$500
  • ExceptionalNurse.com Scholarship applicants must be students with a documented disability who have applied to or already been admitted to a full-time nursing program.

St. Francis School of Nursing Alumni of Pittsburgh, PA Scholarship

  • Amount: $2,000 (average award)
  • Applicants must be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree from a professional nursing program and demonstrate financial need. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required to apply.

NURSE Corps Scholarship Program

  • Amount: Tuition, fees, and other educational costs
  • Open to students enrolled in a diploma, associate, baccalaureate, or graduate nursing program, the NURSE Corps Scholarship Program helps alleviate the critical shortage of nurses. Recipients of this scholarship are required to work in a health care facility located in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA).

Oncology Nursing Society Foundation Scholarship

  • Amount: $5,000
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in a master’s degree nursing program at an NLN or CCNE accredited school. An interest and commitment to oncology nursing is required. $5,000 scholarships are awarded annually.

Greta James Memorial Scholarship

  • Amount: $500
  • Four $500 scholarships are awarded to candidates who are currently enrolled in nursing school and complete two essay questions. Peers in the nursing profession select the recipients through an online voting system.

Cherokee Uniforms “A Nurse I Am” Scholarship

  • Amount: $2,000
  • Inspired by the “A Nurse I Am” documentary, this scholarship requires students to complete an application and submit an essay in order to be considered. Up to 10 scholarships of $2,000 are awarded to those who have been accepted to or are enrolled in an accredited LVN/LPN, RN degree (ADN or BSN), diploma, or RN to BSN program.

Tylenol Future Care Scholarship

  • Amount: Varies
  • Each year, Tylenol awards a total of $250,000 to 40 nursing students who demonstrate academic excellence, exemplary leadership, community involvement, and dedication to a career of caring for others.

AfterCollege/AACN Scholarship Fund

  • Amount: $2,500
  • Applicants must be pursuing a degree in nursing at the baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral level to be eligible for this $2,500 scholarship. Special consideration is given to students in a graduate program with the goal of becoming a nurse educator; students completing an RN to BSN or RN to MSN program; and those enrolled in an accelerated program.

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