About the Scholarship

The NURSE Corps Scholarship Program provides financial aid for those students who are pursuing a diploma, associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degree in nursing education. 

The program offers the scholarship to nursing students in exchange for a minimum two-year full-time service commitment to work at an eligible Critical Shortage Facility (CSF), that is, health care facility having a critical shortage of nurses. 

The recipients would have to join the facility soon after completing their graduation. The NURSE Corps Scholarship Program hopes for the awardees to continue their service at the CSF even after their service commitment is fulfilled. 

The NURSE Corps Scholarship Program (NCSP) is administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration with a mission to improve the health of the vulnerable populations or communities by strengthening the workforce in health services and connecting them to those in need. 


NURSE Corps Scholarship Program awards

Award amount - The scholarship awards cover the graduate or undergraduate tuition fee and other educational expenses such as books and supplies, accommodation, clinical instruments and more. 

The award is offered on an annual basis along with a monthly stipend for other living expenses. A monthly stipend of $1,363 was provided for the 2018-2019 academic year. 

Recipients - The number of awards depends on the available scholarship funds and the number of eligible students. The NURSE Corps Scholarship Program anticipates offering 225 new and continuation awards for the present academic year. 

The selection of recipients is based on their academic performance, letters of recommendation, response to essay questions, and resume. 


NURSE Corps Scholarship Program application

The application is available online on the official website.

  • Complete the online application form and required fields by providing accurate and complete information 

  • Complete the essay questions carefully as this is one of the selection criteria

  • Provide additional documents such as 2 letters of recommendation, high school transcripts, Student aid report (SAR), resume, and any other supplemental documents, as required

  • Read through the guidelines and service obligations before applying for the scholarship 

Application Deadline - All applications must be submitted on the BHW customer portal by June 14, 2019, 7:30 pm. ET. 


Eligibility Criteria

  • The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or a legal permanent resident.

  • The applicant must be enrolled at an accredited school of nursing to pursue a professional nursing degree program.

  • The applicant must not have any federal debts or judgment liens.

  • The applicant must be free from an existing service commitment.