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Nursing Specific Financial Aid & Scholarships


This is a list of financial assistance opportunities available to nursing students. Please note this is a guide, and not an official list. Students interested in pursuing these financial assistance opportunities should contact the agency or organization granting the funds to receive the most current information regarding award criteria and monies available.

AfterCollege/AACN $10,000 Scholarship Fund

The AfterCollege-AACN Scholarship Fund supports students who are seeking a baccalaureate, master’s or doctoral degree in nursing. Special consideration will be given to students in a graduate program with the goal of becoming a nurse educator; students completing an RN-to-BSN or RN-to-MSN program; and those enrolled in an accelerated program. Visit their website here.

One scholarship in the amount of $2,500 will be awarded each quarter.

Nursing Scholarship Deadlines:
March 31, June 30, September 30, December 31


American Association of Colleges of Nursing Financial Aid Database

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing website has many resources available for students to find scholarship, job placement, Schools of Nursing and financial aid information. Visit their website here

American Cancer Society

Support for graduate students pursuing master's degrees in cancer nursing. Awards are for up to two years, with stipend of$10,000 per year. Deadline for applications: December 1.

Awarded to graduate students pursuing doctoral study in the following cancer nursing fields: research, education, administration or clinical practice. awards are made for up to four years with a stipend of $15,000 per year.

Additional ACS Scholarship information...

Army Nurse Candidate Program

ANCP offers a $10,000 bonus: $5,000 upon acceptance of enrollment documents and $5,000 at start of senior year for students in the program for two years or upon graduation for students in the program for one year. A monthly stipend for $1,000: Must be enrolled as a full-time student to receive the stipend. (This includes the summer months.). To qualify for ANCP you must be a junior or senior nursing student enrolled full time in an accredited BSN program, possess a minimum 3.2 GPA, be a U.S. citizen, and meet the moral and physical qualifications to become an Army Officer. This is not a ROTC program, so you will not have to be enrolled in any ROTC classes. For more information about this program and other Army benefits contact SFC Milton Kamala at (502) 423-7342 or email at

Baptist Hospital East Knowledge Program

* Student must be admitted to Upper Division to apply. The Baptist East Knowledge Program provided funding for students majoring in Nursing. The program provides $5,000 a year for traditional students and $15,000 for accelerated students. For more information, please visit their website. For every $2,500 paid on behalf of the individual for the educational loan program, six months of full-time employment is required upon graduation. 

Baptist East Nurse Extern Program

* Student must be admitted to Upper Division to apply. The Nurse Extern Program at Baptist Hospital East offers an exciting and challenging opportunity for senior-level nursing students to apply knowledge and skills gained in the classroom to the real-world practice of nursing. Applicants who are registering for their last year (senior status) in an accredited school of nursing are eligible to apply. For more information about criteria to apply please visit the website or contact:
Jami Block, nurse recruiter, Baptist East, at (502) 897-8240 or email

Discovering Nursing

This website is a great resource with links to organizations providing financial assistance to nursing students and more information regarding the Nursing profession. Visit their website here.

Greater Louisville Medical Society Alliance Career Grants

The Greater Louisville Medical Society Alliance is pleased to announce that it will once again be awarding grants of up to $2,500 to students currently enrolled in an undergraduate registered nursing program as well as other allied health related fields. With the exception of the Bellarmine Accelerated Program, no first year grants will be awarded. Application may be made after at least one semester of health program course work has been completed. Part time students must be taking nine credit hours to be considered for a grant. Grants will be awarded for one academic year only. Should need continue the following year, then students need to reapply. A new application including new letters of recommendation and an updated transcript may be submitted the following year for consideration. All completed applications must be received by March 15th for consideration for the upcoming school year!
Click here to download the application.


Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future -American Association of Colleges of Nursing Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars Program

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), with support from the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future, is currently offering a seventh round of 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. Additionally, applicants must commit to becoming full-time faculty in an accredited registered nursing program after graduation. Mentorship and leadership development are important features of this program. 

This scholarship program is designed to address the growing shortage of nurse educators while diversifying the nurse faculty population in the United States. In addition to seeking out individuals committed to careers in nursing education, this program also will expand the number of culturally-competent nurse educators available to teach an increasingly diverse student body. For the application, click here.


Kentuckiana Association of Neonatal Nurses (KANN)

Provides two $500 scholarships for undergraduate senior nursing students who are committed to a career in neonatal nursing. Scholarship recipients are selected by the KANN Scholarship Committee and may use the funds for tuition and other school expenses. The KANN Scholarship is a one-time, non-renewable scholarship, and is awarded in late September. Application deadline is July 1.

Kentucky Board of Nursing Incentive Scholarship

* Student must be admitted to Upper Division to apply. Provides scholarships to Kentucky residents attending approved prelicensure nursing programs or graduate programs. The scholarship requires that the recipient must work as a nurse in Kentucky for one year for each academic year funded. The amount of the scholarship is $3000 per year, $1500 per semester. Scholarship funds maybe used for cost of living expenses, as well as school expenses. Preference is given to applicants with financial need; practical nurses pursuing registered nursing  education; and registered nurses pursuing graduation education. For more information, please visit the website here.  Applications are accepted each year from January 1 thru June 1.

Kentucky Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Midwives

The Kentucky Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Midwives is pleased to announce our scholarship awards program for 2012. There are four $1500 scholarships offered:

  1. One $1500 scholarship for an NP, CNM, or RN pursuing a doctoral degree in nursing.
  2. Two $1500 scholarships for RNs pursuing MSN.
  3. One $1500 Jacqueline Bail Memorial Nurse Practitioner scholarship for an RN pursuing MSN.

For more information please visit the website. Applications are accepted until 5:00 pm EST February 15, 2013.

Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship Program (KEES)

This program provides grants to Kentucky high school students based on the grades they earn in high school. The better students perform in high school, the more money they earn for college. Supplemental grants may also be awarded based on ACT or SAT scores. To access KEES information, visit their website at

Minority Nurse Scholarship Program

Sponsored by Minority Nurse Magazine, scholarships up to $1000 may be awarded to minority nursing students who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to the nursing profession and to their communities. The awards are specifically designed to assist RN's and undergraduate students in completing a four-year baccalaureate degree. For more information or to receive an application, contact Valerie Anderson at or by calling her at (847) 448-1005.

Kentucky Nurses Foundation Scholarship

* Student must be admitted to Upper Division to apply. This scholarship is awarded each Fall. Please see the criteria below, for applying. Information regarding this scholarship is available on the website.

To be eligible for a KNF Scholarship, an applicant enrolled in a pre-licensure program (ADN or BSN), must have successfully completed 1 semester of nursing coursework or an applicant enrolled in a post-licensure program (MSN, NP, DNP etc.) must show evidence of acceptance in the program of advance study.


This website include links to organizations providing financial assistance to nursing students.

National Black Nurses' Association, Incorporated (NBNA)

Various scholarships are available to candidates currently enrolled in a nursing program (BSN, AD, Diploma or LPN/LVN) and in good scholastic standing. Must be a member of NBNA and a member of a local chapter. Applicant must have at least one full year of school remaining. Application deadline is April 15 each and every year. Scholarships range from $500 -$2000, and applications are available at the School of Nursing.

Nurses' Educational Funds. Inc.

Scholarships for Masters and Doctoral Study in Nursing Awarded by Nurses' Educational Funds, Inc. the premier foundation supporting students of graduate nursing education. Deadline is March 1st.

Newcomer Funeral Home Nursing Scholarship

Newcomer Funeral Home offers a $1000 scholarship to qualified Nursing students each year. The scholarship is open to any college or high school student pursuing Nursing or pre-Nursing course of study. The student must be a resident of a community served by Newcomer Funeral Home. If the applicant is a college student, they must be enrolled for the 2014-15 school year. The application deadline is January 31, 2014. To request the application click here. Paper versions are available outside the Office of Undergraduate Admissions of the School of Nursing.

Norton Healthcare Scholars Program

* Student must be admitted to Upper Division to apply. Norton Healthcare Scholarships are available to full-time students who are majoring in Nursing. Only students admitted to Upper Division are eligible. Those selected are eligible for up to $6,000 per year towards tuition and eligible expenses. The amount received per year is based on the cost of the program in which you are enrolled and the number of years you participate in the Norton Healthcare Scholars Program. The maximum amount of funding available from Norton Healthcare Scholars Program is $24,000.

Funds will be paid directly to your school to be placed into your account. For more information please visit their website. Application are accepted April 1- May1 for Fall Semester and August 1- September 1 for Spring Semester.

Norton Healthcare Nurse Externship

* Student must be admitted to Upper Division to apply. The Nursing Extern Program is an annual hands-on program for exceptional nursing students that provides a priceless opportunity to learn and work directly with Norton Healthcare, the region's premiere health care system.

This program welcomes nursing students during the summer before your senior (or final) year of school. If selected, you can elect to participate in one of our many hospitals throughout the region in multiple specialty areas. The externship is an intensive seven-week program working in which you will work and engage in hands-on learning with an experienced mentor. For more information, visit the website or email

Nurse Reinvestment Act Program

In response to the national nursing shortage, the Nurse Reinvestment Act of 2002 was signed into law in August 2002. The Act amends Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act: Nursing Workforce Development and authorizes new programs to increase the number of qualified nurses and the quality of nursing services in the U.S. Funding to implement the new programs was appropriated by Congress in February 2003. This memo is being sent to all University of Louisville School of Nursing students to make each aware of this potential for financial aid. Learn more...

Oncology Nursing Society

To provide scholarships to individuals who are interested in and committed to oncology nursing planning to or currently pursuing a baccalaureate degree in nursing. Award: $2,000. Application deadline: February 1

MSN Scholarship Award: $3,000. Application Deadline: February 1

To improve oncology nursing by assisting RNs in fulfilling their education.

$5,000 Roberta Pierce Scofield Doctoral Scholarship*, supported by the ONS Foundation

$3,000 Ann Olson Memorial Doctoral Scholarship*, supported by Pfizer, Inc.

$3,000 Doctoral Scholarships, supported by the ONS Foundation

$3,000 Thomas Jordan Doctoral Scholarship*, supported by Bristol-Myers Squibb Oncology

Application Deadline: February 1

For more information please visit their website.

Owensboro Health - Educational Assistance Program

Owensboro Health provides financial assistance of up to $2,500 per semester to cover tuition, fees and books. Assistance is awarded prior to the fall or spring semester, whichever is applicable. Students are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA and current enrollment in the nursing program. In applying for educational assistance, students commit to work at Owensboro Health for a designated period of time--six months for every semester funded--once they obtain registered nursing licensure. Students who reject an offer of employment or withdraw from their nursing program are expected to reimburse the educational assistance plus 8 percent.For more information click on this link or contact Salanda Bowman, Nurse Recruiter at

Owensboro Health - Nurse Externship Program

Owensboro Health offers an 8-week program giving students hands-on experience in an exciting healthcare environment. Requirements to apply include: Enrollment in an accredited registered nursing program; entering your last year of schooling; cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale). Deadline to apply for 2014 is May 23, 2014. For more information click on this link or contact Salanda Bowman, Nurse Recruiter at 

The United States Army

The US Army offers scholarships and financial assistance opportunities to students wanting to serve in the Army Nurse Corp. Army Nursing Scholarships pay for university tuition, class fees, lab fees, student activities fees and $600.00 towards books. In addition, all scholarship students receive a stipend up to $400.00 per month for personal expenses. Some of our requirements are: (1) admission into UofL Nursing and Army ROTC programs jointly, (2) good scholastic standing in both programs, (3) ability to pass the Army officer program physical, (4) maintain an acceptable level of physical fitness. For more information about scholarships and other financial assistance contact MAJ Coy Turner or CPT Neil Boone at 502-852-7902 or email


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