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Scholarships and Grants

Eligibility for School of Nursing grants and endowed scholarships is determined based on need as calculated through your FAFSA.

Graduate School of Nursing Grant

Full-time graduate students who are US Citizens (or a permanent residents) are eligible to receive this need-based School of Nursing grant. You must be enrolled in 3 CU’s each semester to be eligible for the funding, so please note that if your status changes to part-time, you’ll no longer qualify for this grant.

Endowed scholarships

We also offer need-based endowed scholarships to full-time graduate students who are US citizens or permanent residents. You must be enrolled in 3 CU’s each semester to be eligible for the funding; switching to part-time status would result in the loss of the scholarship.

Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship: for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCV)

This program offers a one-time scholarship of $8,000 to RPCV interested in pursuing one of the five eligible MSN programs listed below. RPCV students are also in an excellent position to seek external support via CURF, including the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship. Penn Nursing’s application fee is waived for RPCVs.

Eligible MSN programs are Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse-Midwifery, Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, and Women’s Health/Gender Related Nurse Practitioner.

Penn Nursing-UPHS Scholarship program

Students eligible for this scholarship are enrolled in either a full- or part-time graduate nursing program, employed by University of Pennsylvania Health System (verification required with application), and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. You must complete 3 CU’s in a calendar year to be eligible to receive a scholarship for the cost of tuition of the 4th CU in the same calendar year. 

Penn Nursing UPHS Scholarship​ Application (PDF)

*Please return your completed UPHS Scholarship application to the Penn Nursing Financial Aid Office

Partnerships and external scholarship opportunities

Our graduate students have the opportunity to apply for a variety of scholarships and loan forgiveness programs, with awards ranging from $1,000 to $35,500 for an academic year. Please note that our policy for receiving one of the merit-based scholarships is such that your need-based eligibility for Nursing Grant or Endowed Scholarship funding will be reduced, allowing the school to fund additional students and expand enrollment.  

  • Kass Scholarship in Gerontology 
    A $45,000 scholarship and loan forgiveness program that involves committing to a year of work at the NewCourtland Center.
  • Penn Nursing Civic Fellows Program
    A $30,000 loan forgiveness program in exchange for two years of work in an underserved area and/or with a disadvantaged population, preferably in Philadelphia, New York metropolitan area, Connecticut, and New England. You are responsible for finding a position in one of the preferred locations.
  • Nurse Faculty Loan Program
    Available to MSN, Post-Master’s, and PhD students who are interested in pursuing a career as a nursing educator, this loan forgiveness program is funded by HRSA – up to 85% forgivable. Awards may vary and can be awarded as high as $35,500, and require a 4-year work commitment as a full-time faculty member at any school of nursing.
  • Advanced Education Nurse Traineeship Program
    This is open to students, both full- and part-time, who are enrolled in a program for training to become a Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (Adult Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner) as well as Post BSN-to-PhD and Post-Master’s Certificate students. Award amounts may vary, with a maximum of $22,000 for full-time students, maximum of $11,000 for part-time students who are enrolled in the last twelve months of their program of study.

    Application for this program requires writing a personal statement describing who you are and the contribution you will make to your graduate program as well as the School of Nursing. There is no work commitment.
  • Independence Blue Cross Nurses for Tomorrow Scholarship
    This is available to graduate students enrolled in their final year of a master’s degree in an advanced practice nursing program and pursuing a career as a Nurse Educator or an Advanced Practice Nurse. Four recipients will be chosen and awards may vary, but could be over $30,000. To qualify, you must be able to provide proof of residency (RN license, driver’s license, car registration, or voter registration) in one of the following areas:
    • Philadelphia, Bucks, Delaware, Chester or Montgomery Counties in Pennsylvania
    • New Castle County in Delaware
    • Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Salem and Mercer Counties in New Jersey 
  • Penn Nursing Scholarship for UPHS Employees
    If you enroll in 4 CUs in a calendar year while working for UPHS, please submit an application to receive a scholarship for the tuition of your fourth class. You can inquire about additional UPHS benefits at your HR Office.