Students in Massachusetts desiring a career in nursing have a wealth of options available to them to pay for school in the form of scholarships and grants. The following is a list of these opportunities.

Massachusetts Legion Nursing Scholarship

This scholarship provides financial assistance to the children of members of the American Legion in Massachusetts who are pursuing a nursing degree.

Amount Awarded: $1,000
Number Awarded: 1 each year
Duration: 1 year
Deadline: March of each year

Eligibility

Candidates must be children and grandchildren of current members in good standing in the Massachusetts American Legion, be under the age of 22, be entering their first year of college, be in financial need, and plan to study nursing.

How to Apply

Contact the American Legion at:
American Legion
Attn: Department of Massachusetts
State House
24 Beacon Street, Suite 546-2
Boston, MA 02133
617-727-2966

Hebrew SeniorLife Gerontological Nursing Scholarship

This scholarship is sponsored by Hebrew SeniorLife and covers tuition and fees for up to three undergraduate nursing students in their junior year at UMASS-Boston.

Amount Awarded: 100% of tuition and fees for two years
Number Awarded: up to three
Duration: two years
Deadline: April 30th

Eligibility

  • must be a junior or senior attending classes full-time at UMass-Boston
  • must have completed the course NU 226
  • must agree to a two-year employment commitment at Hebrew SeniorLife after graduation
  • must have a competitive GPA and excel in clinical practice
  • must have proven an interest in gerontological nursing by doing community service, being employed in the field, or though faculty recommendations
  • must demonstrate financial need by filling out a FAFSA

How to Apply

  • Complete an application by downloading the form at: www.cnhs.umb.edu/scholarship/documents/HSL_Appln.pdf
  • Submit two letters of reference stating academic achievements
  • Complete a two-page essay explaining the student’s interest in a nursing career working with the elderly including leadership positions held, community service or related volunteer work.

Contact Information: Peter.Terres@umb.edu

Massachusetts Nurses Foundation (MNA) – Kate Maker Scholarship

The scholarship is awarded to a student pursuing an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in nursing in memory of former member of the board of directors, Kate Maker, RN.

Amount Awarded: $2,500
Number Awarded: one
Duration: one year
Deadline: June 1st

Eligibility

  • must be a first-time nursing student
  • must be the child of an active MNA member in good standing
  • must provide a letter of acceptance from an accredited nursing program recognized by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing.

How to Apply

  • Complete an application by downloading the form at: http://www.massnurses.org/files/file/About-Us/mnf/2010Application.pdf
  • Provide two references: one from an educational professional and one from an adult acquaintance such as an employer, neighbor, or music instructor.
  • Submit a typed personal statement of 500 words or less including career goals, philosophy of nursing and an explanation of how nursing will aid your goals and your contribution to nursing.
  • Describe your current activities and achievements, and any other information that will support the application.

Contact Information:

Cindy Messia, cmessia@mnarn.org, 781-830-5745

Edward S. Moss Memorial Scholarship

This memorial scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to a current Cooley Dickinson employee pursuing a degree in nursing.

Amount Awarded: $500
Number Awarded: one
Duration: one year
Deadline: May 15th

Eligibility

  • must be a paid or volunteer employee of Cooley Dickinson hospital
  • must be accepted or currently enrolled full-time in an accredited school of nursing working to complete an associate’s degree, a three-year diploma, a bachelor’s degree, or a Master’s degree in nursing.

How to Apply

  • Download and fill out an application at: http://www.cooley-dickinson.org/development/nursing-scholarships
  • Submit a 250-500 word essay explaining why you want to pursue a career in nursing, why you need the scholarship, and your current relationship with Cooley Dickinson Hospital.
  • Submit the completed application and essay to the Development Office.

Contact Information:

Linda Medeiros
Cooley Dickinson Hospital
Development Office
P.O. Box 329
Northampton, MA 01061-0329

Or email at: development@cooley-dickinson.org

Both of these scholarships will be awarded based on an applicant’s academic and work histories, in combination with essays where they describe their commitment to the health care profession.

Devlin Medical Scholarship

This scholarship is sponsored by the Dr. Thomas P. and Edwina H. Devlin Medical Scholarship Fund and provides financial assistance for tuition, books, and related equipment to students pursuing a degree in the field of nursing.

Amount Awarded: $500 to $4,000
Number Awarded: up to ten
Duration: one year
Deadline: June 1st

Eligibility

  • Must be a resident of one of the following towns: Melrose, North Reading, Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield, Wilmington, Winchester and Woburn
  • Must be accepted at an accredited medical or nursing school

How to Apply

Contact Information:

Dr. Thomas P. and Edwina H. Devlin Medical Scholarship Fund
Josephine W. Devlin, secretary
34 Pleasant Street
Stoneham, MA 02180
Phone: (781) 438-7828
Email: devlinscholarship@verizon.net

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