Where to Find Nursing Scholarships
Advice for Finding a Nursing Scholarship
Nursing students looking for scholarships should begin by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It is a good idea to fill out the FAFSA in early January and continue applying for nursing grants and scholarships. Keep your eyes on the scholarship deadlines. Many nursing scholarships require essays and letters of recommendation. Bone up on your essay writing skills. To seek letters of recommendation, inform individuals such as your school principal, teachers, pastor, and employers of your interest in applying for scholarships. Prepare a resume to highlight your activities, community service, skills, achievements, and ambitions. Provide them with your resume and a list of all the scholarships for which you’ll be applying. That way you’ll be well prepared in your efforts to find money to help you pay for nursing school.
U.S. Federal Nurse Scholarships
The United States government has a nursing scholarship program to help aspiring nurses pay for college. The federal government realizes that there is a shortage of nurses in the United States and its nursing scholarship program is designed to help alleviate that shortage. Those who receive these need-based nursing scholarships agree to serve for at least two years as nurses at a health-care facility in the United States that has a shortage of professional nurses. Known as the HRSA Nursing Scholarship, it is highly competitive and includes a monthly stipend. See the U.S. Department of Health Resources and Services Administration (hrsa.gov) for full details. The application deadline is June 1st.
Navy Nurse Corps Scholarships
The U.S. Navy also offers a way for nursing students to pay for their studies. The program offers up to $34,000 to help pay for nursing school. This includes a nursing grant of $10,000 and a monthly stipend of $1,000 for up to 24 months while studying at nursing school. Student participants in the Navy Nurse Corps program will receive the health-care benefits of the U.S. Navy without having to attend drills and wear a uniform. The service obligation to the U.S. Navy begins after graduation. See the Navy website for more details.
Daughters of the American Revolution Nursing Scholarships
The DAR offers three nursing school scholarships of $1,000 to help pay for college. Each has a deadline of February 15th. All three scholarships share the same joint application. 1) The Caroline E. Holt Nursing Scholarship is need based. 2) The Mildred Nutting Nursing Scholarship is especially for nursing students from the area of Lowell, Massachusetts. 3) The Occupational/Physical Therapy Scholarship is need based for occupational therapy students.
Resources for Nursing Students
Nursing students have found the following two books helpful in their success at nursing school: How to Survive and Maybe Even Love Nursing School: A Guide for Students by Students
See here for further ideas regarding nursing grants and scholarships. When looking for nursing scholarships, remember to keep track of scholarship deadlines and apply for as many nursing scholarships as needed to help you pay for nursing school and keep you on track for your personal career plans.