What Are Some Scholarships Exclusive to Nursing Students?


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The Geraldine "Polly" Bednash Scholarship, the NURSE Corps Scholarship Program, the AfterCollege/AACN Scholarship and the Hurst Reviews/AACN Scholarship are exclusively for nursing students. Scholarships for students at undergraduate, graduate and doctoral level are offered annually by nursing organizations, such as the Foundation of the National Student Nurses' Association.

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The Geraldine "Polly" Bednash Scholarship is sponsored by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, or AACN. Every quarter, this $5,000 scholarship is awarded to two students, who must attend schools affiliated with the AACN or apply to nursing school using the organizations centralized application form, NursingCAS.

The federal government designed the NURSE Corps Scholarship Program to award prospective nurses who are willing to work in areas experiencing a shortage of healthcare professionals. The scholarship covers extensive fees, including tuition and clinical supplies, but applicants cannot have any delinquent federal debt. While open to students at all educational levels, the program gives preference to applicants in Master's nurse practitioner courses or individuals with significant financial need.

The Foundation of the National Student Nurses' Association awards roughly $330,000 in undergraduate scholarships ever year in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. Johnson & Johnson and other regional organizations co-sponsor the funding for the Promise of Nursing scholarship programs, which focus on applicant qualities such as financial need, academic excellence and nursing-related enrichment.

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