Nursing students all over the country are experiencing difficulty with paying their tuition fees but a little help can be found in applying for – and being awarded – non-refundable scholarships and grants.
General Scholarship Info For Georgia Nursing Students
There are those grants and scholarships that can be awarded to nursing students across the country and then there are those that are state-specific.
Georgia is no exception to this rule and there are several scholarship and grant programs that are available only to those nursing students who currently reside in Georgia.
Some of these programs are even more specific and their eligibility requirements include that students must also be planning to work in Georgia health care after they graduate.
Further eligibility requirements vary from program to program and relate to matters like whether students are members of specific nursing organizations, their previous and current academic history and what level they are currently studying at.
Scholarship programs are funded and administered by entities like special interest nursing organizations, universities and colleges as well as memorial trusts.
Students who are interested in applying for one or more scholarships and grants should review the options mentioned below and, as this list does not include all available programs, should then do some further research on their own.
The Internet is an extremely useful tool in this regard and students should start off by reviewing the websites of other Georgia nursing schools, educational institutions and nursing organizations.
Specific Scholarships and Grants in Georgia
Administered and funded by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), this scholarship offers one award of $1,000 per year to Georgia residents who are also nursing majors.
Applications should be submitted by April of each year and the eligibility requirements that are specific to this program include:
- Applicants must be members of the AANA and must either be resident in Georgia or attending a nurse anesthesia program in that state; and
- Applicants must be enrolled in an anesthesia program that is accredited by the AANA.
Further factors that will be taken into account when selections are being made include involvement in school and community projects and academic achievement. Interested parties can request further information about this program from the Association at 222 South Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, IL 60068 (tel: 847-692-7050 and website: www.aana.com).
Georgia Legion Auxiliary Past Presidents Parley Nursing Scholarship
The overall objective of this scholarship is to provide funding to assist those nurses who are also related to American veterans. An indefinite number of awards are given out every year and applications have to be filed by May of each year. Eligibility requirements relevant to this program include:
- Applicants must be both residents of Georgia and the descendents of veterans;
- Applicants must be pursuing a qualification in nursing and they must obtain the sponsorship of their local branch of the Georgia Legion Auxiliary;
- Applicants must file several documents along with their application form, including 4 separate letters of recommendation, their high school and college transcripts, an essay on why they want to practice in the nursing field and a statement showing their financial situation.
Inquiries concerning this scholarship program can be addressed to the American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Georgia, 3035 Mt. Zion Road, Stockbridge, GA 30281 (tel: 678-289-8883 and website: www.galegion.org).
The Annie Lou Overton Scholarship
The Georgia Nurses Association administers this scholarship, which is available to either part-time or full-time students and which has an application deadline of June 15th of any given year. Minimum amounts of $500 are awarded to successful applicants and, in order to be eligible to apply for this program:
- Students must be resident in Georgia and must be able to demonstrate that they require financial assistance with paying for their studies;
- Students must also belong to at least one professional nursing organization, like the Georgia Association for Nursing Education, and must be enrolled in an accredited nursing program at the time their application is filed;
- Students must file two letters of recommendation indicating, among other things, the extent of the students’ leadership qualities;
- Students must be able to show that they have maintained a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.50 in the past; and
- Students who are non-RN applicants must already have completed at least one year’s study.
Preference will be given to those students who are taking a RN to BSN completion course, who plan to work in health care in Georgia after graduation and who are enrolled in a school in Georgia. If they are interested in obtaining further information regarding this scholarship program, students can contact the Georgia Nurses Association at 3032 Briarcliff Road, Atlanta, GA 30329 (tel: 404-325-5536 and website: www.georgianurses.org).
The Katherine Pope Scholarship
This scholarship is administered through and awarded by the Georgia Nurses Foundation in minimum amounts of $500. Applications have to be made by no later than June 15th of any given year and the program is available to both full-time and part-time students. The eligibility requirements for this program include:
- Applicants have to be Georgia residents and must be able to prove their financial need through the production of the necessary documentation;
- Applicants must be currently enrolled in an accredited nursing program and at least one year of study must have already been completed by all non-RN applicants;
- Applicants have to maintain a GPA of at least 2.50 on a 4.00 scale and must also be a member of one professional organization like The Georgia Association of Nursing Students;
- Applicants have to file two letters of recommendation that talk about, among other things, the student’s potential for success in practicing nursing.
Priority is given to those students who are enrolled in a Georgia-based educational establishment and who plan to practice in Georgia after graduation. Students with any questions concerning this scholarship program may approach the Georgia Nurses Foundation directly care of the Georgia Nurses Association (3032 Briarcliff Road, Atlanta, GA 30329; tel: 404-325-5536; website: www.georgianurses.org).