So you’ve decided you want to become a nurse. Bravo! This can be a very satisfying healthcare profession for people who are seeking meaningful work along with expanding career opportunities. But you may be wondering how you’ll pay for your education.
Earning your associate’s or bachelor’s degree to become an RN can add up to many thousands of dollars. But there’s good news: There are many ways to help pay for your nursing school education. You can read about some of them on our blog How to Pay for College. And here’s even more good news: Many nursing scholarships are available to help cover your costs. Below are just a few of the nursing scholarships currently available. Maybe one of them is a good match for you:
This program, available from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “enables students accepted or enrolled in a diploma, associate, baccalaureate or graduate nursing programs . . . to receive funding for tuition, fees and other educational costs in exchange for working at an eligible NURSE Corps site upon graduation.” The program is intended to help ease the shortage of nurses in specific types of healthcare facilities. The filing application deadline this year is May 21, 2015.
These awards go to “Hispanic nursing students who demonstrate promise of professional contributions to the nursing profession and who have the potential to act as role models for other aspiring nursing students.”
This organization offers scholarships ranging from $1000 to $7500 to eligible nursing students enrolled in AS, BSN or other advanced nursing education programs. The awards are based on “academic achievement, financial need, and involvement in nursing student organizations and community activities related to health care.”
The sponsor of this award is an insurance company, but you do not have to be insured by Gallagher in order to qualify. Instead, students are chosen on the basis of merit and financial need. The awards are for $7500 and they issue six scholarships annually. Deadline for the 2015-2016 academic year is May 8, 2015.
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