Outside Nursing Scholarships and Loan Repayment


Resources for Graduate and Post-Graduate Nursing Students


American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) offers Continuing Professional Development Scholarships to help members enrich their careers and acquire knowledge and skills beyond traditional academic nursing education. A limited number of scholarships for specific academic courses will continue to be awarded.

American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC) announces the availability of graduate fellowships for American Indian and Alaska Native students from federally recognized U.S. tribes.

American Assembly for Men in Nursing Foundation and Johnson & Johnson’s Campaign for Nursing’s Future are offering a new $1,000 scholarship program for male students pursuing professional nursing education programs.

California East Bay Oncology Nursing Society announces the availability of $1,000 scholarship program for an undergraduate nursing student who has an interest in oncology nursing.

Council of Graduate Schools maintains a list of graduate fellowship opportunities for those entering graduate programs. Read eligibility requirements carefully to see how best to market your nursing graduate study.

Disadvantaged Faculty Loan Repayment Program (FLRP) provides for repayment of education loans for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who agree to serve for at least two years as faculty members at eligible health professions and nursing schools.

DiversityNursing.com, a niche website for Nurses from student Nurses up to CNO's, is offering a $5,000 Education Award.  You must be enrolled as a full-time or part-time student in an accredited School of Nursing in a professional registered nurse program (baccalaureate, graduate, associate degree or diploma) OR work Full-Time, Part-Time or Per Diem as a Registered Nurse, LPN, Nurse Practitioner or Nurse Leader/Administrator at a U.S. based organization.

ExceptionalNurse.com awards a $500 Anna May Rolando scholarship to a qualified student with a disability. Preference is given to graduate students.

Giva Corporate Outstanding Nursing Student Scholarship 
Giva awards scholarships to students currently enrolled in an accredited nursing program in the United States or Canada. A scholarship in the amount of $1000 each will be awarded based on their 600-1000-word essay on 'How will you use your talents and education to make the world a better place for future generations? What are your career and personal goals and why?'

Healthcare Leaders Scholarship offers a scholarship for students entering or currently pursuing an educational program related to nursing or medicine. Students must be at least 17 years of age and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities offers scholarships for graduate and undergraduate students attending a HACU Member or Partner college or university.

Indian Health Service (IHS) administers a program to help repay undergraduate and graduate loans of health professionals in return for full-time clinical service in Indian health programs.

March of Dimes awards scholarships to registered nurses enrolled in graduate programs of maternal-child nursing.

Maryland State Nursing Scholarship is available to Maryland residents seeking an undergraduate or graduate degree in nursing.

MinuteClinic awards up to 30 Nurse Practitioner Scholarships at $2,500 each and up to 5 Doctor of Nursing Practice Scholarships at $5,000 each.

National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) offers scholarships for members pursuing a BSN or graduate degree in neonatal nursing or nursing administration.

National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) offers a Student Nurse of the Year award to an NBNA member in pursuit of a baccalaureate or other advanced nursing degree.

National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)/AcademyHealth Health Policy Fellowship is designed for two selected scholars to work collaboratively with NCHS staff on a wide range of projects. Over the course of this 13-month program, fellows will conduct new and innovative analyses as well as participate in developmental and health policy activities related to the design and content of future NCHS surveys. All applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the online ‘Statement of Interest’ form prior to applying. Once the form has been submitted, AcademyHealth and NCHS staff will follow up to provide both guidance on the proposal and assistance on the application process.  To learn more about the Health Policy Fellowship, please visit www.academyhealth.org/nchs.

National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence (NHCGNE) (formerly known as Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity or BAGNC). NHCGNE will be accepting applications for a single scholar/fellow award in 2015. If a scholar candidate is successful, the award will total $100,000 ($50,000 per annum) with the requirement that 10% of that amount be contributed by the institution where the scholar is located. This contribution may be in the form of tuition waivers, research assistantships, teaching assistantships, grants-in-aid or scholarships. Neither in-kind support nor student loans are acceptable as matching funds. No indirect costs are allowed to the school and waivers of these indirect costs cannot be considered matching funds.

National Health Service Corps, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has information about scholarships and loan repayment programs for health care professionals who practice in a medically underserved area.

NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program, formerly the Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program (NELRP), this program helps alleviate the shortage of nurses across the country by offering loan repayment assistance to registered nurses and advance practice nurses, such as nurse practitioners, working at Critical Shortage facilities and nurse faculty employed at accredited schools of nursing. Program participants receive up to 60 percent of their qualifying student loans in exchange for a 2-year service commitment – and an additional 25 percent of their original loan balance for an optional third year.

NURSE Corps Scholarship Program (NCSP)formerly the Nursing Scholarship Program, this program helps students complete their nursing education by paying tuition, fees, other education costs, while providing a monthly living stipend. The program is open to full-time nursing students accepted or enrolled in diploma, associate, baccalaureate or graduate nursing programs at accredited schools located in the U.S. Upon graduation, scholarship program members fulfill a service commitment at a Critical Shortage Facility.

Nurse Practitioner Health Association offers a variety of scholarships ($1,000 to $5,000 awards) to students in Nurse Practitioner programs for outstanding research, leadership and academic achievements. 

Nurses' Educational Funds, Inc. offers a scholarship for nurses enrolled in an accredited master's or doctoral level nursing program.

Nursing Economic$ Foundation awards up to four $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to registered nurses in a Masters or Doctoral nursing program with an emphasis on administration or management for the upcoming school year. 

Nursing Home Abuse awards a $5,000 scholarship, exclusively for US students pursuing a degree that will help combat nursing home abuse. The scholarship will cover non-tuition related expenses such as rent, childcare, textbooks, utilities and groceries for the academic year.

Online Nursing Programs awards $500 to a student currently enrolled in a nursing or related health care administration degree program.

Promise of Nursing Regional Faculty Fellowship awards $1,000 to $7,500 to students committed to the nurse educator role. This scholarship is offered through The Foundation of the National Student Nurses' Association.

Senior Advice Senior Caregiver Scholarship award of $1,000 to a eligible student who has been a caregiver for an adult relative. This scholarship is offered through the SeniorAdvice.com. The scholarship is for a student attending college or university in the Spring of 2017. The application deadline is January 15, 2017.

Senior Advice Senior Volunteer Scholarship award of $1,000 to a eligible student who has served as a volunteer in a senior living commuinity within the past year. This scholarship is offered through the SeniorAdvice.com. The scholarship is for a student attending college or university in the Spring of 2017. The application deadline is January 15, 2017.

Sigma Theta Tau International/The Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science awards one $5,000 research grant to encourage qualified nurses to improve the health of the world’s people through research. Eligible candidates must be a member in good standing of both STTI and CANS and hold at minimum a Master's degree or equivalent.

Tillman Military Scholars program supports our nation’s active and veteran servicemembers and their spouses by removing financial barriers to completing a degree program of choice. The scholarships cover not only direct study-related expenses such as tuition and fees, but also other needs, including housing and child care.

The Oncology Nursing Society Foundation awards academic scholarships specifically for students pursuing a master's or doctoral degree or a post-master's certificate.

TYLENOL® Future Care Scholarship Program awards a total of $250,000 in scholarship funds to 40 undergraduate and graduate students pursuing an education in healthcare. 

Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago is currently accepting applications for a $2,500 Advance Practice Nursing Scholarship for those specializing in acute and/or critical care that are residents of Illinois. 

The Senior Care Scholarship is available to students enrolled in a bachelor's degree or graduate level program in any field related to gerontology, medicine, nursing, social work, or sociology at an accredited four-year university. A scholarship in the amount of $1000 each will be awarded based on their letter of introduction and a 500-word essay on why they have chosen to go into a field that will serve our aging population.

The State Nursing Assumption Program of Loans for Education (SNAPLE) program offers up to $25,000 in loan repayments for nurses serving as faculty at a regionally accredited college or university in California.

Resources for Undergraduate Nursing Students

A Nurse I am Scholarship by Cherokee Uniforms  awards up to ten $2,000 scholarships to nursing students. Scholarship details, rules and requirements, instructions, the essay question, and helpful tools and resources can be found at www.ANurseIAm.com.

Army Nurse Corps Benefits provides full scholarships for students interested in becoming a Nurse Anesthetist as well as the Health Professions Loan Repayment Program in Exchange for active duty service in the U.S. Army.

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) offers Continuing Professional Development Scholarships to help members enrich their careers and acquire knowledge and skills beyond traditional academic nursing education. A limited number of scholarships for specific academic courses will continue to be awarded.

American Assembly for Men in Nursing Foundation and Johnson & Johnson’s Campaign for Nursing’s Future are offering a new $1,000 scholarship program for male students pursuing professional nursing education programs.

Army ROTC Nurse Officer Program provides scholarship, leadership, and job opportunities to prospective undergraduate college nursing students.

Chi Eta Phi Sorority Inc. awards $50,000 annually in scholarships at the national, regional, and local levels to minority nursing students.

DiversityNursing.com, a niche website for Nurses from student Nurses up to CNO's, is offering it's 6th Annual $5,000 Education Award.  You must be enrolled as a full-time or part-time student in an accredited School of Nursing in a professional registered nurse program (baccalaureate, graduate, associate degree or diploma) OR work Full-Time, Part-Time or Per Diem as a Registered Nurse, LPN, Nurse Practitioner or Nurse Leader/Administrator at a U.S. based organization.

ExceptionalNurse.com awards a $250 scholarship to a qualified student with a disability. Preference is given to undergraduates.

Giva Corporate Outstanding Nursing Student Scholarship 
Giva awards scholarships to students currently enrolled in an accredited nursing program in the United States or Canada. A scholarship in the amount of $1000 each will be awarded based on their 600-1000-word essay on 'How will you use your talents and education to make the world a better place for future generations? What are your career and personal goals and why?'

Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities offers scholarships for graduate and undergraduate students attending a HACU Member or Partner college or university.

The Indian Health Service (IHS) administers a program to help repay undergraduate and graduate loans of health professionals in return for full-time clinical service in Indian health programs.

Maryland State Nursing Scholarship is available to Maryland residents seeking an undergraduate or graduate degree in nursing.

National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) awards $2,000 annually to students earning a master's degree in a maternal-child nursing program and $1,000 to student members enrolled in any level nursing program, including baccalaureate.

National Black Nurses Association, Inc (NBNA) provides annual scholarships for students who are a NBNA member or local chapter member, currently enrolled in an undergraduate nursing program, and have at least one full year of school remaining. These scholarship funds range from $1,000-$5,000.

National Health Service Corps, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has information about scholarships and loan repayment programs for health care professionals who practice in a medically underserved area.

National Student Nurses' Association offers a scholarship program for students enrolled in baccalaureate, generic doctorate, generic master's, diploma, or associate degree programs.

Nurse Loan Repayment and Scholarship Program administered by The Division of Nursing at HRSA, is available for registered nurses. Participants must serve at a health facility in an underserved area to receive loan repayments.

Nurses' Educational Funds, Inc. offers a scholarship for nurses enrolled in an accredited master's or doctoral level nursing program.

Nursing Home Abuse awards a $5,000 scholarship, exclusively for US students pursuing a degree that will help combat nursing home abuse. The scholarship will cover non-tuition related expenses such as rent, childcare, textbooks, utilities and groceries for the academic year.

Oncology Nursing Society Foundation awards academic scholarships specifically for students pursuing bachelor's degrees.

Online Nursing Programs awards $500 to a student currently enrolled in a nursing or related health care administration degree program.

Promise of Nursing Undergraduate Education Scholarship awards $1,000 to $5,000. This scholarship is offered through The Foundation of the National Student Nurses' Association.

Student-Caregiver Scholarship is offering three $1,500 scholarships to university students attending an accredited U.S. college or university who care for aging relatives.

The Senior Care Scholarship is available to students enrolled in a bachelor's degree or graduate level program in any field related to gerontology, medicine, nursing, social work, or sociology at an accredited four-year university. A scholarship in the amount of $1000 each will be awarded based on their letter of introduction and a 500-word essay on why they have chosen to go into a field that will serve our aging population.

The State Nursing Assumption Program of Loans for Education (SNAPLE) program offers up to $25,000 in loan repayments for nurses serving as faculty at a regionally accredited college or university in California.

Tafford Uniforms is doing its part to support the development of this critical profession. Tafford will award two (2) $1,000 scholarships each semester to nursing students in accredited US nursing programs.

Tillman Military Scholars program supports our nation’s active and veteran servicemembers and their spouses by removing financial barriers to completing a degree program of choice. The scholarships cover not only direct study-related expenses such as tuition and fees, but also other needs, including housing and child care.

TYLENOL® Future Care Scholarship Program awards a total of $250,000 in scholarship funds to 40 undergraduate and graduate students pursuing an education in healthcare. 

Loan Repayment or Forgiveness Programs

Army Nurse Corps Benefits provides full scholarships for students intereseted in becoming a Nurse Anesthetist as well as the Health Professions Loan Repayment Program in Exchange for active duty service in the U.S. Army.

Disadvantaged Faculty Loan Repayment Program (FLRP) provides for repayment of education loans for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who agree to serve for at least two years as faculty members at eligible health professions and nursing schools.

Indian Health Service (IHS) administers a program to help repay undergraduate and graduate loans of health professionals in return for full-time clinical service in Indian health programs.

National Health Service Corps, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has information about scholarships and loan repayment programs for health care professionals who practice in a medically underserved area.

NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program, formerly the Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program (NELRP), this program helps alleviate the shortage of nurses across the country by offering loan repayment assistance to registered nurses and advance practice nurses, such as nurse practitioners, working at Critical Shortage facilities and nurse faculty employed at accredited schools of nursing. Program participants receive up to 60 percent of their qualifying student loans in exchange for a 2-year service commitment – and an additional 25 percent of their original loan balance for an optional third year.

State-Sponsored Loan Forgiveness Programs

Tenet Healthcare System has introduced a student loan repayment program at participating hospitals. A state-by-state list of eligible facilities is available on their website.

The Health Professions Education Foundation is currently offering the Bachelor of Science Scholarship and Loan Repayment program.

The Kaiser Permanente Student Financial Aid Program awards need-based nursing scholarships and merit-based forgivable loans to students in California. Loans are available in a variety of nursing and professional/technical specialties, and may be forgiven through qualifying employment with Kaiser Permanente.

The State Nursing Assumption Program of Loans for Education (SNAPLE) program offers up to $25,000 in loan repayments for nurses serving as faculty at a regionally accredited college or university in California.

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