External Funding

The following are a small sample of additional funding resources to consider. The School of Nursing does not facilitate these opportunities so if you have any questions regarding those listed below, you will need to contact the organization directly. With additional searching, you may also find additional resources. Consider joining a professional nursing organization to gain access to member only funds. This is often a student membership rate to minimize the cost.

American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)
Scholarships and Financial Aid Resources for Nursing Students

U of M Graduate School Resources

Undergraduate & Graduate Students 
(select appropriate links on the left hand menu)

Fastweb or FinAid.org or AllNursing Schools.com or CollegeScholarships.org
Sources of student financial aid information, advice and tools

Annual Register of Grant Support
(check availability at a local or university library)

Health Professionals Loan Assistance Program
Health care professionals (physicians, psychiatrists, dentists, dental hygienists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and certified nurse midwives) in Wisconsin can receive up to $100,000 in educational loan assistance through the Health Professions Loan Assistance Program (HPLAP). This program makes awards to health care providers working in rural and urban under-served areas in Wisconsin. Providers must agree to work full time in an eligible site for three years. All awards are federal and state tax free. The program is open to newly hired and currently employed providers. Providers who are not currently working in an eligible location must have an employment contract when they apply. You can determine whether a site is in a shortage area at this federal website where you can search by county or this site where you can search by address. More information is available at the Office of Rural Health website.

External Funding

Open to all nursing programs

Open to all nursing programs

Affordable Colleges Online compiled a list of scholarships specifically for nursing students, as well as other financial aid resources to help make nursing school more affordable for students. The guide also offers expert advice on how to stand out from other applicants and land a scholarship.

Financial aid for undergraduate, graduate and post graduate nursing students.

A comprehensive directory of RN to BSN programs online.

Caroline E. Holt Nursing Scholarship

The Caroline E. Holt Nursing Scholarship is awarded to students who are in financial need and are accepted in enrolled into an accredited school of nursing. All applicants must obtain a letter of sponsorship from their local DAR chapter. Please send a self-addressed, stamped, business-size envelope to obtain the name and address of your state scholarship chairman and an application for any scholarships. Address your request to: Committee Services Office Attn: Scholarships 1776 D Street, NW Washington, DC 2006-5303

F. A. Davis Nursing Scholarships

F.A. Davis offers two $1,500 nursing scholarships one undergraduate nursing student and to one graduate nursing student who is studying in the US or Canada. These scholarships reflect their continuing commitment to the education of nurses and their commitment to quality health care for all of us. It recognizes the challenging, yet rewarding path nursing students have embarked on and the very special nature of those who have chosen it. 

Fairview Nursing Sponsorship

Fairview Health Services, in collaboration with The University of Minnesota School of Nursing, offers sponsorship opportunities for students who have been accepted into the Master of Nursing Program at the University of Minnesota. Additional information about the sponsorship is available in this PDF brochure

The Nursing Scholarship Program (NSP of "Nursing Scholarship") is a competitive Federal program, which awards scholarships to individuals for attendance at schools of nursing. The scholarship consists of payment for tuition, fees, other reasonable educational costs, and a monthly support stipend. In return, the students agree to provide a minimum of 2 years of full-time clinical service (or an equivalent part-time commitment, as approved by the NSP) at a health care facility with a critical shortage of nurses. Applications accepted once a year beginning in March or April and ending in April or May. Notification of acceptance will be provided by the end of July. Nursing students must be enrolled or accepted in a professional RN program (undergraduate, graduate, associate, or diploma).

The Federal Health Program for American Indians and Alaska Natives.

The McKesson Foundation and National Student Nurses' Association support education through a variety of educational grants, scholarships for employees' children, and our educational matching gift program. In order to address the urgent need for more nurses, $1,000 McKesson Nursing Scholarships are awarded annually to low-income nursing students. The scholarships are awarded to students with financial need. If the student is eligible, the scholarship is also renewable for a second year. Selection of scholarship recipients is based on academic achievement, financial need, and involvement in student nursing organizations and community health activities. Twenty-five $1,000 scholarships awarded annually. Any questions, call 718-210-0705.

MinuteClinic® and Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies Nurse Practitioner Scholarship Program.

These awards are presented to NAHN members enrolled in associate, diploma, baccalaureate, graduate or practical/vocational nursing programs. Selection of recipients is based on current academic standing. Scholarship award recipients are a select group of Hispanic students who demonstrate promise of future professional contributions to the nursing profession and who have the potential to act as role models for other aspiring nursing students. To qualify for the scholarship award, the applicant must be currently enrolled in a school of nursing and be a United States citizen or legal resident of the United States.

Scholarships.com Nursing Specific Scholarships

There are numerous scholarships listed at this site dedicated strictly for nursing students. Please feel free to check this out to see which scholarships you are eligible for.

Residency and Fellowship Opportunities

The American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN) Foundation and the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing's Future have partnered to offer this $1,000 scholarship program for male students pursuing professional nursing education programs. Established in 2004, these scholarships are intended to support male students who are seeking a pre-RN licensure or graduate degree in nursing. Applicants must submit an application with supporting documentation and already be enrolled at an accredited institution.

The Office of Rural Health and Primary Care offers several loan forgiveness (repayment) programs to health care students or residents. Check out site for a table of programs available.

The purpose of the Minnesota Nurses Association, a union of professional nurses with unrestricted RN membership, shall be to advance the professional, economic and general well-being of nurses and to promote the health and well-being of the public. These purposes shall be unrestricted by considerations of age, color, creed, disability, gender, health status, lifestyle, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation.

The NHSC scholarship is a competitive program that pays tuition, fees and provides a living stipend to students enrolled in accredited medical (MD or DO), dental, nurse practitioner, certified nurse midwife, and physician assistant training. Upon graduation, scholarship recipients serve as primary care providers between 2 and 4 years in a community-based site in a high-need Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) that has applied to and been approved by the NHSC as a service site. Awards are made to applicants most committed to serving underserved people and most likely to build successful careers in HPSAs and meet future needs for care throughout the Nation.

Scholarship recipients are awarded $3,000 per academic year, with a maximum of $6,000 over 2 years. Work repayment in an Iowa hospital is mandatory. Scholarship recipients are required to work in an Iowa hospital one year for each scholarship awarded.

Open to undergraduate programs only

Open to undergraduate programs only

This scholarship is designed to provide financial aid to eligible nursing students in their final year of Nursing School.

The Anne T. Jeanes Foundation furthers its mission by supporting the social ministry of Friends in the community through preparation of health care professionals who embrace Quaker values. Toward that end, the Foundation is making scholarship money available to high school seniors who wish to pursue the profession of nursing and have been accepted into an institution of higher education that offers an approved program of study in professional nursing. The scholarship is named after Dorothy Willets Hallowell, a long time resident of the Jeanes Hospital community and supporter of Jeanes Hospital

U.S. Air Force Nurse Transition Program

The purpose of the Air Force Nurse Transition and Residency Program is to provide newly graduated nurse access to a collection of deliberate training experiences and opportunities selected to establish a culture of ongoing professional nurse officer development. For more information on the program, contact your nearest recruiter at 402-292-1815 or david.swann.3@us.af.mil

Open to doctoral programs only

Open to doctoral programs only

HRSA continues to strengthen its commitment to address health care workforce issues by supporting the repayment of costs incurred while pursuing a career in the health professions and dedication to preparing the next generation of health professionals in turn.

**The School of Nursing applies for funding each year. If funding is received, an email announcement is sent out to students to apply for the funding. Awards are typically given in mid-late summer.**

The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Foundation (AANP Foundation) was conceived and created by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) to help meet the need for funding for NP-related education, as well as health care focused research and projects.

This Fairview Foundation scholarship is established in loving memory of Mark Cavanaugh by his parents to provide financial support to an outstanding nursing student(s) enrolled in the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program and specializing to become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner or Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a candidate(s) who has worked as a full-time nurse in pediatrics for at least one year and has completed at least one semester of DNP coursework. Each year, at least $20,000 in scholarship money will be awarded. It is anticipated that the scholarship will be available on an annual basis for ten years (until 2024).

The purpose of the NAPNAP is to support nursing research and clinical practice efforts that contribute to the improvement of the quality of life for children and their families. Through the awarding of grant funds and scholarships, the Foundation encourages research in professional nursing practice and the dissemination of nursing knowledge.

Traineeship is to support students pursing a graduate degree in fields with a severe shortage of health professionals, such as epidemiology, environmental health, toxicology, nutrition, biostatistics, and maternal and child health through the provision of tuition, fees, stipends and allowances.

To recognize and promote excellence in nursing care of mothers and babies, the March of Dimes offers several $5,000 scholarships annually to registered nurses enrolled in graduate programs of maternal-child nursing. Scholarships are supported in part by educational grants from Pampers and Evenflo. Eligibility Requirements - Applicants must be a registered nurse. - Applicant must currently by enrolled in a graduate program in maternal-child nursing at the master's or doctoral level. - Applicant must have at least one academic term to complete after May of the year in which the scholarship is awarded.

The LRPs repay the outstanding student loans of researchers who are or will be conducting nonprofit biomedical or behavioral research. Opportunities are available in five research areas - clinical, pediatric, health disparities, contraception and infertility and clinical research for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Participants in the NIH Loan Repayment Programs receive up to $35,000 annually to help repay student loans.

The Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation program includes 2 scholarships and 8 awards.

Each year the Air Force awards scholarships through the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP). It pays for tuition, books and most fees. The HPSP also gives students a monthly stipend for living expenses while they attend the school of their choice. (Because the stipend amount increases from year to year, check with your local Health Professions Recruiter for the most current amount. For more information, review HPSP brochure or contact the nearest Air Force Nurse Recruiter at 402-292-1815 or david.swann.3@us.af.mil.

NEF is a not-for-profit organization which seeks and distributes funds to baccalaureate prepared registered nurses who are in need of nursing scholarship assistance for graduate study. NEF is administered by a Board of Directors comprised of prominent leaders in nursing, business, and other professions.

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