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Masters in Nursing Scholarships
Depending upon your financial situation, your GPA, and your skills, you may be able to pay for a substantial portion of your graduate education through scholarships. Scholarships differ from grants in that many scholarships demand that the student meet certain criteria to continue receiving funds.
How to Get Started
Since scholarships become available throughout the year, you can set a recurring time in your schedule to research nursing school scholarships. Begin with the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), and then talk with your school’s financial aid office to learn more about what is available to graduate students. The AACN (American Association of Colleges of Nursing) provides information about funds earmarked specifically for those who seek an advanced degree in nursing and the HRSA, or Health Resources and Services Administration, also offers information on basic, advanced and nurse faculty programs designed for education.
Internships & Externships
You might also explore internship and fellowship options, depending upon your future goals. Both opportunities are similar to scholarships in that they supply the nursing student with hands-on experience and may pay stipends during the time spent on the “job” or in conducting research. These opportunities can provide you with experience that provides insight into your advanced training and the experiences also can provide you with material for your master’s thesis should you need one to graduate.
Receive Money from Nursing Associations and Societies
Often, specialty nursing groups can provide funds for advanced degrees to those individuals who show dedication to that field. For instance, the Oncology Nursing Society offers more than 70 college funding opportunities and $500,000 in available awards, scholarships and research grants for students who show a commitment to this specialty.
Additionally, you may want to think about joining the Honor Society of Nursing, or Sigma Theta Tau International. This organization recognizes nurses with Chapter Key Awards, International Awards and Regional Excellence Awards that are aligned with this honor society’s mission and vision.