UNC and the School of Nursing are committed to making your educational goals affordable. Please select your program’s tab below to learn more about the scholarships and financial aid available to you.

STEP 1: Read through the information below about Scholarships and Financial Aid available for our BSN students.
STEP 2: Contact the University Office of Scholarship and Student Aid at (919) 962-8396 or visit their website for more information about how to qualify for our scholarships and other aid.
STEP 3: Visit the Department of Education’s Student Guide web page and complete the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA).
STEP 4: Pursue funding sources outside the University, including professional associations. We provide an extensive list of nursing resources in the “Non-University Scholarships and Grants” tab below.

To qualify for UNC scholarships and grants you must be enrolled at Carolina as a full-time student (taking 12 credit-hours for the semester).

The following scholarships were created by donors to assist students enrolled in the BSN program at UNC:

  • Vicki Lois Afrecan Memorial Scholarship
  • Cora Pitts Barbee Scholarship
  • Carol Ann Beerstecher Blackwell Memorial Scholarship
  • Susan Bochicco Pediatric Nursing Scholarship
  • Audrey Booth Nursing Scholarship
  • The Melinda K. Brock Public Health Nursing Scholarship
  • BSN Class of 2003 Scholarship
  • Martha “Marty” Bumgarner Merit Scholarship
  • Sudie Boykin Daniel Nursing Scholarship
  • Mona Louise Currie RN to BSN Scholarship
  • Eunice Morde Doty Endowed Scholarship
  • Tammy Flake Honors Award
  • Helene Fuld Health Trust Scholarship
  • The Frances Emily Gilreath Endowed Undergraduate Nursing Scholarship
  • Frances Emily Gilreath, BSN ’70, Expendable Scholarship
  • The Mona Lucile Kjervik, RN, Undergraduate Nursing Scholarship
  • George Livas Award
  • The Carolyn White London, BSN ’56 and William Lord London, IV, MD ’55 Undergraduate Nursing Merit Scholarship
  • Jane Sox Monroe Endowed Scholarship
  • Frances Ader Read, BSN ’58, Scholarship
  • Barbara Hedberg Self, BSN ’57, Endowed Nursing Scholarship
  • Ann Pierce Trowbridge Scholarship
  • The Joe Earle Trowbridge Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Scholarship
  • Alice Leora Waalkes Endowed Scholarship
  • Katherine Wilson Scholarship
  • Martha Holt Windham Scholarship

The following funds were created by donors to assist students in all degree tracks at the UNC School of Nursing:

  • Alexandra Beebe, BSN ’74, Student Emergency Fund
  • Ruth Cullis Lynn Short Term Student Loan Fund
  • Kindred Spirit Award

For more information about how to qualify for scholarships and student support in the School of Nursing, please contact the SON Office of Student Affairs at 919.966.4260.

The UNC School of Nursing Alumni Association awards up to four $500 scholarships annually to students in the UNC School of Nursing in the spring of each year. The following criteria are used in evaluating undergraduate applicants:

  • Enrolled in at least 9 hours in the BSN or ABSN program in the School of Nursing
  • An academic average of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for undergraduates
  • Must have completed one semester in nursing school.
  • Documented evidence of involvement in nursing, campus and/or community activities (please attach resume).
  • Description of financial need (including recent scholarship awards)

To apply, download the application (once available) and submit the application electronically to Lauren Hipp Hundley at lmhipp@email.unc.edu, or return, in a sealed envelope addressed to Lauren Hipp Hundley, to the box outside Suite 301, Carrington Hall. You can also mail the form to Lauren Hipp Hundley, SON Advancement, CB #7460, UNC, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460 or fax to (919) 843-8241. Scholarship notification will be made in Spring 2018.

Note: Scholarship applications will be reviewed by members of the Board of Directors of the UNC School of Nursing Alumni Association. Selection of recipients will be by majority vote. (Students receiving no other forms of financial aid will be given higher priority.)

We’ve compiled an extensive list of scholarships and financial aid resources for nursing students here.

There are four qualifying factors to determine which grant you would receive:

  • your financial need,
  • your cost of attendance,
  • your status as a full-time or part-time student, and
  • your plans to attend school for a full academic year or less.

If you’re taking less than 12 hours, the grant amount is determined by the number of hours enrolled, with 3 credit hours being the smallest grant and awarded to the neediest of students.

To qualify for a loan, you must be at least a half-time student. This means you should be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours.

Follow the steps below to learn more about scholarship and financial aid options available for our master’s students.

STEP 1: Read the general information below about Scholarships and Financial Aid for MSN students.
STEP 2: Contact the University Office of Scholarship and Student Aid at (919) 962-8396 or visit the website for more information.
STEP 3: Visit the Department of Education’s Student Guide web page and complete the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA).
STEP 4: Visit the UNC Graduate Funding Information Center.
STEP 5: Visit the UNC Graduate School Funding Database – COS Pivot.
STEP 6: Visit the UNC Graduate School Funding Page.
STEP 7: Learn more about funds for student support within the School of Nursing.
STEP 8: Consider the Nurse Faculty Loan Program if you are interested in an academic career.
STEP 9: Pursue funding sources outside the University, including professional associations. Many sources can be found on the Internet. Many are listed on our Financial Aid Resources page.

Full-time students in the School of Nursing’s Master’s Program may be eligible for both merit-based and need-based financial aid. The University’s Office of Scholarships and Student Aid administer need-based aid. Nursing students are eligible for scholarships and loans on the same basis as all other graduate students at the University.

Students also are encouraged to seek financial aid through their local communities and through scholarships available from sources outside the University, for example, employers, fraternal, civic and professional organizations, and military services, such as:

The North Carolina Nurse Scholars Program (NSP) provides scholarships to outstanding nurses wishing to pursue a master’s degree in nursing in order to teach in nurse education programs or provide advanced nursing service to citizens of North Carolina. For further information and an application, visit the NC Nurse Scholars Program website.

The National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program may pay tuition for current students or repay student loans for graduates in exchange for commitments to work in an urban or rural under-served area. The program is designed to encourage nurse practitioners to go to areas where their expertise is needed. For further information, visit the National Health Service Corps website.

North Carolina residents may find additional sources of financial aid by referring to the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority website.

The following scholarships are awarded by the School of Nursing to outstanding master’s students. A call for applications is posted each spring for financial awards made the following fall; both new and continuing students are eligible for consideration.

  • UNC-CH Graduate School Merit Assistantship
  • James M. Johnston Scholarships
  • Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholarship
  • Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Fellowship/Traineeship
  • Jimmie Butts Family Nurse Practitioner Scholarship

Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship awards are funded by a federal grant to the School of Nursing and pay tuition and fees plus a monthly stipend; the amount of the stipend varies from year-to-year based on the amount of funding awarded to the school.

The following scholarships were established by donors to assist students in the master’s program at Carolina Nursing:

  • Carol Ann Beerstecher Graduate Scholarship
  • The Melinda K. Brock Public Health Nursing Scholarship
  • The Kay Burwell Graduate Student Fund
  • The Jimmie Butts Family Nurse Practitioner Scholarship
  • Elizabeth Scott Carrington Award
  • Mona Louise Currie RN to MSN Scholarship
  • Kellett Long Term Care Nursing Scholarship Fund
  • Linda Matthews Endowed Scholarship
  • Thomas L. Norris, Jr. and Jane S. Norris Scholarship
  • The Dr. Bobby and Mrs. Margaret Ferguson Raynor Scholarship for Psychiatric-Mental Health Graduate Nursing Education
  • Wachovia Scholarship to Build and Reinvest in Communities
  • The John and Lucy Wagoner Graduate Nursing Scholarship Fund
  • Pamela McClure Wichmann, MSN ’99, Memorial Scholarship

The following funds were established by donors to assist students in the School of Nursing across degree tracks.

  • Alexandra Beebe, BSN ’74 Student Emergency Fund
  • Ruth Cullis Lynn Short Term Student Loan Fund
  • Kindred Spirit Award

For more information about how to qualify for scholarships and student support in the School of Nursing, please contact the SON Office of Student Affairs at 919,966.4260.

The UNC-CH School of Nursing Alumni Association awards up to four $500 scholarships annually to students in the UNC-CH School of Nursing. The following criteria will be used in evaluating applicants.

  • Must be enrolled in at least 9 credit hours per semester.
  • A grade of P or better in all classes for graduate students. Must have completed one semester in nursing school.
  • Documented evidence of involvement in nursing, campus and/or community activities (please attach resume).
  • Description of financial need (including recent scholarship awards)

To apply, download the application and submit the application electronically to Lauren Hipp Hundley at lmhipp@email.unc.edu, or return, in a sealed envelope addressed to Lauren Hipp Hundley, to the box outside Suite 301, Carrington Hall. You can also mail the form to Lauren Hipp Hundley, SON Advancement, CB #7460, UNC, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460 or fax to (919) 843-8241.

Scholarship notification will be made in March. If the Adobe form doesn’t save properly on your machine, please download and save the Microsoft Word version of the application.

Note: Scholarship applications will be reviewed by members of the Board of Directors of the UNC School of Nursing Alumni Association. Selection of recipients will be by majority vote. (Students receiving no other forms of financial aid will be given higher priority.)

There are external fellowship opportunities available to nurses interested in furthering their education. Some of those fellowships are listed below.

American Association of Colleges of Nursing Fellowship (Posted 1/21/16)
The American Association of College of Nursing (AACN) is pleased to announce new DCD fellowship opportunities focused on cardiovascular disease prevention/health promotion and public health informatics. These fellowships are wonderful opportunities for both Masters and Doctoral-Level Nurses interested in public and population health, especially recent graduates looking for a job position or DNP students searching for a capstone project. For more information, please contact Allison Jacobs, MPH, ICPS, at ajacobs@aacn.nche.edu or 202-463-6930 ext. 278.

SAMSHA Minority Fellowship Program (Posted 2/8/16)
The SAMSHA Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) provides opportunities for minority psychiatric nurses to attain masters and doctoral degrees in mental health and substance abuse disorders prevention, treatment, and recovery across the life span. For more information, please see flyer in heading.

The Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) is a federal program designed to increase the number of nursing students who pursue careers as full-time faculty teaching in schools of nursing. Full-time or part-time graduate students who plan careers as nurse faculty are eligible to apply and may be eligible for up to 5 years of financial support (contingent upon ongoing federal funding and therefore subject to change).

To learn more, please click here.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing has partnered with Well Care Home Health, a leading home health provider to establish the Well Care Home Health Leadership Scholars Program—a program funded specifically to prepare nurse leaders for the home health industry.

Funded through charitable contributions from Well Care Home Health, the Scholars Program seeks to attract highly qualified master of science in nursing students to the home health industry through focused coursework and clinical experiences in the home health field. Well Care Home Health Leadership Scholars will be enrolled in the UNC School of Nursing’s Health Care Systems (HCS) graduate program, which ranks 4th nationally.

Learn more about the Well Care Home Health Leadership Scholars Program here.

Student research support is available from both the School and the University to help defray the expenses of thesis preparation. In the School of Nursing, the Linda Waring Matthews Award supports graduate student research in oncology. The Kay Burwell Award and the MSN Research Fund, administered by the Office of Academic Affairs, provide support for graduate student research in all areas.

Employment opportunities are available to graduate students in the School of Nursing as teaching or research assistants. Both types of assistantships provide valuable learning experiences. Once admitted, students are notified of employment opportunities as they become available.

More information and policies on student employment is available in the student handbook.

Follow the steps below to learn more about scholarship and financial aid options available for our doctoral students.

  1. Contact the University Office of Scholarship and Student Aid at (919) 962-8396 or visit the website for more information.
  2. Visit the Department of Education’s Student Guide web page and complete the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA).
  3. Pursue funding sources outside the University, including professional associations. Many sources can be found on the Internet. Several are listed on our financial aid page.
  4. Contact the School of Nursing’s Office of Student Affairs for information on graduate level funding.
Full-time students in the School of Nursing’s Doctoral Program may be eligible for both merit-based and need-based financial aid. The University’s Office of Scholarships and Student Aid administer need-based aid. Nursing students are eligible for scholarships and loans on the same basis as all other graduate students at the University.

Students also are encouraged to seek financial aid through their local communities and through scholarships available from sources outside the University, for example, employers, fraternal, civic and professional organizations, and military services.

Full-time students are supported for the first three years of study. This funding may include scholarships, traineeships and/or assistantships.

Upon application to the doctoral program, students are considered (without further application needed) for merit-based awards. Scholarship funds for these awards are provided in part by the following funds: Elizabeth Scott Carrington Scholarship, Glaxo Fellowship, Kellett Scholarship, Lunsford Richardson Scholarship, Joanne A. Sandergaard Scholarship, The Mary P. Speight Scholarship, and UNC Graduate School Merit Assistantship.

The School of Nursing has an Institutional National Research Award from the National Institute of Nursing Research to support doctoral fellows in their study. After admission to the School of Nursing, students apply for this fellowship through faculty in the School.

This NIH program supports minority graduate nursing students giving them an opportunity for further development as researchers. Principal investigators on the faculty holding active NIH research grants are eligible to submit a request for an administrative supplement to support a minority graduate research assistant. Underrepresented minority (which includes African American, Hispanic, Native American, Alaskan Native, or Pacific Islander) graduate students actively pursuing a doctoral degree are eligible for consideration. The NIH provides support for a salary and necessary expenses.

Employment opportunities are available to graduate students in the School of Nursing as teaching or research assistants. Both types of assistantships provide valuable learning experiences. Once admitted, students are notified of employment opportunities as they become available.

More information and policies on student employment is available in the current student handbook.

Dissertation research support is available from both the School and the University to help defray the expenses of dissertation research. Doctoral students planning to begin their dissertation should investigate direct and indirect funding opportunities through their departments, the Office of Academic Affairs, the Research Support Center and other research centers on and off campus.

The Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) is a federal program designed to increase the number of nursing students who pursue careers as full-time faculty teaching in schools of nursing. Full-time or part-time graduate students who plan careers as nurse faculty are eligible to apply and may be eligible for up to 5 years of financial support (contingent upon ongoing federal funding and therefore subject to change).

For more information on the NFLP, please click here.