It’s Time To Fill Out RN Scholarship Applications

March 9th, 2012


By , BSN, RN

It is March madness and I don’t just mean college basketball. As we head into the middle of month and Spring Break is consuming the thoughts of students across the country, I want to remind all the nursing students that many of the nursing school scholarship applications are due in March and April.

Whether you are a high school student heading off to college for the first time and ready to join the proud profession of nursing or a student already deeply entrenched in your nursing studies, now is the time to hit the applications for free money for the Fall of 2012.

Back in January we published a list of state scholarships available for nursing students and how to get the information on them. The link to that article is highlighted above. However, to recap—if you live in or attend school in the following states and need some financial aid these states have application deadlines coming up in the next six weeks during March and April:

  • Arizona
  • California, Colorado, Connecticut,
  • Delaware
  • Illinois, Indiana
  • Maryland
  • New Hampshire, New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Wisconsin

Following right on these state’s heels are the May deadline scholarships in:

  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Iowa
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania

I have also come across some other scholarship programs you might be interested in which have application dates in the near future

BECA, Inc. Edna R. Anthony Memorial Scholarship

Candidates for the BECA, Inc. Edna R. Anthony Memorial Scholarship must be enrolled as a high school senior and maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average. They must plan to attend a historically black college or university and declare a major in criminal justice, journalism/communications, or nursing/healthcare. 
Submit a 1000 word essay on "Why I want to pursue a career in one of the following areas of study: criminal justice, journalism or nursing"

ENA Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship

Emergency Nurses Association Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship applicants must be ENA members for a minimum of 12 months prior to applying.

The scholarship is intended for a nurse (RN, LPN, or LVN) pursuing a baccalaureate degree in nursing.

For more information about scholarship opportunities available at ENA or to apply, please visit the ENA website.

Nurse Leaders for North America

Global Scholarship Alliance (GSA) is one of America’s leading providers of nursing scholarships. Their mission is to develop the world’s next generation of nurse leaders and educators by partnering with universities and health systems around the U.S. to create customized work/study programs for nurses. GSA’s programs provide qualifying nurses with full scholarships for advanced nursing degrees combined with multi-year employment arrangements.

Minimum requirements: Active and unencumbered registered nurse license in the U.S. or Canada; permanent resident or citizen of the U.S. or Canada; successful completion of a three year (minimum) registered nursing program Applicants will also need one year of recent post-graduate acute care hospital based nursing experience in specialties such as ICU, CCU, ER, M/S, OR and telemetry. Other requirements include a desire to pursue an advanced nursing degree and work in a fast-paced, high-volume acute care setting. 
To apply directly for this opportunity complete the online application and either email or fax your resume. For more information, visit the website.

Gallagher Koster Health Careers Scholarship Program

Since 2001, the Gallagher Koster Health Careers Scholarship Program has provided 50 outstanding students with financial assistance to pursue health-related careers. Open to higher education students entering their junior and senior year of undergraduate study, the scholarship program continues to grow in both the number of scholarships offered each year and the amount of each scholarship.
 Each recipient must both demonstrate and exceed the program standards, including a strong motivation to pursue a health care career, academic excellence, a dedication to community service, and a need for financial support of their education. 
If the student is in a program that is not a four-year program, they are eligible if they will be entering either their final year of undergraduate study or their second-to-last year of undergraduate study in the fall. Please note that the Scholarship Program is not open to first-year undergraduates, high school students or graduate students.
Students must also meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards set by their institution and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale).

A student is eligible for receiving an award for no more than two academic years.

*NOTE: Students must be attending a U.S. college or university as their primary institution. International students ARE eligible if attending a U.S. college or university; however, all students who are named as winners are required to supply a valid Social Security Number in order to receive payment.

The Blanco Foundation, Inc. Scholarship

The Blanco Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation set up for the purpose of awarding scholarships to financially needy students who are entering a nursing or education field of study. Applications may be printed from the website.

NBNA Scholarships

The National Black Nurses Association, Inc. offers various scholarships each year ranging from $500 to $2,000.

Scholarship Requirements: Candidate must be currently enrolled in a nursing program (B.S.N., A.D., Diploma or L.P.N. / L.V.N. and in good scholastic standing at the time of application. The must be a member of NBNA and a member of a local chapter (if one exists in your area). Applicant must have at least one full year of school remaining

Applicant must provide: Official transcript(s) from an accredited school of nursing; a two page written essay ; two letters of recommendation (one from applicant's school of nursing and one from the local chapter, or a nurse in the area if a local chapter does not exist). The letters of recommendation and essay must be attached to the application.
Additional items to accompany the application in support of the candidates eligibility and desirability may include documented evidence of participation in student nurse activities and involvement in the African American Community, i.e., letters, news clippings, awards, certificates, etc. 

Applications MUST be post-marked by April 15th of each year. 

Army Nurse Corps Association (ANCA) Education Fund

The ANCA provides $3,000 scholarships to nursing students who are attending colleges and universities with accredited baccalaureate, graduate, or anesthesia nursing programs. Students eligible to apply for a scholarship include: Nursing or anesthesia students who plan to enter the Active Army, Army National Guard or Army Reserve and are not participating in a program funded by the Active Army, Army National Guard or Army Reserve;
nursing or anesthesia students who have previously served in the Active Army, Army National Guard or Army Reserve; Army Nurse Corps officers in a component of the U.S. Army enrolled in baccalaureate or graduate nursing or anesthesia nursing programs not funded by a component of the U.S. Army; Army enlisted soldiers in the Active Army, Army National Guard or Army Reserve who are working toward a baccalaureate degree in nursing not funded by the Active Army, Army National Guard or Army Reserve; nursing or anesthesia students whose parent(s),spouse and/or children are serving or have served in the Active Army, Army National Guard or Army Reserve.

The Army Nurse Corps Association does not have an official relationship with the U.S. Army, the Army Nurse Corps or the Reserve Officer Training Corps. Therefore, there is not a military service obligation for the student receiving this scholarship. Interested students who qualify can obtain additional information by downloading the ANCA Scholarship Program Guidelines and Application. 

Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students

The Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students program provides scholarships to full-time, financially needy students from disadvantaged backgrounds, enrolled in health professions and nursing programs. Participating schools are responsible for selecting scholarship recipients, making reasonable determinations of need, and providing scholarships that do not exceed the cost of attendance (tuition, reasonable educational expenses and reasonable living expenses).

You are eligible to apply for this scholarship at a school that participates in the Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students program if you are:
From a disadvantaged background as defined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. An individual from a disadvantaged background is defined as one who comes from an environment that has inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skill, and abilities required to enroll in and graduate from a health professions school, or from a program providing education or training in an allied health profession; or comes from a family with an annual income below a level based on low income thresholds according to family size published by the U.S. Bureau of Census, adjusted annually for changes in the Consumer Price Index, and adjusted by the Secretary, HHS, for use in health professions and nursing programs. See your school guidance counselor for an application. Nursing Education Scholarship offers scholarships for those who are applying to nursing or medical educational programs or are currently pursuing education and employment in the fields of nursing and medicine. Every six months, one applicant will be selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship to help with the costs associated with attending medical or nursing school.

Lambda Pi Alpha Sorority Scholarship

Scholarships in the amount of $1,000 to $2,000 are awarded to undergraduate nursing students who are entering their senior year of nursing school. Deadline is April 30th of each year. Applicant should contact Leretha Thomas at

Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps (AFROTC) Nursing Scholarships

Three and four year undergraduate scholarships are available to students who want to become Air Force nurses. Applicants must U.S. citizens and high school graduates. Scholarship recipients must enlist as cadets in the Air Force Reserve. 
Phone: (866) 423-7682
 Deadline: June 30
Amount: Up to $15,000 a year for tuition/fees, $510 a year for books, plus monthly stipend

So take a break from the courts or the beach for at least a few hours and fill out your applications. It doesn’t pay to forget.

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