Scholarships for Nursing Students

A nursing scholarship often means the difference between starting on your road to success or waiting another year. If you can't cover the costs of higher education on your own, take advantage of a nursing scholarship opportunity. With a variety of scholarships for all types of students, you're sure to find a few you qualify for.

Nurse Leaders for America Global Scholarship Alliance

To address the current shortage of qualified nurses, the Nurse Leaders for America supplies hospitals with motivated, experienced nurses. The Global Scholarship Alliance provides nursing scholarships, commonly MSN scholarships, which include tuition, fees and books. The program last for three years and nurses commit to being hospital employees throughout the program.

To find out more about this working and scholarship opportunity, visit, or call (513) 665-4544, or write Global Scholarship Alliance, 1700 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45206.

HRSA Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration offers health care and nursing scholarships for disadvantaged students. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines disadvantaged students as “one who comes from an environment that has inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skill and abilities required to enroll in and graduate from a health professions school”.

Otherwise the student must be “from a program providing education or training in an allied health profession; or comes from a family with an annual income below a level based on low income thresholds according to family size published by the U.S. Bureau of Census, adjusted annually for changes in the Consumer Price Index, and adjusted by the Secretary, HHS, for use in health professions and nursing programs.” To find out more, visit

WOCN Society Advanced Education

Member of WOCN who wish to work on an undergraduate or graduate degree may qualify for this scholarship program. The deadline to apply is May of each year. Students may also qualify for the Dr. Sheri Smith Memorial Grant (Advanced Degree, Research Program/Materials.). The deadline to apply is May or November of each year. One or two scholarships of $2,500 each are awarded twice annually. To find out more about these scholarships, contact WOCN National Office at (888) 224-9626 or visit

Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR)

Undergraduate and graduate students in nursing, science and health care careers may qualify for one of the Sigma Xi Grants in Aid of Research (GIAR). The application deadline is March 15 and October 15 each year. The program awards grants of up to $1,000 to students from any country.

To find out more about the GIAR program, visit to get additional details.

Gallagher Koster Health Careers

The Gallagher Koster Health Careers Scholarship Program is open to students entering their junior and senior year of undergraduate study. Students must show financial need , academic excellence, dedication to community service and a strong desire to pursue a career in healthcare as well as be enrolled in an accredited institution in a program programing them for a career in health care.

Applications become available in March. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher to apply and is eligible for receiving an award for no more than two academic years. To learn more, visit

ENA Foundation Masters in Nursing

The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) Foundation Masters in Nursing Scholarship program offers 20 scholarships valued at $500 each to attend the ENA Annual Conference in Tampa, Florida.

The ENA Foundation also awards academic scholarships with an annual application deadline of June 1. New applications and opportunities are posted on the ENA website after January 15. Scholarships are awarded to members current members of the ENA. They also offer Continuing Education Scholarships. For additional info, visit

The Blanco Foundation

The Blanco Foundation nursing scholarship provides assistance to a graduating high school senior who plans to enter the fields of nursing or education. To be eligible, students must apply for financial aid to the college they want to attend, provide academic achievement with a three year GPA of 85 or better, provides copies of SAT/ACT score, participate in community service and extracurricular activities and submit an application by February 1.

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Nurses Educational Funds Inc.

The NEF scholarships are for master's and doctoral degree study in nursing. Students must be enrolled full-time or part-time in an accredited nursing program, have completed at least 12 credits of the program and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.6 or better and provide proof of citizenship.

Applicants will need to provide email addresses of three references, complete an 800-word essay and submit a $20 application by PayPal as well as submit official transcripts prior to February 1. Applications are available online as of October 1. To find out more, call the NEF Office at 212-590-2443, visit, or contact Nurses Education Funds, Inc., 304 Park Avenue South, 11th Floor, New York, New York 10001.

Charlotte McGuire for Holistic Nurses

Through the American Holistic Nursing Association (AHNA), the Charlotte McGuire Scholarship Program (CMGSP) offers varying awards to help AHNA nurses pursue higher education. Nursing scholarships are awarded to undergraduates and graduates in programs related to holistic nursing. Applicants must have an interest and experience in holistic and healing nursing practice, maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better, be current members of AHNA and complete the application process.

The application deadline is March 15 of the year for which the scholarship is awarded and includes personal data, education and employment history, personal philosophy, activities, financial statement, official transcript, two sponsorship letter (one by an AHNA member) and an essay. To find out more contact AHNA by phone (304) 673-7215, or visit

American School Health Association

If your academic and professional goals include the health of youth, you may qualify for one of the three American School Health Association scholarship in the amount of $500 annually. Qualified applicants are pursuing a career in school nursing, school health education or pediatric/adolescent medicine or dentistry.

The application deadline is April 1. To find out more about scholarships and research grant opportunities, visit

The American Assembly for Men

The American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN) offers education scholarships in partnership with Johnson & Johnson to qualified men in the amount of $1,000. Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, letters or recommendation and a personal statement. There are also $500 scholarships available.

Various scholarship opportunities exist, most with an application deadline of July 1st. Visit their website throughout the year to find out more at

MiTio Foundation

A bilingual student seeking a career in healthcare may qualify for one of two $1,000 scholarships from the MiTio Foundation. Students are required to submit a 500 word essay explaining what language they speak as well as how they would benefit patient care with their bilingual skills.

The deadlines to submit essays for this bilingual scholarship opportunity are May 5 and November 5. The scholarship will be awarded on June 1 and December 1. To get additional details, contact the MiTio Foundation at discussions at, 1-877-338-8479 or write Dr. Nelva Lee, c/o Nilvia Brinkley, Admissions Counselor, The Medical Interpreting and Translating Institute Online, MiTio, 300 Lester Mill Road, Suite 200-O, Locust Grove, GA 30248.

The National Health Service Corp.

Students pursuing careers in primary care may qualify for the National Health Service Corp. (NHSC) scholarship program. The scholarship includes tuition, fees, educational support, monthly support stipend and help finding a practice site. Students commit to serve in the Corps for two to four years in an underserved community upon graduation and licensure.

Eligible students must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national and be a full-time students in an accredited school pursuing particular health care and nursing degrees. The application cycle closes on June 9. To learn more about this opportunity, visit

Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation

The Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation awards several academic scholarship including the NPHF/Procter & Gamble Endowed Scholarship in Community Service, the NPHF/Procter & Gamble Endowed Scholarship in Gastroenterology, the NPHF/Purdue Pharma L.P. Pain Management Awards and the NPHF/Astrellas Hearth Health Through the Ages Award Program as well as various research initiatives.

To find out more about these scholarship opportunities in nursing and health care, visit

Nursing scholarships are one of the best ways to prove your academic excellence while getting the cash you need for continued education.

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