Scholarships And Grants Available For African American Students!
The acute shortage of nurses stretches beyond racial boundaries. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 55% of all nurses are white and 35% are black. Still that doesn’t mean the health care industry won’t take more African Americans. They’ll take anyone who comes out of college with respectable grades and certification and there are grants and scholarships to assist.
Money is where things become problematic. The current recession is making going for a higher education more than troubling for African Americans, who overall come from much more difficult financial positions. To counter this, an incredible number of organizations are offering to swell the ranks with financial aid. In fact, the site, Minority Nursing, has put together a list of over 100 of these programs, for high school kids seeing their senior year fly away to post-grads looking to advance beyond walking the floors into their own practice or management. Below are a few: If you need more information about online college grants, look on the internet.
(1) The National Black Nursing Association – This is putting your money where your mouth is. The professional organization is devoted to African American nurses. It provides various scholarships of $500 to $2,000 to students currently enrolled in a BSN, ADN, diploma or LPN/LVN nursing program. Applicants must be a member of NBNA and have at least one full year of school remaining.
(2) Foundation of the National Student Nurses Association – This foundation is designed to assist students with advice and other helpful information about college. They also administer a large number of grant and scholarship programs. Of note to African Americans is their Breakthrough to Nursing Scholarships, which was established in 1965.
(3) Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Professions – They have a scholarship entitled the Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students provides money for full-time, financially needy students in nursing or other health professions. To qualify one has to be a U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident. They are actually administered by one’s school, so contact the financial aid office where you are enrolled.
(4) Humility of Mary Health Partners/Minority Nurse Anesthetist Scholarship – This scholarship is to help nurses enter the high earning field of nurse anesthetists. It awards them an RN or similarity experience professional a $10,000 fellowship. Applicants must meet a number of other prerequisites and work at Humility of Mary Health Partners after getting their anesthesia certification for a few years. There is an abundance of information about online grant on the web.
(5) Minority Nurse Magazine Scholarship Program – Awards scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 and is open to racial and ethnic minority students who will be enrolled in either: the third or fourth year of an accredited BSN program in the United States, an accelerated program leading to a BSN degree (such as RN-to-BSN or BA-to-BSN) or an accelerated Master’s; of entry nursing program for students with bachelor’s degrees in fields other than nursing (such as BA-to-MSN).
Just as a reminder, there are hundreds of other programs for African Americans with their share of financial aid through grants and scholarships. Also, make sure to talk to that financial aid advisor, who will be more than willing to guide you through the maze of paperwork you’re going to deal with as you apply for your share of money for college.