Nurses are a critical need area in states and hospitals throughout the country. Scholarships help recruit nurses for areas that are experiencing a critical shortage of nurses by paying for all or a portion of their college tuition in exchange for a set amount of service after graduation.
The Health Resources and Services Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, offers funds through the Nursing Scholarship Program. This program is designed to provide nurses to areas of critical need throughout the United States. The scholarship covers full tuition and fees for nurses while they are attending school to become a registered nurse, and it also provides a stipend of approximately $1,200 a month. Upon graduation, students must obtain a professional license and agree to serve at least two years at a health care facility with a critical need for registered nurses.
For nurses who have a desire to directly serve their country, the U.S. Army has instituted the ROTC for Nursing Students. Students receive a scholarship through the Army ROTC to cover between two and four years of schooling. Most scholarships cover full-tuition, room and board and provide a monthly living allowance between $300 and $500. Students also attend the ROTC’s Nurse Summer Training Program, which offers nurses the chance to gain hands-on experience working with Army cadets at Army hospitals. The summer program last three weeks and students receive pay for participating.
The American Association for Colleges of Nursing (AACN) offers multiple scholarships for nursing students to provide up to $5,000 to help cover the cost of tuition. The main scholarship offers $5,000 for students who attend schools that use CertifiedBackground.com and the NursingCAS (Centralized Application System). Students who show excellent performance while enrolled as part of a pre-licensing program at an AACN member institution are eligible to receive a $2,500 scholarship.