Oncology nurses specialize in taking care of patients who are diagnosed with cancer. As cancer continues to plague our popular, this field requires more skilled and compassionate oncology nurses. These professional nurses support patients and families facing cancer. Take advantage of oncology nursing scholarships to help fund the necessary education to work in this rewarding field.

Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Scholarships

Professional nurses worldwide can turn to the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS), the ONS Foundation and the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC) to apply for scholarships, awards and research grants. Nurses dedicated to the specialty of oncology nursing may qualify for one or more of 70 opportunities to be granted $500,000 in scholarships, awards and research grants.

For additional information about these oncology nursing scholarships, contact Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Foundation, 125 Enterprise Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15275, phone (412) 859-6100. Applicants can also visit ons.org and click on the various scholarship, award and research grant links for more info. Following are details about a few of the scholarships, awards and research grants offered by ONS:

Mary Scherbring ONS Institutes of Learning Conference Scholarships

Registered nurses interested in furthering their career as oncology nurses by attending the ONC Institutes of Learning Conference may qualify for one of the Mary Scherbring ONS Institutes of Learning Conference Scholarships. An educational grant of up to $1,200 is applied toward attending the Conference with a deadline to apply of September 1. For additional details, visit http://onsfoundation.org/.

Bachelor's in Nursing Degree Scholarship

Individuals who are interested in and committed to oncology nursing may qualify for the Bachelor's in Nursing Degree Scholarship. Up to $2,000 is awarded annually for these bachelor's scholarships. Applications are available after September 1 with a deadline of February 1. To learn more, visit http://onsfoundation.org/.

Multidisciplinary Cancer Education Grant

Meniscus Limited sponsors one annual Multidisciplinary Cancer Education Grant for $3,000 for an oncology RN development and/or implementing an cancer related multidisciplinary education or practice project for other healthcare professionals with preference given to a focus on survivorship. The application deadline is June 15. Additional info is available at http://onsfoundation.org/.

Pearl Moore Career Development Awards

Three professional staff nurses looking to further their professional goals will receive one of the Pearl Moore Career Development Awards supported by Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. Each recipient receives a plaque and $3,000 to provide financial assistance to attend a continue education program(s). Applications are available after January 1 with a deadline of June 15. To get additional details, visit http://onsfoundation.org/.

Master's and Post-Master's Certificate Scholarships

Registered nurses who are interested in making a commitment to oncology nursing and want to continue their education by pursuing a master's degree may qualify for one of the Master's and Post Master's Certificate Scholarships of up to $3,000 each. Applications are available after September 1 with a submission deadline of February 1. For more info, visit http://onsfoundation.org/.

Roberta Pierce Scofield and Ann Olson Doctoral Scholarships

Registered nurses committed to oncology nursing who want to pursue a doctoral degree may qualify for doctoral scholarships of $3,000 and $5,000 annually. Applications are available after September 1 with a submission deadline of February 1. Get more information at http://onsfoundation.org/.

Advanced Practice Nurse Conference Scholarship

A professional nurse who demonstrates innovation and who has made a difference in oncology nursing may qualify for the Advanced Practice Nurse Conference Scholarship. Applicants may apply on their own or be nominated by an ONS chapter or Special Interest Group (SIG). Recipients get a grant of up to $1,200 toward the ONS Oncology Advanced Practice Nurse Conference. The deadline to apply is September 1. Learn more about this opportunity at http://onsfoundation.org/.

Congress Scholarships

Professional nurses committed to oncology nursing who want to attend the ONS Congress may qualify for Congress Scholarships supported by the ONS Foundation Nancy Berkowitz Scholarship Fund, Mary Scherbring Scholarship Fund and Issie Rembert “Chappi” Chapman Scholarship. The education grant is up to $1,200 with applications available after September 1 and a submission deadline of December 1. To learn more, visit http://onsfoundation.org/.

Research Fellowship Award

Through an unrestricted grant from Genetech BioOncology, ONS foundation grants a one-year award of $20,000 to support short-term oncology research training and mentorships with an application deadline of July 11. To find out more, visit http://onsfoundation.org/.

Ethnic Minority Bachelor's Scholarships in Oncology Nursing

Three awards of $2,000 are giving annually to students who qualify for the Ethnic Minority Bachelor's Scholarships in Oncology Nursing and are presented by the Oncology Nursing Society Foundation. Find out more at ons.org.

Lung Cancer Research Grant

This $50,000 grant provides funding to support the ONS Research Agenda and is supported by the National Lung Cancer Partnership and the ONS Foundation. Letters of intent are due by July 18 with an application deadline of August 15. The research team must include an experience researcher and a junior researcher to qualify for funding. To learn more, go to http://onsfoundation.org/.

Small Research Grant

Small research grants of $10,000 each, with a funding period of 2 years, are designed to support oncology nursing research conduced by experienced and beginning researchers. Letters of intent are due by September 1 with online application due by October 1. Questions are answered by contacting the ONS Research Team at research at ons.org or visiting http://onsfoundation.org/.

Sandy Purl Mentorship Scholarships

In memory of the dedication and passion of oncology nurse Sandy Purl, the Sandy Purl Mentorship Scholarships recognizes nurses with a similar type of commitment. Up to $1,000 is awarded for an additional ONS Chapter member to attend the ONS Mentorship Weekend. Applications are due by May 15. To find out more, visit http://onsfoundation.org/.

American Cancer Society Scholarships

Students enrolled in a Master of Science in Nursing program student may qualify for an American Cancer Society Scholarship of $10,00 each year for a period of up to two years. Graduate students in a doctoral program in cancer research, education, administration or clinical practice may qualify for an annual stipend of $15,000 for up to four years. For additional information, call (404) 329-5734 or visit nlnac.org/ACS_Ad.htm.

Washington State Nurses Foundation (WSNF) Scholarships

A minimum of four $1,000 scholarships are awarded annually by the Wisconsin State Nurses Foundation (WSNF) and graduate students pursuing a career in oncology nursing are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be WSNF member, registered nurses and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and submit an official transcript with two applicant recommendation forms. To learn more, go to http://www.wsna.org/wsnf/.

Nevada Cancer Institute Scholarships

Through the Siemens Oncology Scholarship Program, Nevada Cancer Institute awards four scholarships in the amount of $5,000 each. Registered nurses with a strong academic background pursuing graduate students in oncology are encouraged to apply for this finding. To get more details, visit http://health.ucsd.edu/Pages/default.aspx.

California Oncology Nursing Scholarships

A nursing student with experience in the field of oncology nursing, end-of-life care or h hospice may qualify for the Joyce Lee Harper Memorial Scholarship Award at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Undergraduate and graduate applicants with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are invited to apply. Students may apply during the fall semester and three potential candidate are chosen by February 1. Contact Carole A. Shea, Director, School of Nursing, CSU Dominguez Hills, 1000 E. Victoria Street, Carson, CA 90747, phone (310) 243-2059 or visit http://www4.csudh.edu/financial-aid/index.

Florida Oncology Nursing Scholarships

Registered nurses enrolled in the Master of Science in Nursing program with a passionate commitment to pediatric oncology nursing may qualify for a scholarship of $1,000 from the Association of Pediatric Oncology N urses (APON). Candidates must also be member of APON to qualify for these scholarships at Barry University in Florida. To learn more, visit barry.edu/nursing/.

Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance Scholarships

Funding is made available through the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance (MOCA) through the support of the family of Anita Lubov to help oncology nurses attend helpful area conferences. The Anita Lubov Memorial Fund awards up to $3,000 each year to help oncology nurses increase their knowledge of ovarian cancer, help improve their care of women with ovarian cancer and help them educate others about the disease. Applications are due by October 30. To learn more, visit mnovarian.org/providing-education/medical-education-initiatives/oncology-nursing-scholarship/.

Space Coast Oncology Nursing Scholarships

Oncology nurses at Cape Canaveral Hospital, Rockledge, Parrish Medical Center, Holmes Regional Medical Center, Viera Hospital, Wuesthoff Medical Center, Palm Bay Hospital and Wuesthoff Medical Center-Melbourne may quailify for one of ten $200 scholarships per hospital from the Space Coast Cancer Foundation. To learn more visit http://spacecoastcancerfoundation.org/.

Oncology nurses play a very important role in the lives of cancer patients and their families. Ongoing education and training make it possible to deliver the highest level of care and treatment.