How to Get a Scholarship for Nursing School

Nursing is currently one of the most demanding careers in the United States so by choosing nursing school, you are giving yourself the benefit of getting a job easily and quickly after graduating. Unlike other majors, nursing has a very high employment rate. Unfortunately, nursing school isn't cheap and you may need assistance paying for it. Aside from financial aid like the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) and similar financial aid resources, you can also apply for a scholarship. Many different places will offer scholarships, including hospitals, nursing schools, and non-profit organizations.

Choosing a Nursing School

To start on your financial aid endeavor, first look for a nursing school you want to attend. This might be a nursing school close to home or one that offers scholarships to their new students who show potential. Research various nursing schools while also researching scholarship foundations; some of the scholarships require you to go to a specific nursing school so if you can get accepted to that school, you might improve your chances for getting the scholarship. Apply for the nursing school you want to attend and if you get accepted, move on to looking for scholarships.

Researching Scholarship Organizations

Begin researching different hospitals, medical associations, and organizations that offer scholarships to nursing schools. Some scholarship programs are for anyone in the medical industry, others are for nursing specifically, and some are for any professional degree the student wants to obtain. Start by looking for nursing-specific scholarships as you have a higher chance of getting one of these than a general scholarship open to everyone. When conducting your research, learn more about the organization offering it, what their qualifications are, and how the application process works.

Applying for the Scholarship

Once you have the scholarships you want to apply to, follow each of their instructions exactly. Pay attention to any application fees (this is rare, but possible) the due date it must be submitted by, and how to properly submit it. Don't email an application to an organization who says on the application instructions that they want it mailed or faxed. They will not appreciate you not following directions. Fill out the application honestly and in full, not leaving anything out or fabricating information.

The Interview Process

If you are contacted by the organization for an interview, that means they liked your application and are being considered. While this is a good thing, it can also be nerve-wracking. The best thing you can do is prepare for your interview by knowing everything about the organization and history of the scholarship and what they're looking for in a candidate. Arrive promptly and be prepared to answer their questions honestly.