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Top 29 Nursing Scholarships in October 2022
It is not surprising that nursing is a population profession for students to consider. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average nurse will earn over $73,000 per year. Additionally, the nursing occupation is estimated to grow “much faster than average” professions at a 12% clip. If you are considering nursing school, cost is probably one of your top considerations. Lucky for you, there are some great nursing scholarships so you don’t have to break the bank when paying for your education!
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Keep on reading to learn more about these scholarships for nursing students, as well as some frequently asked questions about paying for nursing school.
Top 29 Nursing Scholarships in October 2022
The Scholarships360 Research Team reviews all scholarships individually and strives to exclude any scholarship where any of the below applies:
- The scholarship requires a fee to apply
- The scholarship requires paid membership in an organization (with certain exceptions for reputable trade organizations and others)
- Student are required to sign up for a site or service to apply*
- The scholarship seems primarily used for lead generation** or idea harvesting purposes***
- The scholarship website has many grammatical errors and/or advertisements
- The scholarship or scholarship providing organization seem untrustworthy
- There is no evidence the scholarship was previously awarded
- The scholarship has not been awarded in the past 12 months
- There is no available contact information
If you believe a scholarship has been published in error, please reach out to [email protected] and we’ll take a look!
* There are certain exceptions to this, for example if the sponsoring organization is a major corporation or nonprofit with its own scholarship application system.
** Lead generation scholarships will require students to sign up for an app or website and require minimal (if any) application requirements.
***Idea harvesting scholarships will require students to submit blog posts or other materials that companies may use for marketing purposes.
Annual Prevounce Preventive Health Scholarship Program
Offered by Prevounce
Open to high school seniors, college, and graduate students pursuing a career in healthcare, medicine, nursing, and public health
Armenian American Medical Society Scholarship
Offered by Armenian American Medical Society
Armenian students enrolled in a U.S. healthcare program who are actively involved in community service to benefit the Armenian community.
Medical Scrubs Collection Scholarship
Offered by Medical Scrubs Collection
Open to high school seniors and college students pursuing or interested in medicine.
Undergraduate Nursing Scholarship
Offered by Study.com
Open to college-bound and current college students who are pursuing a degree in nursing or a related field.
Offered by Exceptional Nurse
Open to students with a documented disability who are enrolled full-time in a nursing education program.
Probo Medical Scholarship
Offered by Probo Medical
Open to high school seniors and college students who are pursuing degrees in the medical field.
Nurses Make a Difference Scholarship
Offered by Cascade Healthcare Solutions
Open to currrent nursing students or high school students who have been admitted to a nursing program.
Michael Moody Fitness Scholarship
Offered by Michael Moody
Open to high school seniors, college students, and graduate students interested in pursuing a career in health, wellness, or fitness.
$2,000 Nitro College Scholarship – No Essay
Easy scholarship open to all high school, college, community and graduate students.
Niche $2,000 “No Essay” College Scholarship
Open to all high school and college students.
Frequently asked questions about nursing scholarships
Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about how to pay for nursing school.
How do I pay for my nursing degree?
The above scholarships are a great start for prospective and current nursing students! However, there are other ways that you can pay for your nursing degree including:
- Need-based financial aid from your program, state government, or the federal government. All students should submit the FAFSA to be considered for need-based aid.
- College or institution-specific scholarships. Chances are your college offers scholarships that are specifically for nursing students (or more generally for high-achieving students). Check in with the admissions and financial aid office to see what opportunities you might be eligible for. You might also find some great local opportunities.
Related: How many years is nursing school?
Can I get a full ride to pay for nursing school?
Yes, you can win a full ride scholarship to pay for nursing school. There are a few ways that you can do this:
- Apply for merit scholarships from colleges that offer full rides.
- Create your “full ride” by combining scholarships and need-based financial aid.
- If you have significant financial need, attend a college that meets 100% of demonstrated financial aid.
How can I increase my chances of winning a nursing scholarship?
Generally, nursing scholarships are going to be assessing your academic profile and your “fit” for the nursing profession.
As far as academics, grades, challenging classes, and test scores will help make your academic case for nursing scholarships. Bonus points if you have strong grades in your science classes, as nursing degrees will require an extensive science curriculum.
You will be able to show your “fit” for nursing through your interviews and essays. The scholarship committee will be interested in why you want to become a nurse and how you are suited to succeed in nursing school, as well as the profession.
Remember, nursing is a profession that requires strong interpersonal skills as you work extensively in patients. You can try to show your high social intelligence, empathy, and caring nature through specific examples from school, sports, clubs, or volunteering. Strong candidates for nursing scholarships may also have specific volunteering experience in a hospital, doctor’s office, or other medical setting.
When to apply for nursing scholarships?
It’s never too early or too late to apply for nursing scholarships! There are many opportunities available, and each has its own deadline. As a result, it’s a good idea to keep your finger on the pulse of what scholarships are available. To maximize your additional money, you can apply throughout the year.
A great way to go about this is via our free scholarship search tool. This tool custom-matches you to vetted scholarships based on your demographic information and interests. It automatically updates with new opportunities and eliminates ones whose deadlines have passed. On top of that, you can earmark opportunities that interest you to help plan your application schedule.
Also see: Nursing major overview
Do nursing students qualify for Pell Grants?
All undergraduate students with demonstrated need who fill out the FAFSA are eligible for Pell Grants. So, if you are completing your undergraduate degree on a nursing track, you are eligible for Pell Grants. However, if you are in a nursing program after getting your bachelor’s, you are not eligible for Pell Grants.
That being said, you should reach out to your schools of interest to see if other grants may be available. There could be state-level grants to incentivize nurse education in your state of residence or in the state you want to attend school.
Does FAFSA pay for nursing school?
Although you should fill out the FAFSA for nursing school, you won’t be eligible for grants such as the Pell Grant. However, you can use the FAFSA to take out federal loans and to qualify for institutional and possibly state aid. The FAFSA is free and relatively easy, so even if you don’t think you’ll take advantage of these programs, it’s a good idea to fill it out just in case.
What colleges offer scholarships for nursing students?
Many colleges offer scholarships for nursing students! Most colleges with nursing programs will have a page of scholarships and financial aid on their website. This example from Rush University in Chicago is a great example. Some colleges consider students for their scholarships immediately upon applying. Other times, you’ll have to apply separately.