Welcome to my nursing scholarship blog post series dedicated to current and future nursing students as well as nurses in the field who want to get additional certifications and education in honor of National Nurses’s Week! I want to dispel the myth that there are college funding opportunities for those pursuing a career in nursing or currently work in the nursing field. Today’s blog post is all about nursing scholarship opportunities for K-12th grade students (including homeschool students)!
Step 1: Create your road map
In order for you to find the nursing scholarships that fit you, you need to know how and where to find them. Your road map is your personal plan that will show you exactly how and where to find these scholarships. Keep in the mind that the goal is for you to save time with searching for scholarships by focusing on the nursing scholarships that fit you. Since there are nursing scholarships for every academic level (pre-college, undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate), you want to avoid focusing on scholarships that aren’t a great fit for you.
Action Step: In order to create your road map, I suggest for you to brainstorm a list of local businesses and organizations (local colleges/universities, community, religious, government, etc). Focus on local organizations because your chances of winning them increases. By the way, this is a great family activity for students and parents, hint, hint!
Step 2: Online and Offline Nursing Scholarship Searching
Now, you have your list (if not, please complete the first step before moving on to this section) and you are ready to begin searching for nursing scholarships. I want you to organize your searching into online and offline beginning with your list. Let’s go over a few examples below:
Example 1: If your student included his or her local school (elementary, middle, or school) on the list, he or she can search online on the school district’s website for scholarship opportunities in the nursing field.
Example 2: If your homeschool student listed a local college or university (they don’t have to have current plans to attend the college or university) on the list, he or she can call (offline) or search online for nursing scholarship opportunities on the financial aid section or nursing department section of the college/university website. Keep in mind that all nursing scholarships don’t carry the requirement to attend a specific college or university.
Example 3: If your student included a local restaurant or library on the list, he or she can call (offline) or search online to see any available nursing scholarships offered by the restaurant or scholarship resources available at the library.
Action Step: Take your list and search for nursing scholarship opportunities with each organization that you included in your list. Review the examples above to help you complete your scholarship search.
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Step 3: Add this resource to your scholarship search
Your last step is to use the following resource as well to make sure that you are finding all of the nursing scholarship opportunities!