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Pro-Life Scholarship Award

The Pro-Life Scholarship Award by the National Association of Pro-Life Nurses awards undergraduate students up to $8,000. Full- and part-time students are eligible to apply if they meet the criteria.

Eligible Grades
College Junior
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
February 12, 2023
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$8,000
1 Award Winner
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$1,000
1 Award Winner

CEMS Fund Scholarship

The Cynthia E. Morgan Memorial Fund Scholarship is offered to one student in Maryland to pursue or is presently pursuing, a medical-related course at an institution within the state.

Eligible Grades
High School Junior – Undergraduate
Application Open Date
November 1, 2022
Application Deadline
February 25, 2023
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$1,000
1 Award Winner
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$1,000–$5,000
1 Award Winner

Maryland Graduate and Professional School Scholarship Program

The Maryland Graduate and Professional Scholarship Program presents to residents of Maryland pursuing graduate and professional degrees in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, veterinary medicine, nursing, law, or social work.

Eligible Grades
Graduate – Postgraduate
Application Open Date
October 1, 2022
Application Deadline
March 1, 2023
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$1,000–$5,000
1 Award Winner
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$500–$2,500
1 Award Winner

Charlotte Mecklenburg Emergency Services Scholarship

The Foundation For The Carolinas offers the Charlotte Mecklenburg Emergency Services Scholarship to undergraduates interested in pursuing a career in emergency services, nursing, or law enforcement.

Eligible Grades
High School Graduate – Undergraduate
Application Open Date
December 2, 2022
Application Deadline
March 3, 2023
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$500–$2,500
1 Award Winner
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$1,000
1 Award Winner

Erin Marie Keener Nursing Scholarship

The Erin Marie Keener Nursing Scholarship is an annual scholarship for fourth-year nursing students at West Virginia University.

Eligible Grades
College Senior
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
March 4, 2023
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$1,000
1 Award Winner
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$450
1 Award Winner

Gravelin Nursing Scholarship

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO) offers the Gravelin Nursing Scholarship to five undergraduate students enrolled in nursing programs at Missouri colleges or universities. Applicants must demonstrate financial need.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate
Application Open Date
February 1, 2023
Application Deadline
March 13, 2023
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$450
1 Award Winner
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$20,000–$60,000

Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program

Every year, the Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program offers scholarships to Native Hawaiian medical students in the State of Hawaii.

Eligible Grades
High School Graduate – Graduate
Application Open Date
October 1, 2023
Application Deadline
March 15, 2023
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$20,000–$60,000
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$3,000
1 Award Winner

Idaho Nursing and Health Professions Scholarship Fund

College students are awarded the $3,000 Idaho Nursing and Health Professions Scholarship, administered by the Idaho Community Foundation (ICF) to pursue their undergraduate degrees in nursing and health science-related fields.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior – Undergraduate
Application Open Date
November 1, 2022
Application Deadline
March 15, 2023
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$3,000
1 Award Winner
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$2,500–$5,000
43 Award Winners

AANP Scholarship Program

American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) offers the AANP Scholarship Program to graduate students pursuing a graduate or doctorate qualification in nurse practice in the United States.

Eligible Grades
Graduate – Doctorate
Application Open Date
February 9, 2023
Application Deadline
March 23, 2023
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$2,500–$5,000
43 Award Winners
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$20,000–$60,000
1 Award Winner

Build Dakota Scholarship

The Build Dakota Scholarship Fund awards full scholarships, ranging between $20,000 to $60,000 to students who wish to pursue nursing, engineering, or technology programs at four technical colleges in South Dakota.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior – Undergraduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
March 31, 2023
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$20,000–$60,000
1 Award Winner
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$1,000
1 Award Winner

Kristal Mead Hillie Nursing Education Scholarship

Project Impact Mississippi (MS) annually offers this scholarship to one undergraduate student enrolled in an accredited LVN/LPN, RN degree (ADN or BSN), diploma, or RN-to-BSN program.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate
Application Open Date
February 1, 2023
Application Deadline
March 31, 2023
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$1,000
1 Award Winner
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$3,500–$4,500
2 Award Winners

Kansas Nursing Service Scholarship

Kansas Board of Regents offers the Kansas Nursing Service Scholarship to two students in Kansas, pursuing degrees and licenses in nursing. Applicants must demonstrate financial need.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
April 1, 2023
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$3,500–$4,500
2 Award Winners
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$1,000
1 Award Winner

Sandra Cooper Nursing Scholarship

The Sandra Cooper Nursing Scholarship, administered by Project Impact Mississippi, awards $1,000 to a Mississippi resident student enrolled in a junior college or university in the state of Mississippi.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate
Application Open Date
February 1, 2023
Application Deadline
April 11, 2023
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$1,000
1 Award Winner
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$11,000–$13,000
1 Award Winner

Annabel Lambeth Jones Brevard College Merit Scholarship Fund

The Annabel Lambeth Jones Brevard College Merit Scholarship, ranging from $11,000 to $13,000, is available to a high school senior who is an incoming freshman at Brevard College.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior – College Freshman
Application Open Date
March 1, 2023
Application Deadline
April 18, 2023
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$11,000–$13,000
1 Award Winner
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$5,000
2 Award Winners

NurseThink – AACN Scholarship

The NurseThink - AACN Scholarship of $5,000 is awarded to exceptional students pursuing graduate and doctoral degree programs in nursing at AACN member institutions. Applicants must be willing to teach after graduation.

Eligible Grades
Graduate – Doctorate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
April 25, 2023
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$5,000
2 Award Winners
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$3,449–$17,125
1 Award Winner

Nursing Education Scholarship Program

Every year, IDPH awards scholarships from $8,324 to $17,124 to individuals who are pursuing various degrees in nursing at approved institutions in Illinois.

Eligible Grades
All
Application Open Date
March 1, 2023
Application Deadline
April 30, 2023
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$3,449–$17,125
1 Award Winner
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$2,750
1 Award Winner

William K. Schubert Minority Nursing Scholarship

William K. Schubert Minority Nursing Scholarship is an annual program to support students from underrepresented groups accepted or enrolled in a prelicensure registered nurse program.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate
Application Open Date
February 1, 2023
Application Deadline
April 30, 2023
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$2,750
1 Award Winner
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$1,000
1 Award Winner

Barbara Rhomberg Nursing Scholarship

B4 Brands offers the Barbara Rhomberg Nursing Scholarship to one deserving student pursuing an undergraduate nursing program in the U.S. Past recipients and applicants are eligible to reapply.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate
Application Open Date
April 1, 2022
Application Deadline
April 30, 2023
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$1,000
1 Award Winner
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$4,000
1 Award Winner

Rural Nurse Practitioner Scholarship

The scholarship program, administered by the Rural Illinois Medical Student Assistance Program, awards $4,000 to registered nurses seeking to become nurse practitioners. Applications are only open to Illinois residents.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate
Application Open Date
January 30, 2023
Application Deadline
May 1, 2023
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$4,000
1 Award Winner
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$5,000–$10,000
35 Award Winners

Tylenol Future Care Scholarship

The Tylenol Future Care Scholarship awards 10 scholarships of $10,000 each and 25 scholarships of $5,000 each every year to deserving medical students in various medical fields.

Eligible Grades
College Senior – Postgraduate
Application Open Date
May 1, 2023
Application Deadline
July 1, 2023
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$5,000–$10,000
35 Award Winners
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$2,500
1 Award Winner

NDNPA Health Policy Scholarship

The North Dakota Nurse Practitioner Association (NDNPA) offers an NDNPA Health Policy Scholarship of up to $2,500 to a North Dakota resident pursuing a graduate degree with a nurse practitioner focus.

Eligible Grades
Graduate – Postgraduate
Application Open Date
June 1, 2023
Application Deadline
August 1, 2023
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$2,500
1 Award Winner
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$1,000
2 Award Winners

NDNPA General Scholarships

The North Dakota Nurse Practitioner Association (NDNPA) offers NDNPA General Scholarships of $1,000 to graduate students interested in pursuing a nursing career in North Dakota.

Eligible Grades
Graduate – Postgraduate
Application Open Date
June 1, 2023
Application Deadline
August 1, 2023
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$1,000
2 Award Winners
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$500–$10,000
1 Award Winner

Alabama Board of Nursing Scholarship Program

The Alabama Board of Nursing Scholarship Program awards $500—$10,000 scholarship funds to nursing graduates.

Eligible Grades
Graduate – Doctorate
Application Open Date
July 1, 2023
Application Deadline
August 31, 2023
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$500–$10,000
1 Award Winner
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$2,500
3 Award Winners

Scrubin Uniforms – AACN Scholarship

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing offers the Scrubin Uniforms - AACN Scholarship of $2,500 to nursing students enrolling in baccalaureate, master's, and doctorate programs at AACN member schools with a formal affiliation agreement with Scrubin Uniforms.

Eligible Grades
Graduate
Application Open Date
April 1, 2023
Application Deadline
September 1, 2023
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$2,500
3 Award Winners
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$7,000–$37,500
1 Award Winner

Ochsner Nursing Scholarships

The Ochsner Nursing Scholarship is offered to a number of undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in accredited or licensed nursing programs in Louisiana and Mississippi.

Eligible Grades
College Freshman – Graduate
Application Open Date
September 15, 2023
Application Deadline
October 15, 2023
Closed
$7,000–$37,500
1 Award Winner

About nursing scholarships

Nursing is one of the highly demanded fields and there are many students who want to pursue this career path. However, the cost of nursing school can be prohibitive for some students. That’s where scholarships come in — they can help offset the cost of tuition, books, and other expenses associated with nursing school.

If you are an aspiring nursing student today, get yourself a scholarship to help pay for college and follow your dream. It can also help reduce the amount of student loan debt that graduates accumulate. Scholarships give students a chance to attend a quality nursing program that might otherwise be out of reach financially. There are many different types of nursing scholarships available, so it is important to do your research and find the ones that best fit your needs.

10 best Nursing scholarships 2023

There are more than 50 nursing scholarships to search through, so we gathered our 10 favorites. Here are the 10 best nursing scholarships with large grants that will cover college.

ScholarshipAward Amount
NHSC Scholarship$15,000–$120,000
Ochsner Nursing Scholarships$7,000–$37,500
Build Dakota Scholarship$20,000-$60,000
Boren Scholarship$8,000-$25,000
CVS Health Foundation Health Care Careers Scholarship$5,000-$20,000
NURSE Corps Scholarship$1,434–$17,208
Nursing Education Scholarship$3,449-$17,125
Annabel Lambeth Jones Brevard College Merit Scholarship$11,000–$13,000
Tylenol Future Care Scholarship$5,000-$10,000
Kenneth and Carrie Carns Nursing (KCCN) Scholarship$3,000–$5,000

Cost of college for nursing

Studying nursing in the U.S. can be expensive. Depending on the college or university, tuition and fees for a single year of undergraduate nursing studies can range anywhere from $8,000 to over $50,000. Some students may qualify for scholarships and grants that can help offset these costs, but few can avoid having to take out student loans to pay for their studies. Having said that, there are student loan forgiveness programs for nurses available to help mitigate the cost of using student loans. Scholarships specifically geared towards nursing students can help fill the gap between what is available in grants and scholarships and what is necessary to cover the cost of attending a nursing school.

The University of Pennsylvania is one of the top schools for nursing in the United States. It offers an accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), with tuition costs of around $18,500 per semester. The Johns Hopkins University, located in Baltimore, Maryland is a prestigious school that offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), as well as a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP). Tuition for the BSN degree program is approximately $22,000 per semester. The University of Washington’s School of Nursing offers a variety of degree programs in nursing. Tuition for their Bachelor of Science in Nursing program costs around $15,500 per semester.

Nursing scholarships for minorities 2023

Minority students often face financial difficulty to pursue higher education. Many have fewer resources and lower incomes than their white counterparts, making it difficult to access quality healthcare education or pursue further studies in nursing. Additionally, the cost of tuition for four-year nursing degrees is often much higher than that for other majors, creating a large economic barrier to entry. Some students also lack social support. However, numerous organizations provide support for minorities who wish to pursue nursing majors as well as many opportunities for networking and mentoring within the field. Minority students can find a wide variety of scholarships to help them earn a nursing license; for example the
William K. Schubert Minority Nursing Scholarship of $2,750 is offered to underrepresented minority students to complete their nursing degrees. There is also a grant of up to $20,000 offered through the CVS Health Foundation Health Care Careers Scholarship to support young minority nursing students.

Nursing scholarships for women 2023

Access to training and education in healthcare-related fields has been somewhat limited for women due to the financial burden of attending such programs, which can be difficult to manage. Additionally, gender discrimination remains a persistent problem in many healthcare settings, creating an unwelcoming environment for female nurses. Nursing can also be a physically and emotionally demanding profession, requiring strength, perseverance, and a thick skin to survive. Despite the adversity, many women have persevered in their nursing careers and have gone on to make important contributions to patient care. Thankfully, there are dedicated organizations in place as well as government initiatives meant to help support aspiring female nurses to overcome these challenges. Some universities also offer scholarships or grants for students pursuing healthcare degrees such as the Irene L. Blanchette Nursing Award. The University of Wisconsin offers the Irene L. Blanchette Nursing Award of $1,850 to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a nursing degree at the Nursing’s traditional BSN program, Oshkosh campus. The award aims to financially support those who demonstrate financial need to complete their degrees.

Nursing scholarships for high school seniors 2023

High school seniors who are interested in a career in nursing have many scholarship opportunities to choose from. The amount of funding awarded varies depending on the specific scholarship program, but some may provide full tuition coverage. Furthermore, some programs can also provide invaluable mentorship opportunities and access to a network of healthcare professionals. The Service League Nursing Scholarship of up to $60,000 is offered to nursing students who are enrolled or already accepted into an accredited college of nursing and require financial aid. There are also some special programs for young nursing students, including the Tocris Scholarship Program of $1,500. This program awards students, who are pursuing a course of study in a scientific subject, to earn their nursing degrees at a college, university, or other institution in the United States, Canada, or a country in Europe.

Easiest nursing scholarships to win

If you are interested in nursing, check out one of the following scholarships that don’t have a long application process and will surely save on your college expenses. By simply filling in the scholarship application, you can apply for the Erin Marie Keener Nursing Scholarship of $1,000. The program is a one-time award to support nursing students. If you reside in Kansas, the Kansas Nursing Service Scholarship of up to $4,500 is excellent to consider. All you need are your grade transcripts and financial information for a chance to win this award.

Similarly, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Emergency Services Scholarship of up to $2,500 is open to North Carolina students interested in nursing. The program also requires grade transcripts only.

Graduate and Postgraduate students in Maryland can apply for the $5,000 Maryland Graduate and Professional School Scholarship Program; all you need to do is submit your financial information and grade transcripts along with your application.

Tips for winning nursing scholarships

1. Begin your scholarship search early: Start researching scholarships and preparing applications as soon as you can, even if they don’t open up until months or a year away. This will give you plenty of time to make sure all of your application materials are in order so that you can meet the deadlines and have the best chance of getting the scholarship.

2. Look into local nursing scholarships as well as national ones: Local schools, hospitals, and private organizations may have nursing scholarships available. Contact the organizations to find out if they offer them and what the requirements are for eligibility.

3. Tailor your application materials to the scholarship you are applying for: Each scholarship may have different requirements, so make sure that you take the time to customize your responses and essays to each one.

Frequently asked questions

Can I get a scholarship to major in nursing in 2023?

Yes! There are plenty of scholarships for students who major in nursing. In order to be considered for a scholarship for nursing school, you need to demonstrate your commitment to the profession through academic excellence and involvement in community service or volunteer activities.

Why should I study nursing?

Nursing continues to be one of the most demanded fields in healthcare. It is an incredibly rewarding career, offering a variety of great opportunities to those who pursue it. It can provide job security and stability, financial rewards, and the chance to help make a difference in people’s lives. Studying nursing allows individuals to become knowledgeable in a wide range of medical topics and gain valuable skills.

What can you do with a nursing major?

With a nursing major, you can work as a registered nurse in hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, surgical centers, and more. You can also pursue advanced roles such as clinical nurse specialist, nurse-midwife, and nurse practitioner. In addition, you could work in case management and public health settings, or go into administration or teaching.

Is a nursing degree right for me?

A nursing degree can be an excellent choice for those looking to pursue a fulfilling career in healthcare. It is important to consider all aspects of being a nurse before making this decision, including the time and effort it takes to complete the degree program as well as financial cost considerations. You should also think about what kind of career path you want to take once you have your nursing degree, as this will help you decide if it is the right choice for you. It is important to remember that a degree in nursing can lead to many different career paths, from clinical practice to research and administration.