University of Wisconsin–Madison

Scholarships & Aid

The School of Nursing annually awards over $400,000 in scholarships to undergraduate students. Applications will be considered for all School of Nursing scholarships as appropriate depending on some or all of the following: academic achievement, leadership ability, community involvement, personal qualifications, financial need, and career interests.


Students who are applying for admission to, or who are continuing in, either the nursing major or the BSN@Home program are eligible to apply for scholarships. BSN@Home students are eligible for scholarship support only during the semesters they are enrolled on the UW-Madison campus. Students must be in good academic standing and U.S. citizens or permanent residents

Application Process

Students apply for all School of Nursing scholarships by filling out just one application. Scholarships are awarded for one academic year, therefore students must submit a scholarship application each year. Students who wish to have financial need considered as part of their criteria are highly encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is available on-line at:

The on-line application for current nursing students is usually available between mid-January and late March. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. To apply for scholarships, please click here. Students who have submitted an application to the school of nursing and are awaiting an admissions decision will have the application added to their scholarship portal in mid-March.

Award Process

Completed applications are read and evaluated using criteria designated by the donor and the values of the School. Scholarship offers are made in early June and are mailed to your mailing address. Please confirm in your MyUW that you have populated an updated mailing address.

Contact the Scholarship Office, if you have additional questions:

Outside Scholarships

  • Accredited Schools Online Scholarships – Scholarship awards are based on merit, need, minority or gender status, or any number of other factors or combination of factors. Scholarships are sponsored by a variety of sources, such as the federal and state governments, private companies and public non-profits, social clubs and professional organizations, and colleges and universities themselves.
  • AfterCollege/AACN Scholarship – The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and AfterCollege, an employment website for nursing students, have partnered to offer a new scholarship program for students pursuing professional nursing education programs. Multiple scholarships are offered to baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral degree students with a minimum 3.25 GPA. Scholarships are awarded four (4) times a year.
  • American Association of University Women Scholarships (AAUW) -Applicant must be a female student currently enrolled in a medical school and be a student member in AMWA at the national level. Applicant must also demonstrate financial need and submit an essay and letter or recommendation. Award Amount: $1,000
  • American Indian Nurse Scholarship – Applicant must be 1/4 American Indian and enrolled in a tribe. If not enrolled, the student will be considered if he or she can prove direct tribal ancestry. Must also be a high school graduate or have equivalent education and enrolled in an accredited school. Award Amount: $1,500
  • Amy Hunter-Wilson, MD, Scholarship – Amy Hunter-Wilson, MD, Scholarship: Established by Dr. Hunter-Wilson, this scholarship is available to American Indian students who pursue training or advanced education as doctors of medicine, nurses, or in a related health field. Award amounts vary, generally $1,000 or more. The application contains information on how to format recommendation letters.
  • Army Nurse Corps Association Scholarship – Financial assistance is offered to nursing students enrolled in an accredited baccalaureate and graduate nursing/nurse anesthesia program. Recipients must plan to enter the Army, Army National Guard or Army Reserve.
  • Bethesda Lutheran Communities Scholarship – Applicant must be an active, communicant member of a Lutheran church and classified as a freshman, sophomore or junior status at a college or university (not necessarily a Lutheran college). Applicant must also have earned a minimum 3.0 overall GPA and have an interest in a career in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities. Award Amount: $500 – $3,000
  • CampusRN Scholarship Fund – CampusRN will award six $2500 scholarships to a needy and deserving nursing student in each region.
  • Caroline E. Holt Nursing Scholarship – Applicant must demonstrate that s/he is in financial need and is accepted and enrolled into an accredited school of nursing. Applicant must obtain a letter of sponsorship from a local DAR chapter. Award Amount: $1,000 annually
  • Catching the Dream Scholarship – Applicant must be 1/4 or more Native American and an enrolled member of a U.S. tribe. Applicant must be either enrolled or must plan to attend an accredited U.S. college or university on a full-time basis. Award Amount: $500 – $5,000 per academic year
  • Catherine Moloney Nursing Scholarship -Applicant must be a Shelby County (Ohio) resident pursuing a Registered Nursing degree. Applicant may apply during any year of his/her education, however licensed RNs are not eligible for continuing education. Selection is based upon financial need, academic ability and demonstrated “empathy” Award Amount: $1,000
  • Charlotte McGuire Scholarship Program – Applicant must be a nurse who is pursuing holistic nursing education and maintains a 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale). Applicant must also have experience and interest in healing and holistic nursing practice. Award Amount:  More than $30,000
  • Elizabeth J. Davis Scholarship -Applicant must attend an accredited school approved for federal Title IV funding (Pell grants, Stafford loans, PLUS loans) and must seek education or training related to a health profession or home health care. Applicant should also demonstrate financial need. Award Amount: $1,000 to $3,000.
  • Epsilon Sigma Alpha (ESA) Scholarship – All students are encouraged to apply for these college scholarships. Deserving applicants are judged on the criteria of character, leadership, service, financial need, and scholastic ability. Award Amount: up to $3,000, and a graduate studies scholarship is available for $7,500.
  • Future of Nursing Scholarship – Applicant’s academic record, readiness for online study, financial need and current competency are taken into consideration. Award Amount: up to $5000
  • Grant Regional Health Center Foundation Health Career Scholarship – Scholarships awarded to individuals beginning or continuing their enrollment in a healthcare program. Priority given to residents of Grant County.
  • Grant Regional Health Center Auxillary Scholarship – Scholarships awarded to individuals beginning or continuing their enrollment in a healthcare program. Priority given to residents of Grant County.
  • Grant Regional Health Center Anastasia Fritz Jamerson Nursing Career Scholarship – Scholarships awarded to individuals beginning or continuing their enrollment in a healthcare program. Priority given to residents of Grant County.
  • Greta James Memorial Scholarship – Applicant must be currently attending or enrolled to attend nursing school. Award Amount: $2,500
  • HIE Help Center Scholarship – an annual scholarship to undergraduate and graduate students who are directly involved with helping individuals impacted by birth injuries such as hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy. This scholarship is merit based and requires an essay or a creative project in lieu of the essay, about first-hand experience with birth injuries. Award Amount: $1,000
  • Holy Family Memorial Healthcare Scholarships – Holy Family Memorial, located in Manitowoc, WI, is offering scholarships to students attending school for a variety of careers in healthcare, including Nursing, Physical Therapy, PA, NP, Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science, Pharmacy, Speech/Language Pathology, and Ultrasound/Sonography. The scholarship is a great way to help pay for school, and a great plan for a future career with HFM! Students interested in the scholarship need to have and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA, and be working towards a degree in one of these programs. For more information, students are invited to visit our website at, or contact Human Resources at (920) 320-4031 or e-mail
  • Indian Health Services Loan Repayment Program – The IHS Loan Repayment Program (LRP) can help dedicated health professionals like you chart a course for a long-lasting and successful health care career. The LRP funds IHS clinicians to repay their eligible health profession education loans — up to $40,000 — in exchange for an initial two-year service commitment to practice in health facilities serving American Indian and Alaska Native communities.
  • John D. and Virginia Riesch Scholarship – Established with a gift from Dr. and Mrs. Riesch, this fund offers scholarships for students pursuing careers as physicians or nurses. Applicants for the medical doctor award must be attending UW School of Medicine and Public Health and nursing students must be attending UW-Madison. To apply, complete the General Scholarship Application and in the personal statement, stress how you have demonstrated empathy, recognition of colleagues, passion for learning and the desire to share your knowledge to educate colleagues and patients. Preference is given to students who desire to practice in Wisconsin. One medical student and one nursing student award are available.
  • Josh Gottheil Memorial Bone Marrow Transplant Career Development Award – Applicant must be currently employed as a registered nurse working in bone marrow transplantation with a minimum of 75% time devoted to patient care, or in the position of nurse manager, nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist with BMT patient population or a BMT coordinator. Award Amount:  $2,000
  • Marshfield Clinic– is proud to announce the funding of a scholarship program that will benefit five junior and/or senior BSN nursing students with awards totaling $1,000 each. Eligible students must be accepted in the University’s nursing program, with a junior standing in the academic program starting fall of 2017; and demonstrate scholarship and financial need according to the eligibility requirements on the application. Preference may be given to applicants who are former Marshfield Clinic employees, those whose permanent address is within the Marshfield Clinic service area, and/or family members of Marshfield Clinic employees.
  • Medical Financial Aid Opportunities – List of multiple scholarships available to Nursing Students.
  • Moneygeek Scholarship Search – this resource helps nursing students find scholarships with varying deadlines, award amounts, and criteria.
  • Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies Scholarships – A number of awards, grants, and scholarships to UW-Madison undergraduate and graduate students are awarded annually. These funding opportunities include research grants, study abroad scholarships, funding for conference travel, grants for “domestic study” (such as intensive summer language courses in the United States), and awards for general excellence in Jewish Studies coursework. Application forms and instructions are available on the Center’s website.
  • NAANA Scholarships for Nursing Study – is available for the students of Arab heritage who are engaged in studying nursing at the Associate Degree, Bachelor degree, RN-BSN, or BSN-MSN (Master of Science in Nursing) levels. Award Amount: $500-$1,000
  • NAEMT Paramedic Scholarship – Applicant must be an individual, active member of NAEMT.  Student, squad or trial members must upgrade to individual, active membership status in order to qualify. Award Amount: Up to $2,500
  • Native American Scholarships and Grants – Moneygeek offers a variety of scholarships, grants, and tuition waivers for Native Americans seeking to defray the cost of a college education. Deadlines and award amounts vary.
  • NASN Advocacy Education Award – Applicant must be a current member with Active classification membership for the previous two years. Applicant must hold a current licensure and be employment full time as a school nurse (RN). Award Amount: $1,500
  • The National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) – Applicant must be African American currently enrolled in a nursing program and in good academic standing. Must be a member of the NBNA and have at least a full year of school remaining. Award Amount: $1,000-$6,000
  • National Health Service Corps and NURSE Corps
    • NHSC Scholarship Program–“Students pursuing a career in primary health care are eligible to receive funding for their education in exchange for practicing in rural, urban, and frontier communities with limited access to care, upon graduation and licensure.”
    • NHSC Loan Repayment Program–“The NHSC Loan Repayment Program offers primary care medical, dental, and mental and behavioral health care providers the opportunity to have their student loans repaid, while earning a competitive salary, in exchange for providing health care in urban, rural, or frontier communities with limited access to care.”
    • NHSC Students to Service Loan Repayment Program–“Under the NHSC Students to Service Loan Repayment Program, medical students in their last year of school are eligible to receive loan repayment assistance in return for working in underserved rural and urban communities throughout the country, known as Health Professional Shortage Areas, of greatest need.”
    • NURSE Corps Scholarship Program–“Nursing students are eligible to receive funding for their training in exchange for working at least two-years at an eligible NURSE Corps facility upon graduation.”
    • NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program (Pilot)–“Loan repayment assistance is available to registered nurses and advanced practice registered nurses, such as nurse practitioners, working in a public or private nonprofit Critical Shortage Facility OR nurse faculty employed by an accredited school of nursing.”
  • Navy Nurse Candidate Program – earn up to $34,000 for tuition, rent, books, utilities, loan repayment, etc. while completing your Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree.
  • Nursing.Org Scholarships – RN to BSN, male student, and general nursing scholarships available. Award Amount: $500 -$1,000
  • Nursing Scholarship – This is a searchable scholarship database created specifically for nursing students. The scholarship listed here are provided by various nursing associations, educational institutions, foundations, for-profit/non-profit organizations, etc.
  • Nurses Foundation of Racine Scholarship – The Nurses Foundation of Racine is offering scholarships for nursing students who reside in Kenosha, Racine, and Walworth Counties. Applicants must be enrolled in a nursing program with at least one semester of the nursing curriculum completed.
  • Nurses Foundation of Wisconsin, Constance Carmody Nursing Education Scholarship for Southwest Wisconsin High Schools – The Constance Carmody Scholarship is given to encourage, financially assist and give recognition to an individual who is pursuing an education in professional nursing (Registered Nurse and beyond). These individuals must reside in the Southwestern Wisconsin area (Grant, Lafayette, Iowa Counties).
  • Pacific Medical Training – will grant a $1,000 scholarship to the author of the winning essay, and complimentary access to any of our courses for three runner ups. Courses include ACLS, BLS, PALS and monitor technician certification.
  • PennyHoarder’s Frugal StudentScholarship – Applicant must currently be enrolled in a college or university and have an active class schedule. Award Amount: $2,000
  • Presbyterian Church – U.S.A. Student Opportunity Scholarship – Applicant must be a member of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and have completed second year of college. Applicant must be enrolled full-time and be in good academic standing (2.5 GPA or greater). Award Amount: Up to $2,000
  • Raise Me Up Scholarship – awarded to an individual who has overcome the disadvantages and obstacles of being raised in a divorced or single-parent household. Award Amount: $1,000
  • RN to BSN Scholarships – If you are interested in an RN to BSN program, begin your search for funding here with our searchable directory of RN to BSN scholarships.
  • Ruth Dickie Grants-in-Aid – Available to Beta Chapter of Graduate Women in Sciences (GWIS)members. Both domestic and international students are welcome to apply.
  • St Mary’s Hospital Minority Health Care Scholarship Program – The scholarship provides financial assistance to individuals with interest and commitment to pursuing a health care profession. Scholarships will be awarded to two minority students who meet the eligibility requirements. Contact for information on eligibility requirements or to receive an application form.
  • Sigma Theta Tau Undergraduate Nursing Scholarship Award – Multiple scholarships will be awarded based on academic performance, personal and professional goals, and professional and community service. Contact Carol Aspinwall,, for application.
  • Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research – Applicant must plan to use the funding to pay for travel expenses to and from a research site, or for purchase of non-standard laboratory equipment necessary to complete a specific research project. Award Amount: $1000 – $2500
  • ThedaCare Scholarships – Multiple scholarships are offered through the ThedaCare Foundation.
  • Scholarship Program – will award $1,000 to a student who values saving money and gaining an education. You will need to complete an application, and submit an essay (400+ words) on why you want to pursue a career in the medical field.  Contact with questions.
  • Truck Accident Injury Scholarship – Truck Accident Attorneys Roundtable offers a scholarship for college students who are survivors of truck accidents and have overcome their injuries while pursuing an education. Award Amount: $500
  • UW Continuing Studies Scholarships and Grants – UW Madison Continuing Studies’ Adult Career and Special Student Services offers continuing education grants and scholarships to assist adult and nontraditional students. Contact UW-Madison Adult Career and Special Student Services at 608-263-6960 or
  • Wisconsin Medical Society Scholarships – Two scholarships available to nursing students, the Amy Hunter-Wilson, MD, Scholarship and the John D. and Virginia Riesch Scholarship.
  • The Winston Salem Foundation Oliver Joel & Ellen Pell Denny Healthcare Scholarship – Applicant must be studying a subject in the field of allied health at an accredited postsecondary institution and have a GPA of at least 2.5. Applicant must be seeking a first-time certificate, diploma, associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree. Master’s degree holders are ineligible. Applicant must demonstrate financial need. Award Amount:  Up to $3,000
  • Wisconsin Director of Nursing Council Scholarship – Scholarship to assist qualified people who wish to further their education and practice in the long term care nursing profession. Award Amount: $1,000
  • Wisconsin League for Nursing – The Wisconsin League for Nursing (WLN) Scholarship Program is available to Wisconsin residents currently enrolled in Schools of Nursing. All scholarships are awarded at the WLN Fall Conference. Scholarship winners will be announced in Fall 2016 and awarded only if monies are available.
  • Wisconsin Organization of Nurse Executive (WONE) Undergraduate Educational Scholarship – WONE has education funds available for Wisconsin nurses seeking a baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN). Multiple $1000 one-time scholarships will be awarded annually in the fall.