Nursing Scholarships

Considering that the annual median pay for registered nurses in 2016 was $68,450, it’s understandable that many people are interested in pursuing a nursing career. However, a nursing education can be expensive. How are you supposed to pay for your education before you have even found a nursing job position? Fortunately, scholarships can help!

From local community-based scholarships to college-based scholarships, there are many scholarships that can be useful to would-be nursing students. Scholarships are merit-based awards, meaning students must meet some kind of criteria to earn them. This could mean keeping your grades above a certain level in high school, for example, or writing an essay. Some may even require students to volunteer for the scholarship organization after their school program is completed.

Funds awarded by a scholarship might need to be spent in a specific way. You might only be able to spend it to pay for tuition, or to buy your schoolbooks, or to pay for laboratory expenses, to give a few examples. The amount awarded can vary wildly – one scholarship might be worth $500, while another might be worth $25,000 – but don’t ignore even the smallest scholarship. Every little bit helps!

Some scholarship organizations offer mentoring and leadership training in addition to the money awarded by their scholarships. Other scholarships may be available for people who are of a particular ethnicity, or who possess a certain disability, or who are planning to go into a program for a specific kind of nursing. Every scholarship is different, so it’s important to do your research before applying.

Whatever scholarship grants are available, it is up to you to find the ones that can help you achieve your nursing goals.


1.Registered Nurses, Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, Accessed March 2018, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm