The WiseGeek Nurse Appreciation No-Essay Scholarship is a $500 scholarship open to those who are pursuing a career in nursing.
About the Scholarship
Nurses are the backbone of the US healthcare system. They work the front lines in hospitals and clinics, providing critical care to those who need it.
Unfortunately the US is currently experiencing a shortage of qualified nurses. Yet as the global pandemic has demonstrated, the role of nursing has never been more important.
The WiseGeek Nurse Appreciation No-Essay Scholarship is meant to support nurses and encourage more young people to consider a nursing career. The award will help current or aspiring nurses pay their student loans or tuition.
Current or aspiring nurse
Must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent legal resident
How to Apply
You can apply for this scholarship on the Bold.org scholarship platform. Just set up a student profile on Bold.org and submit your application.
Scholarship Frequently Asked Questions
When is the scholarship deadline?
The application deadline is May 1, 2021.
What is the scholarship prize?
The scholarship award is $500.
When will the winner be chosen and notified?
Prior to the announcement date, we may contact finalists with additional questions about their application. Winners will be chosen based on the merit of their application.
How will the scholarship be paid?
We will send the $500 award check to the winner in their name.
How can I contact you with questions?
If you have any questions about the scholarship, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
How will my application information be used?
WiseGeek manages this scholarship with the support of the Bold.org scholarship platform. Bold.org takes student confidentiality and privacy incredibly seriously. Please refer to the application page on Bold.org for full details.
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About Nursing Scholarships
Becoming a nurse is a big decision, and can offer both incredible challenges as well as opportunities. Nurses are critical to the medical field for keeping patients safe and healthy. They’re one of the heroes of society – without nurses, we couldn’t continue the same way!
Nursing has become a high-demand profession. With baby boomers retiring and the current pandemic ongoing, there’s a shortage of graduate nursing students entering the field. This fact is motivating institutions and organizations all over the country to step up and offer scholarships, grants, and other financial aid to absorb some of the brunt of tuition costs for nursing students.
And it’s a good thing, too, because nursing school is not cheap. Nearly 3 out of 4 nursing students graduate with student loans. In addition, tuition is on a steady rise, adding to students’ need to borrow. For example, the cost of nurse practitioner school can sometimes total over $100,000.
While these numbers may be alarming, scholarships can help. Conduct a careful search for scholarships, and then be dedicated as you select, list, and apply for as many as possible. The more opportunities you apply for, the higher your chances of winning those awards. You might be surprised how much you can save on tuition by slowly chipping away at your scholarships list!
How to Qualify for Nursing Scholarships
Eligibility requirements can vary widely and depend entirely on the specific scholarship. Many simply require the applicant to be a current or future nursing student. Still, others may seek out nursing students of a particular degree specialization or demographic.
Here are some typical eligibility requirements for nursing scholarships:
- An undergraduate or graduate student in nursing (sometimes specific to a particular level of education)
- A 3.0 GPA or higher
- (Sometimes) pursuing a particular concentration of study
- (Sometimes) belong to an ethnic minority
Keep in mind, there may be other scholarships you can qualify for that aren’t related to the field of nursing. These include scholarships that recognize:
- Unique hobbies or skills
- Academic achievement
- Athletic performance
- Musical talent
- Volunteer work
- Your identity, gender, or demographic
- Financial need
How to Apply for Nursing Scholarships
Where to Look for Scholarships
You already have plenty of resources at your fingertips to get you started on your search for scholarships. You just need to know where to look.
You might start by asking your school if they know of opportunities. If you’re still in high school, as your guidance counselor, as they may have unique insights into local or limited scholarships taking place.
Or ask the financial aid office on your college campus. They can tell you not only of specific opportunities but also of practical tips to narrow your search and optimize your applications. Don’t forget to ask the nursing department at your school of choice. They may even have special scholarship opportunities unique to nursing students at your school.
You can also ask around locally, at the hospital, library, churches, volunteer committees, or even your employment (or your parents’). Finally, search online for scholarships. You might start with the U.S. Department of Labor’s free scholarship search tool or Bold.org.
Types of Scholarship Sponsors
Sponsors of scholarships can come from various organizations and committees. For example:
- Nonprofit organizations, such as
- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- The Health Resources and Services Administration
- Minority advocacy associations
- College departments
Scholarship Application Strategy
When selecting scholarships to apply for, find a balance between applying to as many as possible and capitalizing your time on those that are likely to benefit you most (such as those with high award amounts or low competition). If an award is limited to a certain specialization or location that applies to you, you may have a higher chance of winning that scholarship.
As you send out applications, it may be helpful to first gather up all the documents and information you’ll need for your applications. While different scholarships will ask for different bits of information, it’s common to require some of the following:
- A previously-completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- ACT or SAT scores
- College or high school transcripts
- An essay or personal statement
- Your resume
- Letters of recommendation
- Other financial information
Other Nursing Scholarships
National Healthcare Heroes Grant for Nurses
- Amount: $1,000
- Application deadline: May 16, 2022
- Details: The National Healthcare Heroes Grant for Nurses has a goal to show appreciation for nurses, inspired by their heroic work on the frontlines of our battle with the current pandemic. The grant hopes to help reduce the shortage by inspiring one more person to pursue their dreams of becoming a nurse. Students of any education level are welcome to apply.
Black Nurse Magic Scholarship
- Amount: $1,500 (2 winners, $750 each)
- Application deadline: May 29, 2021
- Details: This scholarship was created in memory of Melinda Edwards-Jackson, to honor a first-generation Black nursing student who is or will be attending Prairie View A&M University. Applicants are asked to complete a short essay about achievement through hardship.
First-Gen in Health & Medicine Scholarship
- Amount: $500
- Application deadline: July 1, 2021
- Details: This scholarship is designed to recognize and support a first-generation student who is pursuing a career in medicine or public health. Students of any education level are welcome to apply, and are asked to write about their experience pursuing a degree in health or medicine and how being a first-generation student has impacted that.
Commonly Asked Questions About Scholarships for Nursing Students
What scholarships are available for nursing students?
There are plenty of scholarships opportunities available for nursing students. To get started, check out Bold’s scholarships for nursing students, such as the WiseGeek Nurse Appreciation Scholarship, the National Healthcare Heroes Grant for Nurses, the Black Nurse Magic Scholarship, or the First-Gen in Health & Medicine Scholarship.
How do I get a full ride to nursing school?
You may be able to find a single scholarship that will offer full-ride tuition coverage. But chances are, the best way to cover your entire college tuition is through multiple scholarships together. Apply to as many scholarships as you can for better chances of obtaining more awards.
How can I pay for nursing school with no money?
Start by trying for scholarships and grants, as these funds will not need to be paid back. In addition to scholarships, several government assistance programs exist to help nursing students achieve their goals. You might also try fellowships, loan forgiveness programs, work-study or working through school, employer assistance, or even military or travel nursing.
How do I get a nursing scholarship?
Simply apply! You never know what you might win unless you try. Capitalize your time by making sure you meet the eligibility requirements before beginning an application to any scholarship.
Can I get a scholarship for being a nursing student?
Yes! There are plenty of scholarships out there designed to honor nursing students and help them reach their educational and career goals.
When should I start applying for scholarships?
Deadlines for scholarships vary depending on the unique award opportunity. Pay close attention to the details of each scholarship on your list to be sure of their application deadline.
What types of scholarships are available for nursing students?
There are all sorts of scholarships for nursing students. They may be designed to recognize nursing students with a particular specialization, from a particular region, with high academic achievement, or of a particular identity (gender, ethnicity, or religion).
What to consider when applying for scholarships?
Remember that with high-competition scholarships (with high numbers of applicants), chances of winning are essentially a numbers game. Don’t let it get you down when you don’t win an award – just keep sending applications out!
How do I make my application stand out?
It’s best to submit your scholarships applications as early before the deadline as you can. Carefully follow all submission instructions (sometimes candidates are disqualified from avoidable mistakes). And if completing an essay, be creative, personal, and professional in your writing.
How can I increase my chances of getting scholarships?
First, apply to as many scholarships as you can (just make sure you meet the eligibility requirements first). But second, try to capitalize your time and efforts on the opportunities with high award amounts and/or low competition.