Internal Nursing Scholarships

The Sinclair School of Nursing offers a number of internal nursing-specific scholarships for undergraduate clinical nursing majors, graduate and post-graduate students. These awards are made possible through direct giving to the Sinclair School of Nursing by alumni and friends. Applications and Sinclair School of Nursing Supplemental Questions (see below) are being accepted through April 1, 2019, for all traditional students and June 1, 2019, for accelerated, RN-BSN, RN-MSN and graduate students. Please complete the Annual Scholarship Application via MyZou to apply.

Instructions for completing the Annual Scholarship Information

  1. Log into myZou using your PawPrint and password.
  2. Select Self Service in the left-hand menu.
  3. Select Campus Finances.
  4. Select Annual Scholarship Application.
  5. Select the appropriate aid year from the Aid Year Select page.
  6. Complete the Scholarship Application. Your current academic program will be populated. If you are applying to a different program, you may add additional programs. (Note: Adding additional programs does not officially change your major. New students must request program and major changes through the Office of Admissions. Current students must contact their academic adviser in their intended program.)
  7. Click the button for “Next Page” to see specific questions related to your indicated program when applicable.
  8. Make sure to save or submit your application. If you are not able to complete the application, you may click save and return later to finish your application. Your application submission date will be the date the application was first saved or submitted. You may log back in at a later time to complete or update your application. If you saved or submitted your application previously, the original submission date will not change.

In the box labeled “Write an essay,” please write a personal statement. Include your area of study (traditional, accelerated, RN-BSN, RN-MS(N), DNP, PhD), your clinical area of interest (pediatrics, oncology, etc.), 1-2 career/academic goals, and 1-2 examples of community, professional, and/or academic activities in which you are currently engaged. Please keep in mind this section is limited to 200 words.

Please contact Student Financial Aid at 573-882-7506 or if you have issues with the application.

By January 31, 2019 or upon receipt of your scholarship application information from Financial Aid, we will send an email with a link to the Sinclair School of Nursing Supplemental Questions. This supplementary application is for Nursing students who wish to be considered for those scholarships specific to the Sinclair School of Nursing. Following this process will ensure you are considered for all scholarships delivered through the School of Nursing.

Before you get started, it is recommended that you have completed the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Although this is not mandatory, the majority of our scholarships require proof of financial need which is determined by your FAFSA report. The Mizzou Priority Deadline to submit the FAFSA is February 1, 2019.

* International Students should NOT complete the FAFSA as you are not eligible for US Federal Financial Aid.  Filling out the FAFSA will create problems/delays in the application process. 

Contact SSON Scholarship Office

Phone: 573-882-0277

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.

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.

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.

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.
Armenian Women – Not Just A Pretty Face To promote awareness of the achievements of Armenian women. Undergraduate and post-graduate students in an accredited educational institution are eligible. Applicants are not required to be of Armenian heritage to apply.
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.
Back to School Nursing Scholarship This scholarship is a $2,500 award for all graduate nursing students.
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CampusRN has $15,000 in Scholarships Available to Nursing & Allied Health Students.
Visit CampusRN to apply for nursing student scholarships and search for nursing and healthcare jobs.
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
CPR Certification Institute Any undergraduate or graduate college student who currently is enrolled in any form of “healthcare degree” program or courseware may apply.
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.
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.
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.
Greta James Memorial Scholarship This award is offered by Scrub Shopper. It is open to all legal residents who are enrolled in a medical degree-seeking program at an accredited university.
Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) Active Duty Nurse Program will pay a stipend of $2088 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 or 877.857.8745.

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.

Melnic DNP Student Scholarship Award This award is presented annually to support the education of one pediatric nurse practitioner doctoral student who demonstrates the ability to articulate and follow through an innovative solution through clinical competence and academic achievement, as well as encourage involvement in NAPNAP and promote professional development of the individual student.
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, we at National CPR Association invite you to join our 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.
Nurse Education Incentive Fund Students who enroll in the RN to MS(N) program may apply for the Nurse Education Incentive Fund. This scholarship will cover tuition in exchange for the recipient’s agreement to graduate from the SSON and teach in a Missouri RN program for at least 3 years following graduation. 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 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. $1,000 RN-BSN Challenge is a nursing advocacy organization. We believe nurses are the heart of the healthcare system and have the power to promote a healthier tomorrow.
Amount: $1,000
Annual Selection Date: September 1
Minimum GPA: 3.50
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 $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 June 1, 2019. 
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 or 877.857.8745.
Tafford Uniforms Nursing Scholarship Program Nursing students enrolled in one of the following accredited programs: BSN, MSN, LPN, LVN, or Associates Degree in Nursing and who have a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
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:
The above awards are not affiliated with MU or SSON. 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.

MU Financial Aid Scholarships

The University of Missouri offers a variety of general scholarships for which students are considered automatically when they are admitted to MU. Other MU scholarships require students to apply using the MU Annual Scholarship Application. Additional information including deadlines and applications can be found on the MU Student Financial Aid website.

Contact MU Financial Aid
11 Jesse Hall
Columbia, MO 65211-1600
Phone: 573.882.7506 or 800.437.4339
Fax: 573.884.5335

Scholarship Tools & Tips

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 outlines a smooth-sailing process to follow as you search the internet seas for education dollars.

Ready. Set. SEARCH! 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.

Your brain is now most likely exhausted from your relentless search, but the good news is you probably found one, two or even a dozen scholarships you are eager and excited to apply for, right? 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’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.