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, the BSN@Home program, or the Accelerated BSN 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 through the Wisconsin Scholarships Hub (WISH).  To begin applying to scholarships, please click here. Sign in with your NetID and complete the brief General Application.  Following that, you will fill out the School of Nursing Application.  Once those are submitted, you will then fill out the program specific application (The traditional BSN for all traditional and BSN@Home students, or the Accelerated for ABSN applicants).  All questions must be answered in order to be able to submit the application. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

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 must 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 typically available early spring.  Students who have submitted an application to the School of Nursing and are awaiting an admissions decision will be emailed an announcement to begin the scholarship application process.

Award Process

Completed applications are read and evaluated using criteria designated by the donor and the values of the School. Scholarship offers are typically made late spring for ABSN students and late June for TBSN/BSN@Home students.  Awards are all made through the WISH system.

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 scholarship program for students pursuing professional nursing education programs with the goal of becoming a nurse educator. Multiple scholarships are offered to students completing an RN-to-BSN or RN-to-MSN; and those enrolled in an accelerated program. Scholarships are awarded four (4) times a year. Deadlines: March 31st, June 30th, September 30th. Award Amount: $2,500
  • 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 of recommendation. Application Cycles: August 1st – September 30th, November 15th – December 31st. Award Amount: $500 Application
  • 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. Students must be pursuing degrees in nursing or in the field of health care and health education. Award Amount: $1,500 per semester. Application
  • 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.  The application contains information on how to format recommendation letters. Application Deadline = February 1st. Award Amount: vary, generally $1,000 or more. Application
  • Army Nurse Corps Association Scholarship – Financial assistance is offered to nursing students enrolled in an accredited baccalaureate and graduate nursing/nurse anesthesia program. Eligibility Criteria: are serving or have previously served in any branch, and at any rank, of a component of the US Army, are not currently receiving funding by a component of the US Army, and, as applicable, have received an Honorable Discharge OR nursing or anesthesia students whose parent(s), spouse, or child(ren) is serving or has served in a component of the US Army. Application opens in February and must be submitted by March 2018. Award Amount: $3,000. Guidelines
  • Aya Healthcare Future Travel Nurse Scholarship – Eligibility requirements include being of full-time nursing student status or proof of acceptance to a nursing program, having a 3.0 GPA or higher, being involved in extra-curricular organization(s) and/or volunteer work, and a passion for patient care. Aya will award 10 scholarships each year. Deadline: August 31. Award Amount: $1,000.
  • 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. Application Deadline: May 18, 2018. Award Amount: $3,000. Application
  • BSN Education Scholarships – A scholarship resource of BSN students linking to multiple available scholarships.
  • CampusRN Scholarship Fund – CampusRN will award six $2500 scholarships to a needy and deserving nursing student in each region. Application Deadline: May 1st each year. Application
  • Scholarship: The Student-Caregiver Scholarship provides financial assistance to students who are caring for an adult relative while enrolled in college.Two scholarships of $1,500 are awarded each year to student-caregivers to help cover costs of tuition and books. Applicants must be full-time college students at an accredited two-or-four-year college or university in the United States, or full-time high school students who are registered to attend a qualifying institution the following semester.
  • 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. Application Deadline: February 15th, 2018. Award Amount: $1,000 annually, non-renewable
  • 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. Required to apply for 10 other scholarships and all other sources of funding for which they are eligible. Application Deadlines: March 15th (summer session), April 30th (fall/autumn), September 15th (spring/winter). Award Amount: $500 – $5,000 per academic year. Application
  • Charlotte McGuire Scholarship Program – Applicant must be a nurse in a graduate academic setting dedicated to a practice of holistic nursing education and maintains a minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale). Must be a current RN Licensure and current active member of AHNA for a minimum of one year. Applicant must also have experience and interest in healing and holistic nursing practice. Application Deadline: April 15th. Award Amount: $2,000
  • CIA Medical Scholarship* – The CIA Medical Scholarship was established to help students pursuing a post-secondary education with the cost of tuition and other expenses. To apply for our scholarship, tell a story of how a healthcare worker has made a difference in your life or the life of someone near and dear to your heart. This person does not have to be a direct family member, but must be factually-based, and meaningful to you personally. Application Deadline: June 1st, 2018. Award Amount: up to $1,000. Application

*Pre-nursing students may apply

  • Elizabeth J. Davis Scholarship – Available to any Vermont resident who is studying for a degree in a health profession and plans to work in home care in Vermont upon completion of the program (does not have to attend school in Vermont). Contact Vermont Student Assistant Corporation (VSAC) for an application. Application Deadline: February 15th. 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. Application Deadline: February 1st, 2018. Award Amount: up to $3,000, and a graduate studies scholarship is available for $7,500.
  • F.A. Davis Scholarships – F.A. Davis is proud to offer annual scholarships to support those aspiring to work in healthcare. Award Amount: 3 scholarships of $1,000
  • 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. Application Deadline: April 1st, 2018. Award Amount: $1,000. Application
  • Greta James Memorial Scholarship* – Applicant must be currently attending or enrolled to attend nursing school. Requires two essays highlighting financial need and leadership within their community. Application Deadline: April 15th, 2018 and October 15th, 2018. Award Amount: 4 scholarships each semester for $500 (limit one scholarship per recipient), only one application per student per scholarship period.
  • 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. Application Deadline: July 31st, 2018.  Award Amount: $1,000. Application
  • 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. 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. Applicants who are awarded the Scholarship must make a six-month commitment to work at HFM for each semester the Scholarship is awarded. There will be a personal interview to evaluate likelihood for professional success, professionalism, customer service orientation, etc.For more information, students are invited to visit our website at, or contact Human Resources at (920) 320-4031 or e-mail recruiter@hfmhealth.orgApplication

*Pre-nursing students may apply

  • 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. Preference will be given to non-advanced practice (bedside) nurses.  Two or more years in BMT nursing practice prior to application due date are required.  This Scholarship cannot be used for ONS Congress or for education programs/courses that lead to an academic degree or for specialty certification. Application Deadline: June 15th, 2018. 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 2018. 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. Application
  • Medical Healthcare 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.

*Pre-nursing students may apply

  • 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 Foundation Scholarships*- The NAEMT Foundation is offering scholarship opportunities to individuals interested in pursuing a career in EMS.  The recipient must begin the educational program in the term for which the award is granted.  Applications will be accepted between March 1 and April 30, and scholarships will be awarded in June Award Amount: Up to $1,000
  • 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). Application Deadline: October 15th every year. 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.” Requires 1-year service commitment per scholarship year or partial scholarship year, 2-year minimum and 4-year maximum.
    • 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.”
    • 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. RN-to-BSN Application Form; General Nursing Scholarship Application Form; Male Nurse Application Form
  • 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. Must submit 3 signed letters of recommendation (faculty member, recent employer, personal). The completed application form, transcripts, and letters of recommendation must all be postmarked by February 28, 2018.
  • Nurses Foundation of Wisconsin Research Grant – The mission of the Nurses Foundation of Wisconsin (NFW), Inc. is to promote health by advancing the profession of nursing through the financial support of education and research. The applicant must be a registered nurse, licensed in the State of Wisconsin, be a member of the Wisconsin Nurses Association (WNA), not have received NFW funding in the three (3) previous years and adhere to the NFW Research Grant Submission Guidelines (length/format).

*Pre-nursing students may apply

  • 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. Pre-nursing students are qualified to apply/submit an essay. Award Amount: $1,000
  • Presbyterian Church – U.S.A. Student Opportunity Scholarship*– Applicant must be a member of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and have completed first year of college. Applicant must be enrolled full-time and be in good academic standing (2.5 GPA or greater). Applicant must also demonstrate financial need. Award Amount: Up to $2,500
  • 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. Applicant must be a full-time student enrolled in college, university or law school with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Applicant’s parents must be divorced or applicant must have been raised in a single parent household. Award Amount: $1,000
  • RN to BSN/MSN Challenge Scholarship – believes that nurses have the power to promote a healthier tomorrow.  Applicants must be a Registered Nurse (RN) working towards your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a minimum GPA of 3.5, and a minimum age of 18.  Online programs are eligible.  Deadline:  September 1, 2019.  Award Amount:  $1000.
  • 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.
  • 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. Award Amount: $500-$3,000
  • 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.
  • 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. Application Deadline: March 15th and October 1st each year.  Award Amount: $400-$1,000
  • Staver Law Group Personal Injury Scholarship– In order to be eligible for the Staver Law Group Personal Injury Scholarship, applicants must: applicants should also demonstrate good character and strong motivation despite challenges, be a United States citizen or permanent resident, be accepted to or currently enrolled in an accredited college, university, or graduate program within the United States, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Application Deadline: December 1st, 2018. Award Amount: $5,000. Application

*Pre-nursing students may apply

  • ThedaCare Scholarships* – Multiple scholarships are offered through the ThedaCare Foundation. Application Deadline: May 23, 2018
  • Tour-of-Britain 2018 Scholarship – The purpose of the Bicycle Scholarship Program is to attract students to the healthy lifestyle. As we all know, sports and proper nutrition are the main components of a healthy lifestyle. So, we offer to students the opportunity to share their knowledge of cycling and healthy lifestyle and get cool awards for that. Are you interested? Then read the terms of the contest! As part of the contest, you will need to write an essay on one of the proposed topics. Award Amount: $1,500, $1,000, and $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. Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree program at UW-Madison, have had a significant break in their education and demonstrate financial need. Application Period: December 1st – February 20th. 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. Application Deadline: February 1st.
  • 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. Application Deadlines: April 1st for most merit based scholarships and July 31st for most financial need scholarships.  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. Applicants must have present employment in a long term care facility in Wisconsin, be enrolled in at least a BSN program, and must agree to work in a long term care facility for at least two years after completion of the nursing program.  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 are announced a month prior to conference and awarded only if monies are available.
  • Wisconsin Organization of Nurse Leaders (WONL) – Scholarship funds are available for registered nurses seeking a baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN) or an advanced degree in nursing leadership, including MSN, MBA, MHA, MSOL, DNP or PhD.  Eligible applicants must be enrolled in a program accredited by a recognized accrediting body and be a registered nurse and a current Wisconsin resident.  Application deadline:  August 23, 2019.


Beth Dawson

Career and Undergraduate Advisor