Nursing Quick Guide

Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Scholarship

The AORN Foundation awards scholarships to students who are pursuing a career in perioperative nursing and to registered nurses who are continuing their education in perioperative nursing by pursuing a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree.     

AfterCollege/AACN Nursing Scholarship Program

The AfterCollege/AACN Scholarship Fund supports students who are seeking a baccalaureate, master’s or doctoral degree in nursing. Special consideration will be given to students in a graduate program with the goal of becoming a nurse educator; completing an RN to BSN or MSN program; and those enrolled in an accelerated nursing program. Scholarship

The scholarship program provides $5,000 in support to outstanding nursing students in baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs at AACN member institutions.  Eligible applicants must be admitted or enrolled in a nursing school affiliated with or have submitted an application through nursing’s centralized application service, NursingCAS (see

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Emergency Nurses Association (Members may apply)

ENA Foundation academic scholarships offered are intended for licensed nurses who are current members of the Emergency Nurses Association. There are a minimum number of scholarships offered for non-RN applicants with specific eligibility requirements. 

Foundation for Neonatal Research and Education Scholarship

The Foundation for Neonatal Research and Education offers scholarship opportunities to neonatal nurses who meet criteria. Please visit their website for more specific eligibility requirements.

Hurst Reviews/AACN Nursing Scholarships

Hurst Review Services and AACN are partnering to offer a new scholarship program to recognize and reward outstanding students in pre-licensure nursing programs. Two scholarships in the amount of $2,500 will be distributed each Fall and Spring to students enrolled in AACN member institutions.

Indian Health Services Health Professions Scholarship

The Health Professions Scholarship provides financial aid covering tuition, required fees and other educational and living expenses for qualified American Indian and Alaska Native students (members of federally recognized Tribes only) applying to, accepted by or enrolled in health and allied health professions programs. Students incur service obligations and payback requirements on acceptance of their scholarship award. Priority is given to graduate students and junior- and senior-level students unless otherwise specified.

Indian Health Services Pre-Graduate Scholarship

The Pre-Graduate scholarship provides financial aid covering tuition and required fees for qualified American Indian and Alaska Native students (members of federally or state-recognized Tribes) to enroll in courses leading to a bachelor's degree in specific pre-professional areas, such as pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-podiatry and others as needed by Indian health programs.

Indian Health Service Preparatory Scholarship

The Preparatory scholarship provides financial aid covering tuition and required fees for qualified American Indian and Alaska Native students (members of federally or state-recognized Tribes) to enroll in undergraduate prerequisite or preparatory courses in preparation for entry to health and allied health professional schools, such as nursing, pharmacy and others, as needed. Preparatory courses are those required to improve science, mathematics or other basic skills and knowledge. Undergraduate prerequisite courses are pre-professional studies required in order to qualify for admission to a health or allied health professions program.

Mary Opal Wolanin Nursing Scholarship

The Mary Opal Wolanin Graduate and Undergraduate Scholarships were established to provide financial assistance to students intending to work with older adults. Applicants must intend to work in a gerontology/geriatric setting after graduation.  A $500.00 scholarship may be awarded for each category

Minority Nurse Faculty Scholarship

AACN, with support from the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future, is currently offering a fourth round of scholarship funding to underrepresented minority (URM) nursing students who plan to work as nursing faculty after graduation. Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a doctoral nursing program (PhD, DNP) or a clinically-focused master’s degree program.

NAPNAP Graduate Student Research Grant

The NAPNAP Foundation is pleased to offer a one-year grant to support research by graduate students currently enrolled in pediatric nurse practitioner programs.  This grant is intended to encourage graduate students, who are current NAPNAP members, to participate in the research process and to stimulate interest in research regarding children and their families

National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship

The NHSC Scholarship Program (SP) awards scholarships each year to students pursuing careers in primary care. In return, students commit to providing care at an NHSC-approved site in a high-need Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) for two to four years, upon graduation and completion of training. To be eligible you must be pursuing a degree in one of the following areas Medicine (MD or DO), Dentistry (DDS or DMD), Nurse Practitioner, Certified nurse – midwife or Physician Assistant.

New Careers in Nursing

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and AACN are pleased to issue a new Call for Proposals for the RWJF New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program. This groundbreaking program is designed to alleviate the nation’s nursing shortage by dramatically expanding the pipeline of students in accelerated baccalaureate and master's nursing programs. Scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each will be awarded to up to 400 entry-level nursing students through this fourth round of funding. Preference will be given to students from groups underrepresented in nursing or from a disadvantaged background.

Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship

Every year, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi awards fifty-seven Fellowships of $5,000 each and three at $15,000 each to members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. Each Phi Kappa Phi chapter may select one candidate from among its local applicants to compete for the Society-wide awards.

Tylenol Future Care Scholarship

For twenty-one consecutive years, the Makers of TYLENOL® have awarded scholarships to students pursuing a healthcare career. We believe that these students are the future, which is why we are awarding $250,000 in scholarships to applicants who have chosen a career in healthcare and excel in leadership, academic performance and community involvement.

UNCF - Earl and Patricia Armstrong Scholarship

The Earl & Patricia Armstrong Scholarship is open to all students with a 3.0 or above and who are either Pre-med, Biology or Health majors. The scholarship is for $3,000.

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