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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.

UW Graduate School International Research and Study Fellowships

Deadline: Monday, January 28, 2019

The UW Graduate School will award one-quarter fellowships to support international study or research abroad by UW graduate students. These awards are available to support research and/or study periods of three months, corresponding to regular UW quarter dates during the 2019-2020 academic year. Awardees will receive a stipend of $2,400 per month, and paid health insurance (GAIP). Fellows are required to register for study abroad through UW Study Abroad. The program fee is covered by the fellowship. No extra money is included for airfare. Graduate students in fee-based programs are not eligible to apply.

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Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA) Scholarships

Deadline: Feb. 8, 2019

The Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA) will award multiple scholarships to residents of Washington state who are enrolled in nursing programs located in Washington state.  Award amounts vary, with a minimum scholarship amount of $1,000 for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Recipients will be selected by the WSNF Scholarship Committee. Scholarships will be awarded based on academic performance; demonstrated leadership; advocacy; inspiration; goals; work, school, and community involvement; professional activities; and commitment to the Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA). Application writing quality will be evaluated (e.g., style, APA formatting, grammar, clarity, etc.).

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NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs)

Deadlines: November 15 (“Extramural” programs) and April 3 (“Intramural” programs)

The NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) are a set of programs established by Congress and designed to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals into biomedical or biobehavioral research careers. The LRPs repay up to $35,000 annually of a researcher’s qualified educational debt in return for a commitment to engage in NIH mission-relevant research. There are eight LRPs: five for researchers not employed by NIH (“Extramural” programs in Clinical Research, Clinical Research for Individuals in from Disadvantaged Backgrounds, Contraception and Infertility Research, Health Disparities Research, and Pediatric Research ) and three for researchers employed by NIH (“Intramural” programs in AIDS Research, Clinical Research for Individuals in from Disadvantaged Backgrounds, and General Research). However, LRPs are not intended to fund research projects. Rather, LRP awards are based on an applicant’s potential to build and sustain a research career.

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Indian Health Service Loan Repayment Program

Open: Ongoing through April 2019

The Indian Health Service (IHS) Loan Repayment Program (LRP) will repay health professions training loans up to $40,000 in exchange for a two-year commitment at an Indian health facility.  The LRP will pay for undergraduate loans as long as those studies were prerequisites for a graduate degree in the discipline in which you were awarded loan repayment.  All health professionals are eligible to apply, but American Indians and Alaska Natives receive priority consideration when all other factors are equal between applicants.  The IHS will assist with matching to eligible sites for service, the majority of which are located in rural areas.

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Roberta Smith Nursing Scholarship

Open: Oct. 15 to Feb. 15 (postmark deadline)

The Washington State Council of Epsilon Sigma Alpha International Sorority is currently accepting applications for the Roberta Smith Nursing Scholarship. The scholarships provide $1,000 for the next academic year.  Eligible applicants will be Washington state residents enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate nursing program.  Applications will be submitted by mail, and should include the application form, a personal statement (200 words or less), three letters of recommendation (sealed), official transcripts (sealed) and proof of residency (e.g. Washington state driver’s license or utility bill).

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AfterCollege/AACN Scholarship Fund

Deadline:  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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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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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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