With the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) recommending that the doctor of nursing practice (DNP) become the new standard of training for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), there are plenty of nurses aiming to advance their education. For some, this entails completing a nurse practitioner (NP) degree at the master’s level, while for others, it includes advancing to their DNP. Also, considering the looming physician shortage that is expected to reach 120,000 by 2030, new opportunities abound for NPs to find their niche in the healthcare system. These professionals can help meet the nationwide demand for primary care providers, particularly in states which have granted full practice authority to NPs.
Time and money are both needed to pursue an advanced education and students may find these in short supply. To help, NursePractitionerSchools.com created a list of 50 nurse practitioner scholarships that are available to qualifying students, organized by eligibility conditions (e.g., region, demographic group, NP specialization). Please check out these funding opportunities below and the methodology at the bottom of this list.
The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) continuously provides financial support to those wishing to advance their NP education. Scholarships and grant opportunities are typically made available on the ANNP website in the fall of every year. In 2017, more than $60,000 in scholarships and grants was given to students. Scholarships for $2,500 were awarded to students pursuing their BSN-to-DNP, MSN, or MSN-to-DNP degrees. Scholarship applicants can also be seeking a doctor of philosophy in nursing or a related field. Information on past winners can be found on the AANP website.
The American Nurse Practitioner Foundation (ANPF) makes scholarships available to students in master’s of science in nursing (MSN) programs. Sealed official transcripts and a recommendation from a mentor or professor are required as part of the regular application process. Details about upcoming scholarships and application guidelines are posted on the Foundation website each August. Summaries about past scholarship winners can be found on the ANPF website.
CVS Pharmacy offers a Nurse Practitioner Scholarship Program through its Minute Clinic. Teaming up with Johnson & Johnson in 2017 to provide several “Together We Care” scholarships, the program offered 20 NP scholarships ($2,500 each) for students pursuing an MSN and 20 (also $2,500 each) for students pursuing a DNP. For more information on the program, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. As a side note, the Minute Clinic also offers preceptorships, which give students in an NP program the ability to enhance and expand their clinical skills.
The NURSE Corps Scholarship Program is available not only to NP students, but also to all students pursuing any level of nurse training. Whether a student is considering a diploma-based program, a bridge program (e.g., RN-to-MSN), or even enrollment in graduate-level education, this program may be an ideal fit. Sponsored through the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, this program covers the costs of tuition and fees, books, clinical supplies, and uniforms; it even offers a monthly stipend to qualifying nursing students. When done with their programs, students have to complete two years of service in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA). Please note that nearly half of all scholarship funds are earmarked for students working on an NP degree at the master’s level.
The Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation (NPHF) regularly has scholarship opportunities available for NP students at the master’s and doctoral levels. Applications for scholarships and awards are posted on the website each November. Multiple scholarships have been awarded in past years, including to students in various NP fields and through partnerships with AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Procter & Gamble, Purdue Pharma LP, and others. Interested students can read more about past scholarship recipients and their successes on the NPHF website.
Each year, the Nurses Educational Funds, Inc. offers an array of scholarships, including the American Journal of Nursing Scholarship; the Evelyn J. Barclay Fund; and the M. Elizabeth Carnegie African American Memorial Award, among many others. The amounts and applicant qualifications of the scholarships vary significantly.
The Sharps Compliance Inc. scholarship program is available to accepted or current undergraduate students who are pursuing a degree in healthcare-related studies. Students must submit an essay according to the regulations, and scholarships are awarded in the amounts of $750, $1,000, or $1,500.
The Tylenol Future Care Scholarship is available to students pursuing a degree in health education, including nursing. The amount of the scholarships vary, with ten offered at the $10,000 level and 30 at the $5,000 level. Over the past 23 years, over $8 million has been awarded in scholarship funds to patients nationwide.
The AfterCollege-AACN Scholarship Fund is available to students who are pursuing an undergraduate, master’s, or doctoral degree in nursing at an AACN member institution. One scholarship in the amount of $2,500 is awarded each quarter. Since being founded in 1999 in a Stanford University dorm room, AfterCollege has been supporting students, establishing grants in the form of financial and employment assistance.
The Caroline E. Holt Nursing Scholarship, offered through the Daughters of the American Revolution, is a one-year $2,500 scholarship awarded to students in financial need who have been accepted to a nursing school (or are already pursuing a nursing degree). Three awards are given out to deserving students each year.
A variety of scholarship funds are administered by the Conway Regional Health System, including the Dr. William Furlow Medical Staff Scholarship; the Dr. Bill & Betty Roberts Medical Staff Scholarship; and the Dr. James S. Garrison Scholarship. Scholarships are limited to students who are studying nursing or a related health profession on a full-time basis, and the requirements for each individual scholarship vary. A number of scholarships are also available for Conway Regional Health System employees, as well.
A number of scholarships are available through the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, including the Bernice Pickens Parsons Scholarship; the Eleanora G. Wylie Scholarship; and the Geraldine Gee Scholarship, among others. Eligibility requirements vary by scholarship, although all qualifying students must be in pursuit of a nursing degree.
Students in California have access to a variety of funding opportunities through the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, including the Allied Healthcare Scholarship Program, the Advanced Practice Healthcare Scholarship Program, and more. The amounts and eligibility requirements for the scholarship vary; however, recipients must generally commit to practice in a California facility for up to a year after completing their degree.
The Kentucky Coalition of Nurse Practitioners & Nurse Midwives provides annual scholarship opportunities for students pursuing graduate-level education. In 2018, the Coalition will award four scholarships worth $1,500 each. Applicants must be currently enrolled in an MSN, DNP, or PhD program and submit a curriculum vitae, a statement of need, an essay, a letter of recommendation, and a statement of their personal and professional goals.
The Nurse Practitioners Council of Palm Beach, Florida offers scholarship opportunities on a semi-annual basis to a student enrolled in an NP program. Applicants need to be residents of Palm Beach County, and can also be a member of the council (although membership is not required). They must submit a biographical sheet, an essay about how their advanced degree will help them exact positive change in the community, and a nomination letter from a current faculty member. The award amount is not specified.
The Texas Nurse Practitioner Foundation (TNPF) provides scholarship funding to registered nurses (RNs) who want to become NPs, as well as to NPs who are interested in a doctoral level education. Applications are accepted through mid-July and applicants must be RNs with a Texas nursing license (and residency). They also must have completed at least 25 percent of their program, whether that is at the master’s, post-master’s certificate or doctoral degree level. Additionally, applicants must submit three letters of recommendation, proof of membership in the Foundation, and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. Notably, the Foundation hosts a Nurse Practitioner Walk every fall to raise money for its NP scholarships.
Students in the Washington D.C. area may be eligible to receive the District of Columbia Nursing Scholarship, also offered by the Daughters of the American Revolution. This $2,500 scholarship is available to students at the University of the District of Columbia who maintain at least a 3.25 GPA.
Students in Oregon may be eligible to receive the Bertha P. Nurses Scholarship, which is administered by the Oregon Office of Student Access and Completion. Qualified applicants must be studying full-time in a nursing program in Oregon, and must have at least a 3.0 GPA.
The Oregon Nurses Foundation (ONF) offers two Centennial Education Scholarships each year in the amount of $1,500 each. These scholarships are available to nursing students studying at an accredited institution in Oregon, and preference is given to students who are committed to eventually practicing in the state.
The South Carolina Nurses Foundation (SCNF) manages multiple scholarship awards each year, including the Evelyn Johnson Entrekin Scholarship; the Mary Ellen Hatfield School Nursing Scholarship; and the Renatta S. Loquist Scholarship for Graduate Nursing Education. Applicants must be pursuing a graduate nursing degree in South Carolina and remain in good academic standing to be eligible.
An array of scholarships are administered by the University of Alabama School of Nursing, including the Alice L. McCallum Endowed Nursing Scholarship and the Barbara and Emmet O’Neal Endowed Nursing Scholarship, among others. Overall, the school offers 67 endowed scholarships and seven sponsored scholarships. Of the scholarships, 29 have been established by or contributed to by the School’s Board of Visitors, a body comprising community leaders and volunteers who provide support and advocacy to enhance the School’s visibility, reputation and financial success.
Female nursing students pursuing a degree in Central Texas may be eligible to receive the Young Women’s Alliance Foundation (YWAF) Higher Education Empowerment Scholarship. Scholarships are awarded in the amount of $2,000, and recipients are chosen based on demonstrated leadership, a commitment to community service, academic achievement, and financial need.
The Wisconsin Nurses Association (WNA) offers the Mary Barker APRN Nursing Scholarship, which is awarded to nurses who are currently enrolled in or are about to start graduate school. Four awards are offered annually in the amount of $2,000 each.
The Sinclair School of Nursing at the University of Missouri offers a number of internal scholarships to students, which are available for all levels of study. Applicants must submit a personal statement, detailing one’s clinical area of interest, career and academic goals, and examples of community, professional, and/or academic activities in order to be considered.
The Celeste Hayo Memorial Scholarship Fund, administered by the Hawai’i Community Foundation, is available for state residents who are pursuing a career in the medical field; nursing students are given preference. Eligible applicants must have a 2.5 GPA and must be graduates of King Kekaulike High School.
The Illinois Nurses Foundation offers an array of scholarships to support students of nursing. Many of the scholarships are offered at the $1,000 level, and some require students to reside within specific counties in Illinois.
The Meland Foundation offers financial scholarships to nurses living in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, or Pennsylvania and who are interested in pursuing an NP degree with a pediatric specialty. The amount of each scholarship is between $2,000 and $5,000 and requires applicants to submit an essay describing their vision of how to provide excellent care and how they hope to fulfill that dream, among other materials.
Suburban Hospital, which is affiliated with Johns Hopkins Medicine, offers two scholarships each year: the Casey Scholars Program and the Suburban Hospital Scholars Program. The Suburban Hospital Scholars Program is offered to employees of Suburban Hospital, while the Casey Scholarship is offered to both employees and non-employees. Both are designed to assist students in their pursuit of additional nursing education.
Vanderbilt University School of Nursing has many scholarships for nursing students seeking their MSN degree at the Nashville, Tennessee school. The School of Nursing offers six full tuition scholarships, as well as more than 30 partial scholarships that have been established through endowments or in memory of specific people. Some of these scholarships are geared toward students wanting to become family nurse practitioners (FNPs) or a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner. Also, more than 20 external scholarships are available through the school.
The Rhode Island Foundation offers four scholarships for nursing students at the undergraduate or graduate level, including the Alan Edgar Wurdeman Scholarship; the Albert and Florence Newton Scholarship; the Edward and Virginia Routhier Scholarship; and the Willard and Marjorie Scheibe Scholarship. Applicants must be attending a school in Rhode Island (or through the Northeastern University School of Nursing) and must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Preference is given to students who are committed to staying in Rhode Island after graduation.
Employees of Southern Illinois Healthcare may be eligible to receive a scholarship to pursue a master of science in nursing. The fund includes assistance with the student’s final one or two years of study.
Active duty members of the United States Army are eligible to apply for the F. Edward Hebert Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program, which is one of the most comprehensive scholarships available in the healthcare field. Students receive full tuition coverage, along with a $2,200 monthly stipend and a $20,000 sign-on bonus. To be eligible, students must be in pursuit of a specialty nursing degree full-time, and must also qualify as a commissioned officer in the Army.
The Mary P. Oenslager Scholastic Achievement Award, administered by Learning Ally, is a financial award provided to college seniors and graduate students (including those in nursing) who are blind or visually impaired. Seven awards are offered each year: three at $6,000, three at $3,000, and one at $1,000. Learning Ally specifically looks for candidates who are role models of success and inspiration to students and educators throughout the country.
The National Black Nurses Association, Inc. (NBNA) offers more than 15 scholarships each year to nursing students, which range from $1,000 to $6,000 each. The scholarships are presented at the NBNA Annual Institutes and Conference, and are offered to NBNA members who are in pursuit of a nursing degree and have at least one full year of school remaining.
The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) administers a National Scholarship Program, which includes over 30 awards annually that total over $70,000. These scholarships are available to JACL members, although membership is open to everyone of any ethnic background.
The National Federation of the Blind offers 30 merit-based scholarships each year to blind college students (including those in nursing) in the United States and Puerto Rico. The scholarships range in amount from $3,000 to $12,000, and each winner receives financial assistance to attend the 2018 National Federation of the Blind Annual Convention.
The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) Foundation provides scholarship opportunities for nurse practitioners specializing in pediatric care. In 2017, these included the Richardson DNP Student scholarship (amount not specified) and the Elaine Gelman Scholarship Program (up to $1,000), provided to an NP student who creates and follows through on an innovative solution in pediatric healthcare. Other scholarships are also available through the NAPNAP.
The Aesthetic Medicine Scholarship, offered by the International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine, is a $1,000 award meant to help support the next generation of nurse practitioners and other health professionals performing aesthetic procedures in their practices. Interested students must submit an application, which includes an essay on the topic of “Aesthetic Industry Trends for 2019.”
The Dr. Margaret C. Freda Graduate Nursing Scholarship Award, administered by the March of Dimes, is awarded in the amount of $5,000 each year to a number of RNs who are enrolled in graduate programs studying maternal-child nursing. The scholarship is given each year to the highest scoring graduate nursing scholarship applicant. Applicants must be current members of one of the following professional organizations: the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses; the American College of Nurse-Midwives; or the National Association of Neonatal Nurses.
The Ann Olson Memorial Doctoral Scholarship, which is offered by the Oncology Nursing Society Foundation, is offered to RNs who are committed to finishing their education in oncology. Applicants must currently be an RN and must be either admitted to (or enrolled in) a doctoral nursing program. Applicants must submit their application by February 1st.
The American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA), an organization committed to advancing the nephrology nursing specialty, offers multiple career mobility scholarships each year to support qualified ANNA members in pursuit of a BSN or advanced degree in nursing. ANNA offers five scholarships at the $2,000 level; one at the $2,500 level; three at the $3,000 level; and one at the $1,000 level.
The American Cancer Society offers doctoral degree scholarships in cancer nursing each year to students preparing for careers as nurse scientists. The awards amount to $15,000 per year, and initial awards are for two years with the possibility of a two-year renewal, as well.
The Oncology Nursing Society Foundation offers an array of other master’s and doctoral scholarships, which range from $5,000 to $7,500 each year. Applicants must be currently registered as RNs and pursuing a graduate degree. They must also have a specific interest in the field of oncology.
Healthline, in collaboration with the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD), offers the Stronger Scholarship, which aims to assist and empower college students making a positive impact on rare and/or chronic diseases. The program awards four students with $5,000 each, and is dedicated to the advancement of rare and chronic diseases, either through research, patient advocacy, raising awareness, or community-building.
The Society of Pediatric Nurses (SPN) offers two academic education scholarships each year. Eligible recipients must be members of the SPN, and the scholarships are awarded at the Annual Conference held in April. The SPN also administers a number of research grants and other financial awards of varying amounts.
Students of nursing interested in substance abuse or mental health may be eligible to receive the $1,000 Recovery Village HealthCare Scholarship. The mission of the Recovery Village is to maintain top-notch service while offering unique opportunities for education and personal development.
The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) offers annual scholarships to help advance the profession of emergency nursing. In 2017, the ENA awarded 86 academic scholarships (more than $383,500 total) and an additional 56 conference scholarships to recipients nationwide.
The American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) offers financial awards and scholarships in February and April of each year. Eligibility requirements vary, although recipients must be AHNA members and generally dedicated to a practice of holistic nursing.
The American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN) awards a number of grants and scholarships each year. The amount of the scholarships ranges between $1,000 and $2,500, and applicants must be members of AAOHN to be eligible.
To qualify, these scholarships needed to be for at least $1,000 and open to nurse practitioner students.
The NP scholarships on this list represent fraction of the scholarships and grants available to NP students at the graduate level. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list, but rather representative of the offerings and funding that may be available to NP students, including those in specific regions, demographic categories, or NP specializations. Many of the scholarships listed here are offered through national organizations and foundations, and some are provided in partnership with private companies.
Scholarship organizations tend to update their offerings and requirements on a yearly basis, so be sure to check back regularly as more information becomes available.