Nursing is a noble profession. The men and women who pursue careers in practical nursing and other areas of nursing work tirelessly to provide the best care possible for their patients. However, for non-traditional students who are going to school while still working and perhaps caring for a family, the stress of paying for nursing school can feel overwhelming. Fortunately, there are many scholarship opportunities available for nursing students to help offset the cost of education so they can focus on earning their licenses.
Many schools offer scholarships for specific degree programs. However, there are also national scholarships that can apply to nursing students in any accredited nursing program, provided they meet the other eligibility requirements. These scholarships, such as the following, are often offered annually.
Nurse Corps Scholarship Program
The Nurse Corps Scholarship Program allows students enrolled in an accredited nursing program the opportunity to offset their educational costs in exchange for working at an eligible Critical Shortage Facility upon graduation. These facilities include public hospitals, hospices, rural health clinics, and other areas that face nursing shortages. This service is usually for a minimum of two years. The scholarship pays the students’ tuition and eligible fees, other reasonable costs such as uniforms, and a monthly stipend. Not only does this allow practical nursing students the chance to pay for their education, but helps alleviate the shortage of nurses in specific areas in the health care field. Preference is given to students with the greatest financial need. Eligibility requirements and application information can be found on the Health Resources and Services Administration website. (more…)