Scholarships and grants are offered for a variety of nursing programs. The main categories include: Associate in Science degree (A.S.N.), a 2-year program and a Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.N.), a 4-5 year program. Both government and private organizations offer scholarships and grants to students who want to pursue a variety of programs in nursing. Given below are a few of the prominent scholarships and grants awarded to nursing students.
Air force And Navy ROTC Nursing Scholarships
This is meant for students who are interested in serving the Air force and the Navy. Open to students who have passed the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test and Air Force ROTC Physical Fitness Test, the scholarship provides full tuition and allowance. The US Navy scholarship program, designed for students attending an NLN-accredited full-time-BSN program, provides an accession bonus of $5,000 and $500 monthly for each month for a maximum of 24 months. Candidates enrolling in the program during the fourth year of nursing school have a four-year active duty service obligation, and for those enrolling in the program for two years, the active duty commitment is five years.
Minority Nursing Scholarships
This provides financial assistance to minority students pursuing nursing programs. There are scores of grants and scholarships provided to many minority communities including American Indians, natives of Alaska, Philippines, Hispanic, Black Americans and other ethnic minority groups.
American Holistic Nurse’s Association
Established in 1986, the Charlotte McGuire Scholarship Program (CMGSP), a contribution by the American Holistic Nurses Association, has assisted thousands of nursing students in pursuing their professional education.
American Nephrology Nurses’ Association Scholarships
These grants aim to provide funding for continuing education as well as developmental support and innovation for improving patient outcome, particularly in the field of nephrology.
Association of Operating Room Nurses (AORN) – Those who are associate or active members of AORN are eligible to apply for a number of nursing scholarships. Students pursuing baccalaureate or graduate degrees in nursing must be registered under an NLN-accredited program. Scholarships are awarded on scholastic merit. They cover tuition and registration fees.
Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses – (AWHONN)
Education fellowships are awarded by AWHONN to nurses who are pursuing a baccalaureate or master’s in nursing. Only those who have been a full or associate member for at least one full year prior to applying for scholarship are eligible.
Department of Veterans Affairs Health Professional Scholarship – This is meant for nursing students enrolled full-time in an NLN-accredited nursing program. This scholarship involves a two-year service obligation as full-time licensed professionals in a VA medical center. The benefits cover tuition, other educational expenses, and a monthly stipend. One-third of the assistance is considered as scholarship, while the remaining two-thirds are given as a loan.
Indian Health Scholarship Program
The Health Scholarship provides financial assistance for enrolled students pursuing an NLN-accredited, associate, baccalaureate, or master’s degree in nursing program. Open to American Indian or Alaska Natives only, the funding is available for a maximum period of four years.
In addition to these scholarships and grants, there are scores of others that offer financial assistance to students enrolled in nursing programs throughout the country. These include Kaiser Permanente Registered Nurse Scholarship; The Loyal Order of Moose, Elks, American Legion Scholarships; Maria Dolores Hernandez Fund; Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation Inc.; National Association of Hispanic Nurses Scholarship; National Association of Orthopedic Nurses and several others. Visit their websites for more information.