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There are numerous internal and external scholarship opportunities available to students interested in pursuing a degree in nursing and for nurses interested in furthering their education. Some of those scholarships are listed below.

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Administered by: Global Korean Nursing Foundation
Award: $2,000
Number of awards: 1-2 per year
Requirements:
- Must be a Korean American doctoral candidate in nursing
- Must have a minimum GPA of 3.5/40 in their doctoral coursework and have received approval for their research proposal or dissertation
- Research proposals related to improving health of Korean Americans preferred
Applications due: May 31, 2014
 
Administered by: National League for Nursing Foundation for Nursing Education
Awards: $4,000 to 8,000
Requirements:
-Must be an NLN member
-Must be enrolled in an accredited masters or doctoral program for nursing
Applications due: April 30, 2014
 
Administered by: The College Foundation of North Carolina
Award: Varies
Number of Awards: Multiple
Requirements:
- Be a legal North Carolina resident and NC resident for tuition purposes
- At the time of application, present a minimum grade point average (GPA) of:
- 3.00 for graduating high school students (weighted GPA)
- 2.80 for undergraduate students pursuing an associate or bachelor’s degree
- 3.20 for students pursuing a graduate or professional degree
- Register with the Selective Service System, if required;
- Recipients must not be in default, or does not owe a refund, under any federal or State loan or grant program
- Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress according to the enrolling policy of the institution.
- Be willing to work in NC in a designated critical employment area.
Applications due: April 1, 2014
 
Administered by: Cherokee Uniforms
Award: $2,000
Number of Awards: up to 10
Requirements:
- Must be an undergraduate nursing student
- Must be a US citizen or legal resident
Applications due: March
 
Administered by: American Assembly for Men in Nursing
Awards: Six $500 scholarships for Undergraduate Nursing Students and Two $1,000 scholarships for Graduate Nursing Students
Requirements:
- Must be male
- Must be a member of AAMN
Deadline: July 1, 2013
Click here for the application cover sheet
  
Administered by: American College of Nurse Practitioners
Award: $1000, one year membership to ACNP, and registration and travel to their annual conference
Number of awards: 1
Requirements:
- Membership in ACNP
- Proof of enrollment in an accredited NP program
- 2 letters of support from professional colleagues
- Minimum 3.4 GPA
- Evidence of distinction in any of the following areas:
+ Participation in a regional, state, or national professional organization
+ Promotion of the role of the nurse practitioner through a research project
+ Participation in legislative and policy- making activities at the local, state, or national level
+ Participation in community service.
Applications due: July
Notes:
- The winner is notified in early August so he or she will be able to attend the conference in October
 
Administered by: AfterCollege and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing
Award: $2500
Number of awards: 8 annually, with 4 application periods
Requirements:
- Enrolled (not just accepted) in an MSN or PhD program with the goal of pursuing a nursing faculty career or in a BSN program
- 3.25 GPA or higher
Applications due: January, April, July, and October
 
Administered by: Air Force ROTC
Requirements:
- Be a United States citizen by the end of the projected term of activation
- Pass the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test » (AFOQT)
- Pass the Air Force ROTC Physical Fitness Test »
- Have at least a 2.5 cumulative college grade point average
- Complete a physical examination and be certified as commission -qualified by the Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board. (Non-AFROTC students can apply if the examination has been scheduled. If selected, they cannot activate a scholarship until the certification is complete.)
- Not already be a contracted scholarship recipient
- Meet the age, moral and other scholarship eligibility requirements » for Air Force ROTC
- Be a sophomore or junior, majoring in Nursing at an NLN or CCNE accredited college or university
Contact: UNC AFROTC Detachment at 919-962-2074
 
Administered by: UNC School of Nursing Alumni Association Board of Directors
Award: $500
Number of awards: up to 4
Requirements:
- Must be a current UNC SON student
- Minimum 3.0 GPA and 9 current semester hours
- Must have completed at least one semester at UNC SON
- Must have documentation of involvement in nursing, campus, and/or community activities
Applications due: Will be announced by email to current students when available
 
American Indian Education Foundation Scholarships
Administered by: National Relief Charities
Award: $2,000
Requirements:
- Native American or Alaska Native descent (student or one parent must be enrolled and have documentation)
- Attending an accredited 2 or 4 year college/university or technical/vocational school
- Must be enrolled as a full-time student
- GPA between 2.0-3.4 is desirable (but ALL current or future undergraduate college students are encouraged to apply)
- An ACT score of 14 or above is desirable
Applications Due: April
 
Administered by: American Indian Services
Requirements:
- Enrolled in a university, college, junior college or technical school
- One-Quarter (1/4) Northern-Native American Indian Blood.
- Undergraduate student with no more than 150 semester credits or 210 quarter credits.
- Full-time or part-time status – excluding non-credit courses.
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25
Applications Due: February, May, August, November
 
Administered by: American Public Health Association
Award: $500 to assist in attendance at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association
Applications due: August 8, 2013
  
Administered by: American Public Health Association
Award: $500
Number of awards: 2 Undergraduate, 2 Graduate
Requirements:
- Must be a current student in summer and/or fall terms
- Must write an essay
Applications due: March
 
Administered by: A Place for Mom
Award: $1000
Number of awards: Five
Requirements: Must be enrolled in an associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree or graduate level program in the fields of gerontology, medicine, nursing, or sociology at an accredited 2-year college or 4-year university. Applicants must complete a letter of introduction and a 500-word minimum essay on selected topic and sign the Scholarship Award Agreement. Scholarship will be awarded to five students who write the most compelling essay as judged by an outside panel of senior living professionals.
Applications due: April 30, 2014
 
Administered by: American Psychiatric Nurses Association
Award: One year membership and registration, travel, and lodging expenses for their annual conference
Number of Awards: multiple
Requirements:
- Must have completed at least half of the courses need to graduate
- Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA
- Two letters of recommendation
+ One from a faculty member
+ One from the dean or program director
- Other requirements depending on whether the applicant is in a graduate or undergraduate program.
Applications due: July
 
Administered by: Army Nurse Corps Association
Award: $3,000
Number of awards: 15
Requirements:
- Must be a nursing student who is either
+ planning to enter a component of the US Army
+ a previous US Army service member
+ an Army Nurse Corps officer
+ an Army enlisted soldier
+ or a child, spouse, or parent of one who has served in the US Army
Applications due: March
 
Administered by: The Bravewell Collaborative, the National Institute of Nursing Research, and the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center
Award: pays for tuition, fees, and health insurance, as well as a stipend and travel allowance
Number of awards: 1
Requirements:
- Must have completed a PhD program within the past 5 years
- Must be a U.S. citizen
Applications due: September
 
Administered by: CampusRN
Award: $2,500
Number of awards: 6
Requirements:
Applications due: April 1
 
Carol Ann Beerstecher Nursing Scholarship
Administered by: North Carolina Foundation for Nursing
Award: Up to $5,000 per year for two years
Requirements:
- Must be a resident of Chatham, Durham, Orange, Wake or Person County, North Carolina for at least 12 months prior to application.
- Must be a current nursing student at a public institution or have been admitted to a nursing program at a public institution in North Carolina offering an associate or baccalaureate degree in nursing.
- Must have a proven financial need.
- Must maintain 2.0 grade point average to continue to receive funding.
Applications Due: June
 
Administered by: Daughters of the American Revolution, National Society
Award: $1000
Number of awards: unknown
Requirements:
- Must be enrolled in an accredited nursing school
- Must show financial need (see form on website)
Applications due: February
 
Administered by: Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.
Award: varies
Number of awards: unknown
Requirements:
- 500-1000 word personal statement (see application for details)
- 2 letters of recommendation (one from a community or public service leader) with email addresses of recommenders
- 1 page resume
- Recent photo suitable for publication
- Copy of Federal Student Aid Report
- Official transcripts from all institutions attended
Applications due: June
Notes: Preference will be given to CBC member constituents
 
Administered by: Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.
Award: varies
Number of awards: unknown
Requirements:
- Must be preparing to pursue an undergraduate or graduate degree full-time or be a current full-time student in good academic standing at an accredited college or university
- Minimum 2.5 GPA
- Must exhibit leadership ability and participate in community service activities
- 500-1000 word personal statement (see application for details)
- 2 letters of recommendation (one from a community or public service leader) with email addresses of recommenders
- 1 page resume
- Recent photo suitable for publication
- Copy of Federal Student Aid Report
- Official transcripts from all institutions attended
Applications due: June
Notes:
- Preference will be given to CBC member constituents
 
Administered by: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) is a competitive, two-year, paid Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) fellowship. Each PHAP associate is assigned to a state, tribal, local, or territorial public health agency and works alongside public health professionals. After completing the program, PHAP graduates will be qualified for future jobs with government public health agencies and will be uniquely prepared to pursue an advanced degree in public health.
Requirements:
-Applicants should have a keen interest in frontline service careers in public health and in developing strong public health programmatic and operations skills
-Be a US citizen or permanent resident
-Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited academic institution by July 1 of the year of application
-Submit an official transcript by July 26, 2013
-Be willing to commit to full-time work for two years
-Be willing to work in a state, tribal, local, or territorial health agency setting or CDC quarantine station
-Be willing to relocate at the associate’s own expense.
 
Administered by: The American Legion
Award: $600
Number of awards: unknown
Requirements:
- Must be NC resident enrolled in a program that leads to RN certification
- Nursing transcript or acceptance letter and high school transcript
- Up to 3 endorsements from school figures (teachers, guidance counselors, etc.)
- Up to 5 non-school related endorsements (optional)
Applications due: September
Notes:
- Each AL post nominates 1 student
- Application must be signed by the post commander or adjutant
- Nominees are contacted by mail by the end of November
 
Administered by: Colorado Health Foundation
Award: Up to $15,000 annually for two years
Requirements:
- Be enrolled/accepted either at least half-time or full-time in a graduate level health professional program (Master’s or Doctorate degree)
- Agree to practice in a rural and/or under served community upon completion of training for a minimum of 2-years in Colorado
- Be enrolled in an accredited Colorado institution of higher education. Online programs may be acceptable as long as the home institution is accredited in the State of Colorado
 
Administered by: DAR National Society
Award: $1,000
Requirements:
-Applicants must be Native Americans (proof of American Indian blood is required by letter or proof papers) in financial need and have a grade point average of 3.25 or higher.
Applications Due: April
 
Administered by: Community Foundation of Gaston County
Award: $1500
Number of awards: unknown
Requirements:
- Must be a resident of Gaston, Cleveland, or Lincoln Counties (or York County in SC)
- Must hold a bachelor’s degree or higher with a minimum 3.5 GPA
- Must be seeking an advanced degree (MSN or higher)
- 1 letter of recommendation from a professor (undergraduate or graduate)
- 1 letter of character (non-family member)
- Documentation of undergraduate academic record and acceptance here
Applications due: March
Notes:
- Selections based on analysis of the student’s serious interest in his or her field, successful undergraduate academic record, and evidence of a motivation to serve people. Financial need is also considered, though not exclusively.
 
Administered by: DiversityNursing.com
Award: $5000
Number of awards: 1
Requirements:
- Be enrolled (full-time or part-time) in a nursing program
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Register for an account on DiversityNursing.com
Applications due: May
 
Administered by: UNC Family Scholarship Fund
Requirements:
- Must be a child of a UNC employee who works more than 30 hours per week
- Must be an applicant to any accredited NC post-secondary public institution
- Scholarship is contingent upon acceptance and subsequent full time enrollment at one of these institutions
- Must show evidence of financial need
 
Administered by: ExceptionalNurse.com
Award: $250-$500
Number of awards: multiple
Requirements:
- Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can personally attest to your academic abilities and personal character (these cannot be your relatives)
- Essay (approximately 1-2 pages)
- Official transcripts of high school/and or college courses completed
- Medical Verification of Disability Form
- Other requirements depend on award
Applications due: June
 
Administered by: The American Indian College Fund
Award: Varies
Requirements:
- U.S. citizenship
- Enrolled full-time in an accredited public or private (non-profit) college or university
Registered as a member of a federal or state recognized tribe, or a descendant of at least one grandparent or parent who is an enrolled tribal member. (Alaska Natives may use Native Corporation membership.)
- Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 2.0, but many Full Circle Scholarships are more competitive. You may check the scholarships available and their eligibility requirements here
Applications due: May 31
 
G. Wayne and Tanya B. Long Scholarship
Administered by: UNC School of Nursing
Award: up to $5,000
Number of awards: a few per year
Requirements:
- Must have minimum 3.0 GPA
- Must be a UNC SON undergraduate student
- Must be interested in pursuing a career in home health nursing
- Essay required
Applications due: Will be announced by email to current students when available
 
Administered by: Go Red for Women
Award: $2,500
Number of awards: 16
Requirements:
- Must be a female of Hispanic, African-American or other minority origin
- Be a US Citizen/permanent resident of the United States
- Be currently enrolled in an accredited college, university, health care institution or program in the US
- Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
 
Administered by: Vidant Health
Award: $500-10,000 depending on education level and employment commitment
Number of awards: multiple
Requirements:
- Must be in an ADN, BSN, or NP program
- Must commit to employment with University Health Systems, time period determined by loan amount
- Must have been a resident of Eastern North Carolina for at least 5 years
Applications due: February
 
Administered by: Health Research and Education Trust of New Jersey
Award: Minimum of $2,000
Number of awards: one or more
Requirements:
- Must be a New Jersey resident
- Must be accepted in a graduate or undergraduate (juniors and seniors only) program in hospital or healthcare administration or graduate or undergraduate (junior or senior only) program in Nursing or Allied Health Profession.
- GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Demonstration of financial need with a FAFSA document and financial aid application and/or federal tax return from the previous year
 
Administered by: US Dept. of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Admin.
Award: Loan repayment up to 85%
Number of awards: multiple
Requirements:
- Must be licensed and employed full-time at a non-profit facility or a full-time faculty member of a non- profit nursing school
- Must be a U.S. citizen or National and Lawful Permanent Resident
Applications due: February
 
Administered by: US Dept. of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Admin.
Award: Tuition, eligible fees, other relevant costs (books, clinical supplies, etc.), and monthly stipend
Number of awards: multiple
Requirements:
- Must be enrolled or accepted at an accredited US nursing school
- Must be a U.S. citizen or National and Lawful Permanent Resident
- Must be free from any Federal judgment liens and not delinquent on a Federal debt
- Must be free from other service commitments
- Requires a commitment of 2+ years at certain types of health care facilities post-graduation
Notes: Preference given to those with greater need and who are enrolled full-time
Applications due: June
 
Administered by: Hurst Reviews and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing
Award: $2500
Number of awards: 4 annually, with 2 application periods
Requirements:
- Must be a pre-licensure student
Applications due: January and July
 
Administered by: Indian Health Service
Award: Tuition, fees, and other costs
Number of awards: multiple
Requirements:
- Must be a member of a federally recognized American Indian or Alaska Native tribe
- Must be accepted by or enrolled in a health professions program
- Must be a US citizen
Applications due: March
 
Administered by: CarolinaEast Foundation
Award: $5,000
Number of awards: 3
Requirements:
- Must be a resident of Craven, Jones, or Pamlico counties
- Must be pursuing a BSN degree
Applications due: April 4, 2014
 
 
Administered by: National Association of Hispanic Nurses
Award: Dependent upon the amount in the scholarship fund
Requirements:
-Must be NAHN member enrolled in accredited LVN/LPN, associate, diploma, baccalaureate, and graduate nursing programs.
-Based on need, current academic standing, whether they are a United States citizen or legal resident of the United States and other criteria.
- Hispanic nursing students who demonstrate promise of professional contributions to the nursing profession and who have the potential to act as role models for other aspiring nursing students.
Application deadline: May 1
 
Administered by: HRSA
Award: Tuition, fees, additional costs, and a stipend
Number of awards: multiple
Requirements:
- Must be enrolled or accepted in a Nurse Practitioner program
- Must be a U.S. citizen or national
- Must serve in a high-need area for one year per year funded (at least 2, but no more than 4 total)
Applications due: May
 
Native American Health Education Fund
Administered by: Native American Health Education Fund
Requirements:
-Native American
-Pursuing a career in health related fields
-Demonstrate desire to return to community or Reservation to improve health care
Award: Varies
Applications Due: June
 
Administered by: Navy ROTC
Award: Tuition, textbook voucher, lab fees, subsistence allowance, etc.
Requirements:
- U.S. citizenship
- 17 years of age by September 1st of year starting college and less than 23 on June 30 of that year; must not have reached 27th birthday on June 30 of year in which college graduation and commissioning are anticipated
- High school graduate or equivalency diploma
- Physical requirements in accordance with Navy standards
- Gain admission to a university that has an NROTC affiliation and offers a state-approved or National League of Nursing (NLN) approved bachelor’s degree in nursing
- Qualifying college entrance exam scores (ACT or SAT)
 
Administered by: National Black Nurses Association
Award: $500-2000
Number of awards: varies
Requirements:
- Must be currently enrolled in a nursing program
- Must be a member of NBNA and a member of a local chapter (if applicable)
- Must have at least one year of school remaining
- Official transcript from nursing school
- Essay
- Two letters of recommendation (one from the nursing school and one from one’s local chapter)
Notes: Additional items are optional but recommended, and can include evidence of participation in student nursing activities or involvement in the African American community
Applications due: April
 
Administered by: North Carolina Nurses Association
Award: $1,000
Number of awards: 3 (one ADN, one BSN, and one MSN or DNP candidate)
Applications due: February 1, 2014
Click here for application.
 
North Carolina American Indian Fund Scholarship
Administered by: Triangle Community Foundation
Award: $1,000
Requirements:
- Be enrolled in a state- or federally-recognized tribe (with documentation)
- Demonstrate sustained involvement in the American Indian Community and commitment to American Indian concerns and initiatives
- Have family residency in the state
- Be currently enrolled or planning to enroll in a post-secondary institution in the state of North Carolina
- Maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA.
- Plan to pursue a 2-year or 4-year degree as a full-time student at an accredited public, private, or technical college or university
Applications due: May 1, 2014
 
North Carolina Coalition of Rural Health Care Practitioners Scholarship
Administered by: NC Coalition of Rural Health Care Practitioners
Award: $500
Number of awards: 1
Requirements:
- Must be a Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant student dedicated to improving healthcare in rural North Carolina
- Preference given to students who are residents of (or students in) Hoke, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Richmond, or Scotland counties
- Completed application form
- Letter from student’s school verifying enrollment
Contact Christy Dixon, ANP-BC for more information at 910-334-3717
 
North Carolina Hispanic College Fund
Administered by: North Carolina Society of Hispanic Professionals
Award: Varies
Requirements:
- Candidate must be Hispanic, Latino, or Latina
- Student must have graduated from a North Carolina high school or approved GED program within the past 2 years
- Demonstrate excellence in academic, athletics, performing arts, and/or service to humanity
- A four-year cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale
- Must enroll in a degree program at a community college or 2 or 4 year college or university
Applications due: January
 
Administered by: NCNA and the North Carolina Foundation for Nursing
Award: varies
Number of awards: multiple
Requirements: Depend on the scholarship, but the offerings cover a wide range of backgrounds and goals
Applications due: June, mostly
 
Administered by: The United States Air Force Medical Service
Award: $2,516 monthly stipend, 100% of tuition costs, small equipment items, supplies, and all required fees associated with training
Contact Brian Clabby for more information at brian.clabby@us.af.mil or 919-850-9475 x 21
 
Awarded to an NP student who has made a significant positive contribution in school, in the community, or in patient care while in the pursuit of an advanced degree.
Administered by: Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation
Award: $1,000
New scholarships posted in September.
Deadline: December 20, 2013
 
Awarded to an NP student whose clinical and/or research interests are in the field of gastroenterology.
Administered by: Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation
Award: $1,000
New scholarships posted in September.
Deadline: December 20, 2013
 
Administered by: Oncology Nursing Society Foundation
Award: $2000-$5000
Number of awards: multiple
Requirements: Depends on award, but must be interested in and committed to oncology
Notes: Most require a $5 application fee
Applications due: February
 
Administered by: Southern Mid-Atlantic Navy Nurse Corps Association
Award: $1000
Number of awards: 1 this year
Requirements:
- Must have completed at least one clinical nursing course
- Must have at least a 3.0 GPA
Applications due: March 28, 2013 
 
Administered by: The Office for Undergraduate Research at UNC-CH
Award: Varies
Number of awards: multiple
  
Administered by: Triangle Community Foundation
Award: Varies, up to $20,000
Number of awards: multiple
Requirements: Depend on award, but many are based on high school attended
Note: Many of the awards will not be relevant. The most likely are: Felicia Brewer Opportunity Scholarship, GlaxoSmithKline Opportunity Scholarship
Applications due: Depends on award