Top Scholarships for Aspiring RN StudentsSaturday, October 17, 2015
The first step to pursuing a career as a Registered Nurse (RN) is earning a college degree. Like many people, you may be worried about being able to afford one. Fortunately, scholarships for aspiring RNs are readily available. Familiarize yourself with the top options so you can get started on this exciting journey.
Top 10 Scholarships for Aspiring RN Students
- Nurse Corps Scholarship Program - This scholarship, which is offered by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, is available to students who are enrolled in associate, diploma, baccalaureate, and graduate degree nursing programs. To be considered, you must agree to work for at least two years at a Critical Shortage Facility. The scholarship covers tuition fees, books, and other expenses.
- After College AACN Scholarship - Available to undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate nursing students, this scholarship provides $2,500 toward tuition fees per quarter. It is available to full-time students with 3.0 or higher GPAs.
- AORN Foundation - If you are interested in perioperative nursing, this scholarship by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses should be right up your alley. It's offered to students who are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate degree programs. A minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher is required, and students with special financial needs receive special consideration.
- Excellence in Nursing Scholarship - The Barbara Rhomberg Excellence in Nursing Scholarship is offered by B4Brands. Every year, five undergraduate students are granted the scholarship, which pays a maximum of $1,000 per year toward tuition costs.
- Genesis Health Scholarship - To qualify for this scholarship, undergraduate nursing students in baccalaureate degree programs must commit to working for the Genesis Health System for at least one year. In exchange, they receive up to $10,000 toward tuition fees and other expenses.
- ASHA Scholarship - Intended for full-time nursing students who are enrolled in accredited schools that lead to licensure, the ASHA Scholarship provides up to $1,000 a year toward tuition fees and other costs. It is offered annually by the American School Health Association, and undergrad juniors and seniors - and graduate students - are eligible to apply.
- March of Dimes Scholarship - The March of Dimes awards several of these $5,000 scholarships per year. Registered Nurses who are currently enrolled in graduate degree maternal-child nursing programs are eligible to apply. You must also be a member of at least one national nursing organization to qualify.
- FNSNA Scholarship - Every year, the National Student Nurses' Association awards more than $125,000 in nursing scholarships. Those who qualify receive anywhere from $1,000 to $2,500 toward the cost of earning their degree, which may either be a nursing degree or a pre-nursing degree.
- Minority Nurse Scholarship Program - Minority Nurse Magazine offers two $1,000 and one $3,000 scholarship per year to "outstanding nurses of color." They must be enrolled in bachelor's or master's nursing programs and need to be in either their third or fourth year.
- Bachelor's in Nursing Degree Scholarship - Aspiring RN students who are interested in oncology are encouraged to apply for this scholarship, which awards $2,000 annual to baccalaureate nursing students and is offered by the Oncology Nursing Society Foundation. To be eligible, you can't have your RN license or degree yet.
Most of the above scholarships are general in nature. However, dozens of others are available too, and many of them are geared toward specific niche groups. For instance, if you are a male nurse, several scholarships are available.