It can be tough holding down a career as a military spouse, whose wife's or husband's work in the service means that you must move around a lot. Pursuing a career in nursing can be a great solution to such the situation, because it's useful and portable no matter where you are. We've compiled a list of five scholarships to help a you get a foot in the door for a nursing career, whether your spouse is in a specific branch of the military, you're too busy to attend classes and are looking for online programs, or anything else.
|Scholarship||Military Branch||Scholarship Amount||Qualifications|
|National Military Family Association Military Spouse Scholarship||Any||Up to $1,000||Military spouse with valid ID, divorced spouse with 20/20/20 or 20/20/15 benefits|
|Army Nurse Corps Association Scholarship||Army||Up to $3,000||Nursing or anesthesia student with parent(s), spouse, or child(ren) serving or have served in the Army|
|Corvias Foundation Scholarship for Spouses of Active-Duty Service Members||Army or Air Force||Up to $5,000||Must attend school for entire 2018-2019 school year, spouse must be stationed at specific installations|
|Vandenberg Spouses' Club Scholarship||Air Force||Varies||Spouse stationed at Vandenberg Air Force Base|
|WGU Salute to Veterans Scholarship||Any||Up to $2,500||New WGU student enrolled in one of four programs, including College of Health Professionals|
Military Spouse Scholarships for Nursing
There are many scholarships available for military spouses. We've collected several with different qualification requirements, some that are specifically for nursing programs, and others that are general scholarships that could be used to get a medical degree. We've also pointed out when a scholarship requires a specific branch of the military, like Army or Air Force.
National Military Family Association Scholarship
The National Military Family Association (NMFA) has a scholarship available specifically for military spouses, the NMFA Military Spouse Scholarship. The scholarship is available to a spouse of an active-duty, reserve, guard, medically retired, wounded, or fallen service member, and provides up to $1,000 for education toward a degree. This scholarship doesn't have a requirement for military branch, or a specific school, so a recipient will have a lot of flexibility with their education. A nursing student will be able to use the money offered by the NMFA to begin or further their education wherever they please.
Army Nurse Corps Association Scholarship
For the spouse of a member of the Army, the Army Nurse Corps Association (ANCA) can offer a large financial incentive to study nursing. With ANCA's scholarship, a nursing or anesthesia student with a spouse serving or having served in the Army is eligible for up to $3,000 toward their education. Unlike the other scholarships on this list, ANCA's offer is specifically for nursing or anesthesia students, so there will be less competition to qualify. The ANCA scholarship is also available to spouses of veterans, so active duty is not a requirement to qualify.
Corvias Foundation Scholarship for Spouses of Active-Duty Service Members
For spouses of those still currently in the service, Corvias offers a scholarship of up to $5,000. Corvias has partnered with 13 different Army and Air Force bases, and offers their scholarship to the spouses of anyone stationed there. If your spouse is stationed at Forts Polk, Bragg, Sill, Riley, Meade, or Rucker, or Air Force Bases Eielson, Seymour Johnson, Edwards, Hurlburt, Eglin, or McConnell, you could qualify for Corvias' scholarship. Outside of the specific base requirement, Corvias also requests that recipients attend an accredited community, technical, or four-year college, university, or online program for the entirety of the 2018-2019 school year.
Vandenberg Spouse's Club Scholarship
Vandenberg Air Force Base near Lompoc, California runs the Vandenberg Spouses' Club to help foster community among the spouses of those stationed at the base, and one of the perks they offer is a chance for a scholarship. The scholarship is of a variable amount, with the recipient's community service taken into consideration when assigning funds. Vandenberg AFB is close to Allan Hancock College, a 2-year school that offers a nursing program. While your spouse is stationed at the base, you could use the Spouses' Club scholarship to complete your undergrad work in nursing.
WGU Salute to Veterans Scholarship
Western Governors University (WGU) is a private, online 4-year university that offers an extensive nursing program, and with its Salute to Veterans Scholarship a spouse of a service member or veteran can get up to $2,500 for their education. The scholarship is available to new WGU students, someone just starting with the school, and one of the programs the scholarship is good for is WGU's College of Health Professionals. The College of Health Professionals offers bachelor's and master's programs in nursing, among other health professional degrees. Because WGU is online, their scholarship should be attractive for a military family that doesn't stay in one place for long.