Rehabilitation Nursing Scholarships

Applying for Rehabilitation Nursing Scholarships
Nursing students can secure rehabilitation nursing scholarships if they plan to pursue a degree to become a rehabilitation nurse.  This is a specialized area that has a high demand for qualified nurses. Students will find this area of nursing both challenging and rewarding.

Following below are examples of scholarships available to rehabilitation nursing students.

National Programs for Rehabilitation Nurses

Multiple scholarship opportunities exist at the national level for rehabilitation nurses.  Each has its own set of eligibility requirements.  The following is an example of a national agency that offers scholarships to nursing students who want to work in the rehabilitation field.

Rehabilitation Nursing Foundation

The Foundation is the funding arm of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.  It administers several scholarship programs.  The BSN Scholarship awards $1,500 to current rehabilitation nurses pursuing a four-year nursing degree. The Graduate Scholarship is for current rehabilitation nurses pursuing a graduate or post-graduate degree. Award amounts are $1,500.  The Mary Ann Mikulic Scholarship covers the full cost of tuition for registered nurses to complete the Professional Rehabilitation Nursing Online Course. Awards will only be made to rehabilitation nurses with at least two years of experience in the field. Applications for each program are due to the Foundation by the end of May. For applications and guidelines, contact the Foundation, c/o Association of Rehabilitation Nurses, 4700 West Lake Avenue, Glenview, IL 60025 or by calling (800) 229-7530.

Rehabilitation Nurse Coordinators Network

The Network offers the Nursing Program Memorial Scholarship for undergraduate and graduate nursing students who plan a career in rehabilitation. Undergraduate students are eligible to receive $1,500 while graduate students can apply for $2,000.  The Network has two award cycles with applications due by the end of July and the end of November annually. Scholarships are awarded based on academic scores, future goals, financial need, and employment history.  For applications and guidelines, contact the Network, c/o Scholarship Chair, 3444 Kearny Villa Road, Suite 305, San Diego, CA 92123 or by calling (619) 261-9573.

State Programs for Rehabilitation Nurses

There may be state-funded financial aid programs or scholarship opportunities from state-wide organizations that support rehabilitation nurses. You can check with the state’s department of higher education for nursing scholarships. Most scholarship funds go directly to accredited colleges and universities.  But there are some scholarships that students must apply directly to state agencies to receive. Following is an example of a state-wide funding source that offers scholarships to rehabilitation nurses.

Oregon Health Care Foundation

The Foundation offers several scholarship opportunities for rehabilitation nurses.  The BJ Treglown Scholarship for Registered Nursing Education is for rehabilitation nurses and undergraduate students who plan to become a rehabilitation nurse. Students can receive up to $15,000 for tuition costs. The Margaret Murphy Carley Scholarship for Nursing Education is for rehabilitation nurses seeking a graduate or post-graduate nursing degree. Award amounts vary.  Applications for both programs are typically due in the fall of each year.  Interested students can obtain applications from the Foundation at 11730 Southwest 68th Parkway, Suite 250, Portland, OR 97223 or by calling (503) 726-5260.

Educational Institute Scholarships for Rehabilitation Nurses

Rehabilitation nursing students may be eligible for scholarships from their college. Scholarships may be general in nature or specifically for nursing students.  You can visit your school’s financial aid office to learn about all available scholarship opportunities. The nursing department may also have information on these programs.  The following is an example of a college that offers scholarships to rehabilitation nursing students.

Southern University and A&M College (Louisiana)

Students enrolled in the School of Nursing may be eligible to apply for the Family Health Nursing with Specialization in Rehabilitation Nursing Scholarship.  This scholarship is offered directly through the School of Nursing.  Students can obtain applications at the BSN Program Office.  Applications are due twice a year: mid-July and mid-April. Award amounts vary based in part on faculty recommendation.  To learn more about this and other scholarship opportunities, contact the School of Nursing at (225) 771-3266 or the Office of Student Financial Aid at (225) 771-2790.

Employer-Sponsored Scholarships for Rehabilitation Nurses

Local healthcare employers may provide scholarships to employees and other rehabilitation nurses or nursing students. Typically, employer-sponsored scholarships require a commitment from awardees to work for the employer upon graduation from college.  Regency Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers is an example of an employer that sponsors nursing scholarships.

Regency Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers

Regency offers scholarships to employees and their children to pursue a nursing degree with a preference for rehabilitation nursing.  Applicants must be accepted to a regional accredited nursing program to apply. Scholarships are awarded based on academic scores, future goals, and community service. Awards are $2,500.  Applications are typically due by April annually. For applications and guidelines, contact Regency at 101 West Goodwin, Suite 600, Victoria, TX 77901 or by calling (361) 576-0694.

Community-Based Scholarships for Rehabilitation Nurses

Rehabilitation nurses and students may be eligible for financial assistance from a variety of community-based organizations.  Foundations as well as healthcare nonprofit organizations may offer scholarships to local students as long as they are willing to commit to serving the community upon graduation.  Brandywine Health Foundation is an example of a foundation that offers nursing scholarships that focus on rehabilitation.

Brandywine Health Foundation

The Foundation awards several scholarships for rehabilitation nursing students who live in Chester County.  Because of an extreme shortage of nurses in the community, scholarship awardees are encouraged to work in the community upon graduation from college. The Cardiac Rehab Nursing Scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate academic achievement, financial need, and excellent patient care as demonstrated by letters of recommendation and clinical assessments by nursing school faculty.  Award amounts are $1,000. Complete applications must be submitted to the Foundation by the end of October annually. For guidelines, interested students can contact the Foundation by calling (610) 380-9080.

Students interested in becoming a rehab nurse can apply for rehabilitation nursing scholarships to help cover the costs of nursing school including continuing education.  These financial assistance opportunities provide critical support for students in an area that is experiencing critical shortage of nurses.