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External Scholarships

We encourage all students to seek outside funding opportunities. Many nursing societies and private organizations offer a variety of grants that are open to students who are not eligible for traditional need-based financial aid.

40 Nursing Scholarships for All Kinds of Students

This this comprehensive resource is provided through Choosing a career in nursing means you’ll be entering a meaningful field that has a positive outlook for job growth as well as increasing opportunities for advancement. However, it can take years of costly education to qualify as a nursing professional and figuring out how you’ll pay for school can be an overwhelming task.

50 Great Scholarships for Nursing Students

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Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses Foundation (AMSN)

This program is available to students in LPN-to-RN, RN-to-BSN, RN-to-MSN, BSN-to-MSN, or MSN-to-Doctorate programs. Applicants must be a member of AMSN.

Action Behavior Center ABA Therapy Scholarship

ABA Therapy Scholarship for undergraduate students pursuing a degree in some field relating to research on autism spectrum disorder or clinical therapy positions (psychology, applied behavior analysis, education, or a variety of natural or applied sciences). $1,000 awarded semi-annually.

To help create a more welcoming environment for LGBTQ+ teens and college students our team at created a resource where students can find resources and information about support systems available to help them navigate both high school and college environments.

After College

A searchable database of internships. For more help on finding internships that are right for you, we urge you to meet with your academic mentors, who are there to help guide you through the process.

AfterCollege/AACN Nursing Faculty Scholarship

This scholarship is for full-time students in a baccalaureate-to-doctoral degree or Doctor of Nursing Practice program who want to pursue nursing faculty careers. When they graduate, recipients of this scholarship must teach at a nursing school for at least the duration equivalent to each year of support they received.

Air Force Nurse Nurse Corps

The US Air Force offers various two-, three-, and four-year scholarships for nursing majors pursuing a BSN degree. When these students graduate, they are commissioned as second lieutenants with an active duty service requirement of at least four years. 

American Association of University Women (AAUW) International Fellowships

AAUW’s International Fellowship program has been in existence since 1917. The program provides support for women pursuing full-time graduate or postdoctoral study in the U.S. who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. A limited number of awards are available for study outside of the U.S. (excluding the applicant’s home country) to women who are members of Graduate Women International (see the list of GWI affiliates). Preference is given to women who show prior commitment to the advancement of women and girls through civic, community, or professional work.

Up to five International Fellowships for master’s/first professional degrees will be renewable for a second year; fellows will receive application information for this competitive program during their fellowship year.

American Holistic Nurses’ Association (AHNA)

To qualify, students must be a current member of AHNA and be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate nursing program related to holistic nursing.

American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA)

ANNA provides various scholarship opportunities for their members who are working on a BSN or advanced nursing degree. To qualify, you must be a full member of ANNA for at least two years and be currently employed in nephrology nursing.

Army Nurse Corps Nurse Anesthetist Scholarships

The US Army offers three scholarship programs to provide opportunities for nurses who serve in the Army Nurse Corps or Army Reserve Nurse Corps to become nurse anesthetists. Please note that this scholarship requires an active duty service obligation.

Army ROTC Nurse Program Scholarships

Offers two-, three-, and four-year scholarships for undergraduate nursing students who are US citizens.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

This initiative funds tuition for low-income minority students who are seeking undergraduate and graduate degrees. Scholarship is a leading senior care resource for family caregivers seeking information and support as they care for aging parents, spouses and other loved ones.  The Student-Caregiver scholarship is open to full-time college students at an accredited two-or-four year college or university in the United States.

Cherokee Uniform Scholarship Inspired Comfort Award

Cherokee Uniforms recognize the compassion, competence, and skill of those who take care of our sick and injured and provide scholarships to those who are called to the nursing profession.

College of Nurse-Midwives Foundation

For student members of ACNM who are enrolled in an accredited basic midwifery education program that have completed one academic or clinical semester/quarter or clinical module in the field. There are also other scholarships available to certified nurse-midwives (CNM) and certified midwives (CM) who are members of ACNM and actively enrolled in doctoral or post-doctoral studies.

Discover Nursing Scholarship Search

Nurses are the unsung heroes of healthcare. Every day, their creativity, innovation, and healing touch change patients’ lives—and the world.  Johnson & Johnson is proud to advocate for those changing human health in this dynamic profession.

ENA Emergency Nurses Association

This program is for undergraduate, advanced practice, doctoral, and faculty doctoral students.


Fastweb scholarship search is a comprehensive source of local and national college-specific scholarships. was established in the fall of 1994 as a public service. This award-winning site has grown into the most comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice and tools — on or off the web. 

FNSNA - The Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association

With so much uncertainty in today’s world, the Foundation of the NSNA wants nursing students to know we are here for you!  The FNSNA scholarship program provides scholarship funding to ensure that you complete your degree on time. 

Fund for Lesbian and Gay Scholarships (FLAGS)

This fund provides financial assistance to gay, lesbian, and bisexual students who are involved in their community.

Giva Nursing Student Scholarship

This is a semi-annual scholarship for outstanding nursing students.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF)

Through collaboration with major corporations, HSF is the nation’s largest provider of scholarships and financial aid to Latino/Latina students.

Indian Health Service (IHS)

The Health Professions Scholarship Program is open to full- and part-time American Indian and Alaska Native students who want an undergraduate or graduate education in the healthcare field. Priority is given to graduate students, as well as junior- and senior-level undergrad students. To qualify, one must be a member of a federally recognized tribe and agree to serve one year in an IHS facility (or other program that serves Indian people) for each year of financial support. Pre-nursing scholarships are also available.

Kaplun Marx Scholarship

This is a $1000 scholarship given annually to a current or incoming college student who produces the best essay on the given topic.

The League Foundation

Scholarships are available to LGBTQ high school seniors in the US.

March of Dimes Graduate Nursing Scholarships

Open to RNs enrolled in master’s or doctoral programs in maternal-child nursing. To qualify, you must be a member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, the National Associate of Neonatal Nurses, or the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses.

Minority Nurse Faculty Scholarship

AACN, with support from the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future, is currently offering scholarship funding to underrepresented minority (URM) nursing students who plan to work as nursing faculty after graduation. Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a doctoral nursing program or a clinically-focused master’s degree program.

Minority Nurse Magazine Scholarship Program

For racial and ethnic minority nursing students who are enrolled in their third or fourth year of an accredited four-year BSN program, or in an accelerated program that leads to a BSN degree or an accelerated master’s entry nursing program that bypasses the traditional BSN degree (such as a BA-to-MSN). Only open to US citizens or permanent residents.

National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN)

NAHN provides scholarships and financial aid based on academic standing and potential to be a role model for future nursing students.

National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP)

Available to RNs accepted into a master’s or post-master’s pediatric nurse practitioner program. Requirements are at least one year of previous work experience in pediatrics, a membership of NAPNAP, and agreement to practice in an underserved rural setting after you complete your studies. There are several other NAP scholarships available.

National Black Nurses Association (NBNA)

NBNA provides scholarships to current students with at least one year left in a nursing program. Applicants must be members of NBNA and be associated with a local chapter.

National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations (NCEMNA)

This award is for BSN and master’s degree nursing students who are members of one of the five NCEMNA member associations: Asian American/Pacific Islander Nurses Association, National Alaska Native American Indian Nurses Association, National Association of Hispanic Nurses, National Black Nurses Association, and Philippine Nurses Association of American. Scholarship recipients must be nominated by their association.

National Health Service Corps (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

In exchange for at least two years service at a health care facility with a critical shortage of nurses, the Nursing Scholarship Program pays full tuition, educational costs, and provides a monthly stipend.

National Institutes for Health (NIH)

The NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) offers competitive scholarships to exceptional students from disadvantaged backgrounds that are committed to biomedical, behavioral, and social science research careers at the NIH.

National Student Nurses Association (NSNA)

NSNA provides scholarships to students based on academic achievement, financial need, and involvement in community health and student nursing associations.

New York State Nursing Association (NYSNA) – List of Nursing Scholarships impacts the lives of nurses and nursing students by publishing thought-provoking content and launching culture-changing initiatives. – Scholarship Database offers their own scholarships to assist users of their site, however they also offer a searchable nursing scholarship database. There are an incredible number of funding opportunities available and we encourage students to apply for as many sources of funding as they can! Use their customizable filters to discover the different nursing scholarships available to you.

Nurse Corps Scholarship Program

This program enables students who are accepted or enrolled in diploma, associate, baccalaureate, or graduate nursing programs—including RN to BSN, RN to MSN-NP, and Direct Entry MSN-NP programs—to receive funding for tuition, fees, and other educational costs in exchange for working at an eligible NURSE Corps site upon graduation. The NURSE Corps Scholarship Program is a selective program of the US Government that works to alleviate the critical shortage of nurses in specific types of health care facilities located in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs).

Nurses Educational Funds, Inc

This program is for minority RNs who are enrolled in a master’s or doctoral degree program in their field. Various other graduate-level scholarships are also available. All recipients must be US citizens and members of a professional association.

Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation (NPHF)

NPHF awards scholarships to practicing nurse practitioners and graduate nurse practitioner students.

Nurse Practitioner Scholarships and Grants

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics there is a 45% job growth rate for the nurse practitioner industry by 2029 — this growth rate is much faster than the national average amongst any occupational category. Due to the high demand for nurse practitioners around the world, wants to provide students with scholarship opportunities to fill the growing demand.

Nursing Scholarships for LGBTQ+ Students

Because LGBTQ+ patients are in dire need of more inclusive healthcare, our team at created a list of valuable nursing scholarships for LGBTQ+ students. With collaboration, we can work diligently towards fostering a more inclusive environment for patients and offer more representation in the nursing space.

Nursing Scholarships for Minority Students has built a guide that outlines a comprehensive list of scholarships that provide financial aid for African American, Native American, Asian and Pacific Islander, Hispanic and Latino, and undocumented students.

Oncology Nursing Society Foundation (ONSF)

ONSF supplies over seventy scholarships to students and practitioners who are committed to patients with cancer.

PHEAA - PA Student Loan Relief for Nurses (SLRN) Program

The SLRN Program will benefit nurses who have worked and continue to work tirelessly to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Individuals eligible to participate in the SLRN Program are residents of the Commonwealth and licensed by the PA Department of State to work as an eligible nurse at a qualified nursing facility within the Commonwealth during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Point Foundation

This foundation provides financial support, mentoring, leadership training, and hope to promising students who are marginalized due to sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

Transcultural Nursing Society (TCNS)

This award is for a TCNS member who is enrolled full- or part-time in a graduate program and is focusing on transcultural, cross-cultural, or international nursing.

Tylenol® Scholarship

The pain-reliever company awards $350,000 each year to students dedicated to healthcare professions.

US Department of Defense

The DoD provides multiple scholarship and financial assistance programs to US military veterans. has additional scholarship information.