Graduate Nursing Scholarships: How to Find Them

Graduate nursing scholarships are available from private foundations, non-profit organizations and the federal government. Finding scholarship money to attend a graduate nursing program can be as easy as a few clicks of a mouse.

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There are a variety of resources available for nurses who are looking for scholarships to help fund their graduate studies.

Finding Graduate Nursing Scholarships

There are many websites with related information, but perhaps the best place to start is at the U.S. Department of Education's site. This site provides guidance on how to find all types of scholarships and includes links to relevant scholarship search pages, such as the U.S. Department of Labor's scholarship search page and state grant agencies.

Undergraduate and graduate students seeking any type of need-based financial aid, including grants and scholarships, should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This one application can be sent to several schools at once. Additionally, general and specialized nursing organizations and government agencies offer scholarships.

American Association of Colleges of Nursing

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing provides a resource page that features scholarship and financial aid information for graduate nursing students. As of April 2017, four scholarships were listed on the site:

  • Castle Branch-GNSA Scholarship
  • Hurst Reviews/AACN Nursing Scholarship
  • Minority Nurse Faculty Scholarship
  • AfterCollege/AACN Nursing Scholarship Program

March of Dimes

The March of Dimes offers graduate scholarships to registered nurses (RNs) enrolled in maternal-child nursing graduate programs. The award is $5,000 and is given to several students annually. Applicants may only be awarded the scholarship once. In order to be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be enrolled in a master's or doctoral level maternal-child nursing program
  • Have a least one remaining academic term after the scholarship is awarded
  • Be a member of a professional nursing organization

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Health Resources and Services Administration, offers the NURSE Corps Scholarship Program (NCSP). The NCSP pays a monthly stipend and pays for tuition, fees, books, clinical supplies and lab expenses for students with financial need. The program is designed to help alleviate the shortage of RNs and offers scholarships to undergraduate and graduate nurses. Once scholarship recipients graduate, they must provide two years of full-time clinical service at a healthcare facility experiencing a critical shortage of nurses. That means they can expect to work in facilities such as:

  • State or local public health departments
  • Nursing homes
  • Home health agencies
  • Hospice programs
  • Hospitals,
  • Rural health clinics
  • Ambulatory surgical centers

For nurses who are looking for financial aid for their graduate education, there are a variety of scholarships available.

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