If you want a nursing education to join the over 2.6 million registered nurses, there are a number of scholarships and grants available to you. As the population ages, the demand for nurses is increasing, and it is projected that there will be a 22% growth in the number of nursing jobs through 2018. Regardless of whether you attend a technical school, a two-year college, or a four-year college, there is an abundance of financial aid. There are three types of financial aid: merit based scholarships, need based scholarships, and obligatory service scholarships.
Merit based scholarships are applied for by filling out an application and submitting an essay. You also need several letters of reference from teachers and employers. Qualified applicants are then interviewed, and the winners are selected based on academic performance and community service.
Need based scholarships are based on financial need. Additionally, they are given to members of minority groups that are under represented in the nursing profession. They are also available to applicants with a learning or physical disability.
Obligatory service scholarships are sponsored by the United States Government. They are given through the ROTC military program, the National Health Service Corps, and the Veterans Affairs Health Corps. Following graduation, the recipients must serve for two to eight years in the appropriate government organization to fulfill their obligation under the agreement signed to obtain the scholarship. There are also student loan programs that can be used to subsidize scholarship grants and there are student loan forgiveness programs available to those willing to make a sufficient service commitment.
These awards can be secured through college financial aid offices, as well as through professional organizations. Furthermore, you can research these scholarships online at government websites to find out information. Be honest in answering application questions and in your essay. Do not try to determine what they want to hear.