Types of Nursing Scholarships

By Robert Bennett , last updated January 10, 2012

Ever wanted to attend nursing school but thought you couldn’t afford it? Since entry level salaries for nursing start at around $50,000 per year, now is a great time to start. With over 2.5 million Registered Nurses that makes nursing the largest category of healthcare professionals.

To begin a career as a nurse, you must first graduate from an accredited nursing school. School can be expensive. Don’t let paying for tuition be a deterrent to going to school. Listed here are options for funding your nursing education.

All students, regardless of income, should complete the online FAFSA application. The FAFSA is used to determine your eligibility for all federal and state sponsored grant programs. After completing the FAFSA, the applicant’s information will used to determine eligibility for all grants in their system. The largest of the grants is the federal Pell Grant. Millions of Pell Grants are award every year to qualifying students. A Pell Grant does not require repayment by the student. This need-based grant is administered through the United States Department of Education and awarded through participating institutions of higher learning. For the 2011-2012 academic year, the maximum Pell Grant amount is $5,550. This amount is awarded in two equal payments for the fall and spring semesters. Students can apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Medical Professionals of Tomorrow offers a scholarship for students at the University of Rochester. Applicants should complete an application and write a 500 word essay for a chance to be awarded a $1,000 scholarship.

Cherokee Uniforms offers ten Nurse I Am scholarships for $2,000 to each nursing student who completes and submits an application and essay.

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital awards a maximum scholarship of $11,000 for a Bachelor’s degree and $5,500 for a Master’s degree for the William K. Schubert Scholarship Program.

The National Black Nurses Association offers several scholarships to nursing students ranging from $500 to $2,000.

The National Student Nurses’ Association provides over $125,000 annually in scholarships to undergraduate nursing students in certain areas. Winners are selected on their financial need, academic achievement and involvement in nursing organizations.

The Daughters of the American Revolution offers several scholarships for degree seeking nursing students for students who are U.S. citizens and attend an accredited university in the U.S. Scholarship awards are based on academic merit, commitment to the study of nursing and financial need. Students do not need to be affiliated with DAR to apply.

There are many scholarships open to nursing students. The best place to search for nursing scholarships is the internet. A good resource is to contact the financial aid office at the college. They can provide you with additional information on your scholarship search.

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