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Scholarship Opportunities

Minority and Nursing Scholarships

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Foundation Scholarship and Grant Program

Offers various scholarships for current AANP members or student members enrolled in an accredited MSN-NP, post-MS NP or doctoral program.

American Association of Critical Care Nurses

Educational Advancement Scholarships

Available to AACN members who are RNs completing a baccalaureate or graduate degree in nursing. At least 20% of the awards will be allocated to qualified ethnic minority applicants.

Association of American Indian Affairs

Emergency Air and Health Professionals Scholarships

For full-time undergraduate students; must be at least 1/4-degree Indian blood and from a federally recognized tribe. Various other undergraduate and graduate scholarships are also available.

Caroline E. Holt Nursing Scholarship

Maximum award $500
Number of awards: 10

    National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution
  • Web site: www.dar.org/natsociety/edout_scholar.cfm#nursing
  • Deadline: February 15; August 15. Awards are made in early May and November
  • College level: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
  • Majors/Fields of Study: Nursing
  • Eligibility: Awarded to undergraduate students currently enrolled in an accredited school of nursing

Foundation of the National Student Nurses Association

FNSNA Annual Scholarship Program

Offers many different scholarships for nursing and pre-nursing students, including Breakthrough to Nursing Scholarships for students from underrepresented populations.

  • Contact: Lauren Sperle
  • Phone: (718) 210-0705
  • Email: nsna.org/foundation
  • Web site: www.nsna.org
  • Deadlines: January
  • Amount: Varies, depending on the scholarship
  • Application fee: $10

Greater Kansas City Black Nurses Association

Mattie J. Eley Nursing Scholarship

  • Amount: Unspecified
  • Eligibility: African American students (US citizen) currently enrolled in an accredited school of nursing program in any of the five counties in the Greater Kansas City area
  • Deadline: January
  • College level: Undergraduate/graduate
  • Website: gkcblacknurses.org/docs/2011GKCBNA-ScholarshipCriteria.pdf

Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Professions

Nursing Scholarship Program

Available to full- or part-time nursing students enrolled or accepted into an accredited diploma, associate degree, baccalaureate or graduate program. Must be a U.S. citizen or national and commit to at least two years service at a health care facility with a critical shortage of nurses.

Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students

Undergraduate and graduate scholarships for full-time, financially needy students from disadvantaged backgrounds enrolled in nursing or health professions programs. Funds are awarded to participating schools, which select the scholarship recipients. Must be a U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident.

  • Contact: The financial aid office at the school where you are enrolled or are planning to apply for admission
  • Website: http://bhpr.hrsa.gov/dsa/sda.htm
  • Desdline: Unspecified
  • Amount: Tuition plus reasonable educational and living expenses
  • Email: brodgers@belpark.net
  • Deadline: February 15
  • Amount: Up to $10,000

Indian Health Services

Health Professions Scholarship Program

Offers undergraduate and graduate nursing scholarships for full- and part-time American Indian and Alaska Native students who are members of a federally recognized tribe. Scholarships are available in the following nursing specialties: psychiatric, geriatric, women's health, pediatrics, nurse anesthetist and nurse practitioner. Priority consideration will be given to RNs employed by the IHS, one of its contract programs or a program assisted under Title V of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. Must agree to serve one year in an IHS facility or other health care program serving Indian people for each year of scholarship support. Pre-nursing scholarships are also available.

  • Contact: Eric Pinto
  • Phone: (301) 443-6197
  • Website: http://www.ihs.gov
  • Deadline: February 28
  • Amount: Unspecified

Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)

Scholarship Program

Various scholarships, some specific to the health care field, available to National JACL members (parent membership is not sufficient)

Kansas Board of Regents

Nursing Service Scholarship

Open to Kansas residents accepted or enrolled in a Kansas nursing program as a full-time student. Must practice as an RN or LPN in Kansas upon graduation (one year for each year of scholarship support). Applicants must find a sponsoring health care facility to provide partial scholarship funding and full-time employment after licensure. KBOR also offers a general Ethnic Minority Scholarship (not specifically for nursing students).

Missouri Legion Auxiliary Past Presidents' Parley Scholarships

American Legion Auxiliary
Attn: Department Secretary
210 West Dunklin ST Jefferson City, MO 65101

  • Phone: (314) 636-9133
  • Eligibility: Residents of MO who are the dependent of a veteran and interested in nursing
  • Average Award: $700
  • Number of Awards: 1
  • Deadline: April

National Black Nurses Association

NBNA Scholarship Program

Provides various scholarships open to African American nursing students currently enrolled in a BSN, ADN, diploma or LPN/LVN nursing program. Must be a member of NBNA and have at least one full year of school remaining.

National Coalition of Ethinic Minority Association

Aetna/NCEMNA Scholars Program

Open to ethnic minority BSN and master's degree nursing students interested in pursuing research careers with a focus on eliminating minority health disparities. Must be a member of one of the five NCEMNA member associations: Asian American/Pacific Islander Nurses Association, National Alaska Native American Indian Nurses Association, National Association of Hispanic Nurses, National Black Nurses Association and Philippine Nurses Association of America. Scholarship recipients are nominated by their association.

  • Contact: The president of the appropriate NCEMNA member association
  • Website: http://www.ncemna.org
  • Deadline: Varies, depending on the association
  • Amount: Unspecified

National Health Service Corps

NHSC Scholarships

For graduate-level nursing students enrolled or accepted into an accredited family nurse practitioner or nurse-midwifery program. Upon completion of their training, recipients must agree to serve in a health professional shortage area identified as having the greatest need (one year for each year of support received, with a two-year minimum commitment).

Nurse Educational Funds, Inc.

M. Elizabeth Carnegie Scholarship;

Estelle Massey Osborne Scholarship

For minority RNs enrolled in a master's or doctoral degree program in nursing. Various other graduate-level scholarships are also available. Must be a U.S. citizen and a member of a professional nursing association.

Philippine Nurses Association of America

Nursing Scholarship Award

Awarded to a PNAA member enrolled in or admitted to an accredited master's, post-master's or doctoral degree program in nursing.

Registered Nurse Scholarship

Ordeen Foundation 501 Ordean Bldg Duluth, MN 55802

  • Phone: (218) 726-4785
  • Average Award: $1,685
  • Maximum number of Awards: 37
  • Deadline: March 1
  • Majors/Fields of Study: Nursing, radiation technology

The Research Foundation

Offers scholarships for undergraduate nursing students attending Research College of Nursing, as well as support for nurses interested in pursuing an MSN in order to become a nurse educator.

  • Phone: (218) 276-4218
  • Email: info@theresearchfoundationkc.org
  • Web site: www.theresearchfoundationkc.org
  • Deadline: March 1
  • Amount: scholarships range from $3,000 to $34,000 each

Tylenol Brand Scholarship Fund

Eligibility: Applicants must be pursuing an undergraduate course of study in the fall of 2002 at an accredited two or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school. This includes those students currently enrolled in an undergraduate course of study and who have one or more years of school remaining. Amount: This year's fund will total $250,000, including ten grants of $10,000 each and 150 grants of $1,000 each.