External Nursing Scholarships

Often, outside organizations or institutions send out scholarship opportunities that appeal to nursing students. A list of external scholarships can be found listed below. Students should check back often, as this is a fluid list that changes frequently. You will need to apply directly to each scholarship individually by following the directions given by the organization offering the award.

If you are the recipient of an external scholarship, checks should be sent to:

MU Financial Aid Office
11 Jesse Hall
Columbia, MO 65211

Please make checks payable to the University of Missouri and include the student’s name, MU student ID number and address. Any questions or concerns regarding a particular external scholarship should be directed to the organization associated with the award.


AACN Scholarships & Financial Aid

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) provides information regarding a variety of scholarship and financial aid options.

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 lifesaving situation.

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, Masters or PhD programs.

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.

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 david.dupont@usarec.army.mil or 877.857.8745.

CastleBranch-GNSA Scholarship

This scholarship recognizes the outstanding work of graduate nursing students who are advancing the nursing profession through a commitment to innovation, leadership, and/or mentoring. Application Deadline: September 30 and December 30

Diversity Nursing Education Award

Visit DiversityNursing.com and register for their annual $5000 education award. DiversityNursing.com is a is 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 their website, Nurses can explore all the opportunities and information available to them.

Doctors of Nursing Practice

The source of information for and about the Practice Doctorate in Nursing.

F.A. Davis Nursing Undergraduate Scholarship

F.A. Davis offers two nursing scholarships each year, one to an undergraduate nursing student and one to a graduate nursing student.

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.

Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP)

Active Duty Nurse Program will pay a stipend of $2200+ and full tuition towards obtaining an MSN. Students need to be a U.S. Citizen and be otherwise qualified to serve in the Army. Not all MSN programs qualify. Contact David Dupont at david.dupont@usarec.army.mil or 877.857.8745.

Heart of Healthcare Nursing Scholarship

This award is offered by BestNursingDegree.com. One student will receive a $1000 scholarship that can be used toward all educational expenses, including tuition, books, and housing.

Illinois Farm Bureau Nurse Practitioner Scholarship


This program will award five scholarships for a Registered Nurse to acquire additional education at an accredited college or university to become a Nurse Practitioner. Award recipients must agree to practice in a rural area of Illinois for two years as a part of the ongoing effort to increase health care services in rural areas.

Nursing students who are likely to be invited to membership in Sigma Theta Tau nursing society based on grade point average, with preference given to students who are members of STT. Students must also demonstrate financial need and have an interest in/or participate in scholarly work or research.

Missouri League for Nursing

The MLN recognizes the need to help qualified students achieve their nursing career goals.  The amount of scholarships vary, depending on the criteria outlined in the “Rules and Regulations.”  Note to Students:  All scholarship applications MUST come from your dean.  Applications submitted directly from a student will not be considered. Students must be enrolled full-time.

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.

National CPR Association

In recognition of your commitment to helping others through practice of a medical profession, National CPR Association invites you to join their Healthcare Training Scholarship Plan to aid you in your endeavors to become a qualified professional in your chosen field. Anyone enrolled in a college program (under graduate or graduate track) can enter.

National Health Service Corps

The NHSC provides a Scholarship Programs to graduate nursing students who are committed to primary care and accepted to or enrolled in a fully accredited training program.  The scholarship pays tuition, fees, other educational costs and provides a living stipend in return for a commitment to work at least 2 years at an approved outpatient facility in a medically underserved community.  The Scholarship Program accepts applications once each year. Applicants chosen to receive the scholarship are notified no later than September 30.


The Healthcare Leaders Scholarship is offered to students entering or currently pursuing an educational program related to nursing or medicine. Students must be at least 17 years of age and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation

The Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation (NPHF) seeks funding to support NP graduate students as well as NP clinicians through scholarship and award programs for research, advances in clinical practice, and patient education.  Encouraging research and innovation in NP practice, in addition to helping NP graduate students attain their degrees, are key focal points of the NPHF.

P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund

The P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund provides scholarships for selected international women for graduate study in the United States and Canada. Maximum $10,000 annually, depending on need. Visit peointernational.org to learn more about eligibility and request an application.

The Recovery Village Health Care Scholarship

The Recovery Village Health Care Scholarship offers a $1,000 scholarship to students pursuing a medical, health-related course of study. Recovery Village is a mental health organization with locations across the country, dedicated to helping those struggling with substance abuse into recovery.

Missouri Office of Rural Health and Primary Care

Health Professional Nursing Student Loans
Offers forgivable loans to students pursuing careers as licensed practical nurses or professional nurses in exchange for service in an underserved area in Missouri upon completion of education.
Geographic coverage: Missouri
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis

Missouri Office of Rural Health and Primary Care

Nurse Loan Repayment Program
Provides loan repayment assistance to licensed professional nurses, advanced practice nurses, and registered nurses who agree to practice in a Health Professional Shortage Area of Missouri.
Geographic coverage: Missouri
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis

Scooter’s ‘N Chairs

Offers a $1,000 scholarship every semester to eligible students who are currently registered at an officially accredited University or College. Please write an essay on an experience over the past semester that required your use of strength and perseverance to overcome. Limit your essay to 2000 words. Deadline for applying is May 31, 2020. 

Specialized Training Assistance Program (STRAP)

All MSN STRAP applicants must provide proof of unconditional acceptance to an accredited graduate program. Participants receive a monthly stipend of $2088 towards obtaining an MSN. Certain MSN programs also qualify students to receive an additional $50,000 towards their Student Loans. Students need to be otherwise qualified to serve in the Army Reserve. Contact David Dupont at david.dupont@usarec.army.mil or 877.857.8745.

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.

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Please note:
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Scholarship Tools & Tips

Online Nursing Degrees has recently published a page titled “Nursing Scholarship Resource Page: Help Paying for Nursing School.” The piece features a list of nursing scholarships and tips to improve a scholarship application or essay. It also covers other ways to pay for nursing school, such as loan forgiveness programs. Utilize this resource as you search and apply for nursing scholarships.

The search for funds to cover the ever increasing costs of education can quickly start looking more like a circus event rather than a stroll through the park.  “The Scholarship Application Guide” published by TheSimpleDollar.com outlines a smooth-sailing process to follow as you search the internet seas for education dollars.

These scholarship search engines are great tools to help you find scholarships tailored to you.  Most of them include a treasure chest of additional resources to help you navigate your way through the college experience.

Chances are pretty good that you are going to need to write an essay or personal statement to include with your application. How you tell your story can really make or break your chances of winning. Read through SuperCollege.com’s “How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay” to take the guess work out of writing. When you’re ready to work your writing magic, be sure to make an appointment at the MU Writing Center for help along the way and gather feedback.