One of the most daunting experiences of college life is finding a way to pay for it. Nurses are in high demand these days, and they are paid well, but how do you pay for the education to get such a job?

New Hampshire has numerous nursing scholarships to help you pay your way through school. Scholarships differ from loans in that they do not acquire interest, and you never have to pay them back.

To get started, gather general information that you will need to give when you apply. For example, you will need your address, social security number, GPA, SAT scores and probably a copy of your transcript.

Some scholarships will require more than just your general information. They may require an essay or something else that will help them determine who deserves the scholarship most.

Listed below are a few scholarships for New Hampshire students to get you started in your search.

Alice M. Yarnold and Samuel Yarnold Scholarship

This is offered to New Hampshire students who are majoring in nursing, medicine or social work. They award $2,000 to $5,000 each year. Students must be enrolled at least part-time at a two- or four-year technical school or university. They also must be a U.S. citizen and a resident of New Hampshire.

If you are interested in applying for this scholarship, you should contact the Alice M. Yarnold and Samuel Yarnold Scholarship Trust at 180 Locust St, Dover NH 03820.

Elizabeth and Sherman Asche Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is only available to Native Americans or Alaskan Natives who are majoring in Public Health. You must have at least 1/4 blood from a federally recognized tribe. They award $1,500 per semester. In order to continue receiving money, students must send in a copy of their first semester grades and a copy of their second semester schedule.
The annual deadline for this scholarship is July 1st. To learn more, head to their webpage, www.indian-affairs.org.

David Charles Staples Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is only available to students at Keene State College. Students must be a junior or senior majoring in elementary education or nursing. Students must also be residents of New Hampshire who have an excellent academic record. For more information, see Keene State’s website, at www.keene.edu/.

Edwina Foye Award for Outstanding Graduate Student

This award is granted to a graduate student pursuing a career in health. They must have made both academic and personal accomplishments. Also, the student must be a resident of a town serviced by the Foundation for Seacoast Health. These towns include Portsmouth, Newington, New Castle, Greenland, Rye and North Hampton. For more information see www.ffsh.org.

Steven Cutter Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Student

This award is granted to an undergraduate student pursuing a career in a health-related field. They also must be a resident of a town serviced by the Foundation for Seacoast Health, including Portsmouth, Newington, New Castle, Greenland, Rye and North Hampton. Again, for more information on this award, see www.ffsh.org.

Additional Resources

These are nursing-specific scholarships, but you can also find many scholarships that are not specific to the health field. If you are graduating from high school, check with your guidance counselor. Often town-specific awards are given to graduating high school students before the end of the year.

Also, both the Army and the ROTC program offer scholarships to student nurses.

Many colleges offer scholarships specific to their school, such as the Keene State scholarship listed above. Check with the financial aid department of your college to see what help is available to you.

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