Continuing your education is a smart investment, but not if it breaks the bank. Now is a great time to advance your nursing career with Aurora University’s online RN to BSN program, and there are a wide variety of scholarship opportunities that can make going back to school affordable. From tuition and fees to books and living expenses, financial aid can significantly reduce the cost of higher education. Getting your bachelor’s degree in nursing is both personally and financially rewarding. To help you along the way, we’ve put together a list of scholarships for nursing students in Illinois and beyond.
1. Sonne Scholarship
This scholarship was established by the Illinois Nurses Foundation. Funds may be used toward tuition, fees or other costs. Applicants must be enrolled in a state-approved nursing program that leads to eligibility for licensure as a registered professional nurse. Scholarships are awarded in the amounts between $500 and $1,500.
For more information, visit illinoisnurses.com.
2. Program for Healthcare Careers
The Southern Illinois Healthcare (SIH) Scholarship Program combines financial aid with work opportunities. For each academic year a student receives money under the SIH program, she signs a contract agreeing to work for SIH after graduation. If you decide to leave school or work elsewhere, the full amount must be repaid as a loan. All scholarships are awarded in the amount of $3,000.
For more information, visit sih.net.
3. Nursing Education Scholarship Program
This scholarship is offered by the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Center for Rural Health and it provides financial assistance to individuals pursing a nursing degree. Its goal is to increase the number of nurses employed in Illinois. Award amounts vary by type of institution and students’ course load. To be eligible, applicants must meet the following requirements.
- Must be a resident of Illinois at least one year prior to application and be a U.S. citizen.
- Must be enrolled or accepted for admission to a nursing program in Illinois that is approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Professional Regulation.
- Must be in need to financial assistance based on Student Aid Report.
For more information, visit idph.state.il.us.
4. Illinois Student Assistance Commission’s Monetary Award Program
The Monetary Award Program (MAP) is available to Illinois residents who attend approved Illinois colleges and demonstrate financial need based on the FAFSA. High school grades and test scores are not required to apply. Grants can only be applied toward tuition and mandatory fees, and the amount awarded depends on financial need, cost of education, enrollment hours and other variables.
For a full list of requirements, visit isac.org.
5. American Assembly for Men in Nursing
The American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN) offers a variety of scholarships for men who are pursuing nursing degrees. Applicants must be members of the AAMN. Amounts of $500 and $1,000 are awarded.
For more information, visit aamn.org.
6. Nurse Corps Scholarship Program
The Nurse Corps Scholarship Program (NCSP) aids students who are enrolled or have been accepted in nursing programs. Funding can be used toward tuition, fees and other educational costs in exchange for working at eligible Critical Shortage Facilities (CSFs) for two years after graduation. NCSP is a program of the U.S. government that works to alleviate the critical shortage of nurses experienced by certain types of health care facilities. Recipients are given a monthly stipend in addition to money to cover educational costs.
For more information, visit hrsa.gov.
7. National Black Nurses Association
This scholarship provides funding for continued education and enables nurses to improve the quality of community health care. The National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) offers a variety of scholarships annually, and awarded amounts range from $1,000 to $5,000.
For a full list, visit nbna.org.
Applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Must be a member of the NBNA and a member of a local chapter (if one exists in your area).
- Must be currently enrolled in a nursing program and in good scholastic standing at the time of application.
- Must have at least one full year of school remaining.
8. Barbara Rhomberg Excellence in Nursing Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded each year to non-traditional students pursing undergraduate degrees in nursing. All students who receive the Barbara Rhomberg scholarship are awarded $1,000 payable directly to the institution in which they are enrolled. To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Must be enrolled in a full-time, undergraduate nursing program working toward a bachelor’s degree.
- Must be a non-traditional student, defined as a student who did not immediately continue their education after high school.
For more information, visit b4brands.com.
9. National Student Nurses’ Association
The National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA) offers scholarships in the range of $1,000 to $5,000. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who are currently enrolled in state-approved nursing schools. Funds are not available for graduate study, and selection is based on academic achievement, financial need and involvement in activities related to health care.
For more information, visit nsna.org.
10. Gallagher Koster Health Careers Scholarship Program
This scholarship was created to provide students with the financial assistance they need to pursue careers in health care. It is open to students entering their junior and senior year of undergraduate study who have a dedication to community service. Students must be enrolled in an accredited program and must demonstrate financial need. Furthermore, they should have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
For more information, visit gallagherkoster.com.