Nursing has long been recognized as one of the noblest professions. People interested in studying to become nurses, nursing students or faculty completing research projects, and persons currently working in the nursing profession are eligible for grant money from a variety of sources. Nursing grants can be based on factors such as financial need, professional promise, or commitment to community service.
Some nursing grants and scholarships are intended for anyone studying to become a nurse, while others have more specific eligibility criteria. For example, the National Black Nurses Association provides awards to black nursing students in good academic standing. Awards are based on academic achievement, a personal essay, letters of recommendation, participation in student nursing activities, and involvement in the black community.
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The federal government provides many different nursing grants to people interested in this career. The National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program provides nursing grants to U.S. citizens training to become primary care physicians, certified family nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, or physician assistants. The Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program provides money to repay student loans in exchange for the recipient’s agreement to work with underserved populations.
There are also nursing grants available to provide funding for specific research projects. For example, the Woodrow Wilson-Johnson & Johnson Dissertation Grants in Women's and Children's Health provide funds to encourage original and significant research health care issues impacting women and children. The Emergency Nurses Association will provide research support grants to people completing projects related to the study of emergency nursing. The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses provides nursing grants to members who wish to complete research projects related to their field of expertise.
People who are currently employed in the nursing profession can find assistance to obtain a graduate degree. The Gerontological Society of America provides nursing grants to individuals pursing graduate degrees in gerontology. The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners also offers grants to members who wish to pursue additional education opportunities.
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