Some Scholarship Deadlines Are Just Around the Corner

January 19th, 2012

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By , BSN, RN

Money for Nothing was a great song by Dire Straits back in the mid-'80s and it should be the theme song for paying for nursing school. There are literally thousands of scholarships available to nursing students of all levels, all across the country. They come from private foundations, colleges and universities, businesses and even your city, state, and federal governments. All it takes to collect is some research and some time filling out applications.

I can't begin to list every nursing school scholarship out there. What I can do is give you a starting place and point out this one thing: the time is now to start the application process for next year. A few scholarships actually have early January deadlines for the next school year (like the National Student Nurses' Association) but if you find you missed one check back often to catch the next application date.

What you will find below is a list of some state's nursing scholarships, their amounts and their application deadlines. Look closely, some applications are due in just a few weeks, by February 1, and others come up quickly in March and April. Don't let opportunities for free funding pass you by. It's just that much sooner you can finish that nursing degree and join the ranks.

ARIZONA

ARIZONA NURSES FOUNDATION ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Provides scholarship to college students enrolled in or accepted to nursing programs in Arizona.

Amount of Award: $500-1,000

Number of Awards: 18 each year

Deadline: March/October each year

Duration of Award: up to four years

CALIFORNIA

PAST PRESIDENTS' PARLEY NURSING SCHOLARSHIPS

Provides scholarship to California residents who are veterans or members of their families entering into or are continuing students in a nursing program.

Amount of Award: $500-$1,500

Application Deadline: April of each year.

Duration of Award: one year

Number of Awards: Varies

http://www.calegionaux.org/scholarships.htm

CHOOSENURSING.COM SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Provides scholarships to nursing students attending an accredited Associate or Baccalaureate nursing degree program in California.

Amount of Award: $2,000 – $5,000

Application Deadline: April/September of each year

Duration of Award: one year

Number of Awards: Varies

http://www.choosenursing.com/paying/scholarships.html

CALIFORNIA EMERGENCY NURSES ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP

Provide scholarships in the discipline of emergency nursing at the undergraduate, graduate, post graduate and doctoral levels of study. Provides research grants in the field that will help to expand and advance the knowledge base of emergency nursing, improving patient outcomes and creating new standards for practice.

http://www.ena.org/foundation/scholarships/

COLORADO

COLORADO LEGION AUXILIARY PAST PRESIDENTS' PARLEY NURSES' SCHOLARSHIP

Provides scholarships to wartime veterans and their descendants in Colorado who are interested preparing for a career in nursing.

Amount of Award: Varies

Application Deadline: April of each year

Duration of Award: one year

Number of Awards: Varies

Email: ala@coloradolegion.org

CONNECTICUT

CONNECTICUT CHAPTER HFMA UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP

Provides scholarships to undergraduate/graduate students in fields related to healthcare at colleges in Connecticut based upon the quality of the written response to question about a current issue in health care.

Amount of Award: $2,000 to undergraduate student; $2,000 graduate student

Application Deadline: April of each year

Duration of Award: one year

Number of Awards: two each year

http://www.cthfma.org/site/epage/18079_473.htm

CONNECTICUT LEAGUE FOR NURSING SCHOLARSHIP

Provides scholarship to nursing students enrolled in Connecticut accredited nursing program (NLN or AACN).

Amount of Award: Varies

Application Deadline: October of each year

Duration of Award: one year

Number of Awards: one or more

DELAWARE

DELAWARE NURSING INCENTIVE PROGRAM

Provide loan repayment provisions (merit-based recruitment program) to Delaware residents enrolled in an accredited program leading to certification as an RN or LPN.

Amount of Award: Varies

Number of Awards: Varies

Application Deadline: March each year

http://www.doe.k12.de.us/programs/dhec/how_to_apply/financial_aid/FA_webpages/nursing.shtml

MARGARET A. STAFFORD NURSING SCHOLARSHIP

Provides scholarship to resident of Delaware who has been accepted into an accredited college or university's nursing program within or outside Delaware.

Amount of Award: $1,000

Number of Awards: one a year

Application Deadline: March each year

Duration of Award: one time

FLORIDA

JENNET COLLIFLOWER KEYS NURSING SCHOLARSHIP

Provide nursing scholarship to Florida residents and enrolled full-time in a Florida public or private university.

Amount of Award: $1,000

Number of Awards: two each year

Duration of Award: one year

Application Deadline: May each year

http://www.dadecommunityfoundation.org/Site/programs/guideline1.jsp

FLORIDA NURSES FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS

Provide scholarships to students who are enrolled in a nationally accredited nursing program in Florida. Students must be a resident of Florida for at least one year.

Amount of Award: Varies

Application Deadline: June of each year

Duration of Award: one semester or year

Number of Awards: Varies

http://www.floridanurse.org/foundationGrants/index.asp

GEORGIA

GEORGIA LEGION AUXILIARY PAST PRESIDENT PARLEY NURSING SCHOLARSHIP

Provide scholarships to wartime veterans and their descendants in Georgia who are interested preparing for a career in nursing.

Amount of Award: Varies

Application Deadline: May of each year

Number of Awards: Varies

Email: amlegaux@bellsouth.net

HAWAII

HAWAII STUDENT NURSES' ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP

Provides scholarships to Hawaii residents who are preparing for a career in nursing.

Amount of Award: Varies

Duration of Award: one year

Number of Awards: Varies

http://www.hawaiicommunityfoundation.org/index.php?id=23

ILLINOIS

ILLINOIS HOSPITAL RESEARCH AND EDUCATION FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS

Provides scholarships to Illinois residents accepted into or enrolled in a hospital-related health care professional curriculum.

Amount of Award: $1,000

Number of Awards: Varies

Application Deadline: April of each year

Duration of Award: one year

INDIANA

IHC FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

Provides scholarship to students in Indiana who are working on a nursing degree. Indiana Health Care Foundation, Inc.

Amount of Award: $700-$1,500 each year

Application Deadline: April each year

Duration of Award: one year

IOWA

JUSTINE E. GRANNER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Provide scholarship to American Indian or other ethnic minority students preparing for a career in nursing or other health-related fields at a college or school of nursing within the State of Iowa.

Amount of Award: $1,000

Number of Awards: one each year

Application Deadline: February of each year

Duration of Award: one year

IOWA LEGION AUXILIARY PAST PRESIDENTS SCHOLARSHIP

Provide nursing scholarship to dependents of Iowa veterans and veterans who are members of the American Legion.

Amount of Award: Varies

Duration of Award: one year

Application Deadline: May each year

Email: alasectreas@ialegion.org

KANSAS

WESLEY SCHOOL OF NURSING ALUMNI ASSOCIATION ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP

Provides scholarship to Kansas residents who are preparing for a career in nursing.

Amount of Award: $500

Application Deadline: June of each year

Duration of Award: one year

Number of Awards: three

KENTUCKY

NURSING SCHOLARSHIP KENTUCKY NURSES FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS

Kentucky Nurses Association (KNF) Provide scholarship to residents of Kentucky who are interested in working on a pre-licensure or advanced degree in nursing.

Amount of Award: Varies

Number of Awards: Varies

Duration of Award: one year

MARYLAND

MARYLAND LEGION AUXILIARY PAST PRESIDENTS' PARLEY NURSING SCHOLARSHIP

Provide scholarship for nursing education to the female descendants of Maryland veterans.

Amount of Award: $2,000

Number of Awards: one each year

Duration of Award: one year

Application Deadline: April of each year

Email: anna@alamd.org

MISSOURI

ERBY YOUNG SCHOLARSHIP,  MLN SCHOLARSHIP,  MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPS

Provide scholarships to LPN and RN students who are working on associate and baccalaureate programs at an accredited school of nursing in Missouri. All applications must be submitted directly from the Missouri school of nursing.

Amount of Award: Varies

Application Deadline: October of each year

Duration of Award: one year

Number of Awards: one each scholarship

NEW HAMPSHIRE

ALICE M. YARNOLD AND SAMUEL YARNOLD SCHOLARSHIP

Provides scholarships to New Hampshire college students who are majoring in nursing, medicine and social work.

Amount of Award: $2,000-$5,000/year

Application Deadline: April of each year.

Duration of Award: one to three years

NEW JERSEY

NURSING SCHOLARSHIP NEW JERSEY LEGION AUXILIARY PAST PRESIDENTS' PARLEY NURSES SCHOLARSHIP

Provides scholarship for nursing education to New Jersey residents who are the children or grandchildren of veterans.

Amount of Award: Varies

Number of Awards: Varies

Application Deadline: March of each year

Duration of Award: one year

NORTH CAROLINA

THE GREAT 100 SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Provides scholarship to nursing students in North Carolina.

Amount of Award: $1,000

Duration of Award: one year

Number of Awards: Varies

OHIO

SERVICE LEAGUE NURSING SCHOLARSHIP

Provide scholarship to nursing students from Ohio who are working on a baccalaureate degree.

Amount of Award: Varies Number of Awards: one or more

Duration of Award: one year

Application Deadline: February of each year

http://www.akrongeneral.org/portal/page?_pageid=153,162567&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

BIG 33 SCHOLARSHIPS

Provides scholarship to high school seniors in Ohio and Pennsylvania who plan to study nursing in college.

Amount of Award: $1,000-$1,600

Application Deadline: February of each year.

Duration of Award: one year

Number of Awards: Varies

OREGON

LAWRENCE R. FOSTER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Provides scholarships for college or graduate school to residents of Oregon interested in preparing for a public health career.

Amount of Award: Varies

Application Deadline: February of each year.

Duration of Award: one year

Number of Awards: Varies

http://www.osac.state.or.us

OREGON LEGION AUXILIARY DEPARTMENT NURSES SCHOLARSHIP

Provide scholarship for nursing education to the family members of Oregon veterans.

Amount of Award: $1,500

Application Deadline: May of each year.

Duration of Award: one year

Number of Awards: one each year

Email: pcalhoun@pcez.com

THE OREGON NURSING SERVICES PROGRAM

Provides student loan repayment on behalf of registered nurses (RNs) who enter into agreements to practice in "nursing critical shortage areas" in Oregon. Open to students enrolled in the last year of an RN program, recent RN graduates, and RNs currently practicing may apply. Oregon residency is not required when applying.

Amount of Award: Varies each year.

Application Deadline: contact the commission

http://www.osac.state.or.us/grants.html

PENNSYLVANIA

PAULINE THOMPSON NURSING EDUCTION SCHOLARSHIP

Provide scholarship to undergraduate nursing students in Pennsylvania. Nursing Foundation of Pennsylvania

Amount of Award: $1,000

Number of Awards: five each year

Application Deadline: May of each year

Duration of Award: one year

MCLEAN SCHOLARSHIP FOR NURSING AND PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT MAJORS

Provides scholarships to students at member institutions of the Association of Independent colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP) who are enrolled in a nursing or physician assistant program.

Amount of Award: $2,500

Number of Awards: Varies

Duration of Award: one year

Application Deadline: April each year

http://www.aicup.org/fundraising/Scholarships/Good_Citizen_&_McLean/McLean%20complete%20packet%202007-08.doc

JACK E. BARGER, SR., SCHOLARSHIPS

Provide nursing scholarship to veterans, active duty military personnel and their dependents. Must be a resident of Pennsylvania and attend the VFW Convention to accept the scholarship award.

Amount of Award: $1,000

Number of Awards: six each year

Application Deadline: April of each year

Duration of Award: one year

RHODE ISLAND

ALBERT E. AND FLORENCE W. NEWTON NURSE SCHOLARSHIP

Provide scholarships to nursing students. Preference will be given to Rhode Island residents committed to practicing in Rhode Island.

Amount of Award: $2,500-5,000

Number of Awards: Varies

Duration of Award: one year

Application Deadline: March/October

TEXAS

TEXAS PROFESSIONAL NURSING SCHOLARSHIPS (PNRS)

Provide scholarship to Texas students who are interested in preparing for a career as a professional nurse.

Amount of Award: $3,000

Number of Awards: Varies

Duration of Award: one year

TEXAS VOCATIONAL NURSING SCHOLARSHIPS

Provides scholarships to Texas students who are interested in preparing for a career as a vocational nurse.

Amount of Award: $1,500

Number of Awards: Varies

Duration of Award: one year

UTAH

UTAH NURSES FOUNDATION GRANT-IN-AID SCHOLARSHIPS

Provide scholarships to Utah residents who are interested in working on a nursing degree. Recipient must agree to join the Utah Nurses Association within six months of graduation at the reduced rates.

Amount of Award: Varies

Number of Awards: Varies

Application Deadline: March each year

Duration of Award:one year

http://www.utahnurses.org/groups/UNF/

VERMONT

FREEMAN NURSE SCHOLARSHIPS

Provides scholarships to under/graduate nursing students at nursing schools in Vermont who are willing to pursue a career in nursing and practice in Vermont.

Amount of Award: $7,500-$34,000

Application Deadline: April of each year

Duration of Award: one year

Number of Awards: Varies

http://www.choosenursingvermont.org/enter/freeman.html

WASHINGTON

WASHINGTON STATE NURSES FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS

Provides scholarships to Washington residents who are preparing for a career in nursing in the state.

Amount of Award: $1,000

Application Deadline: February of each year

Duration of Award: one year

Number of Awards: four

http://www.wsna.org/wsnf/scholarship.application.pdf

WISCONSIN

BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF WISCONSIN NURSING SCHOLARSHIPS

Provides scholarship to Wisconsin students who have completed at least one half of the credits necessary for graduation from MSN, BSN, ADN or LPN programs in Wisconsin. The school must be either a National League for Nursing (NLN) member or accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).

Amount of Award: $500-$1,000

Application Deadline: July of each year. 

Duration of Award: one year

Number of Awards: Varies

Email: modtech@att.net

WISCONSIN MEDICAL SOCIETY GENERAL MEDICAL EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP

Provide scholarship to Wisconsin students working on a degree in medical or nursing related fields.

Amount of Award: $1,000

Application Deadline: April of each year.

Duration of Award: one year

Number of Awards: Varies

http://www.wisconsinmedicalsociety.org/foundation/support_for_students/scholarships

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