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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.

Mary Gates Leadership Scholarship

Deadline:  Jan. 22, 2018

Mary Gates Leadership Scholarships encourage undergraduate students to develop their leadership abilities through practical experience, personal reflection and in community with mentors and peers. Mary Gates Leadership Scholarships are two-quarter awards totaling $5,000. The award is paid out in equal installments of $2,500 for each quarter. Generally, the eligible quarters are within the subsequent three quarters (for example, in winter, you would be eligible for an award for spring and summer, spring and autumn, or summer and autumn). The award quarters must correspond with the time-period you are involved in your leadership work. Graduating seniors may request a one-quarter award.

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Mary Gates Research Scholarships

Deadline:  Jan. 29, 2018

Application Workshops: Wed., Jan. 17, 2018; 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Mon., Jan. 22, 2018; 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Mary Gates Research Scholarships are competitive scholarships intended to enhance the educational experiences of undergraduate students at the University of Washington while they are engaged in research guided by faculty. We hope that with research scholarships, students may focus more attention and time, deeping their inquiry into a discipline or project with a reduced financial burden. Applications are accepted twice per year – once in Autumn Quarter and once in Winter Quarter. The scholarships are $5,000 and disburse in installments of $2,500 each over two quarters. Graduating seniors may request to receive a one-quarter award totaling $2,500.

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Heilbrunn Nurse Scholar Awards

Deadline:  Jan. 19-30, 2018

Funding for the Heilbrunn Family Center for Research Nursing at the Rockefeller University and the associated funds to support the Heilbrunn Nurse Scholar Awards is made possible by a generous endowment from Helaine Lerner and her sister Joan Rechnitz in honor of their parents Harriet and Robert Heilbrunn

ELIGIBILITY: Registered nurses in a research-focused doctoral program who have completed their dissertation proposal defense, Master’s-prepared nurses who have successfully conducted a research study, or doctorally-prepared nurses who are actively engaged in nursing science.  SUBMISSION DETAILS: The Heilbrunn award is a 1-2 year program that provides financial support for nurses to pursue independent research projects and make a contribution to the discipline of nursing. The maximum amount of funding per proposal is $25,000 (total).

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Warren G. Magnuson Scholarship

Deadline:  Jan. 25, 2018

The School of Nursing will select one PhD student to be nominated for the Warren G. Magnuson Scholarship. The Institute’s projected total award for each school’s scholar in 2018-19 will be approximately $30,000. The actual amount is based on the endowment fund performance and is determined in early March 2018.

Eligibility:  1) Magnuson Scholars are selected annually from applicants nominated by each of the six University of Washington Health Sciences Schools: Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Social Work, 2) Students must be enrolled in a graduate program in the health professions at the University of Washington and registered for summer quarter of 2018 through the winter quarter 2019 during the 2018-19 academic year, 3) Students may be nominated in consecutive years by their respective schools, and 4) At least one Magnuson Scholar will be selected in a career pathway preparing for or engaged in research related to diabetes, its antecedents, or complications.

Procedure for Application: Students’ submit current program transcripts (current official UW winter 2018 transcripts preferred), a one-page statement of career objectives, and a one-page letter of recommendation from their supervising faculty member. Application statement/career objectives and letter of recommendation should not exceed one page each.  Send in a single pdf document to Please drop off transcripts to Laura Mason, School of Nursing, Health Sciences Building, T301 reception desk.

2018 Scholarship Fair

Date:  Jan. 25, 2018 – 2:00 to 5:30 p.m.

Location: Mary Gates Hall Commons

Connect with representatives and former scholars from these scholarship and fellowship programs by stopping by their table at the fair. Be sure to check out the program information sessions offered throughout the day.

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J.C./Lady Graytop Memorial Scholarship Fund

Deadline:  Jan. 27, 2018

The J.C./Lady Graytop Memorial Scholarship Fund, established in 1977, has awarded over $60,000 in various scholarships to deserving students. These scholarships are provided annually to deserving students who support our organization’s goals of:

  • Enhancing self esteem,
  • Recognizing diversity,
  • Supporting personal development and
  • Acknowledgement of human rights.

We believe that by encouraging the pursuit of these goals, we are helping individuals develop their potential and thereby further enhancing the future of our community. Preference is given to students who self-identify as LGBT, members of LGBT families, or straight allies who have been strongly supportive of the LGBT community.

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Josephine de Karman Fellowship Trust

Deadline: Jan. 31, 2018

Approximately eight (8) fellowships, $25,000 for graduate students and $15,000 for undergraduate students, will be awarded for the regular academic year (fall and spring semesters or the equivalent where the quarterly system prevails), paid through the fellowship office of the university in which the recipient is enrolled for study in the United States.  Study must be carried out only in the United States and all funds must be expended only within this country.  The fellowship is for one academic year and may not be renewed or postponed. DeKarman fellowships are open to students in any discipline, including international students, who are currently enrolled in a university or college located within the United States.  Only candidates for the PhD who will defend their dissertation in or about June 2019 and undergraduates entering their senior year (will receive bachelors degree in or about June 2019) are eligible for consideration for a 2018-2019 fellowship.

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CAORC Multi-Country Research Fellowship

Deadline:  Jan. 31, 2018

The Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) Multi-Country Research Fellowship supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for U.S. doctoral candidates, and postdoctoral scholars. Preference will be given to candidates examining comparative and/or cross-regional research. Applicants are eligible to apply as individuals or in teams. Scholars must carry out research in two or more countries outside the United States, at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center

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UW Retirement Association Fellowship in Aging

Deadline:  Feb. 1, 2018

The UWRA Graduate Student Fellowship is a one-quarter fellowship that supports graduate students of outstanding academic merit who have a demonstrated academic and personal interest in aging-related issues or concerns. The fellowship will provide a monthly stipend equivalent to the standard PDTA II level (currently $2,650/month), GAIP health insurance, and a waiver of state tuition for up to 18 credits (excluding U-PASS and international student fee) in the quarter when the student takes the fellowship. The choice of the quarter will be left to the discretion of the graduate student in consultation with his or her department.

At the time of application, students must be matriculated in a UW graduate degree tuition program (fee-based programs are not eligible) and not in their last year of study. The recipient of the award must be enrolled in full-time credits (at least 10) during the fellowship quarter. Students in fee-based programs are not eligible to apply.

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Oncology Nursing Society Foundation Bachelor’s In Nursing Degree Scholarship

Deadline: Feb. 1, 2018

availability. Supported by the ONS Foundation, Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation and Oncology Practice Alliance, Inc. Purpose: To provide scholarships to individuals who are interested in and committed to oncology nursing and pursuing a baccalaureate degree in nursing. Bachelor’s scholarships awarded annually at $3,000 to $5,000 each.

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Oncology Nursing Society Foundation Doctoral Scholarship

Deadline:  Feb. 1, 2018

All awards, grants and scholarships are tentative and subject to change based on funding availability. Doctoral scholarships are supported by the ONS Foundation and the Ann Olson Doctoral Scholarship supported by Pfizer.  Purpose: To provide scholarships to registered nurses who are interested in and committed to oncology nursing to continue their education by pursuing a research doctoral degree (PhD or DNSc) or clinical doctoral degree (DNP). Doctoral scholarships awarded at $5,000 and $7,500 annually.

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AACN Public Health Fellowship Program

Deadline:  Feb. 2, 2018

There is one fellowship position available for the 2018 AACN Public Health Fellowship Program. Fellowship opportunity is located in Atlanta, Georgia. The selected fellow will be required to relocate to the fellowship location. Since the first several weeks of the fellowship are busy with training and orientation, the Fellow may want to devote at least one week before the fellowship to settling in. Relocation costs are the responsibility of the Fellow and are not reimbursable.

Project Discipline Area:  Communication, epidemiology and biostatistics, health education, informatics, policy, program planning and development, surveillance, and clinical older adult fall prevention. Project Focus Area:  Home, recreational, and transportation injuries – National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC).

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International Research and Study Fellowships

Deadline:  Feb. 5, 2018

These one-quarter grants provide support to UW graduate students doing international research or study. Successful applicants are awarded either a Chester Fritz Fellowship or a Boeing International Fellowship.  The fellowships are available to fund research and/or study periods of one quarter (three full months) abroad during the 2018-2019 year (autumn 2018 – summer 2019). These awards DO NOT support faculty-led UW study abroad programs.

Awardees will receive a stipend of $2,400 per month, and paid health insurance (GAIP). During the quarter of their award, fellows are required to register for an independent learning program through UW Study Abroad. The program fee is covered by this fellowship. No extra money is included for airfare.

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Data Science for the Social Good

Deadline:  Feb. 12, 2018

Data Science for the Social Good is an opportunity for graduate and advanced undergraduate students to work in a team-based environment for 10 weeks over the summer months on a data analysis and visualization project with a data scientist and community stakeholders.  It is an excellent chance to build and enhance skills and offers a stipend for the 10 weeks.

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Roberta Smith Nursing Scholarship

Deadline:  Feb. 15, 2018

The Washington State Council of Epsilon Sigma Alpha International Sorority is sponsoring the Roberta Smith Nursing Scholarship in the amount of $500.00 that will be awarded annually to a student actively enrolled in an accredited or certified school of nursing in a registered nursing program or post graduate program in the field of nursing.

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Rosemary Ford Future of Oncology Nursing Scholarship

Deadline:  Feb. 19, 2018

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance is pleased to announce that we will be offering a “2018 Rosemary Ford Future of Oncology Nursing Scholarship”.  The funds provided via this scholarship are to be used for the nursing students final academic year.  This year Seattle Cancer Care Alliance will provide a total of eight (8) scholarships as follows:

  • Three university nursing student scholarships at $3,000 each.  One each from the University of Washington, Seattle University and Seattle Pacific University.
  • Two college nursing student scholarships at $1,500 each for students who are pursuing a patient care degree from Seattle Central College.
  • Three SCCA Nurse scholarships at $3,000 each to nurses who are pursuing advanced nursing degrees and who will continue to practice in oncology care.

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Washington State Opportunity Scholarship

Deadline:  Feb. 28, 2018

Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS) supports low- and middle-income Washington students pursuing eligible high-demand majors in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) or health care and encourages recipients to work in Washington state once they complete their degrees.

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UW Healthy Brain Research Network

Deadline:  Mar. 9, 2018

In partnership with the de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging (dTC), the Healthy Brain Research Network (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.

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National Black Nurses Association Scholarships

Deadline:  Apr. 15, 2018

National Black Nurses Association, Inc (NBNA) provides annual scholarships for students who are a NBNA member or local chapter member, currently enrolled in an undergraduate nursing program, and have at least one full year of school remaining.  Scholarships provide funding for continuing education. This funding enables nurses to grow and better contribute their talents to the health and healthcare of our communities. In order to be considered for the National Black Nurses Association Scholarships, you will need to thoroughly complete an application.  These scholarships will range from $1,000-$6,000.

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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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Exceptional Nurse Scholarship

Deadline:  Jun. 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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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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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, Certified Background–GNSA Scholarship, Uniform Advantage–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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