Student Scholarship Programs
Geraldine "Polly" Bednash Scholarship
The new scholarship program provides $5,000 in support to outstanding nursing students in baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs at AACN member institutions. Eligible applicants must be admitted or enrolled in a nursing school affiliated with CertifiedBackground.com or have submitted an application through nursing’s centralized application service, NursingCAS (see https://portal.nursingcas.org).
The CertifiedBackground.Com-GNSA Scholarship recognizes the outstanding work of graduate nursing students who are advancing the nursing profession through a commitment to innovation, leadership and mentoring and will award two $2,500 scholarships each semester to eligible GNSA members.
To apply, visit www.aacn.nche.edu/students/gnsa/cb-scholarship
Hurst Reviews/AACN Nursing Scholarship
Hurst Review Services and AACN are partnering to offer a new scholarship program to recognize and reward outstanding students in prelicensure nursing programs. Two scholarships in the amount of $2,500 will be distributed each Fall and Spring to students enrolled in AACN member institutions.
Uniform Advantage–GNSA Scholarship
The Uniform Advantage–GNSA Scholarship was developed to support graduate nursing education and recognize students working to positively impact the future of healthcare. One $2,500 scholarship will be awarded in the fall and spring semester to eligible GNSA members.
To apply, visit www.aacn.nche.edu/students/gnsa/ua-scholarship.
Minority Nurse Faculty Scholarship
AACN, with support from the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future, is currently offering a sixth round of scholarship funding to underrepresented minority (URM) nursing students who plan to work as nursing faculty after graduation. Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a doctoral nursing program or a clinically-focused master’s degree program.
See Previous Scholarship Winners
AfterCollege/AACN Nursing Scholarship Program
The AfterCollege-AACN Scholarship Fund supports students who are seeking a baccalaureate, master’s or doctoral degree in nursing. Special consideration will be given to students in a graduate program with the goal of becoming a nurse educator; completing an RN to BSN or MSN program; and those enrolled in an accelerated nursing program.
New Careers In Nursing
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and AACN are pleased to issue a new Call for Proposals for the RWJF New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program. This groundbreaking program is designed to alleviate the nation’s nursing shortage by dramatically expanding the pipeline of students in accelerated baccalaureate and master's nursing programs. Scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each will be awarded to up to 400 entry-level nursing students through this fourth round of funding. Preference will be given to students from groups underrepresented in nursing or from a disadvantaged background.
NOTE: Applicants must apply directly to schools of nursing, not through AACN.