United States Government Nursing Scholarship Program

The government has an amazing scholarship program for student nurses worth considering. It’s called the Nurse Corps Scholarship Program. This is an excellent program which helps students enrolled in LPN, ADN, BSN or graduate nursing programs. They also assist nursing students in bridge programs, such as RN to BSN or RN to NP programs.

Imagine having your nursing tuition, books, fees, uniforms and clinical supplies paid for. That’s not all, this program also pays a generous monthly stipend for the duration of time you’re in school. So, read on if you’re interested.

The Nurse Corps Scholarship program will pay for tuition, fees and other educational expenses in exchange for working in a facility which is considered to have a critical shortage of nurses after graduation. Nurses will have to work for a minimum of two years in this facility and receive the same pay as other graduate nurses. Most of these scholarship awards are reserved for nursing students pursuing a master’s level nurse practitioner degree.

In addition to having tuition and other educational expenses paid for, such as books, uniforms, fees and clinical supplies; students receive a monthly stipend of $1,289.00 per month.

In order to be eligible for this scholarship, a student must:

  • Be a United States Citizen.
  • Be enrolled in a nursing program, either Diploma, ADN, BSN or graduate nursing school at an accredited nursing school in the United States.
  • Classes must begin by September 30.
  • A student must not have any Federal Judgment Liens.
  • Must be free from existing service commitments.
  • Must not be delinquent on a Federal debt.

Preference is given to students who demonstrate the greatest financial need  and who are currently enrolled or accepted in an accredited undergraduate or graduate nursing program as a full-time student.

Application Process

The application process for the Nurse Corps Scholarship program is pretty lengthy, so it’s best to start as early as possible. There are PDF documents on their site which explain about the application and how it should be filled out. If the application is not filled out properly, you will not be considered for the scholarship. There are many documents you’ll need to get together, such as transcripts and proof of U.S. citizenship documents.

In 2012, there were 263 recipients of the Nurse Corps Scholarship Program. The next round of scholarships will be awarded in 2014, so the deadline for the application to be received is in spring of 2014. Time goes by fast, so check out their website and prepare to be a recipient of this wonderful opportunity. Good Luck to everyone who applies!  Web address: http://www.hrsa.gov/loanscholarships/scholarships/Nursing/

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About Carrie

Carrie has been a registered nurse for over 14 years. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and has worked on several units in a local hospital; including orthopedic rehabilitation, med/surg and progressive care units. Carrie currently works as a charge nurse at a hemodialysis outpatient clinic. She always wanted to become a nurse and was inspired by a relative as a young child. Carrie has been freelance writing for three years and enjoys writing about health, nutrition and inspirational writings.