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

A listing of numerous scholarships with varying requirements.

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 Academy of CPR and First Aid

The American Academy of CPR and First Aid offers the “Save a Life” Scholarship for $1500 every fall and spring semester.

American Assembly for Men in Nursing

The American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN) Foundation offers varying scholarships dependent upon the generosity of their members and donors. They provide a link listing various scholarships available to nursing students through other organizations.

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

Coursey Enterprises



Offers scholarships each fall and spring for first-year nursing students. Applications are accepted between September 1 and December 1 for the spring scholarship and between February 1 and May 1 for the fall scholarship.

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.

EduMed Scholarships


Provides scholarship resources for students pursuing careers in healthcare.

EduMed Scholarship Resources for Women


Provides a list of scholarship resources specifically for women pursuing careers in healthcare.

F.A. Davis Nursing Scholarship

F.A. Davis offers scholarships each year to students studying nursing and health sciences.

Greater Lee’s Summit Health Care Foundation 

For students who have lived for five years in Lee’s Summit, or graduated from a Lee’s Summit high school, with at least three semesters of college-level health care studies.

Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) – U.S.  Army

The U.S. Army can help pay for nursing degree programs for active duty and reserve members.

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. Recently accepted or currently enrolled students in any BSN, MSN, or DNP program (any specialty) are eligible to apply.

Illinois Farm Bureau Rural Nurse Practitioner Scholarship


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. Requires Illinois residency, must be a registered nurse in the state of Illinois, and have current acceptance in a university nurse practitioner program.

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 

The Foundation Research Grant Program application is available to NAPNAP members. Other awards are available as well. See website for details

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 program 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


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 $12,500 annually, depending on need. Visit peointernational.org to learn more about eligibility and request an application.

The Recovery Village

Recovery Village is a mental health organization with locations across the country, dedicated to helping those struggling with substance abuse into recovery. Their website provides a list of scholarship opportunities for students pursuing careers related to substance abuse and mental health.

Office of Rural Health and Primary Care – MO Dept. of Health & Senior Services

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. For Missouri residents. Applications accepted between January 1 and March 1 each year.

Office of Rural Health and Primary Care – MO Dept. of Health & Senior Services

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. Applications accepted between January 1 and March 1 each year.

Saint Francis Healthcare Scholarship Program

The organization offers 22 scholarships of up to $2000 annually to students pursuing careers in health care.

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. If webpage is outdated, search “scholarship” in the site’s search bar to find the current semester’s scholarship.  

Specialized Training Assistance Program (STRAP)

Army and National Guard Program: All MSN STRAP applicants must provide proof of unconditional acceptance into the education program for which they’re seeking funding. Participants receive a monthly stipend of $2,122. HPLRP loans may additionally be offered. For every six months’ stipend, the recipient will incur a one-year service obligation.

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.

Travel Nurse Across America

Travel Nurse Across America, a travel nurse staffing agency, offers a $2500 scholarship for students seeking a BSN degree.

University HQ

A free educational resource for helping students find the best scholarships available.

8 and 40 Nurses Scholarship

The 8 & 40 is rooted in supporting the medical community, specifically those professionals directly involved in respiratory illnesses in children. The organization offers the National Nurses & Respiratory Scholarship: Applications are accepted between January 1 and May 15 each year.

Please note:
 The above awards are not affiliated with MU or the Sinclair School of Nursing. The University is not responsible for the contents or reliability of any other websites to which we provide a link or download, and does not necessarily endorse the views expressed within them. Students should always use caution when providing personal information to any third party and should never pay money to secure a scholarship.

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 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.