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.
Exciting new Scholarship Partnership coming soon! Watch your inbox and our Facebook page for forthcoming details!
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High School and University Resource for Students
Students are asked to submit a 750-1,000-word essay discussing their thoughts or ideas on how to help improve our community. You may use personal experience or experiences you’ve witnessed around you. We encourage you to think outside of the box! Applicants will be judged on originality, mindfulness, and research.
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.
Applicant must be a student who is currently enrolled in an accredited LVN/LPN, RN degree (ADN or BSN), diploma, or RN-to-BSN program. Individuals who have been accepted to a nursing program but have not yet started their coursework as January 31, 2019 are not eligible to apply for the 2019 A Nurse I Am Scholarship program. (e.g., If an individual anticipates beginning their coursework in Fall 2019 they are not eligible for the 2019 A Nurse I Am Scholarship program.)
Applicant must be currently attending (as of January 31, 2019) classes that are related to their nursing major (e.g., If an individual’s current schedule is comprised of only general education or otherwise non-nursing related courses, applicant is not eligible for the 2019 A Nurse I Am Scholarship program.)
Enrollment may be full-time or part-time.
Applicant’s educational program must be located within the 50 U.S. states.
“Why you are the best candidate for the scholarship?” When submitting your essay, criteria to keep in mind include: The essay should be submitted no later than April 1. The essay should be no more than 500 words and follow The Chicago Manual of Style. A statement of financial need along with proof of your enrollment in an accredited college or university must be submitted.
A letter of recommendation from an advisor, professor, or teacher must be provided. DEADLINE: 04/01/2019
- Proof of acceptance to a nursing program for the 2019-20 academic year and accreditation must accompany the application. Applicant must make a commitment to practice in long term care and/or post-acute care for at least two years after graduation.
- Applicant should include an organized list of school related expenses with a final total.
- Applicant must submit with their application, a double-spaced typed/word processed essay of NO LESS THAN 100 WORDS. This essay must include the following:
Describe why you have chosen nursing as a career.
Discuss why you are seeking this degree and how it will impact your nursing practice.
Describe your commitment to the nursing profession, including your goals for your nursing career after graduation.
- Please submit a head shot in jpeg format electronically as an attachment.
Scholarships will range from $1,000-$6,000. NBNA’s scholarships are presented each year to the Awardees at our Annual Institutes and Conference.
Must be a member of NBNA and a member of a local chapter (if one exists in your area). If a chapter does not exist within a 50-radius of your location, you can join NBNA as a Direct Member.
Candidate must be currently enrolled in a nursing program (B.S.N., A.D., Diploma or L.P.N./ L.V.N. Masters, and Doctoral) and in good scholastic standing at the time of application.
Applicant must have at least one full year of school remaining.
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.
Joseph T. Rasch Nursing Scholarship
The goal of the Joseph T. Rasch Nursing Scholarship is to help individuals who are active and motivated to dedicate themselves to the field of nursing.
The scholarship is available to nursing students (undergraduate or graduate) who have contributed volunteer service to or are employees of an American Red Cross Unit. Scholarship funds may be applied towards tuition, books and academic fees only. Recipients of the Jane Delano Student Nurse Scholarship and their Red Cross units are notified by the Office of the Chief Nurse. A unit may be a chapter; Humanitarian Services region; Blood Services region; Preparedness, Health, and Safety Services territory; or Service to the Armed Forces station.
For additional information, please email us.
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.
What inspired you to pursue a nursing degree? Submit your essay of 2,000 characters or less (approximately 400 words).
$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.
“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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Email your completed questions and 2 required attachments (more info on website) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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?”.
To qualify, undergraduate or graduate students must be majoring in a medical field of study and attending an accredited college or university.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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?