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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.

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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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.

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AfterCollege/AACN Scholarship Fund

Deadlines:  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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Geraldine “Polly” Bednash Scholarship

Deadlines: 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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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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McLean DDS Medical Scholarship

Deadline: August 1, 2019

McLean DDS supports students pursuing a medical degree. Through the McLean DDS Medical Scholarship, we award the winning student $1,000 to be used toward his or her degree. In addition, we award $250 book scholarships to the two runners-up.

To qualify, undergraduate or graduate students must be majoring in a medical field of study, and attending an accredited college or university.

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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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