Updated for 2020/2021
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Candidates must be employed in the field of occupational and environmental health nursing. Scholarships range from $1,500 to $2,500.
Understand the different types of nursing scholarships available to students today - and how you can increase your chances of securing the perfect one. See where to look, how to write your essay, and get insider tips!
The growing demand for nurses
According to recent studies, the nation needs 11 million additional skilled nurses to fill the gaps and avoid further shortages in skilled healthcare labor. To meet that need, experts are predicting that employment opportunities for nurses will rise at a faster rate (15%) than any other occupation, from 2016 through to 2026.
Experts are predicting that employment opportunities for nurses will rise at a faster rate (15%) than any other occupation, from 2016 through to 2026.
Fortunately, as an aspiring nurse or healthcare professional, private or merit-based nursing scholarships do exist and provide a practical option for helping to finance your education.
Scholarships come in many forms, and depending on your current level of experience, location, and the specific program you’re pursuing, scholarship amounts will vary.
As a guide, most modern nursing scholarships offer amounts from $250 per semester to $7,000 per academic year (some offer more).
Let’s take a look at how you can make the nursing scholarship research and application process more efficient and successful.
Tips for applying to nursing scholarships
In addition to writing a compelling essay, here are three more tips to help you stand out when applying for competitive nursing scholarships:
Different types of nursing scholarships
Private and merit-based
Two of the most common kinds of scholarships are private and merit-based scholarships.
RN to BSN scholarships are available for registered nurses looking to take their skill set and their career to the next level. Check out our full list of current RN to BSN scholarships to see what is available right now.
An Associate of Science degree in Nursing (ASN) is a nursing degree that typically takes about two years to complete. There are a variety of scholarships available for students specifically pursuing this type of program.
There are also nursing scholarships available to the more broad ‘undergraduate’ category, which would include 4-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs, accelerated BSN, RN to BSN, and ASN. Check out our full list of undergraduate nursing scholarships.
Diversity and inclusion in nursing has been shown to reduce health disparities and promote health equity (source), and things are moving in the right direction. The number of nurses from varied backgrounds is on the rise.
As such, there are more diverse nursing scholarships on offer than ever before, including:
Women currently make up around 85% of professional nursing jobs.
But, as an increasing number of men begin to enter the field, more scholarships exist for aspiring male nurses at all stages of their professional journey.
Nursejournal.org has a great list of nursing scholarships for men, including:
By the way: many nursing scholarships tailored to men also accept female applicants. This information is usually available on the application.
There are flexible nursing scholarships perfect for busy moms looking to start a new career or advance an existing one.
Perhaps the easiest scholarships for moms to apply to is scholarships4moms.net.
Just fill out a short form and you’re automatically entered for a chance to win a $10,000 scholarship that you can apply towards your nursing degree.
If you’re a mom, you’ll also want to check out these awesome scholarships:
If you're a high school senior looking to enter a nursing program, there are tons of scholarships available to help you take those big next steps.
Here are just a few:
Each year, more than a million people immigrate to the United States. They live, work, and go to school here.
Many scholarships are available for foreign-born students. If you were born outside of the U.S., here is a selection of scholarships you may want to look at:
Time to start your journey
As you can see, it doesn’t matter who you are, where you’re from, or the nursing program you’re pursuing - there are scholarships available.
The key is to understand your unique angle.
Understanding what could make you stand out will help you find more specific scholarship options, increasing your chances of success.
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