Financial Aid

Penn State awards a number of scholarships to undergraduate students each year. There also are grants, loans, and the College Work-Study program for those who qualify. Scholarships are available to Nursing students through the College of Nursing and the College of Health and Human Development.

Scholarship Opportunity introduced the AACN Student Scholarship Program in 2011. Through 2015, will award eight students scholarships in a year, worth $5,000 each totaling $200,000 over five years.

To be eligible students must attend a school affiliated with, which the Penn State College of Nursing is.

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Students must be admitted or enrolled in a baccalaureate or higher degree nursing program at an AACN member institution
  • Maintain at least a 3.2 GPA in current program

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HRSA Nursing Student Scholarships

Detailed information available at the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA), Rockville, Md., Nursing Scholarship Program for RN students in accredited schools of nursing.

Other Funding Opportunities

Health Careers Scholarship

The Health Research and Educational Trust of New Jersey (HRET), an affiliate of the New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA), believes it is particularly important to encourage and enable New Jersey residents to pursue health careers and, therefore, has established a scholarship fund to assist in meeting this need. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. Health Careers Scholarship details.

CampusRN Scholarship Fund

CampusRN Scholarship Fund

CampusRN has launched a new scholarship program in conjunction with the creation of the CampusRN state edition network. This nationwide scholarship program is the most comprehensive of its kind for nursing programs and nursing students because it features scholarship winners from six different regions across the country in which CampusRN has launched state edition sites. CampusRN will award six $2,500 scholarships to needy and deserving nursing students in each region. Visit CampusRN for information on the $2,500 regional scholarship and to apply for the CampusRN Pennsylvania Nursing Scholarship.


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Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania

The Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania (NAP) is a nonprofit foundation created to support nurses in Pennsylvania. Scholarships for nursing students are awarded in March of each year for use during that spring semester.
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WMANNCA Scholarships

The Washington Metropolitan Area Navy Nurse Corps Association (WMANNCA) offers two $1,000 scholarships to students pursuing their B.S. in nursing (pre- or post-RN). More information about WMANNCA Scholarships.

Pauline Thompson Nursing Education Scholarship

The Nursing Foundation of Pennsylvania (NFP) provides educational scholarships, research grants, and awards to undergraduate and graduate nursing students. Baccalaureate (including Second Degree), associate, and RN to B.S. students may apply for the education scholarship, worth $1,000. More information...–AACN Scholarship

Penn State University Park, Altoona, Erie, Fayette, Mont Alto, and Worthington Scranton Nursing students who are enrolled in a baccalaureate program and have at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA are eligible to apply for $5,000 scholarships. Scholarships are offered four times a year, with deadlines of January 31, April 30, July 31, and October 3. More information...

Undergraduate Financial Aid

For more information on undergraduate financial aid, contact:

Office of Student Aid
314 Shields Building
University Park, PA 16802-1220