Nursing School Scholarships

Ways to Get Nursing School Scholarships
While the demand for nursing continues to increase so does the cost of higher education, escalating the need for nursing school scholarships.  These scholarships often pay for tuition but may also cover books and fees.  There are some that nursing students can get that pay for living expenses but these are rare.

The following below are examples of scholarship programs that help pay for nursing school.

Association of United Nurses

Undergraduate and graduate nursing students attending accredited nursing schools across the country may be eligible for scholarships from the Association. The Scholarship Administrative Services oversees the Association’s scholarship program. Scholarships are awarded based on academic scores, work and volunteer record including extracurricular activities, and a personal essay.  All scholarships are awarded based on merit.  Award amounts are $5,000 and are renewable for one additional year.  Applications are due by April annually. For applications, contact Scholarship Administrative Services, Attn: AUN Program, 2000 Rock Street, Suite 3, Mountain View, CA 94043.

Educational Institute Nursing Scholarships

Nursing students can learn about scholarships available through their school by contacting the financial aid office or the nursing department. Scholarships are to be used for nursing school expenses. The following are examples of school-based scholarship programs that help students pay for nursing school.

Cabarrus College of Health Sciences (North Carolina)

Students enrolled in the College have access to many scholarship opportunities including the Cabarrus College Student Scholarship, the Caroline Walker Memorial Scholarship, and the Beatrice Waddell Calloway Scholarship.  All scholarships are based on academic scores, extracurricular activities, documented financial need, and recommendations by instructors.  Award amounts vary as do submission deadlines.  Interested students can contact the College at (704) 403-1555 for additional information.

St. Luke’s School of Nursing

Students who have graduated from St. Luke’s School of Nursing in New York are eligible for scholarships to continue their nursing education. Scholarships from the St. Luke’s Nurses’ Benefit Fund are awarded for merit and based on financial need. Award amounts vary.  There are no deadlines for submission.  For additional information, contact the Fund at P.O. Box 250892, Columbia Station, New York, NY 10025.

Lancaster Health Alliance School of Nursing

Students attending this School of Nursing are eligible for the Henry P. and Mary B. Stager Memorial Nursing Scholarship.  Scholarships are awarded based on academic merit, recommendations by instructors, and financial need.  Award amounts vary.  Applications are due to the School by the end of April annually.  For applications and guidelines, contact the School at 145 East Lemon Street, Lancaster, PA 17602.

Employer-Sponsored Nursing Scholarships

Healthcare employers may provide nursing scholarships to employees and local residents who need financial assistance for nursing school. These scholarships are intended to pay for education costs including tuition and books.  The following is an example of a nursing scholarship program offered by an employer.

Gratiot Physicians Foundation

Nursing students who are employees of Gratiot Hospital or residents who live within its service area may be eligible for a scholarship from the Foundation.  Students must attend an accredited nursing school to be eligible.  Scholarships are awarded based on academic scores, documented financial need, personal essay, and letters of recommendation.  Award amounts are $1,000.  There are no deadlines for submission.  Interested students can contact the Foundation at 121 North Pine River Road, Ithaca, MI 48847.

Good Samaritan Foundation of Cincinnati, Inc.

The Foundation funds nursing scholarships for students attending the Hospital’s nursing school. Scholarships are awarded primarily based on extreme financial need.  Award amounts vary. There are no deadlines for application submission.  To learn more, students can contact the Foundation at 619 Oak Street, Cincinnati, OH 45206.

Community-Based Nursing Scholarships

Community organizations may offer scholarship opportunities to nurses and nursing students to help pay for nursing school.  Nonprofit healthcare organizations and foundations are the usual types of organizations that provide these types of scholarships. The following is an example of a foundation that provides scholarships to local residents enrolled in nursing school.

Wabash Valley Community Foundation, Inc.

Nursing students who live in the Foundation’s tri-county service area and are enrolled in accredited nursing schools may be eligible for financial assistance.  The Burnita Laybold Hershfield Nursing Scholarship is available for nursing students who attend the College of Nursing, Health, and Human Services at Indiana State University.  This particular scholarship is designated for Union Hospital employees who plan to continue their nursing career in Wabash Valley.  All scholarships have individual eligibility and submission requirements. A completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be included with applications to be considered. Award amounts vary depending upon the scholarship program. Applications are due to the Foundation by mid-December annually. For additional information on available scholarships, nursing students can contact the Foundation at 2901 Ohio Boulevard, Suite 153, Terra Haute, IN 47803 or by calling (812) 232-2234.

Students seek nursing school scholarships to help cover the costs of their education. Scholarship opportunities are available from many different sources.  Nursing students can apply for all scholarships they are eligible to receive.