If you belong to a particular ethnic, religious or social group, you might qualify for minority nursing scholarships. Members of minority groups can apply for scholarships based on certain criteria. The money is used to pay for tuition, books and other essentials toward the cost of higher education. Show pride in who you are and where you come from as you offset the costs of college.

American Indian Nurse Scholarship Awards

The deadline varies for the American Indian Nurse Scholarship Awards of the Colonel Dames of America. This scholarship has helped students of American Indian heritage cover the cost of nursing school since 1928. The minimum award is $500 with an average award of $1,000 and maximum award of $2,250. The scholarship is renewable for students with passing grades in good standing. To find out more, contact the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, Nine Cross Creek Drive, Birmingham, AL 35213, phone (205) 879-6062, Mrs. Joe Calvin, American Indian Nurse Awards Consultant or visit aie.org/scholarships.

Minority Nurse Magazine Scholarship Program

The Minority Nurse Magazine Scholarship program is for members of minority groups working to earn a bachelor's degree in nursing. Four scholarship of $1,000 and $500 are awarded annually with a June application deadline. The award is for one year. To find out more, phone Pam Chwedyk at (312) 525-3095 or contact: Minority Nurse Magazine Scholarship, Attn: Career Recruitment Media, 211 W. Wacker Dr. Suite 900, Chicago, IL 60606.

National Association of Hispanic Nurses' Scholarships

If you are a member of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, you might qualify for one of their $1,000 scholarships. The number of scholarships awarded annually varies, with an application deadline of April. The duration of this award is one year. To find out more, visit thehispanicnurses.org, phone (202) 387-2477 or contact: National Association of Hispanic Nurses, Attn: National Awards and Scholarship Committee Chair, 1501 16th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20036.

The Kaiser Permanente College to Caring Program

Another outstanding scholarship for Hispanic nursing students is the Kaiser Permanente College to Caring Program. The duration of this scholarship is one years with an application deadline of March 15. The award is up to $8,000. The student must be Hispanic, be a permanent resident or U.S. citizen residing in Northern California, have a minimum GPA of 3.0, be studying full-time and pursuing a bachelor's degree in nursing. To find out more about this scholarship, phone (202) 296-5400 or contact Auri Duarte, Scholarship Program Manager, Hispanic College Fund, 1301 K Street, NW, Suite 450-A West, Washington DC 20005.

Ethnic Minority Bachelor's Scholarships in Oncology Nursing

If you are an ethnic minority interested in pursuing a career in oncology nursing, check out the Ethnic Minority Bachelor's Scholarships in Oncology Nursing. Three awards of $2,000 are given annually. The duration of the award is one year with a January application deadline. To find out more about this exciting scholarship, visit ons.org, phone (412) 921-7373 or contact: Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Foundation, 125 Enterprise Drive, Pittsburgh PA 15275.

Scholarships for Members of the National Black Nurses Association

If you are a member of the National Black Nurses Association, you might qualify for one of several scholarship opportunities. Awards include the Dr. Hilda Richard Scholarship, Nursing Spectrum Scholarship, Mayo Foundations Scholarship, Ruth E. Miller Scholarship, AETNA Scholarship, Martha R. Dudley LVN.LPN Scholarship, Dr. Lauranne SMS Scholarship, Kaiser Permanente Scholarship and NBNA Board of Directors Scholarship.

The awards are between $500 and $2,000 with an application deadline of April each year. The duration of the award is one year. To learn more about these opportunities, visit nbna.org/scholarship.htm, call (800) 575-6298 or contact: National Black Nurses Association, Inc., Attn: Scholarship Committee, 8630 Fenton Street, Suite 330, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

AETNA/NCEMNA Scholars Program

Are you a nursing student who is a member organizations of NCEMNA and working on a 4-year or master's degree? You might qualify for the AETNA/NCEMNA Scholars Program if you belong to one of 5 associations including: Asian American/Pacific Islander Nurses Association, Inc. (AAPINA); National Alaska Native American Indian Nurses Association, Inc. (NANAINA); National Association of Hispanic Nurses, Inc. (NAHN); National Black Nurses Association, Inc. (NBNA); and Phillipine Nurses Association of America, Inc. (PNAA).

Five awards of $2,000 are given annually, one from each association. The award is for one year. To find out more, visit ncemna.org/ncemna/scholarships.asp, phone (310) 258-9515 or contact: Dr. Betty Smith Williams, President, National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations, 6101 West Centinela Avenue, Suite 378, Culver City, CA 90230.

Indian Nurse Scholarship Awards

American Indians pursuing a nursing career qualify for the Indian Nurse Scholarship Awards. The scholarship is $500 to $1,500 with a duration of one year. For additional info about this scholarship for American Indians, contact the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, National Patriotic Service Committee, Virginia Van Antwerp, 1520 Lake Cove, Atlanta, GA 30338-3429.

Justine E. Granner Memorial Scholarship

Another scholarship for American Indians and other ethnic minority students who want a career in nursing is the Justine E. Granner Memorial Scholarship. One scholarship of $1,000 is awarded each year with a February deadline to apply. Get additional information at iumf.org/otherscholarships.asp, phone (515) 283-1991 or contact: Iowa United Methodist Foundation, 2301 Rittenhouse Street, Des Moines, IA 50321.

NBNA Board of Directors Scholarship

Members of the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) may qualify for a scholarship of $500 to $2,000 annually, with one awarded each year. The deadline to apply is April. Get addition info by calling (800) 575-6298 or contact: National Black Nurses Association, Inc., Attn: Scholarship Committee, 8630 Fenton Street, Suite 330, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

Health Professional Preparatory Scholarship Program

Alaska Natives or American Indians needing pre-professional or compensatory education to qualify for enrollment in a health professions school may qualify for this scholarship program. The duration of the Health Professional Preparatory Scholarship Program award is up to 2 years of full-time study or 4 years of part-time study. The awards is $1,160 per month for 10 months with a February deadline to apply. For additional details, visit his.gov/JobsCareerDevelop/DHPS/Scholarships/Scholarship_Applications.asp, phone (301) 443-6197 or contact: Indian Health Service, Scholarship Program, 801 Thompson Avenue, Suite 120, Rockville, MD 20852.

National American Arab Nurses Association

Members of the National American Arab Nurses Association who are nursing students or practicing nurses may qualify for this $10,000 scholarship. The deadline to apply is July 1. Find out more about this scholarship opportunity at n-aana.org/scholarship/index.asp or phone (313) 982-4070.