Being able to apply to as many nursing scholarships as a student wants is one of the biggest saving graces when it comes to battling the costs of a nursing education. It is important to consider all financial aid opportunities, including the scholarship awards that may not be considered a lot of money. However, there’s nothing wrong with aiming high and also applying to scholarships with hefty awards. Those that are renewable each year are even better.
Students hoping to offset the costs of their education via scholarships will want to take a closer look at the following opportunities, which promise very big award amounts.
Many students consider going into the Armed Forces in exchange for help earning a degree. Nursing students may want to think about the benefits of pursuing the criteria necessary to be eligible for the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps Scholarship.
The Award: Recipients could receive up to $15,000 per year for tuition and fees, plus an additional $510 per year to put towards textbooks. As if that isn’t enough, there is also a monthly stipend tacked onto the award.
Eligibility: This scholarship is specifically for students with goals to become Air Force nurses. To qualify, candidates must be a US citizen, high school graduate and must plan on enlisting as Air Force Reserve Cadets.
Nursing students demonstrating great financial need and who come from disadvantaged backgrounds are ideal candidates for this scholarship opportunity from the HRSA.
The Award: Winners could receive up to $10,000 to cover tuition and fees, as well as additional funding for living expenses and other educational fees.
Eligibility: Open to US citizens and national/permanent residents who plan on applying to a nursing or health professions program. Students must apply to a participating school in order to be considered (the funds are given to participating schools who have partnered with the HRSA and it is left up to the school to choose a winner). It is recommended that students contact the financial aid office of the schools they’re considering to find out if they are on the list.
RNs wishing to further their education may be currently working in the field but can certainly still use financial assistance to continue their studies. Securing the McNeil Rural Scholarship (offered via the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Program) can definitely help with affording the costs of a graduate program.
The Award: Winners of the McNeil Rural Scholarship have the potential to be awarded up to $40,000.
Eligibility: Applicants must be current RNs who have been accepted into a Master’s or post-Master’s program for pediatric nurse practitioners. Additional requirements include being a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Program and have at least one (1) year of experience working in pediatrics. Winners of the scholarship must also agree to work as a practitioner in a rural setting for up to two (2) years after graduating with their degree.