Scholarships

Getting ahead of paying for the cost of nursing education can pay big dividends. There are many scholarships available for all types of nursing students. Learn more here.

American Association of Colleges Nursing (AACN)

The American Association of Colleges Nursing (AACN) has scholarship information on their website and financial aid for nursing students.

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Detroit Black Nurses' Association (DBNA) Geraldine Doby Scholarship

Interested in applying for a scholarship from the Detroit Black Nurses Association? Scholarships are given annually to deserving students who are members of DBNA. The deadline is April 15 of each year.

Eligibility Criteria: Active member of DBNA in good standing, minimum of 3.0 GPA, must have one full year of school remaining

Required Documentation in addition to application: Official school transcript of most recently completed academic semester/quarter sent from school to DBNA, personal statement reflecting contributions to DBNA, academic and professional goals, community involvement (limit to 2 typewritten pages), one personal reference and one reference from current nursing instructor addressing academic ability.

Detroit Black Nurses' Association Sadie Thomas Book Scholarship

Scholarships for books are given three times annually to deserving nursing students who are members of the Detroit Black Nurses' Association (DBNA.)

Eligibility Criteria: Active member of DBNA in good standing, minimum of 2.5 GPA, evidence of enrollment in a nursing program at any level, with one full year of school remaining.

Required Documentation to accompany application: school transcripts, personal statement reflecting professional goals and community involvement (limit to one typewritten page,) one personal reference and one from current program instructor. Applicants who have not begun the nursing program must send proof of acceptance.

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Johnson & Johnson's Discover Nursing

Johnson and Johnson's "Discover Nursing" campaign sponsors more than 300 scholarships.

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Mary Free Bed Guild of Grand Rapids Minority Scholarship Program

The Mary Free Bed Guild, established in 1891, is a non-profit organization that owns Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. In 2002, the Mary Free Bed Guild created the Minority Scholarship Program to promote diverse staffing in order to meet the rehabilitation needs of our patients. An individual is eligible to apply for a one-year scholarship for education-related expenses if he or she meets the established criteria. The scholarship amounts will vary depending on individual needs.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Currently enrolled in, or accepted in, an accredited college or university as a full-time, degree-seeking student in a nursing, physical therapy, occupation therapy, speech language pathology, or therapeutic recreation
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  • Cumulative college GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale (overall and chosen area of study)
  • Demonstrates leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular activities, or volunteer involvement
  • Demonstrates a commitment to serving diverse populations
  • Applicants must have a permanent residency in the West Michigan area
  • Black or African American, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Asian, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian, or other Pacific Islander
  • Citizen of the United States
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Mercy General Health Partners Diversity Scholarship Program

Mercy Health Muskegon Diversity Scholarship Program for Prospective Graduates

Mercy Health Muskegon (located in Muskegon, Michigan) sponsors the Diversity Scholarship Program for students entering Nursing as a career. The program provides a maximum amount of $5,000 a year to qualified students for the final 1 to 2 years prior to graduation of an RN Degree. A service commitment is required after the probationary period is completed based on the scholarship awarded.
•Per school calendar year, 1 Term/Quarter/Semester equals 6 months commitment
•Per school calendar year, 2 Terms/Quarters/Semesters or greater equals 1-year commitment
•A 1-year scholarship equals a 1-year commitment
•A 2-year scholarship equals a 2-year commitment

Mercy Health Muskegon will award two-year scholarships in Nursing

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered:

•Applicant ethnicity is Black/non-Hispanic, Hispanic, Native American, Asian, Pacific Islander or Multiracial
•Complete, sign, and submit the Scholarship Program Application and Personal Statement
•A GPA of 3.0 overall for the last two years (on a 4.0 scale) is preferred
•Provide official documentation regarding tuition payments for last year of school
•Provide a copy of your award letter from the school's financial aid department
•Provide recommendations from two clinical instructors
•Interview with, and be selected by the Scholarship Committee
•Mercy Health Muskegon reserves the right to award these scholarships at it's discretion

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Michigan Nurses Foundation Scholarship

The mission of the Michigan Nurses Foundation is to promote a healthy, educated, and professional nurse workforce through the advancement of nursing research, support for nursing education, and assistance for the recovering nurse. Through the Michigan Nurses Foundation, founded in the year 2000, opportunities are provided for those who wish to establish a legacy today for tomorrow’s nurses.

The Michigan Nurses Foundation awards scholarships each year. MNF is funded through private contributions and fundraising activities. A minimum of four $1,000 scholarships will be awarded in 2013.

The following are the minimum nursing scholarship eligibility criteria:

  • The applicant must be a student currently enrolled in a Michigan college/school of nursing that grants a certificate for practical nursing or an associate, baccalaureate or higher degree in nursing.
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  • The applicant must be in good academic standing with demonstrated progress toward degree completion.
    • CURN Award
      Michigan Nurses Foundation manages the Conduct and Utilization of Research in Nursing (CURN) Award. The CURN Award is a $5,000 competitive research award designed to fund either conduct of research or utilization of research in practice. Managing the CURN Award falls directly in line with a function of MNF - to award nurses and nursing students educational scholarships and research grants.

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Michigan Nursing Students Association (MNSA)

Learn more about the MNSA's scholarship options.

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National Assocation of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN-MI) Scholarship

The Michigan Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN-MI) is awarding four $1,000 scholarships to Hispanic nursing students who are members of NAHN-MI.

In order to be eligible to apply, students must be enrolled in an ADN, BSN, MS, MSN, DNP, or PhD program in the state of Michigan, with a minimum grade point average of 2.75.

Applicants must include a typed essay and a letter of recommendation from a nursing faculty.

National Association of Hispanic Nurses Michigan Chapter Scholarship

The National Association of Hispanic Nurses - Michigan Chapter offers several $1,000 scholarships.

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National Student Nurses Association

Deadline for Submission: January 14, 2014

WHO IS ELIGIBLE? U.S. citizens and students with an Alien Registration number currently enrolled in state-approved schools of nursing or pre-nursing in associate degree, baccalaureate, diploma, generic doctorate, and generic master’s programs. Funds are not available for graduate study unless it is for a first degree in nursing.
Graduating high school seniors are NOT eligible.

HOW MUCH MONEY IS AVAILABLE? The NSNA Foundation awards over $345,000 annually in the general scholarship and promise of nursing programs. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000.

PROMISE OF NURSING SCHOLARSHIPS are available in selected regions of the US. Your school/college of nursing’s zip code determines eligibility for this new scholarship program which is supported by fund-raising events sponsored by Johnson & Johnson. Funds for this scholarship are supported by contributors in selected regions.

WHAT CRITERIA ARE USED FOR SELECTION? The scholarships are based on academic achievement, financial need, and involvement in nursing student organizations and community activities related to health care. Additional criteria may be required by some sponsors.

WHEN WILL THE SCHOLARSHIPS BE AWARDED? Scholarships are awarded in the spring of 2014 for use in summer school 2014 and the 2014 – 2015 academic year. Download the FNSNA Scholarship Application if you would like more information regarding the scholarships that we offer or contact the FNSNA at (718) 210 – 0705.

WHO CHOOSES THE RECIPIENTS? A committee of faculty and students is appointed by the NSNA Foundation to select recipients.

ARE THERE ANY FEES INVOLVED? The completed application must be accompanied by a $10 processing fee.

WHAT DOCUMENTS ARE REQUIRED WITH THE APPLICATION? All applicants must submit a copy of their recent nursing school and college transcripts, or grade report. NSNA members must submit proof of their membership. Registered nurses in baccalaureate programs and licensed practical/vocational nurses in programs leading to registered nurse licensure must submit a copy

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Nurse Corps Scholarship Program

The 2014 NURSE Corps Scholarship Program application cycle is now open. All completed applications must be submitted by May 22, 2014, at 7:30 pm, ET to be considered for an award.

Please refer to the Application and Program Guidance for all of the program requirements.

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Nursing School Guide

A national nursing scholarship database.

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The National American Arab Nurses Association (NAANA) Scholarship

The National American Arab Nurses Association scholarship is for academically meritorious nursing students enrolled in Associate, Bachelor, or RN-BSN nursing programs.

The NAANA is looking for students who excel academically, who are of Arab heritage, and are enrolled in an accredited nursing program.

The deadline for applications is May 30, 2014.

West Michigan Nurse Advisory Council Nursing Scholarship Program

The West Michigan Nurse Advisory Council will award at least one scholarship of $1,000 to West Michigan candidates from Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, or Ottawa Counties. Deadline for 2013 application is February 15, 2014.

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