Scholarship Guides and Tips
Scholarship awards are a great way to defray the cost of your education. With the popularity of social media sites, here are some tips to help increase your chances of an award.
- Be honest on your Application. Did you know about 25% of scholarship providers use web search sites like Google and/or sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and Twitter to search for online information about scholarship applicants?
- Use Facebook to polish your image, show a positive attitude, and let your strengths shine! About 50% look use the sites to get to know the applicants better and to look for creativity and other positive personality traits or to evaluate real life communication skills. For tips about developing a professional online presence, check out this article.
- Clean up information and pictures harmful to your image. About 75% of scholarship providers search for red flags on social media sites about applicants and a third of scholarship providers denied a scholarship application because of information they found out about them online.
For more information about scholarship providers, read the survey here.
Frequent places to find tuition assistance:
- Does your employer offer tuition reimbursement or scholarship?
- Do you (or parent) belong to an organization or Church that offers scholarships (such as the Rotary International, Kiwanis Club, Elks Club, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), American Legion, Lions Club, YMCA, and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW))?
- Does your heritage group offer scholarships or tuition assistance?
- Does your local Chamber of Commerce offer scholarships?
Future of Nursing Scholarship
The Future of Nursing Scholarship (FNS) program is designed to recognize academic excellence and community service among high school seniors pursuing a degree in nursing at Nightingale College following high school graduation. Click here to download the Future of Nursing Scholarship Information Packet that includes scholarship information and requirements, the checklist, and the FNS Application Form.
Joining Forces Scholarship
The Joining Forces Scholarship is designed to assist Service-members and Veterans in achieving educational and professional goals.
The scholarship will be applied during Financial Aid (FA) packaging process. The Joining Forces Scholarship cannot be combined with any other College scholarships or tuition waivers. Learners must request the JFS by submitting the application below and all required supporting documentation to the Financial Aid Office prior to the expiration of the add/drop period in the semester in which JFS is first requested. In addition, active duty service members and spouses of active duty service members must provide proof of continued eligibility prior to the expiration of the add/drop period in every semester for which JFS is requested. JFS is not applied retroactively. Please ensure that you meet the application requirements. Candidates who do not meet the requirements will not be considered for the scholarship.
□Must be an active duty or reserve member of the U.S. Uniformed Services, or
□Must be an honorably discharged or retired veteran, or
□Must be spouses of an active duty or reserve member of the U.S. Uniformed Services, and
□Must enroll in a degree program at the College and maintain a minimum of 3.00 Grade Point Average (GPA) per semester.
Qualifying recipients are required to verify eligibility each semester in order to receive award for that specific semester.
*If your verification documents conflict with your military status this can affect the amount that you receive for the scholarship. Ensure that you turn in the correct verification documents. Upon completion of the application below, a financial aid representative will contact you with a request for the needed documentation.
□Active Duty or Reserve Member of the U.S. Uniformed Services – LES (most recent)
□Honorably discharged or retired veteran – DD214 (most recent)
□Spouse of an active duty or Reserve Member of the U.S. Uniformed Services –Military proof of marriage (record of emergencydata, recent orders, beneficiary policy, etc.) Most recent copy of spouse’s LES.
Learners enrolling, re-entering, or returning from an LOA in or after Summer 2017 Semester: Active duty learners meeting the eligibility requirements will receive a scholarship in the amount of $ $165 per semester credit toward tuition at the College. Veteran learners and spouses of active duty service members meeting the requirements will receive a scholarship in the amount of $65 per semester credit toward tuition at the College. Only active duty and reserve members of the U.S. Uniformed Services, who are non-matriculated learners, will receive a scholarship in the amount of $585 per semester credit toward tuition in the following GE courses only: COM 301, ENG 120, HUM 110, MAT 100, PSY 201, and SOC 220.
Non-matriculating active duty and reserve members of the U.S. Uniformed Services will be charged $585 per semester credit tuition in the following GE courses only: COM 301, ENG 120, HUM 110, MAT 100, PSY 201, and SOC 220.
External Scholarship Links
There are a variety of scholarship options available to learners that are offered outside of the College. To help you with your search for scholarships, we have compiled this list of useful opportunities. Additionally, learners are encouraged to search on your own. Questions, including requests for assistance with editing, about these scholarship or others you find on your own should be directed to the Funding Advisor in Financial Aid.
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High School and University Resource for Students
Please answer ONE of the following questions in 250 words or less.
- What are your educational goals?
- How will winning this scholarship help you attain your goals?
- Write about a time when “hard work” paid off.
- Describe your experience with community service and volunteering and how that has affected you and your outlook.
Your personal statement will be judged on its content not your writing style. Please focus on the substance of your answer. And remember the words of Thomas Jefferson who said, “The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.” Good luck!
Deadline: 04/15/19 Award Amount: $1,000
Established in recognition of AIMCO’s leading role as a provider of affordable rental apartments throughout the country and its dedication to improving the lives of low- and moderate-income families. This scholarship is directed to eligible applicants who are graduating high school seniors or current undergraduates who demonstrate both merit and need to pursue an undergraduate degree.
Deadline: 04/20/2019 Award Amount: Varies
Mary Lou Manzie was a woman who dedicated her career to providing safe, decent and affordable housing. She was always willing to look at new and effortless ways to achieve that goal. A member of the National Leased Housing Association from 1975 until her death in 2006, she served as an Officer and Director of NLHA for many years. This scholarship is to benefit a non-traditional student by providing eligible applicants who demonstrate both merit and need, a chance to pursue higher education or other training that will lead to better employment opportunities.
Deadline: 04/20/2019 Award Amount: Varies
School can get expensive, so we want to know how winning a $3,000 All About Education Scholarship could help make a difference in your life. Will it ease the burden of student loans? Will it offer you the opportunity to pursue a dream? Will it help you inspire others to work towards their own goals? Education can truly change a person’s life – and this scholarship just might be that first step. Let us know why winning a scholarship for education matters to you. Submit an online written response to the question: “How will a $3,000 scholarship for education make a difference in your life?” (250 words or less)
Deadline: 04/30/2019 Award Amount: $3,000
You must be a junior or senior in high school or college student with a minimum GPA of 2.5 or better. U.S. citizens only please. Please explain in 250 words or less why you believe that you should be awarded this scholarship (note: spelling, punctuation, and grammar are important).
Deadline date: 04/30/2019 Award amount: $500.00
All scholarship applicants must meet the following criteria:
Maintain at least a 3.2 grade point average in current program or at last school attended.
Be admitted or enrolled in a baccalaureate or higher degree nursing program at an AACN member institution affiliated with CastleBranch. OR have submitted your application to a nursing school through NursingCAS.
Due to the volume of applications received, only winners will be notified of final decisions. All winners will be announced in the AACN News Watch e-newsletter and posted on the AACN Web site.
Deadline: 04/30/19 Award Amount: $5,000
Three (3) sentence essay. In three sentences or less, please answer: “Why are you getting your degree?” We know the essay requirement does not allow for many words. We want you to focus on the most important reason for getting your degree. Nevertheless, we realize that some of you may want to say more. Therefore, you may submit more than one entry. We will judge all completed entries. Just use some common sense–under a dozen entries are fine. Any more and the judges may start to question your “focus” for going to school. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal residents who are starting a program of higher education (college or graduate school) within the next 12 months or are currently full- or part-time students.
Deadline: April 30, 2019 Award Amount: $1,000
In memory of Dr. Angela E. Grant, this scholarship seeks to recognize future scholars who have also been affected by cancer and who are dedicated to community service and celebrating the spirit of life. We are actively seeking high school seniors or current college students who exhibit leadership, community involvement, exemplary character and high academic standards in their applications. To apply for this scholarship, you must also be a cancer survivor who is actively pursuing or planning to pursue a college education in any field of study or be an applicant with an immediate family member who has been diagnosed with cancer.
Award Amount: Varies Deadline: 05/01/19
What, has personally led you to the point of pursuing a degree or position in the healthcare field? (Must be 800-1000 words) Submit essay and complete application on website.
Award Amount: $500 Deadline: 05/01/2019
What inspired you to pursue a nursing degree? Submit your essay of 2,000 characters or less (approximately 400 words).
Award Amount: $500 Deadline: 05/15/2019
$1500 scholarship will be given annually to a selected college student that currently cares for an aging loved one, works within the senior community, or intends to pursue a career that will have an impact on the elder population. The recipient will demonstrate a unique and admirable understanding and desire to show us that “Aging Matters” to them.
Award Amount: $1,500 Deadline: 05/15/19
To enter just complete application including a 140 character or less statement on how you plan to use the scholarship money. We will be awarding one scholarship for the best reason.
Award Amount: $1,000 Deadline: 05/31/2019
It would take more than just one hand to count all the reasons why the number five is important – and we want to know what you think! What is it about the number five that’s so significant to you? One great reason is that May is the fifth month – which just so happens to be a great time to apply for fun scholarships. Submit an online written response to the question: “May is the fifth month of the year. Write a letter to the number five explaining why five is important. Be serious or be funny. Either way, here’s a high five to you for being original.” (250 words or less)
Award Amount: $1500 Deadline: 05/31/2019
“What I would do with my extra time in school?” Essays are acceptable but don’t feel limited to a typical essay; tell us about what you would do with my extra time in school with your imaginative words. No minimum word counts. Essays should not exceed 1,500 words. Please use 10-point Times New Roman. Let your talent loose and let your creativity flow!
Award Amount: $1000 Deadline: 05/31/19
Write an essay on an experience over the past semester that required your use of strength & perseverance to overcome. 2000 word maximum.
Award Amount: $1,000 Deadline: 06/01/2019
The Healthcare Leaders Scholarship is offered to students entering or currently pursuing an educational program related to nursing or medicine. Applicant must be a US citizen, at least 17 years of age, and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. All applicants must submit a 600 to 1,000-word essay explaining what they hope to accomplish during their career in the medical field and how the scholarship would fulfill those goals. Recommended topics are included in the Personal Essay section.
Award Amount: $1,000 Deadline 06/15/2019
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. One scholarship in the amount of $2,500 will be awarded each quarter.
At Caring.com, we understand the demanding lifestyle of student-caregivers and the challenges they may face. The Student-Caregiver Scholarship provides financial assistance to students who are caring for an adult relative while enrolled in college. Interested students can submit either a 1,500-word essay or a two-minute video addressing the following questions: Who are you caring for and how are you involved as their caregiver? How has your role as a caregiver influenced the decision for your major/career path? How would this scholarship be helpful to you in your current student-caregiving role? In addition to the essay or video, must also complete the online application form below.
Award Amount: $1,500 Deadline: 06/30/2019
Mistakes – we’ve all made them. Too bad life doesn’t always give you a mulligan. Or does it? What if you had the chance to “do-over” a moment in your life? What would it be? How would it affect you and your future? Submit an online written response to the question: “If you could get one ‘do-over’ in life, what would it be and why?” (250 words or less)
Award Amount: $1,500 Deadline: 06/30/2019
To enter to win one of two $1500 scholarships to the college or university of your choice, complete the following steps:
- Locate an AED (any brand) in your community.
- Interview an AED user (EMS/Fire/Law Enforcement personnel, or member of the public that has used one).
- Have the user retell a save story or an incident where an AED could have assisted a victim in need.
- Submit the 1-2-minute video to email@example.com, WITH a 300-500-word summary of the interview.
Award Amount: $1,500 Deadline: 07/01/19
To apply, please submit an essay detailing how addiction has directly affected you. A winner will be chosen based on strength of essay and financial need.
Award Amount: $1,000 Deadline: 07/01/2019
AIGC offers more than 20 scholarships and fellowships that fund undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. Students must be seeking a full-time degree at a nationally or regionally accredited higher education institution in the United States. All applicants must be able to demonstrate tribal affiliation through the submission of a TRIBAL ELIGIBILITY CERTIFICATE. Different programs have different deadlines, but Financial Needs Form are due by the deadline.
Award Amount: Varies Deadline: 07/15/19
Hurst Review Services, the fastest growing NCLEX Review Company in the country, and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing are pleased to announce our continued partnership awarding scholarships to students pursuing professional nursing degrees. The scholarship program is available to prelicensure students enrolled at member AACN schools. Two scholarships in the amount of $2,500 will be awarded twice yearly.
Award Amount: $2,500 Deadline: 7/15/19
Email your completed questions and 2 required attachments (more info on website) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Award Amount: $2,000 Deadline: 07/15/2019
Submit an online written response to the question: “Summer and ice cream go hand-in-hand. In fact, July is National Ice Cream Month, and that’s the inspiration behind this award. We think people are very similar to ice cream; some are nutty, others a little exotic, while some are very comforting. If you were an ice cream flavor, which would you be and why?” (250 words or less)
Award Amount: $1,500 Deadline: 07/31/2019
The Nurses Make a Difference Scholarship is an annual $1,000 scholarship awarded to an aspiring nurse who is currently enrolled in an undergraduate nursing program at a college or university or is a high school student who has been accepted into a school with an undergraduate nursing program. The winning applicant will provide the best 200-300-word essay on this year’s essay topic which is: “What do you hope to accomplish as a nurse?”.
Award Amount: $1,000 Deadline: 08/01/19
To qualify, undergraduate or graduate students must be majoring in a medical field of study and attending an accredited college or university.
Award Amount: $1,000 Deadline: 08/01/2019
Entrants must submit a completed entry form with all required information along with answering an 8-question exam. Before college scholarship funds will be awarded, all information submitted on the entry form by the entrant will be verified.
Award Amount: $1,000 Deadline: 08/31/2019
Submit an online written response to the question: “OMG… finding and applying for scholarships is serious business, but it’s time to lighten things up a little. We don’t want to know why you deserve $1,500 or how great your grades are, we simply want to LOL. Describe an incident in your life, funny or embarrassing (fact or fiction), and make us laugh!” (250 words or less)
Award Amount: $1,500 Deadline: 08/31/2019
Submit an online written response to the question: “If you could say one thing to the entire world at once, what would it be and why?” (250 words or less)
Award Amount: $1,500 Deadline: 09/30/2019
This program is open to registered nurses who are enrolled in a baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral degree program. Applicants must demonstrate an interest in, and commitment to, occupational and environmental health. Selection is based on 2 letters of recommendation and a 500-word essay on the applicant’s professional goals as they relate to the academic activity and the field of occupational and environmental health.
Award Amount: $1,500 Deadline: 10/31/2019
Write a max of 350 words about your favorite ZipRecruiter feature and why you chose the feature you wrote about. See website for more details.
Award Amount: $3,000 Deadline: 10/31/2019
Submit an online written response to the question: “Imagine that your high school or college has been overrun with zombies. Your math professor, the cafeteria ladies, and even your best friend have all joined the walking dead. Flesh out a plan to avoid the zombies, including where you’d hide and the top-five things you’d bring to stay alive.” (250 words or less)
Award Amount: $2,000 Deadline: 10/31/2019
Submit an online written response to the question: “What would you say to someone who thinks education doesn’t matter, or that college is a waste of time and money?” (250 words or less)
Award Amount: $5,000 Deadline: 11/30/2019
To enter our 2019 scholarship, you will need to write an essay with the title: “The Goals I Will Achieve in 10 Years.” The style does not necessarily need to be in an academic style – you can be creative and use your own style and imagination.
Award Amount: $3,000 Deadline: 12/13/19
Write an essay of no fewer than 2,000 words. The essay should consist of two parts, as follows:
In the first part of the essay, please answer: “What unique contribution do you think you will make as a healthcare professional?” In the second part of the essay, please answer one of the following two questions: What do you think would be the most difficult aspect of applying ACLS or PALS techniques to a person in need? OR Where will your ACLS or PALS skills take you? Write about where you are in your career goals now and where you see yourself in 5, 10 and 15 years.
Award Amount: $1,000 Deadline: 12/31/19
Gather the following items:
- Current GPA (high school or college unofficial transcripts)
- Acceptance letter to an accredited nursing school
- List of extracurricular memberships/organizations
- Description of any volunteer work you’ve done
- Scholarly awards/honors
- A 500-word essay that answers the following questions:
- What aspects of nursing are you looking forward to most?
- Where do you see yourself professionally in five years?
- What goals do you have for your nursing career?
- Bonus question for overachievers: why are you considering travel nursing with Aya Healthcare?
Award Amount: $1,000 Deadline: 12/31/19
If you are willing to apply for our $1,000 scholarship, please submit a minimum 500+ words essay, article or blog post about: “How sports can help you do better in your studies?”
Submit your entry via email to: scholarships@Golfreviewed.com Don’t forget to include the following information:
- Your full name
- Contact information
- The School you currently or will be attending
- A little biography about yourself
Award Amount: $1,000 Deadline: 12/31/2019
Submit an online written response to the question: “Create a Top Ten List of the top ten reasons you should get this scholarship.” (250 words or less)
Award Amount: $1,500 Deadline: 12/31/2019
“Imagine a historical figure is brought back to life. Who is it? What’s their favorite mobile app?” (250 words or less)
Award Amount: $10,000 Deadline: 12/31/2019
Submit an online written response to the question: “We want to know… what do you dream about? Whether it’s some bizarre dream you had last week, or your hopes for the future, share your dreams with us for a chance to win $1,500 for college.” (250 words or less)
Award Amount: $1,500 Deadline: 01/31/2020
Submit an online written response to the question: “Not every gift has to be expensive or extravagant. In fact, sometimes it’s the sweet and simple things that make a real difference in our lives. Think back and tell us about something you received as a gift and why it meant so much to you.” (250 words or less)
Award Amount: $1,500 Deadline: 02/29/2020