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Undergraduate scholarships

How to apply

For internal scholarships:
-  You must have a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file before you can be considered for any scholarships.
-  You do not need to apply for individual scholarships. Submit the scholarship application for your degree program to the Sinclair School of Nursing Office of Student Affairs.
-  Once your application is received, you will be eligible for any scholarship for which you meet the eligibility criteria.

For questions about Sinclair School of Nursing Scholarships please contact the Scholarship Coordinator:
Chalyn Elking
S249 School of Nursing
Columbia, MO 65211
(573) 884-3775 

Internal Scholarships

PLEASE NOTE:  NOT ALL of the MU or Nursing Scholarships require financial need. Some are based on scholarly work and others on demonstrating a passion for the profession. If you think you might not qualify for need-based awards, students are still encouraged to submit your nursing scholarship application and FAFSA, in order to be eligible for non-need based scholarships.

Where you are from can add additional scholarships to your list, since some of our scholarships are designated by donors for students from certain counties and high schools!  So, the more information you provide on your Nursing Scholarship Application, the greater number of scholarships you may qualify for.

Please see the examples below

County and High School Specific Scholarships exist for those from:
  • Audrain County
  • Boone County
  • Hallsville High School
  • Hickman High School
  • Mercer County
  • Monroe City High School
  • Pettis County
  • Rockbridge High School
  • Saline County
  • St. Charles County High School
Special Groups or Affiliations:

University Scholarships:

MU also offers over 100 general scholarships through the Office of Student Financial Aid to students based on academic achievement and financial need, but other factors such as high school attended and hometown also are considered.

Note: While most of the nursing-specific scholarships are limited to students currently enrolled in the clinical nursing and graduate programs, entering freshmen may be eligible for general scholarships through the MU Office of Financial Aid. To be considered for general scholarships, complete the general scholarship online application by December 1.

For questions or additional information contact:

  • Office of Student Affairs
  • S235 School of Nursing
  • Columbia, MO 65211
  • Phone: 573-882-0277 or 1-800-437-4339

External scholarships:

We frequently hear about external opportunities that might be beneficial to our students.  Students should check frequently as this is a fluid list that changes often. You will need to apply directly to each individual scholarship by following the directions given by the organization offering the scholarship.

Existing Opportunites for External Scholarships

Healthcare Leaders Scholarship

The Healthcare Leaders Scholarship is offered to qualified applicants who are entering or currently pursuing an educational program related to nursing or medicine.

Diversity Nursing is a "niche" website for Nurses from student nurses up to CNO's. We are a Career Job Board and Information Resource for all Nurses regardless of age, race, gender, religion, education, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or physical characteristics. While visiting our website, Nurses can explore all the opportunities and information available to them.

AfterCollege/AACN Nursing Scholarship Fund

Students currently enrolled in a bachelor's, master's or PhD program and who have a 3.25 GPA. Special consideration will be given to students in the RN–BSN, accelerated BSN, master's or PhD programs.

ACLS Training Association

This scholarship program is open to all college students who are currently enrolled in any medical education program. Simply submit an essay outlining a past experience with lifesaving techniques or how to use these techniques in a future life saving situation.

American Assembly for Men in Nursing

The American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN) sponsors five different scholarships specifically for male nursing students enrolled in either an undergraduate or graduate accredited nursing program who have completed a minimum of one academic term.  Award amounts range between $1,000 and $5,000 each. The deadline to apply is June 1st. Applicants must be a member of the AAMN. Visit their website for additional membership information.

National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners 

There are many scholarships available including the Elaine Gelman Scholarship for legislatively active students, the McNeil PNP Student Scholarship for students enrolled in pediatric nurse practitioner programs, and the McNeil Rural and Underserved Scholarship for a PNP student who will provide primary care to children and families in rural or underserved areas.

The Foundation of the National Student Nurses Association

The Foundation of the National Student Nurses' Association (FNSNA) was created in 1969 to honor Frances Tompkins, the Association's first Executive Director. Organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, FNSNA awards scholarships to qualified nursing students annually.

Greater Saint Louis Community Foundations 

The Norbert Siegfried Scholarship Program offers two scholarships for students living within the St. Anthony’s Medical Center Health service area (specific zip codes in the St. Louis area). One scholarship is for students in the health professions and the other is for students in any field who have a parent employed by the hospital.

Greater Lee’s Summit Health Care Foundation 

For students who either currently reside in Lee’s Summit, or graduated from a Lee’s Summit high school, with at least one year of college-level health care studies.

CampusRN scholarships and jobs

Visit CampusRN to apply for nursing student scholarshipss and search nursing and healthcare jobs.

"Back to School" Nursing Scholarship

This scholarship is a $2,500 award for accelerated or RN-BSN nursing students

Army Nurse Candidate Program (ANCP)

This is a BSN degree program only. Provides $10,000 bonus (split disbursement) and $1,000 per month stipend during months enrolled in a full-time CCNE or NLN accredited BSN producing nursing program. Must complete BSN between 6 months to 24 months then pass NCLEX-RN.Students need to have a 3.2GPA, be a U.S Citizen and be otherwise qualified to serve in the Army.  Contact David Dupont at or (877) 857-8745.