How To Apply For Nursing School Grants

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How To Apply For Nursing School Grants

How To Apply For Nursing School Grants

Nursing is a rewarding and life-changing career path with a promising future. Nursing is a passion for passionate people. Being able to make a significant impact in others’ lives is a lasting reward. However, one big obstacle exist for those aspiring to become a nurse - namely, how to pay for nursing school? Unfortunately financial barriers affect almost all college students. While financial aid offices will help qualified students apply for loans, many students don’t realize the vast array of nursing grants available to them. Detailed below is just a small sampling of the many available nursing grants for college that can help you pay for school:

Nursing Track

Nurses in qualified certificate, undergraduate and graduate programs are eligible for's annual $1,000 scholarship. When applying for this scholarship, each nursing student must complete an application form and write a 600-800 word essay. The scholarship winner is primarily determined based on the quality of the essay, although the information included in each application is also taken into account.

Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association (FNSNA)

FNSNA offers numerous nursing school grants and scholarships, including general scholarships for those enrolled in qualified nursing and pre-nursing programs at the associate, baccalaureate and graduate levels. The number of awards offered varies from one year to the next, but FNSNA's general scholarship fund amounts to a total of $330,000 every year. An essay is not required for FNSNA's general scholarships. Instead, the scholarships are awarded based on applicants' financial need, academic achievement, and involvement in college clubs and associations – especially those involving the nursing profession. FNSNA also has scholarship programs for minority nursing students, as well as regional grants available to applicants attending college in select states.

Medical Professionals of Tomorrow

Full-time students enrolled in healthcare-focused academic programs – including nursing – are eligible for US Medical Supplies' Medical Professionals of Tomorrow scholarship program. In the past, only one scholarship was available through the Medical Professionals of Tomorrow, but the program now offers three prizes ranging from $500 to $3,500. These scholarships are not available to new students; applicants are only eligible if they have been enrolled in an accredited two- or four-year college for at least a year. Additionally, applicants must complete essays detailing their current field of study and what they hope to accomplish after graduating from college.

International Nurses Association (INA)

INA strives to help hard-working students achieve their academic goals. The program offers annual $500 and $1,000 scholarships. Those applying for nursing grants through INA must highlight their background in nursing, as well as why they believe they deserve financial assistance. In addition to receiving financial endowments, winners are mentioned in INA's magazine and newsletter.

Nurse Corps Program

The Nurse Corps Program is administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and offers extensive financial assistance to students who desire to make a difference in high-need settings. The program's overarching goal is to place talented nurses in regions with critical health care shortages. Nursing students enrolled in diploma, associate, baccalaureate and graduate programs are all eligible for grants from the Nurse Corps Program. However, upon graduating, program participants must obtain employment at healthcare facilities located in regions with nurse shortages. While in school, these participants receive full coverage of tuition, uniforms, clinical equipment, and books, as well as a monthly stipend of over $1,300.

Other Nursing Grant Programs

These are not the only nursing grants available. There are several options out there, but know that deadlines, state-specific, and eligibility may be required. Here is a short list of websites that offer financial help.

Nursing school need not be a financial sacrifice. Plenty of excellent scholarships and grants for college are available for nursing students. If you are unsure as to whether you are eligible for a particular grant, be sure to meet with a college’s financial aid advisors.

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