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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 & Named Endowed Scholarships

Full-time graduate students who are US Citizens (or permanent residents) may be eligible to receive a School of Nursing grant and/or a Named Endowed Scholarship. Students must be enrolled in 3 CU’s each semester to be eligible for school-based grants and scholarships, and awardees are selected by a scholarship committee based on information provided in their application, financial need, and merit. Please note that if your status changes to part-time, you’ll no longer qualify.

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 as full-time students. 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 MSN graduate nursing program, employed full- or part-time by the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS), and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Verification of employment is required at the time of application. 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. The scholarship award covers tuition for 1 CU and does not cover associated University fees. 

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 $30,000 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 $30,000 scholarship and loan forgiveness program that involves committing to a year of work at the NewCourtland Center .
  • 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.
  • 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