Scholarships for Nursing Students

In addition to loan programs administered by the Financial Aid Office, the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work provides scholarship resources.  Many nursing organizations offer competitive scholarships to qualifying students who demonstrate merit, financial need and volunteer involvement. This is a partial listing of scholarship funds available to graduate-level nursing students that can reduce financial barriers for, and increase the representation of, members of the military, minorities and USC-community applicants.

Amount: $1,000

Students who preferably have an undergraduate degree from USC and are currently enrolled in a USC graduate program may be eligible for one of 15 $1,000 scholarships. Criteria for selection include academic record, financial need, activities, service and future goals.

Amount: $2,000–$7,500

The Nurses’ Float Scholarship Fund was created from funds remaining from the Nurses’ Float that appeared in the 2013 Rose Parade. The Association of California Nurse Leaders offers this annual academic scholarship to a registered nurse pursuing either an ADN to BSN or BSN to MSN degree. Membership in ACNL or California residency is not required to apply; however, a 3.0 GPA is required.

Amount: Up to $20,000

Students eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill who meet the specified criteria can earn tuition awards of up to $20,000 through a matched scholarship program with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. For more information about receiving Yellow Ribbon or other VA Benefits, please visit the USC Office of Academic Records and Registrar.

Amount: Varies

Point Foundation is the nation’s largest higher education scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer students. In addition to offering a direct financial contribution toward the cost of a student’s education, Point pairs each scholar with a mentor and participates in leadership development programs and events.

Amount: Varies

The purpose of the NTSAF is to assist students with high financial need who demonstrate an extraordinary level of community awareness in their pursuit of higher education at USC. First-generation college students and local area applicants are given primary consideration in the scholarship selection process.

Amount: Various

When considering the financial feasibility of college, service members and their families frequently overlook the more than $300 million in scholarships and grants reserved specifically for them.

Amount: Up to $50,000 loan repayment

NHSC offers tax-free loan repayment assistance to support qualified health care providers who choose to take their skills to an underserved area. Licensed health care providers may earn up to $50,000 toward student loans in exchange for a two-year commitment at an NHSC-approved site in an underserved area.

Amount: $10,000

Scholarships are for full-time students and can be applied to tuition only. Applicants can’t be current members of Town and Gown of USC and must demonstrate academic strengths, leadership and community involvement.

Amount: $1,000–$6,000

Open to NBNA members, there are several scholarships available to nursing students pursuing degrees, from the associate to doctoral level. Students must have at least one full year of school remaining at the date of application.

Amount: Varies

The goal of the GMS program is to promote academic excellence and provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students with significant financial need to reach their highest potential. Students selected as Gates Millennium Scholars will receive funds in an amount to be determined by GMS based on financial need. The award is based on the cost of tuition, fees, books and living expenses for the academic year, as well as the availability of grants and other scholarships reported on the student’s financial aid award letter.

Citation for this content: Nursing@USC, the online FNP program from the University of Southern California