Here is a list of some of the scholarship and educational resource opportunities available for students pursuing a career in health care in Washington State. This is not meant to be a comprehensive list of all resources available in our state. To find out more about scholarships, grants, and loans you might qualify for, schedule an appointment with your school’s Financial Aid office. They will have lots of resources, information, tips and tools to help you pay for your education.
Members of racial marginalized groups make up a disproportionately small number of nurses in the profession. While members of marginalized groups made up about 40% of the U.S. population in 2019, a 2017 National Nursing Workforce survey indicates that these individuals represent only about 19.2% of registered nurses (RNs).
If you’re worried about the cost of nursing school, organizations offer many grants for marginalized nursing students.
This grant will go to an aspiring or current nurse to aid with the cost of their tuition or student loans. All levels of nursing education are eligible for this award, including current nursing students, recent nursing graduates, and aspiring nursing students.
Application deadline is May 16, 2022. Winners will be announced on Jun 16, 2022.
The new Washington College Grant is one of the most generous state financial aid programs in the nation, giving more money to more students for more kinds of education after high school. From welding to nursing, from English to computer science—whether one-year certificate or four-year college degree—the Washington College Grant can help students of all ages achieve their educational goals.
The Washington State Opportunity Baccalaureate Scholarship provides up to $22,500 in financial aid support and access to career-launching support services for students pursuing high-demand STEM and health care majors. Funding can be used for any eligible STEM or health care degree, including nursing, at any eligible public or private college or university in Washington state. To learn more about the Scholarship check out the Application Toolkit. As of Feb 12, 2021 the 2021 Baccalaureate application is closed. We will update this information when the new cycle opens.
For Community & Technical College Programs: The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship CTS Scholarship provides up to $1,500 each quarter to fund the pursuit of an eligible associate degree, certificate or apprenticeship at colleges across the state. Applications for this program are accepted three times per year. To learn more about the Scholarship chick out the CTS Application Toolkit.
The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) offers an educational opportunity for first- and second-year college students interested in exploring a career in the health professions. The program’s focus is on increasing the diversity of health professionals. The career tracks include dentistry, medicine, nursing, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, and public health. To learn more, click here to download SHPEP brochure.
AfterCollege/AACN Nursing Scholarship – available to nursing students enrolled in a baccalaureate, master’s or doctoral degree program in nursing. Special consideration will be given to students in a graduate program with the goal of becoming a nurse educator; students completing an RN-to-BSN or RN-to-MSN program; and those enrolled in an accelerated program.
The Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association Promise of Nursing Undergraduate Scholarships – For students enrolled in state-approved schools of nursing or pre-nursing in associate degree, baccalaureate, diploma, generic doctorate, and generic master’s programs
National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program – The NHSC Scholarship Program is a competitive Federal program that awards scholarships to students in return for a commitment to provide care in underserved communities. You can apply to the Scholarship Program if you are committed to primary care and accepted to or enrolled in an accredited U.S. school in one of the following primary care disciplines: physicians (MD or DO), dental, nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives, or physician assistants.
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 NHSC-approved site in a medically underserved community. For each year of financial support (up to four years), the student agrees to serve one year (minimum two years) at an NHSC-approved site in a high-need urban, rural, or frontier community across the nation.
HRSA Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program – The NHSC LRP offers fully trained primary care physicians (M.D. or D.O.), family nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, physician assistants, dentists, dental hygienists, and certain mental health clinicians $60,000 to repay student loans in exchange for two years serving in a community-based site in a high-need HPSA that has applied to and been approved by the NHSC as a service site.
Similar to the USPHS NHSC partnership described above in the scholarship section, you can take advantage of the NHSC LRP as a Commissioned officer in USPHS. Those same Federal agencies listed above also have approved loan repayment sites that concurrently allow you to accept all NHSC LRP benefits while receiving one of the most comprehensive benefit packages available to health care providers as Commissioned Corps officers.
Visit the NHSC website for further instructions and to begin the application process.
IHS Scholarship Program – Provides qualified American Indian and Alaska Native health professions students an opportunity to establish an educational foundation for each stage of their pre-professional careers.