Nursing Scholarships

The Cost of Getting a Nursing Degree

Higher education is expensive. Tuition costs have risen 225% over the past 30 years and show little sign of slowing down. The cost of education shouldn’t be a barrier to your future success.

Our goal is to always provide informative, engaging and inspiring content. However, we understand that sometimes it takes more than these things to give you the support you need in your academic pursuits. So, at Nursing.org, we not only provide a database of nearly 300 national nursing scholarships, but we have decided to join in the effort to support up-and-coming nurses by offering our own nursing scholarships.

Please feel free to share these nursing scholarship opportunities with your friends and families — let’s help educate the next generation of nurses!

Our Scholarships

Bridging Your Career: The RN to BSN Scholarship

Amount: $500

* Official Application Form

Reserved specifically for registered nurses enrolled in an RN to BSN program, this nursing scholarship goes to a nurse that has demonstrated commitment to the Institute of Medicine’s call for BSN education nurses and understands the importance of increased education in improved patient outcomes.

Requirements

  • Be 18 years of age or older when submitting application
  • Be actively enrolled in an accredited RN to BSN program
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.5 (see details below for acceptable transcripts)
  • Submit a 500-1000 word essay

Essay Prompt

Describe how you think the IOM’s goal of an 80% BSN educated nursing workforce would change our healthcare system and explain what can be done to motivate more nurses to get a baccalaureate education.

2016 Winner

Jessica Wallinski

Initially, my major was pharmacy but I realized how out of touch with patients this profession was. I wanted a career in the medical field that offered both critical thinking as well as patient care; that is what made me pursue a path to nursing. I completed nursing school and received my ADN and worked several years at a major teaching hospital. I then realized I wanted to explore the business side of nursing and now currently work as a clinical liaison for a specialty pharmacy company. Attaining my RN- BSN was necessary as my future plan is to enter into an MSN/MBA dual degree program. I want to be a standout nurse in an executive leadership role. I feel leading other nurses and implementing change is where my nursing passion is.

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Scholarship Application Form Bridging Your Career: The RN to BSN Scholarship

Use this form to complete and submit your application. We recommend that you compose your answers in a word processor and then copy and paste them into the provided text fields. Your entries will not be saved until you hit submit, at which point you can no longer edit your application. You essay and resume must be attached as separate documents using the buttons below. Good luck with your nursing scholarship application!

Essay Prompt:

Describe how you think the IOM’s goal of an 80% BSN educated nursing workforce would change our healthcare system and explain what can be done to motivate more nurses to get a baccalaureate education.

  • Please copy a link to your essay here. Best formats: Viewable Google Documents Link or DropBox Link.
  • Please copy a link to your essay here. Best formats: Viewable Google Documents Link or DropBox Link.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Nursing.org's Nurses First Scholarship

Amount: $1000

* Official Application Form

This nursing scholarship recognizes an outstanding student enrolled at any level of nursing education. The recipient demonstrates dedication to nursing’s evolving role in the healthcare system, the drive to make nursing a lifelong career and a commitment to outstanding patient care.

Requirements

  • Be 18 years of age or older when submitting application
  • Be actively enrolled in an accredited nursing program
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.5 (see details below for acceptable transcripts)
  • Submit a 500-1000 word essay

Essay Prompt

Who had the biggest influence on your nursing career, how did they motivate you and how can their inspiration better the field of nursing? How are you incorporating the lessons you learned from this person into your nursing studies?

2016 Winner

Thelma Jerome

Throughout my life, I have had an affinity towards being a caregiver. My career so far has involved me caring for teenagers and young adults from difficult backgrounds as we strived together to create a better future. For the past five years, I have been working as a high school teacher on the west side of Chicago. It has been a truly humbling experience as I have laughed, cried, and worked harder than I ever thought possible. While teaching has been a rewarding experience, it has also been eye opening. I have seen firsthand what lack of medical care does to children in impoverished communities, how it affects their health, wellbeing, and development into adults. Interacting with these young men and women on a daily basis has shown me that my work is not yet finished. I am currently pursuing my BSN at Wagner College in order to take the next step in my calling as a caregiver by providing clinical services in addition to my role as an educator. As a healthcare provider, I plan to serve underserved communities by improving access to healthcare, and to expand open my role as an educator by bringing awareness to issues endemic to this community such as a lack of primary care and mental health services. As a woman who is sensitive to the needs of those who come underprivileged backgrounds, I am confident that I can empower those to cope with lifetime health challenges.

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Scholarship Application Form Nursing.org's Nurses First Scholarship

Use this form to complete and submit your application. We recommend that you compose your answers in a word processor and then copy and paste them into the provided text fields. Your entries will not be saved until you hit submit, at which point you can no longer edit your application. You essay and resume must be attached as separate documents using the buttons below. Good luck with your nursing scholarship application!

Essay Prompt:

Who had the biggest influence on your nursing career, how did they motivate you and how can their inspiration better the field of nursing? How are you incorporating the lessons you learned from this person into your nursing studies?

  • Please copy a link to your essay here. Best formats: Viewable Google Documents Link or DropBox Link.
  • Please copy a link to your essay here. Best formats: Viewable Google Documents Link or DropBox Link.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Breaking Barriers: Scholarship for Men in Nursing

Amount: $500

* Official Application Form

Unfortunately, nursing is too often viewed as a field meant solely for women. If we are going to meet future nursing needs, we need to change the perception that nursing can’t be manly and broaden the workforce. The recipient of this nursing scholarship will show outstanding character, confidence, and ability in nursing.

Requirements

  • Be male and 18 years of age or older when submitting application
  • Be actively enrolled in an accredited nursing program
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.5 (see details below for acceptable transcripts)
  • Submit a 500-1000 word essay

Essay Prompt

Why do you think nursing is widely regarded as a feminine field, how do you propose we change this perception, and why do you feel this is important to the future of nursing and patient care?

2016 Winner

William Ahern

Experiences in helping others has been the key driving factor in my determination in
pursuing a nursing degree. During my two and half years while working at Emory Healthcare I
was blessed to have an opportunity to work alongside our code team. In all cases, I was the
representative from administration that would coordinate getting the surrounding area open for
clinical and emergency staff. My roles would stretch from, vacating spaces inside the valet area
for emergency vehicles, holding elevators for emergency staff, clearing waiting areas, and
communicating with the department managers on next steps. This experience was truly uplifting
and really made me feel as though I was doing something to help care for the patient in need.
Although, there was one incident that certainly made me realize I want to be a part of something
more than what I currently did. One day, while making my normal rounds I stopped by the guest
services desk in the main building to check-in with my staff, and out of now where we heard a
woman yelling; “Help, someone help.” I rushed over to see what was wrong and saw a
gentleman on the floor, who was not responding. I directed the guest services associate to call in
a code, and across from where the gentleman collapsed, I could see staff members inside of a
department. I asked them to notify their clinical staff, which happened to be the code team
members, that there was an emergency in the main lobby. As soon as I stood up, a nurse coming
back from lunch was already beginning the necessary steps to help assist the gentleman. The
situation described here was one of those life changing moments where I felt helpless to assist
someone in need. Walking back to my office I thought to myself; “What if I was the only person
close enough to help in such a crucial time?” This thought rattled in my mind for the weeks to
follow and that sensation in my stomach to pursue a degree in nursing was back. This past
summer I approached my boss and told him that I wanted to leave my job in health
administration to pursue a career in nursing. Without hesitation, he said; “I am very proud of you
for taking the necessary steps to pursue your dreams, and I will support you all the way.” What
he said that day has truly made an impact in my decision to leave the corporate side of healthcare
to pursue my dream of becoming a nurse.

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Scholarship Application Form Breaking Barriers: Scholarship for Men in Nursing

Use this form to complete and submit your application. We recommend that you compose your answers in a word processor and then copy and paste them into the provided text fields. Your entries will not be saved until you hit submit, at which point you can no longer edit your application. You essay and resume must be attached as separate documents using the buttons below. Good luck with your nursing scholarship application!

Essay Prompt:

Why do you think nursing is widely regarded as a feminine field, how do you propose we change this perception, and why do you feel this is important to the future of nursing and patient care?

  • Please copy a link to your essay here. Best formats: Viewable Google Documents Link or DropBox Link.
  • Please copy a link to your essay here. Best formats: Viewable Google Documents Link or DropBox Link.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
* Please read over the requirements carefully, any applications that do not meet the above requirements will be disqualified.

Deadlines

All application materials must be received by August 1, 2017 at Midnight PST.

The Nursing.org team will review all application materials and the recipients of our nursing scholarships will be announced by September 2, 2017.

Selection Process

The Nursing.org team will choose the top applicants for each nursing scholarship based on the merit of their applications.

  • The formal application (35%) will be judged on academic standing, community involvement and motivation.
  • Essays (65%) will be judged according to the student’s ability to articulate their goals, motivation and vision for their career and the future of nursing as related to the prompt.

Application Status

Due to the high volume of submissions we receive, we cannot manage individual inquiries regarding application status. Selected nursing scholarship recipients will be notified either by email or phone; it is critical that this submitted information is correct.

Once contacted, the scholarship recipient will need to provide a photo and go through two brief interviews with a Nursing.org representative: one upon receiving the nursing scholarship and one 6 months later. If you have not received notice from us by August 19, 2016, don’t be discouraged! We encourage you to re-apply for the next round of applications.

*These nursing scholarships are non-renewable. Please review our terms of service and disclaimer before submitting your application. By submitting your application, you are agreeing to our terms of service.

General Terms & Conditions

  • All applicants must be US citizens to be considered for an award.
  • Applicants are permitted to apply for more than one scholarship. If they are selected to be finalists for more than one nursing scholarship, they will be entered into the one with the highest purse, unless they choose otherwise.
  • All contact information must be accurate so we may get in touch with you. Nursing scholarship nominations will be notified by email and/or phone. We are not responsible for mistakes or errors in contact details. If you cannot be contacted within 3 days of your nomination, you will be disqualified.
  • Any applications found to contain false or misleading misinformation will be immediately disqualified.
  • All essays must be the original work of the applicant, any essays found to contain plagiarized material, either full or in-part, will be immediately disqualified.
  • Nursing scholarship recipients are performed at the sole discretion of Nursing.org staff.
  • Winners must be enrolled at an accredited college or university within the United States.
  • Finalists will be required to provide proof of enrollment and GPA — if you are a first-time college freshman, high school GPA is acceptable. Nursing scholarships funds will be paid directly to the school.
  • The student must submit a payment form indicating exactly where the funds should be sent. Failure to properly complete this form could result in scholarship disqualification.
  • Nursing scholarship recipients will be required to submit a current photo and sign a release granting Nursing.org the right to use this information on their site. By applying for one of Nursing.org’s scholarship, the applicant agrees to allow Nursing.org to use their name, photo, an approved biography, and any question responses from their application materials on their website in the event they are selected. Quotes and/or original transcript from scholarship interviews are the property of Nursing.org; Nursing.org reserves the right to publish portions or full copies of the interview.
  • Nursing.org retains the right to change award requirements at any time.
  • Nursing.org promises to maintain the privacy of all scholarship applicants; their information will not be sold or distributed.
  • Refer to the eligibility requirements for more details.
  • In the unlikely event that no applicants meet the set criteria to qualify for an award, Nursing.org reserves the right to withhold all prize amounts until next year’s competition.

Nursing.org does not discriminate based on race, creed, sexual orientation, age or disability status. All applicants will be judged according to the merit of their submitted materials.

Nursing Scholarship Database

While we are proud to offer our own nursing scholarships, we understand that there is much more need for aid than we can offer alone. That is why we offer a searchable nursing scholarship database. There are an incredible number of opportunities available, and we encourage students to apply for as many sources of funding as they can. Use our customizable filters below to discover the scholarships available to you.

Increasing awareness of the importance of nurses in patient outcomes has lead to skyrocketing demands for nurses. Because of this increased demand, there’s been a surge of funding opportunities for current nursing students. Luckily because you’re pursuing a nursing degree, it’s highly likely you’ll get a job after graduation and make a return on your investment.

Nursing Scholarship Database