External Scholarship Opportunities

The applicant is responsible for contacting all potential external scholarship sources. Resources include local libraries, searchable web sites, the internet, federal and state government programs, religious organizations, community organizations and civic groups, foundations, fraternities, sororities, and clubs.

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, VUSN assumes no responsibility therefore. Please note that the information is subject to change without notice.

Affordable Colleges Online - Scholarships for Minority Students

Financial aid for minority students. This website lists links for different scholarship opportunities for women and minority students. 

Alaska Tribal Health Facility

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) recruits for all the Alaska Tribal Health System facilities in Alaska associated with the Indian Health Service.

American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)

This website lists different types of scholarships, financial aid resources, and loan repayment programs.

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)

Applicants must be members; applicants may join at time of application.

American Cancer Society

This award supports graduate students pursuing a master's degree in cancer nursing or doctorate of nursing practice (DNP). Awards may be for two years, with stipend of $10,000 per year.

American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM)

Scholarship awarded to candidates who have completed at least one semester in an ACNM-accredited education program, obtained two faculty recommendations, been approved by the program director, demonstrated financial need and the potential to be a future leader and be a member of the ACNM.

American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC)

Graduate level fellowships awarded to United States Federally-recognized American Indian and Alaska Native community members (students) who are pursuing a graduate or professional level education.

  • American Indian Graduate Center
    3701 San Mateo NE #200
    Albuquerque, NM 87110
    Phone: 1-800-628-1920
    Fax: 505-884-0427
    Website:  www.aigcs.org/
    Additional Info:  Fellowship Opportunities

Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN)

Nursing students (applicant must be in an accredited program leading to initial licensure as an RN), baccalaureate, master, and doctoral candidates with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher. International students are welcome to apply.


CampusRN has launched a new scholarship program in conjunction with the creation of the CampusRN state edition network. This nationwide scholarship program is the most comprehensive of its kind for nursing programs and nursing students because it features scholarship winners from six different regions across the country in which CampusRN has launched state edition sites. CampusRN will award six $2500 scholarships to a needy and deserving nursing student in each region.

Community Foundation of Middle TN

Thanks to the generosity of our donors dedicated to investing in students' futures, we administer more than 100 scholarship funds through an open application process. Some scholarships help students from a particular school or area; others provide financial assistance to those pursuing a specific field of study; still others assist students most in need.

  • The Community Foundation Scholarships
    3833 Cleghorn Ave, Ste 400
    Nashville, TN 37215-2519
    Phone: 1-888-540-5200
    Fax: 615-327-2746
    Website:  www.cfmt.org/request/scholarships

Discover Nursing

Here you’ll find all kinds of information about the nursing profession—from scholarships and specialties to career opportunities and more.

Diversity Nursing

A company that lists various scholarship and employment resources.


An online resource in finding scholarships to help you pay for school. Get matched to scholarships based on your strengths, interests and skills.

  • Fastweb
    444 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 600
    Chicago, IL 60611
    Website:  www.fastweb.com

Foundation of the National Student Nurses' Association (NSNA)

Organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, the Foundation awards scholarships to qualified nursing students.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Provider of college financial aid to Latino students, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund offers a diverse range of scholarship programs, including Gates Millennium Scholarship.

Indian Health Service (IHS)

The IHS Scholarship Program provides qualified American Indian and Alaska Native health professions students an opportunity to establish an educational foundation for each stage of your pre-professional careers.

  • Indian Health Service Scholarship Program
    5600 Fishers Lane
    Rockville, MD 20857
    Phone: 301-443-6197
    Fax: 301-443.6048
    Website:  www.ihs.gov/scholarship

International Student Scholarships

The International Scholarship Search is the premier financial aid, college scholarship and international scholarship resource for students wishing to study abroad.

  • Envisage International Corporation
    224 First Street
    Neptune Beach, FL 32266
    Phone:  1-888-247-1387
    Fax: 904-212-0412
    Website:  www.internationalscholarships.com

March of Dimes Nursing Scholarships

To recognize and promote excellence in nursing care of mothers and babies, the March of Dimes offers several $5,000 scholarships annually to registered nurses enrolled in graduate programs of maternal-child nursing. Applicant must be a member of at least one of the following professional organizations: the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses; the American College of Nurse-Midwives or the National Association of Neonatal Nurses.

Mary Free Bed Guild Minority Scholarship Program

The Mary Free Bed Guild has established annual scholarships for minority students pursuing degrees in nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, therapeutic recreation, neuropsychology or orthotics/prosthetics. An individual is eligible to apply for a one-year scholarship for education-related expenses if he or she meets the established criteria. The scholarship amounts will vary depending on individual needs.


This website offers a list of funding from many different resources-most of them being available only to minority students. All awards have various criteria for recipients, which may include financial need, academic achievement and involvement in community service. In addition, some awards require the recipient to work in a specific location-often a medically underserved area-after graduation. Contact the sponsoring organizations listed on the website for more detailed information.

Minority Scholarships

TheBestColleges.org is committed to helping students of all demographics in paying for education with research on scholarships, grants, and more. They have a guide to College Affordabilty for Minority Students that provides easy access to scholarship resources with helpful information on how to apply.

MinuteClinic TOGETHER WE CARE Nurse Practitioner Scholarship Program

MinuteClinic and Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. have teamed up again to for the TOGETHER WE CARE Nurse Practitioner Scholarship Program. Must be enrolled in either a nurse practitioner program with a nationally accredited master's degree leading to licensure as an APRN with family nurse practitioner specialty OR with a special interest in community or public health. Alternatively, you must be enrolled in a nationally accredited doctor of nursing practice program leading to licensure as an APRN with family nurse practitioner specialty or with other specialty. Must demonstrate high academic performance, with a GPA or 3.2 or higher. Must have strong community involvement/leadership activities

National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN)

Open to Hispanic students. U.S. citizens or legal residents. Open to students enrolled in nursing school and must be a member of NAHN.

  • NAHN National Association of Hispanic Nurses
    1500 Sunday Drive, Suite 102
    Raleigh, NC 27607
    Phone: 919-537-5443
    Fax: 919-787-4916
    Website:  www.nahnnet.org

National Black Student Nurses Association, Inc. (NBNA)

The NBNA offers various scholarships each year ranging from $500-$2,000.

  • National Black Nurses Association Inc.
    8630 Fenton Street, #330
    Silver Spring, MD 20910
    Phone: 301-589-3200
    Fax: 301-589-3223
    Website:  www.nbna.org

National Health Service Corp (NHSC)

The Scholarship Program pays tuition, fees, other educational costs, and provides a living stipend in return for a commitment to work at least 2 years at an NHSC-approved site in a medically underserved community. The NHSC also offers tax-free Loan Repayment Program to support qualified health care providers who choose to take their skills where they’re most needed.

The National League for Nursing (NLN)

The NLN offers Nursing Education Research Grants and the Foundation for Nursing Education Scholarship Awards.

National Society of the Colonial Dames of America - American Indian Nurse Scholarship Program

The American Indian Nurse Scholarship Award Program was started by the NSCDA in 1927 to give students of American Indian descent the opportunity to pursue careers in nursing. The students are expected to return to work among their people to help improve health care. Some students work on reservations, and others find employment in hospitals in areas largely populated by American Indians. Intended originally to benefit females only, the program has expanded to include males and the career goals now include not only nursing careers, but jobs in health care and health education, as well. The current goal is to grant a $1,500 scholarship each semester, as long as the student remains in academic good standing. The scholarship money is restricted to tuition and specific academic expenses. To meet the financial demands of their education, many students seek additional government grants and subsidies and maintain part-time jobs.

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR)

The NSDAR awards multiple scholarships to students showing dedication to the pursuit of degrees in diverse disciplines including history, law, nursing, and education. The DAR Scholarship Committee awards scholarships to qualified applicants regardless of race, religion or sex. All multi-year scholarships, typically renewable up to four years, must be for consecutive years of attendance at an accredited college or university in the United States. The only exception is the American Indian Scholarship that is available for students pursuing vocational training. All applicants must be citizens of the United States and must attend or plan to attend an accredited college or university in the United States. DAR chapter sponsorship is not required; however, a chapter or state chairman may work with the applicant to put the information together to send to the DAR Scholarship Committee.

Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation (NPHF)

The NPHF/Procter & Gamble Endowed Scholarships are awarded to nurse practitioner graduate students who have made significant positive contributions in school, in the community, or in patient care while in the pursuit of an advanced degree. They offer three Scholarship & Award opportunities. NOTE: There is no online submission process. You MUST mail the application.

NURSE Corps Scholarship Program

NURSE Corps Scholarship Program enables students accepted or enrolled in a diploma, associate, baccalaureate or graduate nursing programs, including RN to BSN, RN to MSN-NP, Direct Entry MSN-NP program to receive funding for tuition, fees and other educational costs in exchange for working at an eligible NURSE Corps site upon graduation.

Nurse's Educational Funds, Inc. (NEF)

To promote leadership through scholarship support for professional nurses seeking masters and doctoral degrees in nursing education, practice, service and research.

  • Nurse's Educational Funds, Inc.
    137 Montague Street, Suite 144
    Brooklyn, NY 11201
    Phone: 917-524-8051
    Website:  www.n-e-f.org

East Tennessee Foundation Scholarships (ETF)

We administer more than 50 scholarship funds. ETF scholarship program requirements range from financial need to scholastic achievement. Several scholarships are targeted toward specific schools or counties, students involved in certain extracurricular activities, or those who may not display the highest scholastic rankings yet still possess great potential and motivation. Others are geared toward students pursuing a specific field, such as business or nursing. Students apply to the program and, if eligible, can be awarded scholarships from one or more of these unique funds established by a variety of donors.

  • East Tennessee Foundation
    520 W. Summit Hill Drive, Suite 1101
    Knoxville, TN 37902
    Phone: 1-877-524-1223
    Fax: 865-637-6039
    Website:  www.easttennesseefoundation.org

Scholarship America

Our mission is to mobilize America, through scholarships and educational support, to make postsecondary success possible for all students. We do this through core programs and businesses that support students in their education journey.

Student Scholarship Search

StudentScholarshipSearch helps students find scholarships that are most relevant to their background, field of study, sport, skill, interest, achievement, or other attribute. Whether you're in grad school or were just accepted into college, we'll have a match for you.

Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) - Graduate Nursing Loan Forgiveness Program

The Graduate Nursing Loan-Forgiveness Program is designed to encourage Tennessee residents who are registered nurses to become teachers and administrators in Tennessee nursing education programs. To be eligible, the applicant must: be a Tennessee resident be enrolled in an eligible master’s degree or a post master’s degree in a nursing educational program at an eligible institution.

U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps

If you are interested in becoming an officer in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, please note that applications for specific professions are accepted based on the current needs of the Corps. Please visit our How to Apply page for updates on which professions are currently being accepted.

  • Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service
    1101 Wootton Pkwy
    Rockville, Maryland 20852
    Phone: 1-800-279-1605
    Website:  www.usphs.gov

Washington Student Achievement Council Loan Repayment for Health Professionals

The Health Professional Loan Repayment Program encourages licensed primary care health professionals to serve in Washington's critical shortage areas. The program provides financial assistance through either conditional scholarships or loan repayment. The loan repayment portion of the program provides educational repayment assistance to licensed primary care health professionals. Applicants agree to provide primary care health care in rural or underserved urban areas with designated shortages. The FSLRP Provider Application opens in January and closes March 11, 2016. It is a two-year contract with a maximum award of $70,000. Awardees must work a minimum of 40 hours per week. It is a minimum three-year contract with a maximum award of $75,000. Awardees may work less than full time, but a minimum of 24 hours per week, which then prorates their service.

  • Washington Student Achievement Council Loan Repayment for Health Professionals
    917 Lakeridge Way SW
    Olympia, WA 98502
    Phone: 360-753-7800
    Website:  www.wsac.wa.gov/health-professionals

The Washboard.org

TheWashBoard.org is committed to increasing access to scholarships and financial aid for Washington students. Launched in 2010, theWashBoard.org, a free, web-based scholarship matching clearinghouse for Washington residents and students, serves as a simple and central scholarship search and application resource.


Searchable Web Sites for Finding External Scholarships