25 Nurse Practitioner Scholarships and Grants

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By Rachel Schneider

With the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) recommending that the doctor of nursing practice (DNP) becomes the new standard of training for advanced practice registered nurses, many nurses look to advance their education to the graduate level. Some professionals aim to earn nurse practitioner (NP) degrees at the master's level, while others endeavor to earn DNPs.

The Association of American Medical Colleges projects the shortage of U.S. physicians to reach over 120,000 by 2032, which will allow NPs to find their niche in the healthcare system. These professionals can help meet the nationwide demand for primary care providers, particularly in states that have granted full practice authority to NPs.

Earning an advanced nursing education requires a significant investment of time and money. To help, NursePractitionerSchools.com created a list of 50 nurse practitioner scholarships available to qualifying students, organized by eligibility conditions, such as region, demographic group, and NP specialization.

General NP Scholarships

The NURSE Corps Scholarship Program

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awards this scholarship to NP students and enrollees pursuing any level of nurse training, whether through a diploma-based program, graduate program, or bridge option.

Who Should Apply: Learners pursuing a nursing degree at any level within the U.S.may apply.

Amount: Varies

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Sharps Compliance, Inc. Scholarship

This scholarship, available to current or accepted undergraduate students interested in or planning to pursue degrees in healthcare, requires each candidate to submit an essay for consideration.

Who Should Apply: Learners pursuing a degree in a healthcare-related discipline receive consideration.

Amount: $750-$1,500

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Tylenol Future Care Scholarship

Open to students earning a degree in health education or nursing, the Tylenol Future Care Scholarship features ten awards at the $10,000 level and 30 awards at the $5,000 level, providing more than $8 million in scholarships within the last 23 years.

Who Should Apply: Learners pursuing a degree in healthcare-related disciplines receive consideration.

Amount: $5,000 or $10,000

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AfterCollege-AACN Scholarship Fund

Since its founding in 1999, AfterCollege has supported students by establishing grants for financial and employment assistance.

Who Should Apply: Enrollees pursuing a nursing degree at the bachelor's, master's, or doctoral level at AACN-accredited institutions may apply.

Amount: $2,500 each quarter

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The Caroline E. Holt Nursing Scholarship

Offered through the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Caroline E. Holt Nursing Scholarship provides three one-year scholarships for students attending nursing school who need financial assistance.

Who Should Apply: Nursing students with financial need receive consideration.

Amount: $1,000

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American Association of Nurse Practitioners Scholarships

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners offers several financial support opportunities across program types and degree levels.

Who Should Apply: Learners pursuing master of science in nursing (MSN) or DNP degrees may apply.

Amount: $2,500-$5,000

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NP Scholarships for Specific Schools or Regions

Bertha P. Singer Nurses Scholarship

Administered by the Oregon Office of Student Access and Completion, the Bertha P. Singer Nurses Scholarship awards Oregon students enrolled in nursing programs. Each candidate must meet a 3.0 minimum GPA requirement and maintain full-time enrollment to apply.

Who Should Apply: Full-time nursing students in Oregon receive consideration.

Amount: Varies

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Young Women's Alliance Foundation Higher Education Empowerment Scholarship

Female nursing students pursuing a degree in central Texas can apply for the Young Women's Alliance Foundation Higher Education Empowerment Scholarship. The alliance selects recipients based on their commitment to community service, leadership abilities, financial need, and academic achievements.

Who Should Apply: Female nursing students pursuing a degree at colleges or universities in central Texas may apply.

Amount: $2,500

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The Kentucky Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse-Midwives Scholarships

Students enrolled in master's or doctoral-level nursing programs can pursue four of the Kentucky Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse-Midwives. Along with their scholarship application, each candidate must provide a statement of need, a curriculum vitae, an explanation of their personal and professional goals, an essay, and a letter of recommendation.

Who Should Apply: The coalition considers students pursuing MSNs, DNPs, or Ph.D. in nursing degrees.

Amount: $1,500

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Nurse Practitioners Council of Palm Beach, Florida Scholarships

Offered on a semi-annual basis to students enrolled in NP programs, the Nurse Practitioners Council of Palm Beach's scholarships serve residents of Palm Beach County. Each candidate must provide a biographical sheet and an essay explaining how earning an advanced degree can positively affect their community. Applicants must also obtain nomination letters from current faculty members.

Who Should Apply: Nursing students enrolled in a master's or doctoral program may apply.

Amount: Varies

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District of Columbia Nursing Scholarship

The Daughters of the American Revolution award this scholarship to enrollees at the University of the District of Columbia who hold a 3.25 GPA or higher.

Who Should Apply: Nursing students enrolled at the University of the District of Columbia may apply.

Amount: $2,500

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NP Scholarships for Specific Populations

The Mary P. Oenslager Scholastic Achievement Award

Administered by Learning Ally, the Mary P. Oenslager Scholastic Achievement Award provides funding to college seniors and graduate students, including students enrolled in nursing programs, with visual impairments or blindness. Each year, Learning Ally provides seven awards to successful, inspirational students.

Who Should Apply: Visually impaired or blind college seniors or current graduate students receive consideration.

Amount: $1,000-$6,000

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The F. Edward Hebert Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program

Offered to active-duty members of the U.S. Army, the F. Edward Hebert Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program provides degree-seekers with full tuition coverage, a $2,200 monthly stipend, and a $20,000 sign-on bonus. As one of the most comprehensive scholarships in the healthcare field, the award provides funding for candidates who qualify as commissioned officers in the Army.

Who Should Apply: Commissioned Army officers enrolled in graduate nursing programs may apply.

Amount: Full tuition plus a $2,200 monthly stipend and a $20,000 sign-on bonus

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The National Black Nurses Association, Inc. Scholarships

Members of NBNA can consider more than 15 scholarship opportunities every year. NBNA members pursuing nursing degrees with at least one year of school remaining may apply.

Who Should Apply: NBNA members pursuing nursing degrees receive consideration.

Amount: $1,000-$5,000

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The Indian Health Service Scholarship

Offered to Indian and Alaska Native students pursuing degrees in health-related fields, the Indian Health Service Scholarship aims to support, educate, and place healthcare professionals in underserved Indian health programs throughout the nation. The award provides financial support in exchange for at least two years of service in an Indian health program in the student's chosen health discipline.

Who Should Apply: Indian or Alaska Native students enrolled in healthcare programs may apply.

Amount: Varies

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The American Indian Nurse Scholarship

In 1927, the National Society created the American Indian Nurse Scholarship Award Program to provide students of American Indian descent with the chance to pursue healthcare education and careers. Recipients must apply their award money to books, tuition, and fees applicable to the student's approved program. Once a candidate is accepted, they can re-apply for continued funds every semester as long as they remain in good academic standing.

Who Should Apply: The National Society awards this scholarship to Native American students enrolled in health disciplines.

Amount: $1,500 each semester

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NurseTim Scholarship

Available to members of the National Association for Hispanic Nurses, the NurseTim Scholarship provides funding to nursing students interested in teaching nursing.

Who Should Apply: Degree-seekers pursuing graduate nursing degrees receive consideration.

Amount: $1,000

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NP Scholarships for Specific Specializations

Stronger Scholarship

Offered through Healthline, in collaboration with the National Organization for Rare Disorders, the Stronger Scholarship provides financial assistance to students dedicated to making a positive impact on rare and chronic diseases. The program emphasizes the expansion of community-building, awareness, research, and patient advocacy for rare or chronic diseases.

Who Should Apply: The National Organization for Rare Disorders awards degree-seekers with involvement or interest in the advancement of rare or chronic diseases through research, raising awareness, patient advocacy, or community-building.

Amount: $5,000

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Dr. Margaret C. Freda Graduate Nursing Scholarship

The March of Dimes awards this scholarship each year to RNs enrolled in graduate programs focused on maternal-child nursing.

Who Should Apply: NP students studying maternal-child nursing may apply.

Amount: $5,000

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Ann Olson Memorial Doctoral Scholarship

The Oncology Nursing Society Foundation offers this scholarship to RNs dedicated to earning nursing degrees focused on oncology.

Who Should Apply: RNs enrolled in doctoral nursing programs receive consideration.

Amount: $5,000

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Recovery Village Healthcare Scholarship

The Recovery Village awards this scholarship to nursing students studying mental health treatment to support lasting recovery as a viable option for anyone looking to break free from substance abuse. While not available for the 2020 academic year, scholarships will resume in 2021.

Who Should Apply: Nursing students focused on substance abuse and mental health treatment may apply.

Amount: $1,000

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The American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Scholarships

AAOHN offers several scholarships and grants each year. Candidates for all awards must belong to the association and maintain current enrollment in nursing programs focused on occupational health. Award amounts range between $1,500-$2,500.

Who Should Apply: Nursing students who belong to the AAOHN receive consideration.

Amount: $1,500-$2,500

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The Society of Pediatric Nurses Scholarships

SPN awards two scholarship opportunities to members at its annual conference. This organization also administers several research grants, along with other financial awards.

Who Should Apply: Nursing students who hold SPN membership may apply.

Amount: Varies

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