External Nursing Resources

AfterCollege/AACN 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 the AfterCollege/AACN website. 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 the AACN website.

American Cancer Society

  • Master's Scholarships 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.
  • Doctoral Scholarships 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 Milton.Kamala@usarec.army.mil.

Baptist East Nurse Extern Program
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 Baptist East Nurse Extern Program website or contact:
Jami Block, nurse recruiter, Baptist East, at (502) 897-8240 or email jami.block@bhsi.com.

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 the Baptist Hospital East 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.

Jerri Heltzel Robinson Memorial Nursing Scholarship - Capital Ovarian Cancer Organization (C.O.C.O)

This scholarship is being offered by the COCA to provide financial assistance to a nursing student that meets the following criteria:  resident of Anderson, Franklin, Owen, Shelby, Scott or Woodford County; enrolled in a pre-licensure program or Advanced Practical Nurse and has successfully completed a minimum of one semester of nursing or is enrolled in a post-licensure program.  $2,000 will be awarded to the deserving applicant.  Qualified applicants may download the application: https://capitalovca.com  Application deadline is April 5, 2023.  Recipient will be notified by April 15, 2023.  Questions should be directed to Fran Wells at HFRAN585@aol.com or 502-330-3829.

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 the Discovering Nursing website.

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. Be sure to download the application.

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 may be 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. Applications are accepted each year from January 1 thru June 1.

 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 www.kheaa.org.

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

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 Valerie.Anderson@casscom.com or by calling her at (847) 448-1005.

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.

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 premier 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 workforcedevelopment@nortonhealthcare.org.

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.

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, visit their website or contact Salanda Bowman, Nurse Recruiter at salanda.bowman@owensborohealth.org

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, visit their website or contact Salanda Bowman, Nurse Recruiter at salanda.bowman@owensborohealth.org

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 clturn07@louisville.edu.

Scholarships Designed for Underrepresented Nursing Students

AAPINA Scholarship Program
Sponsored by the Asian American/Pacific Islander Nurses Association, this $1,000 annual scholarship is for members of at least two years who are enrolled in undergraduate or graduate nursing programs and meet academic and leadership requirements.

Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Scholarships
The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium offers 10 $5,000 scholarships to Alaska Native and American Indian students enrolled in training or education programs that would allow them to work in the health care field. Applicants must be permanent Alaska residents.

American Indian Nurse Scholarship Program
The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America offers an annual $1,500 scholarship to help students of American Indian descent complete nursing programs and work in health care.

IHS Scholarship Program
The Indian Health Service offers three scholarship programs of varying amounts for Alaska Native and American Indian students studying health care. Recipients must commit to working in an Indian health program for two years.

NBNA Nursing Scholarships
The National Black Nurses Association offers a number of scholarship programs for NBNA members. Applicants must have at least one year of school remaining and awards vary from $1,000 to $6,000 depending on the specific scholarship.

Philippine Nurses Association of America Scholarship
One $1,000 scholarship is offered to PNAA members who are graduate students pursuing a doctorate or post-master’s degree. Other academic requirements may apply.

Thomara Latimer Cancer Foundation Scholarship
This scholarship for African American students under 30 who live in Michigan is designed to help students attend health care programs. Award amounts vary and students must maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Udall Undergraduate Scholarship
This award of up to $7,000 is earmarked for Native American and Alaska Native college students who are studying a health care field and plan to work with native communities during their careers.