Nursing students have their fair share of challenges ahead of them as they work their way towards becoming licensed professionals in the field. The cost of affording nursing school is undoubtedly one of the biggest concerns. But that is why financial aid was created. From scholarships to grants and student loans, nursing students have a number of opportunities at their disposal.
Just as with other types of college students, when it comes to scholarships, it helps to search for all different types. For example, African American nursing students have a score of financial aid options available to them–namely scholarships. One of the best ways to come across free money for school is by joining a professional nursing organization. In the case of African American nursing students, becoming a member of the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) can open up eligibility for a variety of scholarships, including those listed below.
Award Amount: $2,000
Eligibility Information: Applicants for the Dr. Lauranne Sams Scholarship must be African American (non-Hispanic) and currently enrolled in a nursing program or planning on enrolling at a 2 or 4-year educational institution. Preferred nursing programs to qualify for this scholarship include BSN, AD, Diploma or LPN/LVN.
Additional criteria include being an active member of the National Black Nurses Association, as well as a member of the organization’s local chapter (if available in the area). The ideal applicant should have a strong academic record, be involved with community service and demonstrate financial need.
Award Amount: $1,000
Eligibility Information: This scholarship opportunity is open to currently enrolled African American (non-Hispanic) nursing students (BSN, AD, Diploma or LPN/LVN), who plan on pursuing an advanced practice degree during the course of their education. Applicants must also be current members of the NBNA, a member of their local chapter (if one is available in the area) and have at least one full year of nursing school left to complete.
To be considered, applicants must submit a written essay, an official transcript from their school and two (2) letters of recommendation, along with the official scholarship application.
Award Amount: Up to $2,000
Eligibility Information: Those interested in applying for the Margaret Pemberton Scholarship must be African American (non-Hispanic) and currently enrolled in a nursing program (BSN, AD, Diploma or LPN/LVN). They must be in good academic standing at the time of their application, as well as an active member of the National Black Nurses Association and their local chapter. Applicants should ideally have at least one full year of school left.
Award Amount: $1,000
Eligibility Information: Unlike the previous scholarships mentioned above, the Dr. Martha A. Dawson Genesis Nurse Leader Scholarship is open to African American nursing students working towards a degree at the Masters or Doctorate level (DNP, PhD or EdD). Applicants must also be a member of the NBNA, as well as a member of their local chapter. In addition to the application, an official transcript, written essay and two (2) letters of recommendation must also be submitted.