Given the current shortages in nurses, private and public organizations have created nursing scholarships for high school students. A report from the Kaiser Family Foundation indicates that the United States will experience a nursing shortage by 2025 and states like Virginia already shortages that are expected to worsen. If you are in high school and plan to become a nurse, consider taking advantage of the following scholarship programs. The money they offer can make a difference between achieving your career aspirations or having them remain a dream.
HRSA Nursing Scholarship Program
Sponsored by the federal government, the Health Resources and Services Administration Nursing Scholarship program provides funding for tuition, books and includes a $1,326 stipend every month. In exchange, all recipients must work in an approved hospital that has a nursing shortage. The work commitment is full-time and lasts two years after graduation. The program is open to American citizens and legal permanent residents only. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited nursing program in the United States or in an American territory.
Maryland State Nursing Scholarship
Residents of Maryland can take advantage of the Maryland State Nursing Scholarship. Administered by the state government, it gives new nursing students $3,000 to pay towards tuition for each year of nursing school. The program is limited to Maryland residents whose parents also live in the state. It is available to both part-time and full-time students, and recipients must maintain a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) to remain in good standing. In return, recipients will work as a nurse for the state on a full-time basis upon graduating from school.
With scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $2,500, the National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA) provides the Foundation of National Student Nurses’ Association (FNSNA) Scholarship. High school graduates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled in nursing or pre-nursing programs such as an associate, baccalaureate or diploma degree program. They must also be members of the NSNA to qualify. All applications must include a $10 processing fee.
William K. Schubert Minority Nursing Scholarship Program
To increase the number of skilled, professional minority nurses, the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center created the William K. Schubert Minority Nursing Scholarship. It gives $2,750 to recipients for every year of their bachelor’s nursing program, for a total of $11,000. To apply, candidates must have a 2.75 GPA or higher and must plan to enter the field of pediatric nursing. The program specifically targets male nursing students and individuals belonging to one of the following groups: American Indian or Alaska Native, Black or African American, Hawaiian Native or Pacific Islander, Hispanic or Latino, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Asian Indian, Thai, or Vietnamese/Southeast Asian.
Navy ROTC Grants
The U.S. Navy is equally concerned about the growing nation-wide shortage of nursing staff and consequently, established a grant program to train nurses to serve the country. Applicants must be enrolled in a nursing program at a Navy ROTC school, which includes Yale University, Miami University and the University of Virginia. To be considered, applicants must have received a 520 or higher in their SAT math exam or, if they took the ACT exam, a 21 on the math section. The English requirement is that applicants have a 530 or more on the reading section of the SAT or at least a 22 in English on the ACT exam. Recipients get full tuition scholarships.