Top 5 Scholarships For Future Registered Nurses


Becoming a registered nurse(RN) may not be as difficult as becoming a Doctor, but it still takes years of schooling. In fact, even if you decide to get become an RN via an associate’s degree, it can still take up to three years and will cost you around $31,000.

On top of that, RN’s aren’t paid anywhere near the level they should be. Most gross under $100,000 annually. Still, the number of RN jobs in the U.S is expected to grow to over 3.2 million by 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

That means there are going to be millions of nurses around the country looking for scholarships to support themselves while they get their degree over the coming years. With that in mind, I thought today we could look into the top 5 scholarships for future RN’s.

MPOWER Financing’s Nursing Scholarship

MPOWER Financing is one of the few private student lenders in the world that cares about its social impact. MPOWER is dedicated to providing international student loans and scholarships to those underserved students who have been rejected elsewhere. Whether that means extending loans to DACA recipients or providing scholarships for future nurses, MPower really does it all.

MPOWER’s nursing scholarship program was started just this year and has already given out three scholarships to future nurses from overseas. If you’re an international student looking for a scholarship, this is the place for you.


Geraldine “Polly” Bednash Scholarship

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing(AACN) offers two $5,000 scholarships under the Geraldine “Polly” Bednash Scholarship name each year. Polly is the current executive director of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). She began working at the company after finishing her career in nursing in December 1989.

The scholarship offered is only for bachelor’s students pursuing a BCN or master’s students continuing their nursing education. Applicants must either be currently enrolled or accepted at University as well. There is some significant competition for these scholarships, but it can cover anything from tuition to room and board, making it very valuable for struggling nursing students.


National Student Nurses’ Association Scholarship

The National Student Nurses’ Association(NSNA) offers a number of scholarships for both bachelor’s and master’s students. The association awards some $250,000 annually to nursing students across the nation.

Scholarship funding for students who are selected for a scholarship from the NSNA can reach up to $7500. Scholarships are awarded based not only on academic achievement, but also on financial need, and involvement in nursing student organizations and community activities related to health care.


Oncology Nursing Society Foundation Scholarship

The Oncology Nursing Society Foundation(ONSF) offers some $450,000 for nursing student scholarships every year. Since 1981, the ONSF has awarded more than $27 million in grants, fellowships, scholarships, and more.

For Bachelor’s students, the ONSF offers two scholarships, one worth $3,000 and the other worth $5,000. You don’t have to be pursuing oncology nursing either, the scholarships are for any nursing students currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s RN program.


AANP Education Advancement Scholarships

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners Education Advancement Scholarships are only for Nurse Practitioners. RN’s won’t be able to apply here.

Still, if you’re planning on taking that next step and becoming a nurse practitioner then this is the perfect option for you. The AANP offers dozens of scholarships each year, ranging between $2500 and $5000 in value. Becoming a nurse practitioner is a lot more challenging and costly than becoming an RN and there aren’t nearly as many scholarship options available, so this scholarship is one to seek out if you’re going that route. 

At the end of the day, nursing is an underappreciated profession. That makes scholarships harder to come by than they should be. Hopefully, this list will help future nurses out there get the funding they need to become full-fledged RN’s or Nurse Practitioners.


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