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Dream­ing of a ful­fill­ing career in nurs­ing but wor­ried about time or mon­ey? You’re not alone. Many aspir­ing nurs­es are eager to make a dif­fer­ence quick­ly, but finan­cial con­cerns and tra­di­tion­al pro­gram lengths can be hur­dles. This guide is your launch­pad to nav­i­gat­ing the excit­ing world of nurs­ing scholarships!

Whether you’re seek­ing the quick­est RN to BSN pro­gram to accel­er­ate your jour­ney or explor­ing cheap nurs­ing schools to opti­mize your finances, you’ll find valu­able resources and insights here. We’ll unlock a trea­sure trove of schol­ar­ships designed to sup­port indi­vid­u­als at var­i­ous stages of their nurs­ing education.

So, buck­le up and get ready to explore:

  • Schol­ar­ships specif­i­cal­ly tai­lored to RN to BSN stu­dents: Learn about options designed to help you bridge the gap from your asso­ci­ate’s degree to a bach­e­lor’s, often in record time.
  • Grants and awards focus­ing on afford­abil­i­ty: Dis­cov­er schol­ar­ships that tar­get finan­cial need, help­ing you min­i­mize stu­dent loan debt and max­i­mize your return on investment.
  • Flex­i­ble oppor­tu­ni­ties cater­ing to diverse back­grounds and aspi­ra­tions, ensur­ing you find the per­fect fit for your unique goals.

Don’t let cost or time be obsta­cles to your nurs­ing dream. Dive in and explore the schol­ar­ship land­scape with us! Remem­ber, a reward­ing career in health­care awaits, and the right schol­ar­ship can pave your path to success.

1. A Nurse I Am Scholarship — Cherokee Uniforms


Want to make a dif­fer­ence in lives and pur­sue a reward­ing career in nurs­ing? Look no fur­ther than the A Nurse I Am Schol­ar­ship, spon­sored by Chero­kee Uniforms.

This schol­ar­ship is open to ded­i­cat­ed nurs­ing stu­dents cur­rent­ly enrolled in an accred­it­ed pro­gram with­in the US. In 2024, ten win­ners will receive: 

  • $3000 in funds 
  • A Careis­mat­ic Brands gift package 
  • Careis­mat­ic Brands Stu­dent Nurse Advi­so­ry Coun­cil mem­ber­ship until graduation

Why was this schol­ar­ship cre­at­ed? Back in 2007, Chero­kee noticed a con­cern­ing trend: many nurs­es were leav­ing the field short­ly after start­ing. Their goal? To address this issue and inspire a new gen­er­a­tion of com­pas­sion­ate care­givers. The A Nurse I Am pro­gram began as a series of inspir­ing videos fea­tur­ing past schol­ar­ship win­ners, high­light­ing their jour­neys and ignit­ing the spark of nurs­ing in others.

Dead­line: April 15

Award: $3,000

2. AACN Nursing Scholarships 


The Amer­i­can Asso­ci­a­tion of Col­leges of Nurs­ing (AACN) cham­pi­ons diverse schol­ar­ship oppor­tu­ni­ties for future health­care heroes. Whether you’re an under­grad­u­ate, grad­u­ate, or doc­tor­al stu­dent, these pro­grams could ease your finan­cial bur­den and fuel your journey:

  • Scru­bin Uniforms/AACN Schol­ar­ship: For stu­dents at AACN mem­ber schools with Scru­bin Uni­forms part­ner­ships, this award sup­ports bac­calau­re­ate, mas­ter’s, and doc­tor­al programs.
  • Nurse­Think® — AACN Schol­ar­ship: If you dream of becom­ing a nurse edu­ca­tor, this pro­gram pro­vides $5,000 twice year­ly to mas­ter’s and doc­tor­al stu­dents aim­ing for fac­ul­ty roles.
  • Deb­o­rah E. Traut­man Future Nurs­es Leader Schol­ar­ship: Hon­ors out­stand­ing lead­er­ship poten­tial with a schol­ar­ship and ded­i­cat­ed devel­op­ment program.
  • Uni­form Advantage/GNSA Schol­ar­ship: Grad­u­ate stu­dents in the Grad­u­ate Nurs­ing Stu­dent Acad­e­my who demon­strate lead­er­ship com­mit­ment can receive this award.
  • Hurst Review/AACN Nurs­ing Schol­ar­ship: Entry-lev­el nurs­ing stu­dents with excep­tion­al aca­d­e­m­ic per­for­mance are rec­og­nized and reward­ed through this program.
  • QGenda/AACN Schol­ar­ship: Open to under­grad­u­ate and grad­u­ate stu­dents, this schol­ar­ship awards $5,000 three times annually.

Don’t let finan­cial wor­ries hin­der your dream of becom­ing a nurse. Explore these AACN schol­ar­ships and take the first step towards a ful­fill­ing career in healthcare!

3. ANNA Career Mobility Scholarships


Call­ing all aspir­ing nephrol­o­gy nurs­es! The Amer­i­can Nephrol­o­gy Nurs­es Asso­ci­a­tion (ANNA) wants to help you achieve your career goals with mul­ti­ple schol­ar­ships specif­i­cal­ly designed for stu­dents like you. Whether you’re pur­su­ing a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence in Nurs­ing or an advanced nurs­ing degree, ANNA is here to sup­port your jour­ney in this spe­cial­ized and vital field.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Eli­gi­bil­i­ty: You must be a cur­rent mem­ber of ANNA and enrolled in an accred­it­ed nurs­ing program.
  • Awards:
    • Five ANNA Career Mobil­i­ty Schol­ar­ships: $2,000 each
    • Janel Park­er Career Mobil­i­ty Schol­ar­ship: $2,500
    • Three NNCC Career Mobil­i­ty Schol­ar­ships: $3,000 each
    • Dare to Soar Career Mobil­i­ty Schol­ar­ship: $1,000
  • Appli­ca­tion Requirements:
    • Sub­mit a 250-word essay out­lin­ing your career goals in nephrol­o­gy nursing.
    • Pro­vide three let­ters of rec­om­men­da­tion.
    • Be pre­pared to show proof of aca­d­e­m­ic progress after receiv­ing the scholarship.

Vis­it the ANNA web­site for more infor­ma­tion on eli­gi­bil­i­ty, appli­ca­tion dead­lines, and spe­cif­ic schol­ar­ship details. Don’t miss this oppor­tu­ni­ty to kick­start your nephrol­o­gy nurs­ing career with the sup­port of a ded­i­cat­ed community.

Dead­line: Varies

Award: $1000-$3000

4. Barbara Rhomsberg Excellence in Nursing Scholarship — B4 Brands


Are you a non-tra­di­tion­al stu­dent pur­su­ing a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence in Nurs­ing (BSN)? Dream­ing of a health­care career but start­ed col­lege lat­er? The Bar­bara Rhoms­berg Excel­lence in Nurs­ing Schol­ar­ship from B4 Brands can help!


Full-time stu­dent with a 3+ year gap between high school and college

Enrolled in an accred­it­ed BSN program

Award: $1,000 towards your Fall semes­ter tuition

Apply: April 1st — 30st: Sub­mit your appli­ca­tion online

Deci­sion: Win­ners announced by May 10th. 

Boost your nurs­ing jour­ney with B4 Brands! Vis­it their web­site for details and appli­ca­tion. Don’t wait, apply now!

Dead­line: April 30

Award: $1,000

5. Charlotte McGuire Education Scholarship — AHNA


Aspir­ing holis­tic nurs­es in under­grad­u­ate or grad­u­ate pro­grams, take note! The Amer­i­can Holis­tic Nurs­es Asso­ci­a­tion (AHNA) awards $50,000+ annu­al­ly to sup­port ded­i­cat­ed indi­vid­u­als like you. That includes the Char­lotte McGuire Edu­ca­tion Scholarship. 


  • Cur­rent RN with 6+ months of active AHNA membership
  • Enrolled in a holis­tic nurs­ing program
  • Demon­strat­ed com­mit­ment to self-care and holis­tic nurs­ing practices
  • Grad­u­ate appli­cants: proven lead­er­ship in advanc­ing holis­tic nursing


  • Sub­mit 7 short answer ques­tions by Feb­ru­ary 15th


  • Finan­cial sup­port for your holis­tic nurs­ing education
  • Recog­ni­tion for your ded­i­ca­tion to the field

Vis­it the AHNA web­site for details and appli­ca­tion instruc­tions. Don’t miss this chance to invest in your future and join the ranks of cel­e­brat­ed holis­tic nurs­ing leaders!

Dead­line: Feb­ru­ary 15

Award: $1250

6. Daughters of the American Revolution Nursing Scholarships 


Aspir­ing nurs­es, take note! The Daugh­ters of the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion (DAR) offers diverse schol­ar­ships to sup­port your journey:

Car­o­line E. Holt Nurs­ing Scholarship:

  • Award: $2,500 (3 recipients)
  • Eli­gi­bil­i­ty: Finan­cial need, enrolled in an accred­it­ed nurs­ing program

DAR Lena Fer­gu­son Scholarship:

  • Award: $5,000 (2 recipients)
  • Eli­gi­bil­i­ty: Grad­u­at­ed from DC pub­lic school, enrolled in a UDC nurs­ing pro­gram, GPA 3.0+

Made­line Pick­ett (Hal­bert) Cogswell Nurs­ing Scholarship:

  • Award: $2,500 (2 recipients)
  • Eli­gi­bil­i­ty: DAR mem­ber, descen­dant, or eli­gi­ble for mem­ber­ship, enrolled in an accred­it­ed nurs­ing program

Note: Mil­dred Nut­ting Nurs­ing Schol­ar­ship is not avail­able in 2024.

The DAR wants to pro­vide finan­cial sup­port to lessen your bur­den and focus on stud­ies, offer recog­ni­tion for your ded­i­ca­tion to the nurs­ing pro­fes­sion, and allow you to join a sup­port­ive com­mu­ni­ty of women com­mit­ted to service.

Ready to apply? Vis­it the DAR web­site for eli­gi­bil­i­ty details and appli­ca­tion dead­lines. Don’t miss out on these valu­able oppor­tu­ni­ties to advance your nurs­ing career.

Dead­line: Feb 15

Award: Varies

7. DiversityNursing’s Annual Nurse Education Scholarship


Nurs­ing is one of the most diverse occu­pa­tions in the US, but there is always room for more! is offer­ing their Annu­al Nurse Edu­ca­tion Schol­ar­ship, a $5,000 award to sup­port your nurs­ing journey.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Who can apply? US cit­i­zens cur­rent­ly enrolled in an accred­it­ed School of Nursing.
  • What’s the award? $5,000 to help you cov­er tuition and expenses.
  • What’s required? No essay! Sim­ply com­plete the online appli­ca­tion form by May 12th.
  • When are win­ners announced? Dur­ing Nurs­es Week in May.

Why choose this scholarship?

Diver­si­ty Nursing’s schol­ar­ships help you focus on your stud­ies. No essay means more time for what mat­ters — excelling in your pro­gram! With their help you can focus on your dream career and join a com­mu­ni­ty com­mit­ted to increas­ing nurse diver­si­ty nationwide.

Ready to apply? Vis­it and com­plete the online appli­ca­tion by May 6th. Don’t miss this oppor­tu­ni­ty to invest in your future and join the ranks of inspir­ing nurses!

Dead­line: May 12 

Award: $5,000

8. Dr. Margaret C. Freda Graduate Nursing Scholarship Award — March of Dimes


Pas­sion­ate about mater­nal and infant health? Apply for the March of Dimes Nurs­ing Schol­ar­ships for a chance to receive a $10,000 award sup­port­ed by Pam­pers®! Open to both under­grad­u­ate and grad­u­ate stu­dents, these schol­ar­ships hon­or your ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment to improv­ing the lives of moms and babies.

Two oppor­tu­ni­ties await:

  • Mar­garet Com­er­ford Fre­da Grad­u­ate Nurs­ing Schol­ar­ship: Are you a reg­is­tered nurse pur­su­ing a mas­ter’s or doc­tor­ate in mater­nal-child nurs­ing? Demon­strate your com­mit­ment to health equi­ty and apply for this schol­ar­ship designed to sup­port your con­tin­ued education.
  • Under­grad­u­ate Nurs­ing Diver­si­ty Schol­ar­ship: As an under­rep­re­sent­ed minor­i­ty stu­dent study­ing nurs­ing, you’re eli­gi­ble for this award meant to encour­age your future career in mater­nal and infant health.

Don’t miss out on this chance to:

  • Invest in your nurs­ing edu­ca­tion: Reduce finan­cial stress and focus on achiev­ing your goals.
  • Advance health equi­ty: Join the fight for bet­ter mater­nal and infant health out­comes for all.
  • Con­nect with the March of Dimes: Be part of an orga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cat­ed to moms and babies.

Vis­it the link above for com­plete eli­gi­bil­i­ty cri­te­ria and appli­ca­tion instruc­tions. Start your jour­ney towards a ful­fill­ing career in mater­nal and infant health with the March of Dimes Nurs­ing Scholarships!

Dead­line: Jan 19

Award: $10,000

9. Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) Foundation Scholarships


Are you an aspir­ing emer­gency nurse or clin­i­cians! The Emer­gency Nurs­es Asso­ci­a­tion (ENA) Foun­da­tion wants to help you reach your full poten­tial with over $420,000 in schol­ar­ships avail­able in 2024. Whether you’re look­ing to attend the annu­al ENA Emer­gency Nurs­ing Con­fer­ence, pur­sue fur­ther edu­ca­tion, or gain inter­na­tion­al expe­ri­ence, there’s a schol­ar­ship oppor­tu­ni­ty for you!

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Inter­na­tion­al Con­fer­ence Schol­ar­ships: Trav­el and reg­is­tra­tion sup­port for nurs­es out­side the US to attend the ENA con­fer­ence (Sep­tem­ber 29 — Octo­ber 2).
  • Aca­d­e­m­ic Schol­ar­ships: Awards rang­ing from $1,000 to $10,000 to sup­port under­grad­u­ate, grad­u­ate, and doc­tor­al stud­ies in emer­gency nursing.
  • US Con­fer­ence Schol­ar­ships: Assis­tance for US-based nurs­es to attend the ENA con­fer­ence (Sep­tem­ber 29 — Octo­ber 2).

Why choose ENA Foun­da­tion Scholarships?

  • Finan­cial sup­port: Focus on your pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment with­out the finan­cial burden.
  • Career advance­ment: Gain valu­able knowl­edge and skills at the ENA con­fer­ence, a pre­mier event for emer­gency nursing.
  • Net­work with experts: Con­nect with lead­ing voic­es in the field and boost your pro­fes­sion­al network.
  • Invest in your future: Enhance your qual­i­fi­ca­tions and open doors to new career opportunities.

Ready to apply? Vis­it the ENA Foun­da­tion web­site for spe­cif­ic eli­gi­bil­i­ty cri­te­ria, dead­lines, and appli­ca­tion instruc­tions. Don’t miss this chance to take your emer­gency nurs­ing career to the next level!

Dead­line: April 26

Award: Varies

10. FNSNA General Scholarship and Promise of Nursing Scholarship


The Foun­da­tion of the Nation­al Stu­dent Nurs­es Asso­ci­a­tion (FNSNA) under­stands your ded­i­ca­tion and offers a diverse range of schol­ar­ships to empow­er you through­out your nurs­ing education.

Under­grad­u­ate Scholarships:

  • Open to all US stu­dents: No mat­ter your spe­cial­iza­tion or back­ground, find schol­ar­ships sup­port­ing your unique aspirations.
  • Awards up to $10,000: Focus on your stud­ies and make a dif­fer­ence with­out finan­cial worries.
  • Wide range of spe­cial­ties: Explore schol­ar­ships focused on oncol­o­gy, crit­i­cal care, emer­gency nurs­ing, and more.
  • Sup­port for under­rep­re­sent­ed groups: The “Our Race to Health Equi­ty Diver­si­ty Nurs­ing Schol­ar­ships” empow­er BIPOC stu­dents to con­tribute to a more equi­table health­care system.


  • Cur­rent­ly enrolled in a state-approved nurs­ing pro­gram (diplo­ma, asso­ciate, bach­e­lor’s, accel­er­at­ed, etc.)
  • Meet schol­ar­ship-spe­cif­ic cri­te­ria (e.g., spe­cial­iza­tion, ethnicity)

Vis­it the FNSNA web­site! Explore avail­able schol­ar­ships, eli­gi­bil­i­ty require­ments, and dead­lines. Don’t miss this oppor­tu­ni­ty to invest in your nurs­ing future.

Dead­line: Jan­u­ary 24

Award: Varies

11. HRSA Health Workforce Scholarship Programs


The Health Resources and Ser­vices Admin­is­tra­tion (HRSA) offers sev­er­al loan and schol­ar­ship options for nurs­ing stu­dents. These schol­ar­ships can help you pay for your edu­ca­tion and launch your jour­ney in a reward­ing field.

Nurse Corps Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram (Nurse Corps SP):

  • Who: Nurs­ing stu­dents enrolled in an accred­it­ed program.
  • Ben­e­fits: Full tuition, fees, and oth­er edu­ca­tion­al costs cov­ered in exchange for work­ing at a crit­i­cal short­age facil­i­ty after graduation.
  • Eli­gi­bil­i­ty: US cit­i­zen, enrolled in a nurs­ing pro­gram, begin class­es by Sep­tem­ber 30th, no fed­er­al judg­ments or debts.
  • Appli­ca­tion: Learn more and apply here.

Native Hawai­ian Health Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram (NHHSP):

  • Who: Native Hawai­ians pur­su­ing careers in pri­ma­ry and behav­ioral health dis­ci­plines (e.g., nurs­es, den­tists, social workers).
  • Ben­e­fits: Schol­ar­ship fund­ing to sup­port your education.
  • Eli­gi­bil­i­ty: Must be Native Hawai­ian and pur­su­ing a qual­i­fy­ing health­care discipline.
  • Appli­ca­tion: Learn more and apply here.

Nation­al Health Ser­vice Corps Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram (NHSC SP):

  • Who: Stu­dents pur­su­ing pri­ma­ry care health pro­fes­sions (e.g., physi­cians, nurse prac­ti­tion­ers, dentists).
  • Ben­e­fits: Schol­ar­ship fund­ing in exchange for pro­vid­ing pri­ma­ry care ser­vices in under­served areas after graduation.
  • Eli­gi­bil­i­ty: Must be pur­su­ing a qual­i­fy­ing health­care dis­ci­pline and will­ing to work in a Health Pro­fes­sion­al Short­age Area.
  • Appli­ca­tion: Learn more and apply here.

Don’t miss out! Research these and oth­er schol­ar­ship oppor­tu­ni­ties to find the per­fect fit for your goals and qual­i­fi­ca­tions. Start your jour­ney towards a ful­fill­ing career in health­care today!

Dead­line: Varies

Award: Varies

12. Nurses Educational Funds (NEF) Scholarships


The Nurs­es Edu­ca­tion­al Funds (NEF) offers a lot of schol­ar­ships for nurs­ing stu­dents. This one-stop por­tal offers a wide range of schol­ar­ships to sup­port your jour­ney, from per­ma­nent awards to year­ly grants.These schol­ar­ships have a wide range in terms of require­ments, amounts, appli­ca­tions, and eligibility. 


  • Diverse Oppor­tu­ni­ties: Find schol­ar­ships tai­lored to your spe­cif­ic needs and goals, with vary­ing amounts and eli­gi­bil­i­ty requirements.
  • Stream­lined Appli­ca­tion: Search and apply for mul­ti­ple schol­ar­ships through a sin­gle platform.
  • Finan­cial Relief: Reduce your finan­cial bur­den and focus on your studies.
  • Invest in Your Future: Unlock the doors to a reward­ing career in nursing.

Impor­tant Tips:

  • Read Care­ful­ly: Each schol­ar­ship has spe­cif­ic require­ments and deadlines.
  • Explore Thor­ough­ly: Don’t miss out! Review the NEF schol­ar­ship page to dis­cov­er all avail­able options.
  • Meet Dead­lines: Each schol­ar­ship has its own dead­line, so don’t delay!

NEF con­nects you with schol­ar­ships from var­i­ous sources, from com­pa­nies to indi­vid­u­als. With over 1,300 schol­ar­ships award­ed, NEF is ded­i­cat­ed to help­ing deserv­ing stu­dents like you achieve their nurs­ing dreams.

Ready to apply? Vis­it the NEF web­site today and start your schol­ar­ship search! Don’t let finances hold you back — NEF can help you unlock the future you deserve!

Dead­line: Varies

Award: Varies