The Hispanic population is the fastest growing minority group in the United States. In contrast, out of the 2.6 million registered nurses out there, only about 2% are Hispanic. The country has a shortage in nurses and is always looking for qualified individuals to go into this field.
Many states and private organizations have created scholarships to assist the expense of attending college with the purpose of becoming a registered nurse. This was a way to encourage all, but especially Latinos, to pursue higher education and to become a registered nurse.
With a little research and patience you can find many scholarships that focus on Hispanics interested in nursing. Here are a few specific ones that you may want to consider.
Justine E. Granner Memorial Scholarship (Iowa): This is an annual scholarship that is awarded to ethnic minority students that are preparing for a career in nursing, public health and/or a related field at a college or school of nursing within the state of Iowa. There are, of course, other criteria which need to be met. Applicants must have a B average or better during high school and/or college. Preference will be given to Iowa High School graduates and financial need is also considered.
Florida Atlantic University Honors College (Florida): National Hispanic, National Merit and National Achievement finalists are offered a $6,500 scholarship. It also has smaller scholarships available to all students who are admitted to the school which can be used for any degree program.
Kaiser Permanente College-to-Caring Program (California): This program offers scholarships to students who are juniors or seniors in college who are pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Recipients are given $8,000 for one year’s tuition and fees. There is also the possibility to intern at a Kaiser medical site and attendance at the annual Hispanic College Fund Scholarship Awards gala. Award recipients must be a U.S. citizen living in Northern California and a full-time nursing student with a 3.0 GPA or higher.
La Unidad Latina Foundation, Inc.: La Unidad Latina Foundation sponsors a scholarship for Latino students who are working towards a bachelor’s or master’s degree. Undergraduate students must complete one full-time year of college prior to applying, and graduate students must have completed one full-time semester of study. Applicants must have a GPA from 2.8 to 3.6.
These are but a few scholarships that are available. Each has their own criteria and deadlines. This year’s awards may have already been award, but no matter, look into them for next year’s awards and be sure to follow all directions carefully. There are strict deadlines for each, so do not be late. Best of luck to you all.