Scholarship Guide for Nurse Practitioner Schools (2024)

Nurse practitioners are the best-paid nurses in the country, but their education comes with a price tag: a nurse practitioner can rack up over $100,000 in tuition fees through their bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) found that 69 percent of graduate nursing students had taken out student loans. For nearly half of those respondents, their debt totaled between $40,000 and $100,000, and 16 percent had debt over $100,000. Notably, more than half of all students from diverse backgrounds took on more than $55,000 to finance their education, a total higher than the average for the overall population. The effects of all this debt are exacerbated by the fact that over half of all nursing students have dependents.

Student loans aren’t the only way to pay for your tuition. An increasing array of scholarship programs offer the chance to significantly discount, or in some cases entirely cover, the cost of graduate-level nursing education. These scholarships attempt to prioritize those who need it most and make it easier for motivated people to become nurse practitioners.

For those seeking to join a profession like advanced practice nursing focused on compassion and service to others, it may seem difficult to summon the ego necessary to apply for individual scholarships. It’s easier, instead, to believe that someone else probably needs the help a little more. But that’s exactly the type of attitude the world needs more of—and it’s precisely who these scholarships are meant to help.

Scholarships for nurse practitioner schools have never been more plentiful. Whether you’re searching for a particular region, specialization, demographic, or even general assistance, there’s a scholarship out there for you. The hardest part is doing the research and sending in the applications. With our detailed guide below, you’re already halfway there.

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NP School Scholarships: Common Application Requirements

Each NP school scholarship will have slightly different application procedures, but common requirements include any of the following:

  • Current RN license
  • Competitive GPA (3.0 or greater)
  • Essay responses and/or personal statements
  • Letter(s) of recommendation
  • Demonstration of financial need
  • Community service and volunteer experience
  • Current acceptance or enrollment in a graduate nursing program

Outside of the common application requirements, many NP school scholarships focus on catering to a specific demographic, specialization, school, or region. In some cases, applicants can win multiple scholarships across different categories, lowering their school tuition rate significantly.

General NP Scholarships

NPHF/Procter & Gamble Endowed Scholarship in Community Service

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: January 2024 (estimated)
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants must be nurse practitioner graduate students enrolled in a master’s, DNP, or PhD program. Selection criteria center around an applicant’s positive contributions to their school, to their community, or in the field of patient care.
  • About the Donor: The Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation (NPHF) administers this endowed scholarship through an educational grant from Procter & Gamble. NPHF’s mission is to improve health status and quality of care through NP innovations in clinical practice, education, research, health policy, service, and philanthropy.

Caroline E. Holt Nursing Scholarship

  • Amount: $2,500
  • Deadline: January 31, 2024
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants should be able to provide a letter of acceptance to a nursing program, or a transcript stating that the applicant is currently in a nursing program. They should also be able to demonstrate financial need.
  • About the Donor: While provided through the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), applicants do not need to be a DAR member, nor do they need to be related to one for this scholarship. DAR awards scholarships to three students who have been accepted or are currently enrolled in an accredited nursing school through the Caroline E. Holt Nursing Scholarship.

Madeline Pickett (Halbert) Cogswell Nursing Scholarship

  • Amount: $2,500
  • Deadline: January 31, 2024
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants must be accepted or enrolled in an accredited nursing school. They must be members of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), descendants of a DAR member, or eligible for membership in the DAR. The cited DAR member’s name and national membership number must be included in the application. A letter of acceptance into the nursing program or the transcript noting the applicant is enrolled in the nursing program must be included within the application. 
  • About the Donor: Founded in 1890, the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution has admitted more than 950,000 members since its founding. It offers several scholarships and funds to outstanding students throughout the country, promoting education and citizenship.

Nurses Educational Funds (NEF) Scholarships

  • Amount: Varies
  • Deadline: February 2, 2024
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants should be registered RNs with a national professional nursing association membership. Scholarships are available for MSN, DNP, and PhD-level nursing programs. Primary selection criteria include scholastic achievement, personal references, and essay responses.
  • About the Donor: NEF’s sole purpose is to provide scholarship assistance that makes graduate-level nursing education more accessible. They are the largest private, professionally endorsed source of funds for advancing nursing study, with over 100 years of service to the field. NEF currently offers over a dozen scholarships for nurse practitioners.

American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Scholarship Program

  • Amount: Between $2,500 and $5,000
  • Deadline: March 2024 (estimated)
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants should be US citizens, AANP members, and licensed RNs who have completed at least one semester of their current MSN, DNP, or another doctorate in the nursing program. They must also complete their education in a reasonable timeframe. Primary selection criteria include recent academic performance, two letters of recommendation, and a current resume.
  • About the Donor: AANP is the premier professional organization for NPs, and its scholarship program seeks to aid future NPs in gaining the advanced clinical training and education they need.

  • Amount: $2,500 
  • Deadline: April 15, 2024 
  • Who Should Apply: Students in any accredited online nursing degree program—including NP programs—are eligible to apply. They must have completed at least one semester.
  • About the Donor: is our sister site, which focuses broadly on nursing programs at all levels across the U.S. Education Award

  • Amount: $5,000
  • Deadline: May 12, 2024
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants should be US citizens and must be enrolled as part-time or full-time students in an accredited School of Nursing in a professional registered nurse program (baccalaureate, graduate, associate degree, or diploma) OR work full-time, part-time, or per diem as a registered nurse, LPN, nurse practitioner or nurse leader/administrator at a U.S. based organization.
  • About the Donor: This scholarship is offered by which was born in 2007 as a career job board and information resource for nurses regardless of race, age, religion, gender, national origin, education, sexual orientation, disability, or physical characteristics.

Nurse Corps Scholarship Program

  • Amount: Varies, but includes financial support for tuition, fees, books, and/or a monthly stipend.
  • Deadline: May 2024 (estimated)
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants should be US citizens who are enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a professional nursing degree program at an accredited school of nursing in the US. The primary selection criteria include academic performance, response to essay questions, resumes, and recommendation letters.
  • About the Donor: The US Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) supplies scholarships to nursing students across the country, in return for an agreement to work at an eligible facility with a critical shortage of nurses, known as a Critical Shortage Facility (CSF), upon graduation. This award is meant to effectively redistribute nursing talent to where it’s needed most.

Sharps Medical Waste Services Scholarship Program

  • Amount: $1,500 (first place); $1,000 (second place); and $500 (third place)
  • Deadline: May 2024 (estimated)
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants must be accepted to or currently enrolled in an accredited university in healthcare-related studies. Selection criteria revolve around an essay contest. This year’s topic is not yet out.
  • About the Donor: Sharps Medical Waste Services is a nationwide provider of healthcare waste solutions for the healthcare market. Part of its mission is to innovate new services that are both regulatory compliant and environmentally sensitive.

Tylenol Future Care Scholarship

  • Amount: Ten scholarships, $10,000 each; and Twenty-five scholarships, $5,000 each
  • Deadline: August 2024 (estimated)
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants should be US residents who can provide proof of enrollment in a nursing program and have at least one year of school remaining. The primary selection criteria are GPA, academic records, community involvement, and an essay contest.
  • About the Donor: Each year, the makers of TYLENOL award annual scholarships to well-deserving students who are pursuing careers in healthcare. Over the last quarter-century, these scholarships have awarded millions of dollars to students pursuing graduate education at nursing, medical, and pharmacy schools over the last quarter-century.

Nurses’ Float Scholarship

  • Amount: $5,000
  • Deadline: September 2024 (estimated)
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants must be registered nurses pursuing either an ADN to BSN or a BSN to MSN degree. 
  • About the Donor: ACNL offers several scholarships to support nursing students and nurses in pursuing higher education, advancing nursing knowledge, and completing pre-licensure requirements. These scholarships are awarded at ACNL’s Annual Conference in February. The Nurses’ Float Scholarship Fund, administered by ACNL, was created from the funds remaining after the Nurses’ Float appeared in the 2013 Rose Parade.

Demographic NP Scholarships

Health Professions Scholarship Program

  • Amount: Full tuition compensation, $2,608+ monthly stipend, and $20,000 sign-on bonus
  • Deadline: Rolling
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants must qualify as active-duty commissioned officers in the US Army. They must also be US citizens, hold a bachelor’s degree, be enrolled in an accredited graduate nursing program, and maintain full-time student status during the length of the program. 
  • About the Donor: Offered through the US Army, this scholarship is one of the most comprehensive available for healthcare-related professions. As part of the Army’s healthcare team, awardees will be connected with one of the world’s largest, most funded, and most high-tech healthcare networks.

Indian Health Service’s Health Professions Scholarship

  • Amount: Covers tuition, fees, and educational and living expenses
  • Deadline: February 28, 2024
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants should be members of federally designated Tribes and villages. They must also be enrolled in an eligible health profession degree program. Scholarship recipients are required to fulfill a minimum two-year service commitment at an Indian health facility upon graduation.
  • About the Donor: The Indian Health Service (IHS) offers scholarships to American Indian and Native Alaskan students to train health professionals to staff American Indian and Native Alaskan health programs. These scholarships seek to develop the next generation of leaders and make pursuing a meaningful career in Indian health attainable for American Indian and Native Alaskan students.

Dr. Lauranne Sams Scholarship

  • Amount: Four scholarships, $1,000 each
  • Deadline: March 2024 (estimated)
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants should be National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) members and pursue an advanced nursing degree. Primary selection criteria include scholastic achievement, financial need, and community service. 
  • About the Donor: The scholarship is offered through NBNA, which is committed to excellence in education, and conducts continuing education programs for nurses and allied health professionals throughout the year. The Dr. Lauranne Sams Scholarship is named after NBNA’s founder and first president, and its recipient should embody her leadership and commitment to service.

George McGuire Memorial Scholarship

  • Amount: $5,000
  • Deadline: March 2024 (estimated)
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants should be members of the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) enrolled in an advanced nursing program, and their primary focus should be social justice. Candidates must have been NBNA members for at least two years, completed at least one full semester/quarter in a graduate program, and must have at least one full semester/quarter remaining in their graduate program.
  • About the Donor: The scholarship is offered through NBNA, which is committed to excellence in education, and conducts continuing education programs for nurses and allied health professionals throughout the year. All NBNA scholarships are presented to awardees at NBNA’s Annual Institute & Conference.

Dr. Martha A. Dawson Genesis Scholarship

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: March 2024 (estimated)
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants should be members of the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA), and pursuing formal education at the master’s or doctoral level in nursing or nursing education.
  • About the Donor: The scholarship is provided by Dr. Martha A. Dawson, a Birmingham Black Nurses Association member, and administered by NPNA. Believing that true success is measured by its succession, Dr. Dawson has offered the scholarship award to support nurse leaders to continue their growth and development.

NAHN Scholarships

  • Amount: Varies
  • Deadline: March 2024 (estimated)
  • Who Should Apply: NAHN Scholarships are annually awarded to active members of the NAHN enrolled in accredited LVN/LPN, associate, diploma, baccalaureate, and graduate nursing programs for the next academic year. Recipients of this scholarship are a select group of nursing students who demonstrate the promise of professional contributions to the nursing profession and who have the potential to act as role models for other aspiring nursing students.
  • About the Donor: The National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) has been the nation’s leading professional society for Latino nurses since 1975. With growing members and over 40 local chapters, NAHN represents the voices of Latino nurses throughout the United States. The number of scholarships awarded each year depends on the amount of money generated in the scholarship fund. Recipients are selected based on several factors such as need, course of study, current academic standing, supporting documentation, and other factors.

American Indian Medical Scholarship Award Program

  • Amount: $1,500 per semester
  • Deadline: June 1, December 1 (2024)
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants should be able to prove tribal ancestry, and be enrolled in a health professional program, having achieved good scholastic standing. Applicants should also be able to demonstrate financial need and be able to provide letters of recommendation. This scholarship targets those focused on a career goal directly related to the healthcare needs of the American Indian, Alaskan Native, or Hawaiian Native communities.
  • About the Donor: Started by the Pennsylvania Society in 1928 and made a national project by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America (NSCDA) in the 1930s, this award was created to allow students of American Indian descent to pursue careers in nursing. Originally intended to benefit females only, it’s since expanded to include all genders and multiple healthcare careers.

Exceptional Nurse Scholarships

  • Amount: $250 to $500
  • Deadline: June 1, 2024
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants must be nursing students with documented disabilities. Applicants must submit a medical verification of disability form, an essay, and three letters of recommendation.
  • About the Donor: Started in 2001 as a grassroots effort to address the needs of nursing students and nurses with disabilities, “Exceptional Nurse” awarded its first scholarship in 2003. Today it offers eight different scholarships, with varying amounts and foci, for truly exceptional nurses. Examples include the Peter Gili Scholarship Award, Caroline Simpson Maheady Scholarship Award, Jill Laura Creedon Scholarship Award, and Anna May Rolando Scholarship Award, among others.

NP Scholarships for Specific Specializations

Oncology Nursing Foundation Doctoral Scholarships

  • Amount: $7,500
  • Deadline: February 1, 2024
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants should be RNs who are committed to oncology nursing and enrolled in a PhD or DNP program. Two professional letters of support are required. Applicants must be currently enrolled in, accepted to, or have applied to a PhD or DNP nursing degree program at an accredited institution.
  • About the Donor: Since 1981, the Oncology Nursing Foundation, a national public, non-profit, tax-exempt, charitable organization headquartered in Pittsburgh, has provided over $31 million in funding to support oncology nursing education, research, and leadership development.

March of Dimes Graduate Nursing Scholarships

  • Amount: $10,000
  • Deadline: March 2024 (estimated)
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants should be RNs currently enrolled in a graduate nursing program focusing on maternal-child nursing. Applicants must also be members of at least one of the following organizations: the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses; the American College of Nurse-Midwives; or the National Association of Neonatal Nurses.
  • About the Donor: March of Dimes is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health of mothers and babies, and they have a long history of working with nurses. For this scholarship, they’ve paired with Pampers to help nurses advance in graduate school training focusing on caring for mothers and babies.

The Melanie Foundation Scholarship

  • Amount: $2,500
  • Deadline: March 5, 2024
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants should be currently enrolled in an accredited mental health graduate program, such as a DNP program focusing on becoming a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Applicants must supply a resume, academic transcripts, two letters of reference, and an essay.
  • About the Donor: The Melanie Foundation was created in 2006 to honor Melanie Merola O’Donnell and foster support for mental health issues. Melanie’s life was cut short while in the middle of a doctoral degree in psychology, and the scholarship is awarded to those who will carry the torch for her commitment to compassion, generosity, respect, and honesty.

Stephanie Carroll Scholarship

  • Amount: $1,000 to $5,000
  • Deadline: April 15, 2024
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants must be nursing students enrolled in an accredited nursing program who have chosen long-term care or geriatrics as their practice area after graduation. Applicants must commit to practicing in long-term or post-acute care for at least two years after graduation. In addition to providing proof of acceptance to a nursing program, applicants must include an organized list of school-related expenses in the application. The application must also include an essay describing why they have chosen nursing as a career.
  • About the Donor: Since 1986, the National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration in Long-Term Care (NADONA/LTC) has been the leading advocate and educational organization for nurse Leaders, including DONs, ADONs, and nurses in long-term and post-acute care. Offered by the NADONA/LTC, the Stephanie Carroll Memorial Scholarship is awarded in memory of Stephanie Carroll, a long-time valued NADONA/LTC employee. Award amounts are paid directly to the college or university to assist with nursing education.

Heartfelt Dreams Foundation Nursing Scholarship

  • Amount: $5,000
  • Deadline: September 2024 (estimated)
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants must be hospital-based cardiac care nurses or nursing students pursuing a career in cardiac care. This scholarship provides financial assistance to cardiac nurses as they pursue advancing their careers in nursing to better care for congenital heart defect patients.
  • About the Donor: Established by Eric and Lori, the Heartfelt Dreams Foundation, Ltd., is a New Hampshire-based non-profit charitable corporation. Lori Ankerud, born in 1958, had a congenital heart defect known as tetralogy of Fallot since birth. Through years of surgical and medical treatment, nurses have played a critical role in her recovery. This scholarship was created to further the development of cardiac nurses in hospitals throughout the country with scholarships supporting the applicants’ goals to advance their nursing careers.

American Association of Post-Acute Care Nursing (AAPACN) Education Foundation

  • Amount: $3,000 to $5,000
  • Deadline: October 2024 (estimated)
  • Who Should Apply: Students with an interest in post-acute care and who are pursuing a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree in nursing. 
  • About the Donor: The American Association of Post-Acute Care Nursing (AAPACN) is a non-profit organization that reinvests revenue into the creation of high-quality education, certifications, and resources to benefit post-acute professionals and the residents they serve. The AAPACN Education Foundation positively impacts the lives of 1.4 million people living in nursing homes by providing education scholarships as well as research grants for nurses committed to improving the quality of life and care for long-term care residents. Four scholarships are offered by this foundation. These include the Advancing Nurse Leadership in Post-Acute Care Scholarship; the Elevating Post-Acute Care Nursing Scholarship; the Lighting the Way for Post-Acute Care Nursing Scholarship; and the Frontline Heroes in Post-Acute Care Scholarship.

NP Scholarships for Specific Schools or Regions

DAR Lena Ferguson Scholarship

  • Amount: Two scholarships, $5,000 each
  • Deadline: January 31, 2024
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants to this scholarship must have graduated from a District of Columbia public school or public charter school and have been accepted or are currently enrolled in the associate of applied science in nursing program at the University of the District of Columbia-Community College or the registered nurse (RN) to bachelor of science in nursing program at the University of the District of Columbia. The University of the District of Columbia strictly administers this scholarship. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.
  • About the Donor: Founded in 1890, the Daughters of the American Revolution is a non-political, non-profit volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education for children. This scholarship is named in honor of the late Lena Santos Ferguson, a DAR member who established this scholarship in the 1980s as an outreach to people of color in the Washington, D.C., community. Membership in the DAR is not required for this scholarship.

NurseThink – AACN Scholarship

  • Amount: $5,000
  • Deadline: January 31, July 15 (2024)
  • Who Should Apply: Students enrolled in master’s and doctoral nursing programs at AACN member institutions who have a desire to become future nurse faculty. The scholarship is open to all students who are members of the Graduate Nursing Student Academy (membership is free). Applicants must complete an online application, provide demographic information and details on their academic achievements, and submit a short essay outlining their plans to teach after graduation.
  • About the Donor: The AACN’s Foundation for Academic Nursing offers this scholarship to students twice a year through 2026. Launched in 2020, this foundation was started to support AACN’s mission to serve as the catalyst for excellence and innovation in nursing education, research, and practice.

Conway Scholarship

  • Amount: In-state tuition and fees
  • Deadline: BSN: entering students (February 1, 2024); RN-to-BSN: entering students (July 15, 2024); MSN entry-into-nursing: entering students (February 1, 2024); MSN, excluding MSN entry-into-nursing (June 1, 2024); teaching in nursing and health professions certificate: entering and current students (July 15, 2024); DNP: continuing students (June 1, 2024)
  • Who Should Apply: This scholarship is available to University of Maryland, Baltimore nursing students at all levels (undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral); however, eligibility requirements differ from program to program. All applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • About the Donor: William and Joanne Conway are investors turned philanthropists who have generously donated to multiple nursing schools, including the University of Maryland School of Nursing. The Conways remain personally involved in their philanthropy, and, each semester, typically host a luncheon for Conway Scholars.

Manatee County Medical Education Foundation Scholarship Fund

  • Amount: Varies; Funds are directly distributed to the recipient’s college or university
  • Deadline: March 1, 2024
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants must be legal residents of Manatee County for the past two years pursuing careers in nursing or specific health-related fields that provide direct medical care to individuals (excluding pre-med, chiropractic, optometry, pharmacy, dental, or general sciences). They must be accepted into a two or four-year accredited educational institution health-related program with all prerequisites completed and must have a minimum 2.5 grade point average. Applicants must demonstrate a clear financial need. Renewability is based on fund availability.
  • About the Donor: Incorporated in 1998, the Manatee Community Foundation is a public charity organization that is committed to building a better community and a better foundation with its strategic focus on diversity, inclusion, and access. The foundation’s mission is to partner with citizens to strengthen and enhance its community through philanthropy, education, and service.

Kathleen McVey Memorial Scholarship

  • Amount: Varies
  • Deadline: May 13, 2024
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants who are continuing college students in the LVN or RN program at College of the Redwoods. They must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and demonstrate financial need. Applicants must be Humboldt County or Del Norte County high school graduates, but preference will be given to Fortuna High School graduates. Notably, an applicant for this scholarship must be a single parent, and preference will be given to a parent with younger children seeking a long-term career in nursing.
  • About the Donor: The College of the Redwoods Foundation supports the Redwoods Community College District by establishing collaborations and partnerships that benefit local businesses, the community, and CR’s students. The Foundation focuses on generating resources for promoting student enrollment, economic development, student success, equitable opportunity, and community health.

Michigan Nurses Foundation Scholarships

  • Amount: Four scholarships, $1,000 each
  • Deadline: May 1, 2024
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants should be currently enrolled in a nursing program in the state of Michigan, and be able to demonstrate good academic standing. Letters of recommendation, a personal essay, and current transcripts are required. Financial needs and community service are also considered.
  • About the Donor: Funded through private contributions and fundraising activities, the Michigan Nurses Foundation was formed in 2000 to advance nursing and nursing education by awarding scholarships and research grants.

Nursing Incentive Scholarship Fund

  • Amount: $1,500 per semester, maximum of $3,000 per year
  • Deadline: June 8, 2024
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants must be Kentucky residents attending approved LPN, ADN, BSN, or graduate nursing programs. Scholarship recipients must complete one year of full-time work as a nurse in Kentucky for each year of study funded.
  • About the Donor: The Kentucky Board of Nursing protects the public by developing and enforcing state laws governing the safe practice of dialysis technicians, licensed certified professional midwives, and nurses. The funds received from this scholarship are directly awarded to the recipients and not to their nursing programs. Recipients can use the funds for the cost of living expenses and not just for tuition or the cost of books.

Nurse Practitioner Council of Palm Beach County Scholarship

  • Amount: Three scholarships, $1,000 each
  • Deadline: July 2024 (estimated)
  • Who Should Apply: To be eligible for this scholarship, the APRN (advanced practice registered nurse) student must be an active member of the NPCPBC organization. They must have proof of registered nurse license in Florida as well as proof of enrollment in an APRN master’s degree or doctorate program in good standing.
  • About the Donor: Established in 1994 by Andi Devine, the NPCPBC (Nurse Practitioner Council of Palm Beach County) is a local association of retired and current APRNs and APRN students. It offers grants to NP start-up companies, incentives for preceptors, and scholarships to students.

Deborah E. Trautman Future Nurse Leader Scholarship

  • Amount: $3,500 ($2,000 for educational expenses and $1,500 to cover travel expenses for the conference)
  • Deadline: August 30, 2024
  • Who Should Apply: This scholarship is for students in master’s or doctoral nursing programs offered at AACN member schools affiliated with NursingCAS, the nation’s only centralized application service for nursing programs. Students must list past experiences showing commitment to academic nursing and illustrate high academic achievement. Candidates must be currently enrolled and in good standing at their school of nursing and must also be members of AACN’s Graduate Nursing Student Academy (membership is free).
  • About the Donor: Funded by Liaison International, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN’s) partner in NursingCAS, this scholarship and leadership development program by AACN’s Foundation for Academic Nursing was created in honor of AACN’s President and CEO Dr. Deborah Trautman.

Alabama Board of Nursing Graduate Scholarships

  • Amount: Varies
  • Deadline: August 31, 2024
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants must be RNs who have been residents of Alabama for at least one year before application. They must also be accepted to a graduate nursing program within the state of Alabama, and be a person of good character. Primary selection criteria include scholastic achievement, work experience, and essay responses. Recipients must work for a minimum of two years in the state of Alabama upon graduation.
  • About the Donor: The Alabama Nursing Resource Center (ANRC), as an entity of the Alabama Board of Nursing (ABN), strives to promote and safeguard the public’s health through the provision of education and information.

Scrubin Uniforms – AACN Scholarship

  • Amount: $2,500
  • Deadline: September 1, December 1, March 1 (2024)
  • Who Should Apply: Nursing students in baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs who are enrolled at AACN member schools with a formal affiliation agreement with Scrubin Uniforms. Applicants to the scholarship must complete an online application, provide demographic information and details on their academic achievements, and submit a short essay.
  • About the Donor: Provided three times each year, this scholarship is offered by AACN’s Foundation for Academic Nursing. Through partnerships with donors, this Foundation’s goal is to strengthen the nursing workforce by supporting nurse educators and their students to reach their full potential.

Colorado Nurses Foundation Scholarships

  • Amount: $2,000 to $5,000
  • Deadline: October 2024 (estimated)
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants must be Colorado residents committed to practicing nursing in Colorado. Scholarships are available for both master’s and doctoral programs, with a minimum graduate GPA of 3.5.
  • About the Donor: The Colorado Nurses Foundation is dedicated to improving healthcare and nursing practice in Colorado. Since 1999, they’ve raised over $329,000 for nursing scholarships and offer more than 10 different scholarships for Colorado’s nursing students. Some of them include the H. M. Muffly Memorial Scholarship, Helen Frost Shaw fund scholarship, Jennifer Allen-Thomas Scholarship, Colorado Rockies healthcare appreciation scholarship, Chris and Joy Dinsdale foundation scholarship, and Josephine Ballard Fund Scholarship, among others.

Maryland Graduate and Professional Scholarship Program

  • Amount: $1,000 to $5,000 per year
  • Deadline: Same as admissions deadline
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants must be Maryland residents enrolled as degree-seeking students, either part-time or full-time, attending one of the following nursing schools: the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Law, Pharmacy, or Social Work; University of Baltimore School of Law; The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, or certain Maryland institutions offering a master’s degree in nursing or social work or a first professional degree in pharmacy. Applicants must demonstrate financial need.
  • About the Donor: The Maryland Higher Education Commission is the State of Maryland’s higher education coordinating board responsible for establishing state policies for Maryland public and private colleges, universities, and for-profit career schools. MHEC also administers state financial aid programs that affect students statewide.
Matt Zbrog

Matt Zbrog


Matt Zbrog is a writer and researcher from Southern California, and he believes nurse practitioners (NP) are an indispensable component of America’s current and future healthcare workforce. Since 2018, he’s written extensively about the work and advocacy of NPs, with a particular focus on the rapid growth of specialization programs, residencies, fellowships, and professional organizations. As part of an ongoing series on state practice authority, he’s worked with NP leaders, educators, and advocates from across the country to elevate policy discussions that empower NPs. His articles have featured interviews with the leadership of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP), and many other professional nursing associations.