Nursing Scholarship

Nursing scholarships are prevalent due to the demand for qualified and trained nurses in our healthcare workforce. Many major hospitals and healthcare systems across the United States now offer scholarships for current employees who want to move from their Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN), or those who want to move into healthcare management, master's level nursing in specialized areas, or nursing administration. With this wealth of internal scholarships there has also been an increase in outside private scholarships for students entering nursing schools or those that are interested in continuing their training in more advanced fields.

Other Private Nursing Scholarships

  • One program offered by the American Cancer Society is the Master in Nursing for Cancer Treatment scholarship. This program provides up to $10,000 for a two-year period.
  • The ACS also offers a Doctoral scholarship for nurses in cancer treatment, which is granted for two years at $15,000 per year (with the possibility of renewal up to another two years). Not only do specialized treatment programs offer financial assistance to nurses to increase their level of training but state education departments also provide financial support.
  • The New York State Education Department offers a listing of different nursing scholarships offered through government sources as well as through private memorial funds and foundations. Most other states provide information on federal and state grants for nurses through their own department of education website.

Minority and Military Nursing Scholarships

There are also specialized nursing scholarships available to nurses that are in minority groups such as Asian Americans, African Americans, Native Pacific Islanders, Native Alaskans, Hispanics, and international students. Special scholarships for men entering into the nursing profession and for minority groups can be found at

The military and different government departments offer full-time scholarships for nurses of active duty military personnel or for children or spouses of specific government officials or military staff. Visit for more information about military scholarships.

More Resources

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing keeps a comprehensive and up to date listing of different types of scholarships available to nursing students of all educational levels from post doctorate through undergraduate study at national and international schools and training hospitals. Another great resource for nurses looking for general information on the types of scholarships available is This site lists various foundations, grants, and funds available to nurses. 

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