Nursing Scholarships and Grants

There is a huge demand in the field of nursing at the current time. In fact, to learn more about nursing positions and how desperately nurses are needed throughout the country, please read the CCU blogs entitled, “Benefits of a Career in Nursing: Intrinsic and Extrinsic” and “Pursue More Nursing Positions with a Degree in Nursing.”

If you have always been intrigued by a career in nursing or are currently a nurse but want a bachelor’s degree so you can advance in your career, CCU has excellent nursing degree programs including a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the RN-BSN degree program. If the only thing holding you back from applying to CCU is money, there are numerous nursing scholarships and grants available.

The Financial Aid Office at CCU provides students with information regarding all types of scholarships, and the Internet is an excellent tool to find opportunities for nursing scholarships and grants. Also, the CCU blog occasionally posts scholarship and grant information in the Scholarships & Awards category. Here you may find degree-specific scholarship opportunities such as Criminal Justice scholarships or you may find scholarships geared toward a specific demographic such as women, members of the military or nontraditional students.

A commonly held belief is that college scholarships and grants are only available to the most active, most intelligent, and most talented of students, and that there are no scholarship opportunities for average students,  non-traditional students or even above-average students who lack financial need. Many organizations have created nursing scholarships and grants, and some hospitals and other healthcare facilities will cover a portion of an employee’s tuition (if the employee agrees to continue to work for that company once the degree is completed, typically). The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration awards many scholarships and grants, and there are also many federal student financial aid programs to assist future nurses in paying for their education. Looking for nursing scholarships and grants is free, so why not spend some time doing some research to find those little-known scholarships others missed?

Here are some Colorado nursing scholarships you may want to look into:

Global Scholarship Alliance (GSA) is one of America’s leading providers of nursing scholarships. Their mission is to develop the world’s next generation of nurse leaders and educators. GSA’s programs provide qualifying nurses with full scholarships for advanced nursing degrees combined with multi-year employment arrangements. Visit to apply online.

Requirements for applicants:

  • Must have an active registered nurse license in US or Canada
  • Must be a permanent resident or citizen of US or Canada
  • Successful completion of a three year (minimum) registered nursing program
  • Both theory and clinical rotations during your nursing training in surgical, obstetrics, pediatrics, psychiatry, and medical nursing
  • One year of recent post-graduate acute care hospital based nursing experience in specialties such as ICU, CCU, ER, M/S, OR and telemetry
  • Desire to pursue an advanced nursing degree and work in a fast-paced, high-volume acute care setting
  • Ambition to advance in your career as a professional nurse

Colorado Legion Auxiliary Past Presidents Parley Nurses Scholarship

The aim of this scholarship program is to provide funding to the relatives of American veterans who want to pursue a career in nursing. The submission deadline for program applications is in April of each year and exactly how many of these non-renewable annual awards will be paid differs from year to year.

Eligibility requirements include:

  • Applicants must be either (a) veterans who served in the American armed forces during the eligibility dates for Legion membership or (b) spouses, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of veterans
  • Applicants must have already been accepted into an accredited nursing school in Colorado and must also be Colorado residents
  • Applicants must submit a 500-word essay on the topic “Americanism.”

Further factors that will influence the selection process will include dedication to the field of nursing, academic achievement, financial need and references. Students who are interested in finding out more about this scholarship program can contact the American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Colorado, at 7465 East 1st Avenue, Denver, CO 80230 (303-367-5388 and website:

Colorado Nursing Scholarship Program

This program’s aim is to provide financial assistance to students involved in post-secondary nursing studies in the state of Colorado. The exact number of awards made under this program differs every year, and applications must be filed in June. To be eligible to apply:

  • Students must either be accepted to be enrolled, or actually be enrolled, to study nursing at either a private proprietary school in Colorado or a state-supported Colorado school
  • Students must undertake to work and practice in Colorado for one year for each annual award received.

This program is administered through the Colorado Commission for Higher Education, which can be contacted for further information at 1560 Broadway, Suite 1600, Denver, CO 80202 (303-866-2723 and website:

Metropolitan Denver Medical Societies Alliance Nursing Scholarship

This program has been designed to assist college students in Colorado with paying for their nursing studies. One award of $1,000 is made each year and applications for this program have to be filed by March of any given academic year. Eligibility requirements include:

  • Students must be Colorado residents
  • Students must also be currently enrolled in a Colorado-based university or college and must be working to get their BSN degree.

Students can contact the Alliance to obtain further information at 1850 Williams Street, Denver, CO 80218.

Please contact the CCU Financial Aid Office for more information about nursing scholarships and grants.