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External scholarships and educational opportunities

Scholarships and grants

The following listings are outside (non-UW School of Nursing) scholarships and educational opportunities.

Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA)

Deadline: Spring 2018

State Financial Aid for DREAMers

Washington State offers financial aid programs to students who are not eligible for federal financial aid because of immigration status. These students still need to meet other program requirements. To find out if you qualify, complete the free WASFA to apply for state financial aid.

Application process:  Which WASFA application year should I fill out?

Fill out the 2018-2019 WASFA application if you are planning on being enrolled in college (as a new student or continuing student) in fall term 2018 through spring term 2019.  Fill out the 2017-2018 WASFA application if you are enrolled, or plan to be enrolled, in college between now and spring term 2018.  If your first enrollment term will be Summer 2018, check with your college on what application to complete.

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National Health Service Corps

Deadline:  May 10, 2018

The NHSC Scholarship Program awards funds to health profession students pursuing careers as primary care providers in exchange for their commitment to serve in high-need, underserved communities. Scholarship support includes tax-free payment of tuition, required fees, other reasonable educational costs, and a taxable monthly living stipend. Available for Nurse Practitioners (post graduate degree with clinical practice focus) and Certified Nurse-Midwives. The scholarship pays tuition, fees, other educational costs, and provides a living stipend in return for a commitment to work at least 2 years at an NHSC-approved site in a medically underserved community. For each year of financial support (up to four years), the student agrees to serve one year (minimum two years) at an NHSC-approved site in a high-need urban, rural, or frontier community across the nation.

To be eligible for a scholarship, all applicants must: Be a U.S. Citizen (either U.S. born or naturalized) or U.S. National; be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a full-time student; be attending or accepted to attend an accredited school; be located in a state, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory; be eligible for federal employment, not have an existing service obligation, and submit a complete application.

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Washington Advocates Scholarship

Deadline:  May 15, 2018

The Washington Advocates Scholarship is available to students enrolled at an accredited college or university in the state of Washington. Advocates Law are committed to improving ourselves and our communities. One of the best ways to do this is through continuing our education. It’s understood that school can place a tremendous financial strain on both students and their families.  In an effort to help with the costs of attending college, Advocates Law is offering a $1,000.00 scholarship. All current or prospective students enrolled in an accredited institution located within the United States.  Write a 300-500 words essay on the following topic:  What are some of the daily problems we face on the roads? What laws could be changed to accomplish that goal? How can you contribute to improving road safety? Essays should follow a basic essay and paragraph format including an introduction with a thesis statement, body paragraphs, and a conclusion.

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Bill Raskob Foundation Interest-Free Loan Program

Deadline: May 15, 2018

The Bill Raskob Foundation aids students through educational loans at no interest. In order to qualify, you must be an American citizen enrolled at an accredited institution for the upcoming school year. At present, the Foundation is not accepting applications from foreign students, US students graduating from a foreign school, for first-year study (undergraduate), medical students (except those funded last year) or correspondence courses.

The Foundation does not award scholarships, grants or gifts. Academic proficiency is a factor of importance, but need is given first consideration. The Board of Trustees also consider demonstrated self-reliance, character, willingness to assume responsibility and capacity for leadership, as evidenced by performance. The amount of aid is dependent upon need. The minimum loan amount is $1,000 and the average loan is for $5,000. Parents (when applicable) are expected to assist an applicant to the full extent of their ability. Applicants applying for aid are expected to demonstrate that they have exhausted the opportunities for assistance in their local community and school.

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Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes Scholarship in Labor Studies

Deadline:  May 21, 2018

The Domingo-Viernes Scholarship provides $6,000 in financial support to either graduate students or entering freshmen or transfer students to the University of Washington who are committed to the principles of justice and equality and have demonstrated financial need. Students at any of the University of Washington’s three campuses (Seattle, Tacoma, or Bothell) are eligible.

Founded through the efforts of the Inlandboatmen’s Union, Region 37, this scholarship honors Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes, two inspiring leaders of the Seattle labor movement. Gene grew up on a farm in the Yakima Valley and began working in the Alaska salmon canneries at the young age of 16. Gene was a state wrestling champion and attended Central Washington State College on a full ride athletic scholarship. Silme graduated with honors from the University of Washington and went on to found the Seattle chapter of the Union of Democratic Filipinos. Together, they formed the Alaska Cannery Workers Association and fought the brutal working conditions and racist management of the industry. Despite opposition from all sides, Gene and Silme founded the Rank and File Committee in 1977 to struggle for union democracy and fair working conditions.

The scholarship is awarded yearly to either graduate students or entering freshmen or transfer students to any of the University of Washington’s three campuses (Seattle, Tacoma, or Bothell). In their applications, students must show commitment to the principles of justice and equality and demonstrate financial need. Students with an interest in labor studies or a family background in labor and social justice are encouraged to apply.

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Johnson & Johnson campaign for nursing’s future – Call for applications

Deadline:  May 31, 2018

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), with support from the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future, is currently offering a tenth round of scholarship funding to underrepresented minority (URM) nursing students who plan to work as nursing faculty after graduation. Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a doctoral nursing program (PhD or DNP) or a clinically-focused master’s degree program (APRN programs), be a member of an Underrepresented Minority Group, U.S. citizen, permanent resident, refugee or qualified immigrant.  Additionally, applicants must commit to becoming full-time faculty in an accredited registered nursing program after graduation. Mentorship and leadership development are important features of this program.

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Congressional Fellowships on Women and Public Policy

Deadline: May 31, 2018

The Congressional Fellowships on Women and Public Policy, offered by the Women’s Congressional Policy Institute (WCPI), are extended each year to a select number of students pursuing a graduate degree or those who have recently completed a master’s, doctorate, or professional degree with a proven commitment to equity for women. Fellows gain practical policymaking experience and graduate credit as they work from January to August in Congressional offices. Fellows work 40 hours each week in a congressional office as a legislative assistant on a variety of policy issues and meet weekly for issue seminars directed by the WCPI staff. Fellows will receive a monthly stipend of $3,400 for seven months in 2019. An additional $1,000 is provided for health insurance. Fellows are responsible for transportation to and from Washington, and for finding their own living arrangements.

Eligibility: Students who currently are enrolled in a graduate program, or who have completed such a program within the past two years, are eligible for the fellowship. WCPI strongly recommends that applicants complete at least nine hours of graduate coursework before applying and display serious interest in research and policymaking relevant to issues affecting women and their families. Applicants must be legally eligible to work in the United States.

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Exceptional Nurse Scholarship

Deadline:  June 1, 2018 is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 resource network committed to inclusion of more people with disabilities in the nursing profession. Applicants must be students with a documented disability who have applied to, or already been admitted to, a college or university program on a full-time basis.

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Kids Chance of Washington Scholarship

Deadline: June 1, 2018

This needs-based scholarship is available to spouses or children of injured Washington workers whose injury, while at work in Washington State, resulted in a permanent inability to return to work (a pension under the claim) or death. Money is available for college undergraduates, technical school students, high school students participating in a Running Start program, or other accredited schools. Although applications will be accepted year-round, priority will be given to applications received by June 1 or Nov. 1 of each year. Amount varies.

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The Retirement Research Foundation (RRF) Accepting New Grant Proposals

Deadline:  June 1, 2018 (letter of intent); application August 1, 2018

The Retirement Research Foundation (RRF) is a private foundation devoted exclusively to aging and retirement issues. Throughout its history, the RRF has awarded more than $200 million for innovative projects that benefit older Americans. Through its responsive grants program, the RRF supports advocacy; direct service; education and training programs for professionals working with elders; and research to seek causes and solutions to significant problems of older adults. Proposals for direct service projects are considered from organizations based in seven states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Wisconsin, or Florida. Advocacy, training, and research projects, all with national relevance, are considered from organizations located anywhere in the U.S.

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Caring.Com Student-Caregiver Scholarship

Deadline:  June 18, 2018

Are you caring for an adult relative while enrolled in a U.S. college or university? When you’re living with your aging loved one, managing their finances because they no longer can, taking them to doctors appointments — we know that caregiving can be both difficult and rewarding. As America’s leading senior care resource for family caregivers, we know that juggling the responsibilities of caregiving and student life is a unique challenge. is offering two $1,500 scholarships to two students attending an accredited U.S. college or university and caring for a loved one.

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Tylenol® Future Care Scholarship

Deadline:  June 28, 2018

Each year the makers of TYLENOL® award annual scholarships to well deserving students pursuing careers in healthcare. Twenty-three years and over eight million dollars later, they are proud to continue a tradition that supports those dedicated to a lifetime of caring for others.  Awards:  10 – $10,000 scholarships will be awarded annually and are not renewable and 30 – $5,000 scholarships will be awarded annually and are not renewable.  The scholarships will be applied to tuition, fees, books, supplies and equipment required for course load. Institutions must be accredited, nonprofit two or four-year colleges/universities in the United States.  An independent selection committee will evaluate the applications and select the recipients considering:  College GPA, academic records in public health/health education, medical school, nursing and/or pharmacy, community Involvement/Volunteer Service and essay content.  All decisions are final and no application feedback will be given.

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible for this scholarship:

  • Be a resident of the 50 United States, Puerto Rico or the District of Columbia
  • If the applicant is an undergraduate student: must have completed at least one year of undergraduate course study by the Spring of 2018 at an accredited two or four-year college, university or vocational – technical school. You must provide proof of enrollment to a health education, medical school, public health, nursing, and/or pharmacy degree program.
  •  If the applicant is a graduate student: must provide proof of enrollment to a graduate program in health education, medical school, public health, nursing, and/or pharmacy degree program.
  •  Must have one or more years of school remaining
  • Scholarships will be awarded to students and practitioners who are seeking a degree to actively treat patients.

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Nursing scholarship from Koi

Deadline:  June 30, 2018

We’re looking for a special nursing student who embodies passion and compassion in their everyday life. If this is you, we encourage you to apply for our 2018 Designing Happiness nursing scholarship. Our annual nursing scholarship program is in memory of David Nejberger, a koi sales rep and a compassionate advocate of nurses and the medical community. David worked in the scrubs industry for over 30 years and carried with him a sense of humor and passion for his work, respected by co-workers and customers alike. The scholarship is a one-time, non-renewable grant of $5,000. An additional $500 allowance for koi clothing and accessories will be awarded as a one-time use promo code at Scholarship competition is open to full and part-time nursing students or recent graduates (within 6 months of entry deadline) of an accredited nursing program in the United States.

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AfterCollege/AACN Scholarship Fund

Deadlines:  June 30, Sept. 30 & Dec. 31, 2018

The AfterCollege-AACN Scholarship Fund supports students who are seeking a baccalaureate, master’s or doctoral degree in nursing. Special consideration will be given to students in a graduate program with the goal of becoming a nurse educator; students completing an RN-to-BSN or RN-to-MSN program; and those enrolled in an accelerated program. One scholarship in the amount of $2,500 will be awarded each quarter. All applicants must already be enrolled.

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Soroptimist:  Live your dream awards

Open: Jul. 1 – Nov. 15, 2018

The Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards assist women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects. Each year, more than $2.1 million in education grants are awarded to nearly 1,500 women, many of whom have overcome enormous obstacles including poverty, domestic violence and/or drug and alcohol abuse. Live Your Dream Awards recipients may use the cash award to offset any costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education, such as books, childcare, tuition and transportation. Provides the primary financial support for yourself and your dependents. Dependents can include children, spouse, partner, siblings and/or parents. Has financial need. Is enrolled in or has been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program. Is motivated to achieve your education and career goals.

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Goedeker’s Appliances Annual College Book Scholarship

Deadline:  July 8, 2018

Goedeker’s is a St. Louis-based, family-oriented company that has been in operation since 1951. Do you have a passion for learning and want to further your education? Do you want to improve your chances of employment by earning a college degree?  We all know that, in today’s economy, scraping together funds to attend college can be a challenge. Tuition alone can be a burden. Awards Available: The grand prize is a $500 scholarship. Two $100 scholarships will also be awarded to honorable mention entries.

Eligibility: Any student that is enrolled in an accredited college is eligible to participate. This includes any grade level, freshman to senior; undergrad and graduate alike are eligible. Even if you are a transfer student, non-traditional student, studying abroad, or taking classes online, you can enter. Any major or field of study is acceptable. You must either be enrolled for the spring 2018 or registered for the fall 2018 semester. Being enrolled in summer classes does not make you eligible to enter. Students must be American citizens.

Learn more Senior Caregiver Scholarship

Deadline:  July 15, 2018 is offering a $2,000 scholarship to an eligible student who has been a caregiver for a senior friend or relative. One student, who will be attending college or university in the Fall of 2018, will receive $2,000 for tuition and/or books.

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Hurst Review AACN Scholarship

Deadline:  July 15, 2018

Hurst Review Services, the fastest growing NCLEX Review Company in the country, and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing are pleased to announce our continued partnership awarding scholarships to students pursuing professional nursing degrees. The scholarship program is available to prelicensure students enrolled at member AACN schools.  Two scholarships in the amount of $2,500 will be awarded twice yearly.

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Geraldine “Polly” Bednash Scholarship

Deadlines: July 31 & October 31, 2018

All scholarship applicants must meet the following criteria:  Maintain at least a 3.2 grade point average in current program or at last school attended. Be admitted or enrolled in a baccalaureate or higher degree nursing program at an AACN member institution affiliated with CastleBranch. OR have submitted your application to a nursing school through NursingCAS. Two $5,000 scholarships will be distributed to top nursing school applicants four times each year.  Due to the volume of applications received, only winners will be notified of final decisions. All winners will be announced in the AACN News Watch e-newsletter and posted on the AACN Web site.

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Educational Advancement Foundation Graduate Scholarships

Deadline: Aug. 15, 2018

Scholarships are the primary means by which EAF carries out its mission. The Foundation awards Merit, Financial Need and Youth Partners Accessing Capital (Y.P.A.C.) scholarships. The Educational Advancement Foundation was founded in 1980 by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., an organization with a rich and distinguished history of service that spans nearly a century. Alpha Kappa Alpha was the first Greek letter organization of its kind. The organization pioneered mobile health clinics in America, has been a leader in the fight against illiteracy, and has the distinction of being one of only a handful of women’s organizations to operate a federally funded Job Corps. But, ever since Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. awarded its first scholarship in 1914 ($10 to a liberal arts student at Howard University), one program of service has endured—scholarships.

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LEAP1% Scholarship Fund

Deadlines: Aug. and Oct. each year

The LEAP1% Scholarship Fund provides financial support for students who demonstrate a history of advocacy, responsibility, accountability, and perseverance; are go-getters, and have shown or have the strong potential to be contributors to their community.

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Health and Wellness Scholarship

Deadline: Aug. 31, 2018

Attending college can be stressful and taxing – often affecting students’ health and wellness. Intermountain Vein Center (, the trusted leader in preventing and treating vein disease, understands the importance of learning and practicing healthy habits during the formative college years and is offering the iVein® Health and Wellness Scholarship to reward students who are committed to a lifetime of healthy habits. The Health and Wellness Scholarship is available to students enrolled at an accredited college or university. You must have at least a 3.4 GPA and submit an essay of 800-1000 words, promoting a practical approach to healthy lifestyle during college years and how these habits can be sustained over a lifetime. Additionally, you must demonstrate detailed knowledge of health and wellness and discuss why healthy living is a lifetime endeavor to be eligible for this $2,000.00 award.

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2018 TA Conference

Mark your calendar:  Sept. 17, 18, and 19, 2018

The annual TA Conference on Teaching and Learning is designed to help graduate students prepare for their roles and responsibilities as Teaching Assistants (TAs) at the UW.  The 2018 TA Conference takes place:  Monday, September 17th (11:30-4:00) — International TA Program sessions, Tuesday, September 18th (9:00-4:00) — Plenary and concurrent workshops, and Wednesday, September 19th* (9:00-4:00) — Concurrent workshops.

*All 2018 TA Conference workshops are offered on both September 18 and 19: we encourage TAs who observe Yom Kippur (September 19) to take their workshops on September 18.

Conference goals:

  • Welcome new TAs to UW teaching and learning communities
  • Provide new TAs with specific strategies and practices that support their work
  • Connect new TAs to campus resources that sustain them and their instruction
  • Assist new TAs in developing questions about norms, practices and resources within their departments.

Online conference packet from 2017 can be found using learn more!

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Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship

Deadline:  Sept. 30, 2018

What does it mean to be digitally responsible?  We believe that it’s our responsibility to use technology in a way that doesn’t harm others and to be aware of the impact that technology has on our health, environment, and society at large. Do you know how far you will drive on the freeway if you take your eyes off the road for five seconds, the average time it takes to send a text? An entire football field.

According to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, texting while driving makes drivers 23 times more likely to get into a “safety-critical event.” Who may apply: You must be a high school freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior or a current or entering college or graduate school student of any level. Home schooled students are also eligible. There is no age limit. You must also be a U.S. citizen or legal resident. Awards: The winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

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UW Dream Project

Deadlines vary

Scholarships for undocumented students:  Links and websites to many scholarships are linked to Learn more. HB 1079 students are eligible to apply for a large percentage of these scholarships. There are also generic scholarships for underrepresented minority students and first generation students. This scholarship list does not guarantee that you will receive a scholarship, but many scholarships go unclaimed because nobody applied. Remember to supply the required information needed for the scholarship and always check for deadlines and updates.

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Scholarship matching clearinghouse

More than $50 million in scholarships is available on, a free, web-based scholarship matching clearinghouse for Washington residents. It is also featured in the Pay for School section of As many as 70 organizations representing 300 types of scholarships are listed.

AACN Nursing Scholarships

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing has several scholarships available, including the Geraldine “Polly” Bednash Scholarship, CastleBranch–GNSA Scholarship and Minority Nurse Faculty Scholarship.

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Washington Women In Need (WWIN) Grants

Western Washington Women In Need Grant program application cycle is open. Washington Women in Need believes in the power of determined women to transform their lives and the course of their families’ lives for generations to come. WWIN address a deep need in society, providing women a hand up to improve their futures, in turn, strengthening their families and our societies as a whole. They make financial grants to low-income women in Washington State who are ready for transformational change in education and healthcare.

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NURSE Corps Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Award amount: 100 percent of tuition

The NURSE Corps Scholarship is available to undergraduate and graduate nursing students. Recipients of this award must agree to work for at least two years at a health care facility with a critical shortage of nurses.

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