Are there nursing scholarships for moms?
The great thing about scholarships is that there is pretty much one for everybody. If you’re a mom considering continuing your education by going to nursing school, scholarships are a great way to get a little extra money towards your nursing education.
Since scholarships are available for so many reasons, you can search for ones intended for mothers, women, adult students, nursing, or even other attributes that might suit your background and lifestyle.
How do I start looking for nursing scholarships for moms?
Your first step in the scholarship search is to file the FAFSA®. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) is the first step in alerting colleges that you need some extra financial help so they can assess your needs. Filing the FAFSA® is an easy way to get federal and institutional funding towards your nursing school education. It also automatically puts you in the running for some institutional, need-based scholarships that schools might offer. Once you’ve completed your FAFSA®, you can start searching for additional scholarships.
Where can I find scholarships?
Scholarships are offered far and wide by organizations, companies, individuals, and even communities. A great place to start your scholarship search is by asking the financial aid office at your school. They can point you in the direction of any institutional-based or community opportunities offering scholarship money.
The important thing to note is that the earlier you start your scholarship search, the better. Many scholarships have tight deadlines that you need to get your application in by. As you find scholarships that suit your situation, stay organized so you can keep track of their deadlines to ensure you get everything submitted on time.
Staying organized through the scholarship process is the key to securing as many awards as possible. If you want to get started on your own, here are some great places to look:
Adult Nursing Student Scholarships
We’ve already put together a pretty great resource for adult nursing students, which you can find here. While this isn’t a definitive source of all nursing scholarships, it is a great jumping-off point. We recommend using this to get an idea of what’s available and then do your own internet-wide search. This brings us to the next avenue to explore…
Conduct a scholarship search
Don’t limit yourself by focusing only on scholarships for nursing students, single parents, or moms — there are a ton of opportunities for you to apply for scholarships outside of those parameters as well. In this scholarship post, we dive into where you should look for scholarships and how to start applying. Make sure to take advantage of every avenue and find as many scholarships as possible. The beauty of scholarships is that you can apply for as many as you want. The more you get, the more money you have to close your aid gap potentially and can afford your education without loans.
Nursing Scholarships for Women and Moms
If you want to start by focusing only on scholarships specifically for women and moms returning to school, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best ones to apply to. Take a look below!
Go, Girl! Grants
For: Women bettering their lives through education
Requirements: Complete application, education, and career goals, and a biography. Plus more.
Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Award
For: Low-income women and mothers
Requirements: Financial need and personal history
PEO Program for Continuing Education Grant
Requirements: within 24 months for graduation
Soroptimist Live Your Dreams Award
For: Women providing primary financial support to their families
Requirements: Enrolled or accepted to a program and show need
Women’s Independence Scholarship Program
For: Women who have survived partner abuse
Requirements: Need-based and separated from partner for at least a year
American of Medical-Surgical Nurse Foundation Scholarship
For: Nursing Students
Requirements: Member of the foundation
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Foundation Scholarship
For: Student Members
Requirements: Must be enrolled in nurse practitioner program
Amount: $1,000 – $1,500
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Scholarship
For: Nursing students
Requirements: Pursuing a bachelor’s or graduate degree
Emergency Nurses Association Foundation Scholarship
For: Undergrad or graduate nursing students
Requirements: Must be a member
National Health Service Corps Scholarship
For: Post-Grad Nurse Students
Requirements: Accepted to a nurse-midwifery and a two-year commitment to serve in an underserved area
While it might time consuming to apply for a ton of scholarships, it’s worth it. Scholarship funds don’t need to be paid back and can help you close the aid gap between federal funding and your out-of-pocket expenses. Especially for moms that are holding the financial weight of the household on their shoulders, extra money towards your nursing education can put you in much better financial positions.