Amazing Nursing Scholarships That Are Accepting Applications

There are a lot of Nursing Scholarships available. Nursing has a close place in my heart as for years in my professional experience I assisted with helping nursing students graduate. One thing you cannot take away from them is their passion for this path. It’s so embedded inside of them that nothing will stop them from achieving their dreams. This includes the cost of nursing school and nursing degrees.

Nursing Career Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), looks promising for Registered Nurses. Just look at the data below:

  • 2018 Median Pay – $71,730 per year
  • Job Outlook 2016-2026 – 15% (faster than average)
  • Projected employment in 2026 – 3,393,200

The demand for healthcare professionals doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Nurses will be the backbone of many places and I can see their responsibilities becoming even greater and greater. To separate yourself from those pursing the same, a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing will be needed.

Largest Employers of Registered Nurses

Below you can find the breakdown as to the work settings, percent employed, and median annual salaries based on employers:

  • Hospitals (State, Local, Private)
    • 61% -employed
    • $72,070 – median annual salary
  • Healthcare Services
    • 18% -employed
    • $66,300 – median annual salary
  • Residential Nursing Care Facilities
    • 7% -employed
    • $62,320 – median annual salary
  • Government
    • 5% -employed
    • $75,900 – median annual salary
  • State, Local, and Private Educational Services
    • 3% -employed
    • $60,300 – median annual salary

States that Pay the Most for Registered Nurses

Looking for what states pay the most for becoming a Nurse? Are you also mobile and the thought of moving doesn’t frighten you? See the top paying states below:

  • California – $102,700 (mean wage)
  • Hawaii – $96,990 (mean wage)
  • District of Columbia – $90,110 (mean wage)
  • Massachusetts – $89,330 (mean wage)
  • Oregon – $88,770 (mean wage)

From My Professional Experience

I wanted to share something based on my experience working at a Nursing College. The state of California has extremely high competition for nursing students. In fact I experienced a huge influx of California students to the Florida College I worked at due to such high competition. So please make sure you do your research based on the state you live in.

What Nursing Scholarships are Available?

If you do your research you will find many (and I mean many) Nursing Scholarships. Both public and private organizations offer these Nursing Scholarships. With the shortage of nurses which means the impact of patient care. With that said places that offer these scholarships will be more than happy to give these out for the betterment of patients and overall care.

So let’s look at what’s available, the details, the requirements, and award amounts.

American Red Cross Jane Delano Student Nurse Scholarships

The Details: Established to promote nursing as a career and involvement of new nurses in the Red Cross. Must have previously severed as a Red Cross volunteer.

Requirements for Application: This requires an application and a 2-part essay. First part describes         Red Cross experience and second part will be to describe your plans in the nursing filed. 

Award Amounts: $3,000 (may apply towards tuition, books, and academic fees only)

Association of Preioperative Registered Nurses Foundation Scholarships

The Details: For undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing a career in perioperative nursing. Must be enrolled in an accredited degree program.

Requirements for Application: Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or high. Financial need will also be considered. 

Award Amounts: Varies by individual. Awards are paid as reimbursements for expenses after proof of payment to scholarship administrator is verified.

Daughters of the American Revolution

Caroline E. Holt Nursing Scholarship

The Details: Given to two students who in financial need and have been accepted or are enrollment in an accredited nursing school.  

Requirements for Application: Letter of acceptance into a nursing program or transcript must be submit with application.

Award Amounts: One-time $2,000 award

Mildred Nutting Nursing Scholarship

The Details: Given to two students that display financial need and who are accepted and enrolled in an accredited nursing school. 

Requirements for Application: Letter of acceptance into the nursing program or transcript must be enclosed in application. Those who live in Lowell, MA will have preference.

Award Amounts: $2,500 award

Madeline Pickett (Halbert) Cogswell Nursing Scholarship

The Details: Given to two students that display financial need and who are accepted and enrolled in an accredited nursing school. 

Requirements for Application: Must be members, descendants of members or eligible for membership in NSDAR. The DAR member must be on the application.

Award Amounts: $2,500 award

District of Columbia Nursing Scholarship

The Details: Given to two students who are in financial need and are residents of the District of Columbia who have been accepted or are currently enrolled in a Nursing program at the University of the District of Columbia.

Requirements for Application: Minimum GPA of 3.25

Award Amounts: One-time $2,500 award

Coursey Enterprises Student Scholarships

The Details: For first year nursing students enrolled in an RN or LPN program.

Requirements for Application: Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Award Amounts: $250 scholarship is awarded to one student each semester.

Foundation of the National Student Nurses Association (FNSNA) General Scholarship

The Details: For nursing students currently enrolled in a stet-approved undergraduate or graduate nursing program.

Requirements for Application: Applicants must be U.S. citizens or aliens with the U.S. permanent resident status.

Award Amounts: Ranging from $1,000 to $7,500 per academic year. Payment is made receipts school. Intended to offset cost of tuition, fees, and books. Unused funds will need to be returned at the end of the year.  

HRSA Nurse Corps Scholarships Program

The Details: For nursing students accepted or currently enrolled in an accredited diploma, associates, undergraduate, or graduate nursing program.

Requirements for Application: Applicants must be U.S. citizens or a lawful permanent resident. Must be willing to work at an eligible organization with critical shortages.

Award Amounts: These vary to cover tuition, fees, and provide a monthly stipend. Payments for books, uniforms, and supplies are factored in. Must sign contract with federal government in an order to fulfill service obligations.

Cascade Healthcare Nurses Make a Difference Scholarship

The Details: For current students in an undergraduate nursing degree program at an accredited college or university. High school students who have been accepted into college and are pursing nursing are also eligible. 

Requirements for Application: Must be legal U.S. resident or hold a student visa. Must also be at least 18 years of age and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Award Amounts: One-time payment of $1,000 is paid to the school. 

TravelNurse Source Future U.S. Nurse Scholarship

The Details: For first-time undergraduate students having at least 1 semester completed in a U.S. nursing school.   

Requirements for Application: Applicant must be legal U.S. resident, be 18 years of age, and possess a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or high.  Award Amounts: One-time award of $2,000 is paid directly to the school and is applied to tuition

TYLENOL Future Care Scholarship

The Details: Undergraduate and graduate students attending an accredited nonprofit 2 or 4 year college/university/vocational school are eligible.

Requirements for Application: Must be U.S. residents or a resident of Puerto Rico. Will also need to have 1 year of school remaining. Recipients are chosen based on evaluation of college GPA, academic records, community service, and essay.

Award Amounts: 10 one-time awards of $10,000 and 30 one-time awards of $5,000 are awarded on a yearly basis. Funds will be applied to tuition, fees, books, supplies, and additional related equipment.  

Nursing Scholarships for First Generation College Students

The Kim and Harold Louie Family Foundation Scholarship Program

The Details: For high school students and current college students who have plans on attending a college or university in the United States as a freshman. 

Requirements for Application: Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or high, a minimum SAT score of 1200 (if out of 1600) or 1800 (if out of 2400), or a minimum ACT score of 25. Consideration is given to those whose parents did not attend college, are current U.S. military members, or U.S. veterans. Those will financial need or have a documented and significant disability will be considered and favored.

Award Amounts: Total of $100,000 is disturbed amount recipients. Yearly individual awards vary each year.  

The McKelvey Foundation Scholarship

The Details: High school seniors who will be first of their families to go to college.  

Requirements for Application: Those pursuing careers in all fields may apply. Preference will be given to those students who have a proven record of dedication in their communities along with limited financial resources. 

Award Amounts: 125 scholarships at $12,000 are awarded. They must be applied toward the student’s attendance at a 4-year college in their home state.   

State Specific Nursing Scholarships

California Health Professionals Education Foundation

The Details: For nursing students attending a qualified program in the state of California.

Requirements for Application: There are six different scholarship programs and they each differ by scholarship with regards to eligibility. The awards may require a period of service upon graduation.

Award Amounts: The award amounts will vary by individual scholarship   

Georgia Nurses Foundation and Georgia Nurses Association Nursing Scholarship

The Details: For full-time or part-time undergraduate (and graduate) students who are residents of Georgia and in an accredited nursing program.  

Requirements for Application: There are three separate scholarships that are sponsored. They are the Katherine Pope Scholarship, the Annie Lou Overton Scholarship, and the Kathryn Suggs Chance Leonard Scholarship. Applicants must have a GPA of at least 2.5 and graduate applicants will need a 3.0 GPA.

Award Amounts: Amounts will vary by year. A minimum of $500 is guaranteed for each recipient. Payment is made to the recipients.    

Kaiser Permanente Healthcare Career Scholarship

The Details: For highs school seniors in the 139 eligible schools in the Kaiser Permanente Northwest area. (Spanning north of Longview, Washington – Eugene, Oregon).   

Requirements for Application: Must have minimum GPA of 2.5 and have plans to pursue a healthcare career full time at a U.S. accredited college or university.

Award Amounts: A winner is chose from 139 eligible high school. These are one-time awards and range anywhere from $2,000 – $10,000. If awarded $5,000 – $10,000 then they are split between 2 payments for the fall of your first and second year of college. After the second year of college, those who receive this award can apply to an additional one-time scholarship for their third year of college.    

Nursing Foundation of Pennsylvania Scholarship

The Details: For undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate nursing students attending a nursing school in Pennsylvania.

Requirements for Application: This has various application criteria. There are several scholarships and a separate application is required.

Award Amounts: Amounts vary by scholarship.

Nursing Scholarships without a GPA requirement    

We have seen that all nursing scholarships mentioned above have a requirement for their GPA. Believe it or not, there are some that have no GPA requirement at all!!

Nursing Scholarships Without a GPA Requirement

We have seen that all nursing scholarships mentioned above have a requirement for their GPA. Believe it or not, there are some that have no GPA requirement at all!!

$2,500 Back to School Scholarship

The Details: This scholarship is open to all current and prospective nursing students of any age.

Requirements for Application: Those who apply must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident and have to plan on pursing nursing education. They can also be currently enrolled in a nursing education program.

Award Amounts: The amount of $2,500 will be awarded 4 times a year.  

Niche Nursing Scholarship

The Details: This is open to all high school and college students that interested in studying and pursing nursing.  

Requirements for Application: Potential applicants must have a current/free account on the scholarship search website Niche. If one does not have an account then they must create one to have access to the application. There are no essay, letter of recommendation, or minimum GPA requirement. 

Award Amounts: A $500 scholarship is award each year to the recipient.  

Nursing Scholarships That Do Not Require a U.S. Citizenship

R&D Systems Scholarships

The Details: For students pursing a bachelor’s degree, graduate degree or associates degree. Diploma seeking students are also eligible.

Requirements for Application: Potential applicants must have a major declared in nursing or science-related field at the time of the application.    

Award Amounts: There is a $1,500 scholarship awarded to one student in the fall semester and one in the spring semester.

Tips for Winning a Nursing Scholarship (From someone who chaired the committee)

That someone is me!!!! Remember I mentioned I chaired a committee what reviewed several nursing scholarship applications? I can tell you from experience that there are certain things that applicants can do to stand out from the rest of the pack. There is a physiology to it all as there is the fine balance between being original and unique while not being “out there.” In an environment with anywhere between 10-15 people and reading essay after essay you can imagine how they all might start to blend into each other after a while. Let’s review some tips that can help you score that vital scholarship.

Know and observe the specific requirements and criteria

When I would review the scholarship essays before they would get to the committee, I would have a form that I would complete to make sure they met certain criteria. The first and foremost thing I look at was if the applicant followed directions. If they did then those essays would go into one pile (the pike that would have a greater chance of making it to the next round). The ones that didn’t were not considered. It’s vital for the applicants to understand this. The formatting, the answering of the specific questions, word requirement, etc.

Tasteful use of your personal experiences

So if you have followed directions then the next step is to hook and engage the reader so they can see who you are. Yes everyone is going to state their passion and desire to pursue a career in nursing. However, the “why” and journey are equally important. Trust me, the readers and those listing want to know why you are unique. What did you experience that made you want to take on this responsibility? Use them in a manner that’s tasteful and not so “over the top” or dramatic. Your leadership is also important to highlight so make sure you explain how you are as a leader.

Start by making an outline

Sounds simple and obvious but so many don’t take the few minutes to create a sound outline for their scholarship essay. It doesn’t take long but it’s effective. Think of it like a school paper. There needs to be main points and then the details to support those main points. Having on outline will help you stay on track and make sure you do not go off course. Those reviewing the essays can tell when things go off course and that causes the loss of interest right away.

Create a new essay for each scholarship

The key is to apply to multiple scholarships right? A best practice is not to reuse and recycle the same essay to each of the scholarships you apply to. The outline you previously created comes in handy as you can then map multiple versions. These multiple versions can be the ones you use for the different scholarships you apply for.

Proofread Proofread and Proofread

Simple errors can really be damaging to what would be like a well-rounded scholarship essay. I cannot begin to tell you how many times simple errors (spelling, grammatical errors, sentence structure) made the essay an absolute headache to read. I really wanted to push it to the next round but I just couldn’t justify it. When read out loud, the committee will also catch onto it too and that creates a hard sell even if you have a fan with regards to the content of your essay. Let several people review it from your parents, siblings, and good friends. It will make all the difference in the world and that little effort will go a long way.

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