Nursing is a growing field with many job opportunities. Work in a bustling city, friendly suburb or quiet small town. Find out what it's all about by attending college nearby. Focus on any type of medical specialty as a professional nurse. Use college nursing scholarships to cover the cost of education to be a top notch health care pro. Scholarships help pay for tuition, books and more so you can start working as a nurse with little or no debt to payoff.

NNSDO Scholarship from Western Governors University

Members of the National Nursing Staff Development Organization (NNSDO) may qualify for the scholarship of up to $2,000 to Western Governors University to earn an online bachelor's degree or master's degree in nursing or health care. To be eligible for this competitive scholarships, you must be an active NNSDO member who completes an application for admission, FAFSA, be admitted to WGU and interview with a WGU Scholarship Counselor before the decision. The scholarship is paid at the rate of $500 per six months, renewable for up to four terms. To find out more, call 1-866-225-5948 or visit wgu.edu/tuition_financial_aid/nnsdo_overview. The application deadline varies.

Danville Community College Nursing Scholarships

When health care needs in a community grow, wise people award scholarships to attract talented personnel. Over the next five years, 60 scholarships will be awarded by the Danville Regional Medical Center to attend the nursing program at Danville Community College in Virginia. The scholarships total $500,000 and will cover the cost of tuition and fees for the required two years for an associate's degree in nursing. To apply visit the DCC Educational Foundation Office, go online when applications become available in 2012 or visit danvilleregional.com.

Larry L. Guthrie Nursing Scholarship

Larry Guthrie started his higher education at Wenatchee Community College and played football then transferred to Gonzaga University, graduaing with the Degree in Business Economics in 1966. His mother also attended Gonzaga while going to nursing school at Sacred Heart Hospital and receiving her nursing degree in 1941. She always spoke highly of her education at Gonzaga University. In honor of his mother, Larry established this scholarship in 2005. To find out more, contact Gonzaga University, 502 East Boone Avenue, Spokane, WA 99258-0102, phone (800) 986-9585, or visit gonzaga.edu/campus-resources/offices-and-services-a-z/University-Relations/Giving/Impact/Stories/Guthrie.asp.

Abell-Hanger Foundation Nursing Awards

Students who participate in the programs of the Texas Interscholastic League Foundation and want to study nursing may get financial help through Abell-Hanger Foundation Nursing Awards. The awards ware $8,000 each, payable $2,000 each semester of the first two years. Preference is given to award applicants from 56 West Texas counties. Recipients are required to have an SAT/ACT score of 1650/24 or higher and attend a sate supported, fully accredited four-year university or college. Contact Brenda Baxendale, TILF Scholarship Coordinator, P.O Box 8028, Austin, Texas 78713-8028, phone (512) 232-4937 or visit uiltexas.org/tilf/scholarships.

Minnesota State University Mankato Nursing Scholarships

The nursing program at Minnesota State University Mankata has grown over the past few years and their scholarship offerings show it. Nursing scholarships for undergraduate students include SNA (Student Nurse's Association) Award, Patrick Willette Memorial Nursing Scholarship, Waunda-Mae Wyndle Nursing Endowment Scholarship and the Accelerated Nursing Program Nursing Faculty Scholarship. Graduate scholarships include the Graduate Nursing Faculty Scholarship and the Clarice Joan Amundson Nursing Endowment Scholarship.

Requirements for each scholarship differ but usually include acceptance to a Mankato nursing program and a GPA of at least 3.0. For more information about nursing scholarships at Minnesota State University Mankato, visit mnsu.edu/admissions/scholarship.html or call Admissions at (800) 722-0544.

Bethel University Nursing Scholarships

This small private college is located in Arden Hills, Minnesota and offers numerous nursing scholarships including the Karen & Don Ciske Nursing Scholarship, Gloria Grayum Nursing Scholarship, Charles and Marilyn Gustafson Nursing Scholarship, Sagrid E. Edman Undergraduate Nursing Scholarship, Mounds Midway Nursing Scholarships and more. To get additional information, contact 3900 Bethel Drive, St. Paul, MN 55112-6999, phone (651) 638-6400, or visit bethel.edu/cas/dept/nursing/index-2.

University of Minnesota Nursing Scholarships

With the largest nursing program on the state, serious students can pursue scholarships at the University of Minnesota. There are scholarships and grants for undergraduate and graduate students as well as fellowships awarded to eligible graduate students. Undergraduate nursing scholarships include the Jean Rossman Field Nursing Scholarship, Class of 1960 Nursing Scholarship, Jean Douglas Hall Nursing Scholarship, Danielson Nursing Scholarship and many more. Graduate nursing scholarships include the Shirley A. Berglund Nursing Scholarship, Kathleen Dineen Nurse-Midwifery Scholarship, Fairview Nursing Scholarship and more. Visit nursing.umn.edu/ to find out more about the nursing program and scholarships.

New York University Nursing Scholarships

Before applying for nursing scholarships from New York University, students must complete the FAFSA process. Nursing scholarships from NYU include the David J. Knight and Joseph P. Calagreco HIV Nursing Scholarship Fund, Harriet Heibrunn Nursing Scholarship, Rudin College of Nursing Scholarship and more. To receive additional info about NYU College of Nursing scholarships, call (212) 998-1270 or visit nyu.edu/nursing/academicprograms/futurestudents/scholarships/undergrad.html.