Nursing Scholarships & Grants

Students interested in nursing programs often encounter high tuition rates, leading them to explore opportunities for financial assistance. One of the most common ways nursing students secure financial aid is through scholarship opportunities specific to the field. Nursing scholarships encompass a variety of prestigious opportunities, providing award possibilities for students across many different backgrounds.

Prospective scholarship applicants should carefully review eligibility requirements to ensure they meet all requirements. Since many scholarships are highly competitive, consider seeking out a trusted source to review your application materials and help you put your best foot forward.

25 Nursing Scholarships

Nursing scholarships cover many different demographics and specialties. Students can find nursing scholarships for minority groups, students in special circumstances, and specific concentrations. Each scholarship maintains unique eligibility requirements and award amounts. Be sure to review the details of a scholarship closely before beginning the application process.

General Nursing Scholarships


Nurses Make a Difference Scholarship

  • Who Can Apply: Undergraduate students with a 3.0 minimum GPA can earn the Nurses Make a Difference Scholarship. Applicants must be either currently enrolled in a nursing program at an accredited institution or be a high school senior accepted into a college or university to study nursing.
  • Amount: $1,000

Back-to-School Nursing Scholarship

  • Who Can Apply: Nursing students with plans to enroll in a school they have not previously attended may apply to earn the Back-to-School Nursing Scholarship. Applicants must attend a U.S. higher education institution and write an essay explaining their reasons for pursuing a nursing career.
  • Amount: $2,500

Denese Shumaker Scholarship

  • Who Can Apply: The Denese Shumaker Scholarship provides funding assistance to college junior- and senior-level nursing students. Applicants must be enrolled in clinical courses with a 3.0 minimum GPA.
  • Amount: $500

Beverly Jordan Nursing Scholarship

  • Who Can Apply: Open to senior nursing students enrolled in clinical courses, the Beverly Jordan Nursing Scholarship requires applicants to meet a 3.5 minimum GPA requirement. Applicants must demonstrate financial need, submit a letter of recommendation, and write an essay.
  • Amount: $500

Elizabeth Farnell Scholarship

  • Who Can Apply: Open to juniors and seniors in nursing programs, the Elizabeth Farnell Scholarship requires applicants to be enrolled in clinical courses and meet a 3.5 minimum GPA requirement.
  • Amount: $6,000

IV Murphree Memorial Nursing Scholarship

  • Who Can Apply: The IV Murphree Memorial Nursing Scholarship awards funds to transfer students who meet all regular admission requirements and plan to pursue a degree in nursing. Requirements include a 3.25 minimum GPA.
  • Amount: $1,500

Beverly Rinaldi Fletcher Memorial Nursing Scholarship


St. Joseph Hospital Scholarship

  • Who Can Apply: Nursing students with a 3.25 minimum high school GPA and a minimum 22 ACT score can apply to earn the St. Joseph Hospital Scholarship. Applicants must demonstrate financial need.
  • Amount: $6,250

Ruby Turrell Scholarship

  • Who Can Apply: Nursing students can apply to the Ruby Turrell Scholarship if they meet all regular admission requirements, hold a 3.25 minimum high school GPA, and achieve a minimum 24 ACT score.
  • Amount: $6,250

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Scholarships for Nursing Specialties


Josh Gottheil Memorial Bone Marrow Transplant Career Development Award

  • Who Can Apply: The Josh Gottheil Memorial Bone Marrow Transplant Career Development Award provides financial assistance to registered nurses working in bone marrow transplantation. Applicants must plan to attend a continuing education program and hold at least two years of professional experience in the specialty.
  • Amount: $2,000

NURSE Corps Scholarship Program

  • Who Can Apply: U.S. citizens who intend to serve two years at a critical shortage facility upon graduation may apply for the NURSE Corps Scholarship. Prospective students must maintain enrollment in a professional nursing program and demonstrate that they are current on all federal debt obligations.
  • Amount: Varies

Nurse I Am Scholarship

  • Who Can Apply: The Nurse I Am Scholarship provides financial assistance to students enrolled in accredited nursing programs, including LVN/LPN or RN programs. It can also serve as an RN-to-BSN scholarship Candidates must submit an essay.
  • Amount: $2,000

After College/AACN Student Scholarship Fund

  • Who Can Apply: The After College/AACN Student Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to students seeking a nursing degree at any level. Special consideration is given to graduate students pursuing careers as nurse educators.
  • Amount: Varies

Greta James Memorial Scholarship

  • Who Can Apply: The Greta James Memorial Scholarship provides funding assistance for students enrolled in nursing school. Applicants must answer two essay questions and winners are chosen through an online voting system.
  • Amount: $500

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Minority Nursing Scholarships


Barbara Rhomberg Excellence in Nursing Scholarship

  • Who Can Apply: Full-time students who waited a minimum of three years before enrolling in college after high school may apply for the Barbara Rhomberg Excellence in Nursing Scholarship.
  • Amount: $1,000

The Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship

  • Who Can Apply: The Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship provides educational funding for minority students working toward a bachelor's degree. While the scholarship is not exclusive to nursing students, it ranks among the most popular scholarships for nurses from minority groups.
  • Amount: $7,000 annually for four years

Johnson and Johnson/AACN Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars Program

  • Who Can Apply: Sponsored by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing minority nurse faculty scholars program, this scholarship provides minority students with funding to help diversify the nursing faculty population. Applicants must hold a 3.0 minimum GPA.
  • Amount: $18,000 annually

AETNA/NCEMNA Scholars Program

  • Who Can Apply: The AETNA/National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations Scholars Program provides funding opportunities for minority students in nursing fields. Candidates must be currently enrolled in a bachelor's or master's program in nursing.
  • Amount: $2,000 annually

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Special Circumstances Nursing Scholarships


Special circumstances scholarships may include veterans, disabled students, first generation college students, single parents, and other students in unique situations.

Carl W. Bull Nursing Scholarship

  • Who Can Apply: The Carl W. Bull Nursing Scholarship provides financial assistance to single mothers pursuing a degree in nursing. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and complete nursing training.
  • Amount: $10,000

Genevieve Saran Richmond Award

  • Who Can Apply: Nursing students with disabilities can apply to earn the Genevieve Saran Richmond Award by submitting three letters of recommendation, an essay, and medical verification documents.
  • Amount: $500

Mary Serra Gili Scholarship Award

  • Who Can Apply: Disabled nursing students can apply to earn the Mary Serra Gili Scholarship Award by providing an essay, medical verification, and three letters of recommendation.
  • Amount: Varies

Bruno Rolando Scholarship

  • Who Can Apply: The Bruno Rolando Scholarship provides financial assistance to nursing students with disabilities, giving preference to veteran's hospital employees. Applicants must submit an essay, three letters of recommendation, and medical verification.
  • Amount: $250

Anna May Rolando Scholarship Award

  • Who Can Apply: The Anna May Rolando Scholarship Award gives preference to disabled graduate nursing students committed to working with other disabled people. Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation, medical verification, and an essay.
  • Amount: $500

5 Vital Tips for Applying for Nursing Scholarships

To maximize your chances of submitting competitive scholarship applications, highlight all relevant work and volunteer experience in your resume. Candidates should provide detailed information on career goals and aspirations, including concrete examples demonstrating their qualifications for the scholarship. Applicants should also collect strong letters of recommendation.

Before submitting scholarship applications, consider enlisting a trusted advisor to review your work and suggest any necessary changes. Since most students apply for multiple scholarships, staying well organized with a detailed list of all scholarship details facilitates a streamlined submission and tracking process. Keep deadlines in mind; submitting applications well in advance of deadlines can reduce stress. Finally, verify that all materials provided with your application pertain directly to the requirements of each specific award program.

Additional Ways to Pay for Nursing School

While scholarships offer excellent resources for nursing students, consider pursuing other opportunities for financial assistance, as scholarships typically do not cover the entire program cost. Many schools charge higher tuition rates for out-of-state students, so to make your education more cost-effective, consider pursuing your degree at local institutions. Another way to cut costs is to enroll in online programs, since many institutions charge in-state tuition rates regardless of residency.

Explore opportunities for grants and loans by filling out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine eligibility. Loans must be repaid after graduation, while grants and scholarships need not be paid back. Employer assistance can provide another attractive financial aid option for working students, especially for those working as RNs who express interest in earning a bachelor of science in nursing.


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