External Scholarships from Sources Outside Vanderbilt

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.


AARP Andrus Foundation Graduate Scholarships in Gerontology

Only nominations from faculty at academic institutions are accepted; only 1 student may be nominated per institution. Nominees must be currently enrolled in a master's or doctoral gerontology or aging studies program in the United States. Doctoral applicants must have completed 2 years of their degree program. All applicants must be planning to work in the field of aging. Selection is based on academic record, academic honors received, membership in honorary societies, graduate assistantships received, faculty recommendations, and career commitment. Preference is given to students attending institutions belonging to the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. Deadline is January of each year.


Association for Gerontology in Higher Education
1030 15th Street, N.W., Suite 240
Washington, DC 20005
Phone (202) 289-9806
Fax: (202) 289-9824
Email: aghetemp@aghe.org


Advanced Degree Programs of Nursing Education

George B. Boland Nurses Training Trust Fund Award is for nursed enrolled in an Advanced Degree program.


George B. Boland Scholarship Trust Committee
National Forty and Eight
777 North Meridian St
Indianapolis, IN 46204-1170
Phone (317) 634.1804


American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)

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


AANP Foundation
Scholarship and Grants Program
P.O. Box 10729
Glendale, AZ 85318-0729
Phone (623) 376.9467
Fax (623) 376.0369
Email: foundation@aANP.org


American Cancer Society

RNs enrolled specifically for education in oncology nursing.


Scholarships in Cancer Nursing
Director of Nursing Programs
1599 Clifton Road, N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30329


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.


Nurse-Midwifery Scholarship Committee
Boston University School of Public Health
80 E. Concord Street, A 206
Boston, MA 02118


American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC)

Fellowships offered based on American Indian heritage and financial need.

American Indian Graduate Center

4520 Montgomery Blvd NE Suite 1B
Albuquerque, NM 87109-1291
Phone (505) 881-4584
Fax (505) 884-0427
Marveline Vallo, Academic Advisor
Email: Marveline@aigc.com


Association of Operating Room Nurses (AORN)

Applicants must be RNs and members of AORN.


AORN, Inc Scholarship Board
2170 South Parker Road, Suite 300
Denver, CO 80231-5711
Phone (800) 755-2676


Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)

Applicants must be RNs and AWHONN members, pursuing a master's degree in nursing or a nurse practitioner or midwifery certificate.


AWHONN Professional Development Division
409 12th Street S.W. Suite 300
Washington, D.C. 20024-2137
Huntsville Hospital

HH provides educational assistance to its employees in the amount of 50% liability for tuition and lab fees. This assistance is for tuition only.

Huntsville Hospital
101 Sivley Road
Huntsville, AL 33581


Bureau of Health Professions Nursing
Scholarship Program

The Nursing Scholarship Program (NSP) provides scholarships to individuals for attendance at schools of nursing. In exchange for an NSP scholarship, a participant agrees to provide full-time clinical service for not less than 2 years at a health care facility with a critical shortage of nurses. Under certain circumstances, an individual may complete his or her service obligation on a part-time basis. An "eligible applicant" is a U.S. citizen or national who is enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a professional program as a full-time or part-time student in an accredited school of nursing. Funding preference shall be given to qualified applicants with the greatest financial need.




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.

Apply for the CampusRN - Tennessee Nursing Scholarship
Tennessee Nursing Scholarship
Visit CampusRN to apply for the $2500.00 regionalscholarship.


Huntsville Hospital

HH provides educational assistance to its employees in the amount of 50% liability for tuition and lab fees. This assistance is for tuition only.


Huntsville Hospital
101 Sivley Road
Huntsville, AL 33581


Indian Health Service (IHS)

The Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA) and its subsequent amendments of 1980, 1988, 1992, and 1996 authorize the IHS to conduct three interrelated scholarship programs to train the professional health personnel necessary to staff IHS health programs serving the Indian people. Both full and part-time student opportunities are available. If you would like further information regarding the benefits, policies and application information please contact our office at the number below. Applicants must be American Indian or Alaska Native.


Indian Health Service Scholarship Program
801 Thompson Avenue, Suite 120
Rockville MD 20852
Phone (301) 443.6197
Fax (301) 443.6048


Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson provides an extensive list of 368 nursing scholarships available to nursing students on all levels (undergraduate, graduate, PhD and Doctoral). You can review this webpage for a list of the scholarships:  http://www.discovernursing.com/scholarships#no-filters


March of Dimes Nursing Scholarships

Four $5,000 scholarships awarded annually to RNs enrolled in graduate programs in maternal-child nursing. At lease one academic term must be completed after May, 2001. Applicants should be members of ACNM, AWHONN, or NANN.


Education Services Department, March of Dimes
1275 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, New York 10605
Phone (914) 997.4456
Email: Profed@modimes.org

Mid-South Division of the American Cancer Society

This organization offers scholarships to oncology nursing students. Master's level nursing scholarships provide a variable amount per year. Doctoral nursing scholarships provide $16K per year and are renewable for 4 years. Funds are provided directly to the applicant and can be used to support living expenses as well as school/research costs.

Ryan Palmer, VP Constituent Relations
Application Deadline: December 15th

National Health Service Corp (NHSC)  

Loan repayment and Scholarship - http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/loanrepayment and http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/scholarships/index.html


The National Health Service Corp offers financial alternatives to students who are majoring in Family Nurse Practitioner or Nurse-Midwifery programs.  The NHSC offers a scholarship program that pays tuition, books, and fees and includes a monthly stipend.  Student contacts the NHSC for a scholarship application. The NHSC also offers a loan repayment program (NELRP) to which you apply right before the completion of your program.  Both programs require at least a two-year working commitment in one of the Eligible Health Facilities.  The NHSC is looking for students that have experienced or want to work with underserved populations in the United States.  You must be a citizen or national of the United States.  (800) 221-9393


National Society of the Colonial Dames of America American Indian Nurse Scholarship Awards

3064 Luvan Blvd., Debordieu Colony
Georgetown, SC 29440
Phone (803) 527.3140


Nursing Economic$

Award is for nurse executives who are pursuing graduate-level degrees.

Nursing Economic$ Foundation East Holly Avenue
Box 56
Pitman, NJ 08071-0056


Nurse's Educational Funds, Inc.

Applicants must be RNs seeking an advanced degree and belong to a national nursing organization.

555 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
Phone (212) 399.1428


Nursing Scholarships

NursingDegree.com is a reliable and unbiased online resource for possible outside scholarships for prospective nursing students.


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



This program is designed to encourage Tennessee residents who are nurses to become teachers and administrators in Tennessee nursing education programs.  Applicants must be enrolled in an eligible master’s degree or a post master’s degree in a nursing educational program at an eligible institution.  Awards are based on funding.  Participants of this program incur an obligation to enter a faculty or administrative position in a nursing education program, in Tennessee, immediately upon completion of the education program.  (800) 342-1663 or (615) 741-1346


Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC)- Rural Health Loan Forgiveness Program-


Student must be enrolled in a nurse practitioner program and agree to practice in a TN Health Resource Shortage area for one year for each year of funding received.  Award amount is $12,000 or the cost of tuition, mandatory fees, books and equipment for the program of study.   (800) 342-1663 or (615) 741-1346             



United States Public Health Service Commissioned Officer Student and Extern Program (COSTEP)

A scholarship for students in the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner/Correctional Health specialty. Participants will receive pay and allowances of approximately $2,300 per month. For every month that the selecting agency funds the student, a two-month obligation for service in that agency is incurred.

Phone (877) 463.6327
(select option # 1 then dial 43360)
www.usphs.gov/ (click on the "Applications" link)


US Army:

IT'S YOUR TIME. IT'S YOUR CAREER. MAKE THE MOST OF IT. You can make the most of your time and career by taking advantage of the benefits available to nurses serving in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. Not only will you come to know the pride that comes with serving your country as an officer, but you'll also know that you're providing our Soldiers with the best nursing care. While serving your country, you'll enjoy the privileges and respect afforded to an officer in the world's most advanced Army. In addition, you'll enjoy financial and educational benefits to help you rapidly advance your career. Find out more at  http://www.goarmy.com/amedd/nurse/benefits.html  and http://www.goarmy.com/amedd/education/hpsp.html


Washington State Health Professional Loan Repayment and Scholarship Program


http://www.hecb.wa.gov/PayingForCollege/Scholarships or http://www.wsac.wa.gov/PayingForCollege/FinancialAid

The loan repayment program provides assistance to licensed primary care health professionals. The scholarship program provides scholarships to students trying to become primary care health professionals. You do not need to be a Washington state resident to apply. 

(360) 753-7800              



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