For many students, the most important question to answer before going to school is, “How will I pay my expenses?” While there are many options such as grants and student loans, one area that many people neglect to investigate thoroughly is scholarships.
As a candidate for a nursing degree, there are many scholarships available. By simply taking the time to do some investigative work, you may find that there are thousands of dollars that you could earn to put toward your education. Scholarships are funds that come from all kinds of organizations. Some colleges and universities offer their own scholarships while some can be earned from private institutions and foundations. This type of money doesn’t have to be paid back. And scholarships can very greatly in their requirements. So while you may think that you have to have perfect grades to get a scholarship, the truth is that many are open to you based on other criteria.
It’s true that many educational scholarships are contingent upon a specific GPA. That said, there are also scholarships that are awarded by where you live geographically, extracurricular activities you pursue, your ethnicity, and some are even earmarked for nontraditional students who are returning to education after having been working for years.
There are several different ways you can search for scholarships to help fund your education. The first is by talking to the college or university you plan to attend. Many financial aid offices contain file after file of scholarships that students can apply for. In some cases applications are very detailed. However, there are some scholarships that only require you to fill out one sheet of paper.
In addition to working with your local educational institution, you may also want to talk with people at your local healthcare agencies. Hospitals often provide scholarship money to students who are willing to commit a specific amount of time working for that hospital after graduation. This is one way they can be sure they’ll continue to have quality nurses staff.
Finally, you shouldn’t forget about the valuable tools of the Internet. There are many sites that can help you to search for nursing scholarships. Johnson and Johnson sponsors the DiscoverNursing.com site that has a search engine specifically related to nursing scholarships.
The field of nursing is in demand. And many institutions are willing to invest in your education because they know the value of well-educated nurses.