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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.

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.

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Listening Project – Seattle/King County Clinic

Sign up today, July 6 – Sept. 5, 2018!

The Listening Project is in response to the clinic’s efforts to better understand the patient populations served. Small student groups will circulate clinic waiting areas, engaging with patients who wish to share their stories related to their health, accessing care, or their experience at the Seattle/King County Clinic (SKCC). Stories will be synthesized and prepared for dissemination to the SKCC, as well as city and state policy makers. Students will be asked to sign up for one half-day shift during the days of clinic operation—September 20-23, 2018.

SKCC brings together healthcare organizations, civic agencies, non-profits, private businesses and volunteers from across the State of Washington to produce a giant free health clinic in KeyArena at Seattle Center.  The four-day volunteer-driven clinic provides a full range of free dental, vision and medical care to underserved and vulnerable populations in the region. The Clinic is scheduled for September 20 – 23, 2018.

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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Fred G. Zahn Scholschip Fund

Deadline:  July 15, 2018

This scholarship specifically targets students who previously graduated from schools located in the State of Washington, of either sex, without discrimination as to race, color or creed, who by their effort, scholarship achievement and character have evidenced their ability to benefit themselves and others by continuing their educational processes. Financial need for assistance is a major factor in selection. Twelve scholarships of $1,500 each are available.

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Healthy Brain Research Network Scholars Program

Deadline:  July 30, 2018

Call for applications for Graduate Students in Doctoral or Doctorate of Nursing Practice Programs in the University of Washington School of Nursing!  (HBRN) Coordinating Center, located at the Health Promotion Research Center (HPRC) in the University of Washington (UW) School of Public Health, is accepting applications for projects related to the public health aspects of brain health, cognitive aging, cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s disease and dementias, and associated caregiving.

The UW HBRN-dTC Scholars Program will support up to 3 graduate students in the completion of a defined project or specified component of an ongoing research project. Projects may be conducted either during the 2018 Autumn quarter, September 26 – December 7, 2018, or the 2019 Winter quarter, January 7 – March 15, 2019. Examples of projects include but are not limited to: literature reviews, partnership on a community- or agency-based project with a defined product, analysis of an existing data set, and development and distribution of evidence-based materials, e.g., fact sheets.  Each Scholar will be provided a $3,000 stipend which will be distributed in three equal payments ($1,000 each) across the selected scholarship period. Funding is provided from the de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging.

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Philippine Nurses Association of America – Oregon & Washington Chapter

Deadline:  July 31, 2018

The Jaime Lim and Dory Osilla-Lim Academic Scholarship 2018-2019.  The purpose is to provide financial assistance to a qualified nursing student of Filipino descent who is currently enrolled in a pre-licensure nursing program in Oregon or Washington State and is preparing for a career as a registered nurse. To celebrate and acknowledge emerging student nurse leaders who are committed to giving back to their community while promoting unity, fellowship and excellent care. Types of scholarship available & Eligibility criteria: For academic year 2018-2019, one scholarship is available of $1000 is available.

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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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Lois Price Spratlen Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: Sept. 1, 2018

For graduate students in psychiatric mental health nursing in Washington to apply for a $2,000  for the 2018-19 academic year. The purpose of the Scholarship is to support graduate students pursuing a career in advanced practice psychiatric nursing. Apply online.

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Radcliffe Institute Research Fellowship

Deadline:  Sept. 13, 2018

The Radcliffe Institute Research Fellowship is available to graduate students. Fellows will work on individual projects, or in clusters, to generate new research, publications, art, and more. Fellows will receive office or studio space and access to libraries and other resources of Harvard University during the nine – month fellowship. Each of the more than 900 fellows who have been in residence at the Radcliffe Institute has pursued an independent project, but the collaborative experience unites all of them. Scholars, scientists, and artists work on individual projects, or in clusters, to generate new research, publications, art, and more. This application is for individual applications in the creative arts, humanities, and social sciences. Radcliffe Institute fellows are in residence for a period of nine months between September 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020 and receive a stipend of $77,500 plus an additional $5,000 to cover project expenses. Applicants may apply for either one or two semesters. Single-semester Radcliffe fellows receive a $38,750 stipend plus an additional $2,500 to cover project expenses.

This is a residential fellowship; therefore, fellows are expected to reside in the Boston area for the duration of their time as Radcliffe fellows. Fellows are expected to be free of their regular commitments so they may devote themselves full time to the work outlined in their proposal. The Institute will provide office or studio space and access to libraries and other resources at Harvard University during the fellowship year. Radcliffe fellows may also be eligible to receive relocation, housing, and childcare funds to aid them in making a smooth transition to Radcliffe. Health care options are made available as needed.

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2018 TA Conference

Registration NOW open:  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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American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA)

Deadline: Nov. 15, 2018

Each year ANNA offers scholarships that provide funding to support members in their pursuit of higher education. ANNA also offers grants for clinical research projects and patient or staff education programs. The recipients of these scholarships and grants are recognized at the National Symposium. There are several scholarship opportunities on their site including the Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI) Grant (see #306). Awards are from $1,000.00 to $3,000.00.

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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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