Earning a BSN is a big accomplishment and the route towards obtaining this type of degree isn’t easy. But what makes the nursing field such a great one is the fact that there are numerous educational paths one can follow, including an entirely different set of opportunities that come with pursuing a graduate level education.
While not mandatory, opting to attend graduate school is ideal for individuals who not only want to enjoy a wide range of nursing careers to choose from, but who wish to maximize their experience/knowledge in the field. It is no secret that the most highly paid nursing professionals are those with a graduate degree and many certifications under their belt.
Aside from the challenge of getting accepted into a graduate school, the other concern shared by virtually all students is the cost factor. The most effective method for offsetting expenses is to seek out scholarships and other financial aid. For graduate students, it is a good idea to look specifically at scholarships aimed at individuals pursuing an advanced level of education.
This scholarship opportunity is ideal for nursing students at the graduate level whose goals include earning a Master’s degree in cancer nursing or a Doctorate in nursing practice. In the effort to promote more medical professionals who are passionate about leading the fight against cancer, the American Cancer Society has set aside a very generous award for students chosen as recipients for its Graduate Scholarship in Cancer Nursing Practice.
The award amount is $10,000, which is distributed to recipients each year for up to two years.
The Nurse Corps Scholarship Program is one of those opportunities where, in exchange for having the costs of a student’s graduate education covered, the recipient agrees to dedicate a specified amount of time to working for the organization after graduation. In the case of this particular financial aid opportunity, recipients of the award must agree to a 2-year commitment, which involves working as a nurse practitioner in a region where there is a shortage of medical professionals. Recipients do not get to choose where they will work.
Those chosen by the Nurse Corps Scholarship Program have the benefit of getting the costs of their tuition, fees and other related education expenses completely covered. And that’s not the only perk. Award recipients also receive a monthly stipend of $1,289.
In order for students to apply for this scholarship, the school they are enrolled in must be a member of the AACN (American Association of Colleges of Nursing). Students can find out if their school qualifies by visiting the scholarship fund’s website. Although students working towards a Bachelor’s degree, as well as a Master’s or Doctoral degree, are welcome to apply, there is special consideration given to students with goals of becoming a nurse educator via a graduate school education, as well as individuals enrolled in an RN-MSN program.
Winning this award comes with a one-time payment of $2,500.