Nursing Financial Aid

Financing your nursing degree can be a challenge, but it should not be an insurmountable obstacle. There are many different scholarships for nursing students, as well as grants and loan programs dedicated to helping nursing students pay for their education.  Listed below are some of the more general opportunities as well as links to websites that offer information about scholarships and grants for more specific types of nursing students.

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Scholarships for Nursing Students and Nursing Grants

Bernard and Carolyn Torraco Memorial Nursing Scholarships
Amount: $2500
Description: The UNICO Foundation, Inc. will grant scholarships, paid on award, to students attending accredited prelicensure or graduate nursing programs in the United States. Preference is given to applicants demonstrating financial need.

John and Darlene Skees Memorial Nursing Scholarship
Amount: Varies
Description: Benefis Health System Foundation offers this scholarship for LPNs and other care providers becoming registered nurses or to permit a registered nurse to continue studies in the pursuit of an advanced nursing degree.

Geraldine “Polly” Bednash Scholarship
Amount: $5000
Description: This scholarship is funded by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing This scholarship is for students who are either admitted or enrolled in a bachelor’s degree nursing program or higher. The program must be at an AACN member institution with CertifiedBackground.com affiliation. A 3.2 GPA is required.

After College/AACN Nursing Scholarship Program
Amount: $2500
Description: Students may be seeking an undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral degree in nursing. Priority is given to students in a graduate program with the goal of becoming a nurse educator; students completing an RN-to-BSN or RN-to-MSN program; and those enrolled in an accelerated program.

Pocket Nurse Scholarship Fund
Amount: Varies
Description: This scholarship is for students enrolled in an accredited Allied Health Program, Nursing Program, or Nursing Graduate Program. A 3.0 GPA is required

Caroline E Holt Nursing Scholarship
Amount: $1000
Description: Student must be accepted and enrolled into an accredited school of nursing. Applicants must be members, descendents of members or be eligible for membership in NSDAR.

The Madeline Pickett (Halbert) Cogswell Nursing Scholarship
Amount: $1000
Description: Student must be accepted and enrolled into an accredited school of nursing. Applicants must be members, descendents of members or be eligible for membership in NSDAR.

Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates RN Advancing Education Scholarship
Amount: $1000 Part-Time, $2500 Full-Time
Description: This scholarship is for an RN working in Gastroenterology who is seeking a BSN, MSN or PhD. A 3.0 GPA is required.

National Student Nurses’ Association Scholarship
Amount: $1000 to $5000
Description: The student must be enrolled enrolled in a state-approved school of nursing or pre-nursing seeking an associate degree, baccalaureate, diploma, generic doctorate, or generic master’s degree. The degree must be the student’s first nursing degree.

Peter Gili Scholarship
Amount: $500
Description: This Exceptional Nurse scholarship is for nursing students with a disability seeking a full time degree.

Caroline Simpson Maheady Scholarship
Amount: $250
Description:This Exceptional Nurse scholarship is for nursing students with a disability seeking a full time degree.

ExceptionalNurse.com Scholarship
Amount: $250
Description: This scholarship is for nursing students with a disability seeking a full time degree.

Anna May Rolando Scholarship
Amount: $500
Description: This Exceptional Nurse scholarship is for nursing students with a disability seeking a full time degree. Preference for this scholarship is for graduate students aiming to work with people with disabilities.

Bruce Rolando Scholarship
Amount: $250
Description: This Exceptional Nurse scholarship is for nursing students with a disability seeking a full time degree. A student employed at a Veteran’s Hospital is preferred.

May Serra Gili Scholarship
Amount: $250
Description: This Exceptional Nurse scholarship is for nursing students with a disability seeking a full time degree.

Genevieve Seran Richmond Scholarship
Amount: $500
Description:This Exceptional Nurse scholarship is for nursing students with a disability seeking a full time degree.

St. Francis School of Nursing Alumni of Pittsburgh, PA Scholarship
Amount: Varies
Description:Student can be pursuing anything from a first time professional nursing degree to an advanced nursing degree. A 3.0 GPA is required

Nurse Corps Scholarship Program
Amount: Tuition, Fees, Reasonable Costs, Stipend
Description: These scholarships from the Bureau of Health Workforce and HRSA are for nursing students in exchange for a minimum 2 year full-time service commitment (or part-time equivalent), at an eligible health care facility with a critical shortage of nurses. Up to half of NURSE Corps Scholarship Program funds will be made available for nurse practitioners (NPs) to address key issues pertaining to the expanding need for health care.

American Association of Critical Care Nurses Scholarship
Amount: $3000
Description: This scholarship is for RN members of the AACN.

Greta James Memorial Scholarship
Amount: $2500
Description: This American Nurses Association scholarship is for students enrolled in nursing school, winners will be determined by their peers in the nursing profession through an online voting system.

A Nurse I Am Scholarship
Amount: $2000
Description:This scholarship from Cherokee Uniforms is for current nursing students.

AAC’s Behavioral Health Academic Scholarship Program
Amount: $2500 to $5000
Description:This American Addiction Centers scholarship is for high school graduates or older entering full or part-time undergraduate or graduate programs and entering or enrolled in behavioral health, nursing, counseling, psychology, social work, marriage/ family therapy, or other program focusing on treating mental health and/or substance abuse issues.

AAIA Elizabeth and Sherman Asche Memorial Scholarship
Amount: $1500
Description: This scholarship is for undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled in federally recognized tribes and who are seeking a degree in health or science curriculums.

Health Professions Scholarship Program
Amount: Tuition, Fees, and Allowance
Description: This scholarship is for healthcare professionals including Pharmacists, Optometrists, Clinical Psychologists and Public Health Officers, Nurse Corps specialties, Medical Corps and Dental Corps. While on scholarship, 45 days on active duty in the Air Force is required, and upon graduation service equivalent to number of years using scholarship is required.

American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Academic Education Scholarships
Amount: $2500
Description: This scholarship is meant to further professional education for occupational and environmental health professionals. Must be a member of AAOHN.

Dermatology Nurses Association Career Mobility Scholarship
Amount: $2500
Description: This scholarship is for those who have been DNA member for 2 years, are employed in the specialty of dermatology, and are pursuing a degree in nursing or advanced degree in nursing.

The Eight and Forty Lung and Respiratory Disease Nursing Scholarship Fund
Amount: $3000
Description: This American Legion scholarship is for RNs with a current registered nurse license.

Elizabeth Garde National Scholarship
Amount: $850
Description: This scholarship is for a post high school student or graduate student seeking a degree in nursing or other medical profession. A 3.0 GPA is required.

Nurses of Tomorrow Scholarship
Amount: $2000
Description: This scholarship is for students enrolled full-time or continuing their education at an accredited institution in state-approved schools of nursing or pre-nursing in associate degree, baccalaureate, diploma, generic doctorate, and generic master’s programs. Funds are not available for graduate study unless it is for a first degree in nursing. A 2.75 GPA is required.

Undergraduate Nursing Scholarships

Hurst Review AACN Scholarship
Amount: $2500
Description: This scholarship is for prelicensure student enrolled in an AACN member program.

Tylenol Future Care Scholarship
Amount: Varies
Description:This scholarship is for well deserving students pursuing careers in healthcare.

Barbara Rhomberg Excellence in Nursing Scholarship
Amount: $1000
Description: This scholarship is for a non-traditional student enrolled in a fulltime undergraduate nursing program working toward an associate or bachelor’s degree.

Walter C and Mary C Schmidt Scholarship
Amount: Varies
Description: This scholarship is for students enrolling in a program to become a registered nurse and intending to pursue a career in geriatric health care.

Conway Regional Medical Staff Scholarship Fund

Amount: $1500
Description: This scholarship is for area students currently enrolled or beginning their education in a health related career field.

Dr. William Furlow Medical Staff Scholarship Fund
Amount: $1500
Description:This scholarship is for area students currently enrolled or beginning their education in a health related career field. This scholarship is funded by the Conway Regional Health Foundation.

Dr. James S. Garrison Scholarship Fund
Amount: $2500
Description: This scholarship is for area students currently enrolled or beginning their education in a health related career field. This fund was established to pay tribute to Dr. James S. Garrison and his 24 years of service and dedication to health care in the central Arkansas area. As the first full-time radiologist at Conway Regional, Dr. Garrison helped build the radiology department from a single x-ray room to a multi-unit department offering the latest in diagnostic services. Dr. Garrison dedicated his career to healing the bodies and minds of his countless patients and friends.

Janice and John Robbins Scholarship Fund
Amount: $1000
Description: This scholarship honors John Robbins and his wife, Janice, upon his retirement as Conway Regional’s President and CEO. The Women’s Council was established in 2001 and was the vision of John who recruited his wife, Janice, to serve as its first President. Since that time, the Women’s Council has grown into a dynamic group of more than 150 women working to improve women’s health in the community and raise funds for Conway Regional through Dazzle Daze, an annual holiday shopping extravaganza. It is hoped this scholarship will honor the Robbins’ vision and their unwavering commitment to education.

Clemmie Cook Nursing Scholarship Fund
Amount: $1000
Description: This scholarship is for area students currently enrolled or beginning their education in a health related career field. This scholarship is funded by the Conway Regional Health Foundation.

Crista Medical Supply Inc. Caring Nurse Scholarship
Amount: $500
Description: This scholarship is for applicants 18 years of age or older currently enrolled in an undergraduate nursing program at an accredited college or university or high school students accepted into a school with a nursing program. A 3.0 GPA is required.

ENA Foundation State Fundraising Challenge Scholarships – Emergency Department Employees
Amount: $2500
Description: This scholarship is for emergency department employees including but not limited to emergency medical technicians, clerical coordinators, CNA’s, registration clerks, etc. Applicants must be pursuing an associate or baccalaureate degree in nursing. Applicants will be required to include a letter from the Emergency Department nurse director/manager stating the applicant’s interest in emergency nursing. Applicant must also provide proof of at least one year emergency department employment. Applicants do not need to be a member of ENA, but a letter of reference is required from a current ENA member.

Charles Kunz Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship
Amount: $3000
Description: This scholarship is named in memory of Charles Kunz, father of 2005 ENA President, Patricia Kunz Howard, PhD, RN, CEN, CPEN, NE-BC, FAEN. The scholarship is intended for current emergency nurses pursuing a higher level of education (RN to BSN). This scholarship is awarded to a nurse who is pursuing a baccalaureate degree in nursing. Applicants must be a current registered nurse and meet all standard eligibility requirements listed above.

ENA Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship
Amount: $3000
Description: This scholarship is intended for current emergency nurses pursuing a higher level of education (RN to BSN). This scholarship is awarded to a nurse who is pursuing a baccalaureate degree in nursing. Applicants must be a current registered nurse.

Global Health Scholarship
Amount: $3000
Description: Winning applicants for The NurseJournal.org Global Health Scholarship are evaluated by overall merit and quality of the scholarship essay in addition to the other criteria below. A 3.2 GPA is required.

LAMBER-GOODNOW Nursing Scholarship
Amount: $1000
Description: This scholarship is for students applying to a nursing program for enrollment the following year or currently enrolled in a nursing program that you will continue to be enrolled in through the following academic year.

Nurses Make a Difference Scholarship
Amount: $1000
Description: This Cascade Healthcare Solutions scholarship is available for current students in an undergraduate nursing degree program at an accredited college or university or high school students who have been accepted into a college and plan to study nursing. A 3.0 GPA is required.

http://onsfoundation.org/apply/edOncology Nurses Society Foundation Bachelor’s in Nursing Degree Scholarship
Amount: $3000 to $5000
Description: These scholarships are available to individuals who are pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing, do not currently hold an RN license and do not have a college degree.

Outlaw Student Nursing Scholarship
Amount: $500
Description: This scholarship is for current nursing students.

Jadeh Marselis-Moore Student Nurse Essay Contest
Amount: $500
Description: This scholarship is for AAMN members who are male pre-licensed students enrolled in a licensed nursing program leading to NCLEX-RN eligibility. Applicants must have completed at least one Academic Term in nursing program.

NurseWorld Student Nurse Essay Contest
Amount: $500
Description: This scholarship is for AAMN members who are male pre-licensed students enrolled in a licensed nursing program leading to NCLEX-RN eligibility. Applicants must have completed at least one Academic Term in nursing program.

AAMN Foundation Student Nurse Essay Contest
Amount: $500
Description: This scholarship is for AAMN members who are male pre-licensed students enrolled in a licensed nursing program leading to NCLEX-RN eligibility. Applicants must have completed at least one Academic Term in nursing program.

Career Mobility Scholarships
Amount: $1000-$2500
Description:This scholarship is for current full members of ANNA, having been a member for a minimum of the last 2 years as of the awards/scholarship application deadline date. Applicants must be actively involved in nephrology nursing related health care services and accepted or enrolled in a baccalaureate or higher degree program in nursing. For NNCC Career Mobility Scholarships, candidates must hold current certification through the Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission (NNCC).

Graduate Nursing Scholarships

CertifiedBackground-GNSA Scholarship
Amount: $2500
Description: This scholarship is for students who are either admitted or enrolled in a graduate degree nursing program. The program must be at an AACN member institution. A 3.5 GPA is required

Uniform Advantage GNSA Scholarship
Amount: $2500
Description: This scholarship is for students who are members of the Graduate Student Nursing Academy who are seeking a master’s degree in nursing. A 3.5 GPA is required.

March of Dimes Graduate Nursing Scholarship
Amount: $5000
Description: Student must be an RN enrolled in a graduate program focused on maternal-child nursing. They must be a member of one of the following: Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses; the American College of Nurse-Midwives; or the National Association of Neonatal Nurses

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Scholarship
Amount: $1000 to $3000
Description: This is for masters in nursing students. Eligibility varies according to award, though all require applicants to be nurse practitioners, AANP members and U.S. citizens.

American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) Foundation Scholarship Program
Amount: Varies
Description: This scholarship is for individuals in accredited CRNA programs. To apply for a scholarship, a first-year student must be an AANA member and have completed at least six months of courses in an accredited CRNA program by the application deadline date. Second-year students must have completed at least one year of courses in an accredited CRNA program by the application deadline date.

Nursing Educational Funds, Inc. Scholarship
Amount: Varies
Description: This scholarship is for graduate nursing students. Masters students must be enrolled in a NLNAC or CCNE accredited nursing program. Doctoral students must be enrolled in a NLNAC or CCNE accredited program in Nursing or a nursing related field. A 3.6 GPA is required.

American Nurse Practitioner Foundation Scholarship
Amount: Varies
Description: This scholarship is available to any nurse practitioner in America.

Oncology Nursing Society Foundation Master’s Scholarships
Amount: $5000
Description: This scholarship is for registered nurses in a master’s degree in nursing to advance as oncology nurses.

American College of Nurse Midwives Basic Midwifery Student Scholarship
Amount: Varies
Description: This scholarship is for student members of ACNM and enrolled in an AMCB-accredited midwifery education program.

GlaxoSmithKline – TUMS Calcium for Life Consumer Health Care Scholarship
Amount: Varies
Description: This scholarship is for student members of ACNM and enrolled in an AMCB-accredited midwifery education program.

Edith B. Wonnell CNM Scholarship
Amount: Varies
Description: This scholarship is for student midwives who intend to work in an out-of-hospital setting – birth center or home birth – upon graduation. It is is for student members of ACNM and enrolled in an AMCB-accredited midwifery education program.

A.C.N.M. Foundation Memorial Scholarship
Amount: Varies
Description: This scholarship is for student members of ACNM and enrolled in an AMCB-accredited midwifery education program.

American Cancer Society Doctoral Degree Scholarship in Cancer Nursing
Amount: $15000
Description: This scholarship is for graduate students pursuing doctoral study in the field of cancer nursing research, and preparing for careers as nurse scientists.

American Cancer Society Graduate Scholarships in Cancer Nursing Practice
Amount: $10000
Description: This scholarship is for graduate students pursuing a master’s degree in cancer nursing or doctorate of nursing practice (DNP).

Dorothy Budnek Memorial Scholarship
Amount: $600
Description: This scholarship is for Association for Radiologic and Imaging Nursing members who have returned to school to advance their nursing education.

The Doris R. Hines Ph.D., R.N., CETN Nursing Scholarship
Amount: Varies
Description: This scholarship is for students enrolled in an accredited nursing program above the bachelor’s level and requires employment with Mosaic Life Care.

National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Richardson DNP Student Scholarship
Amount: $2000
Description: This scholarship is for students accepted into or currently enrolled in an accredited DNP program (either a PNP/FNP enrolled in a postmasters DNP program or BSN to DNP program with a focus in pediatrics) applicants must have an expected graduation date within two years or less. A 3.5 GPA is required.

National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Elaine Gelman Student Scholarship
Amount: $1000
Description: This scholarship is for current members of NAPNAP with current part- or full-time enrollment in accredited PNP, FNP, DNP or PhD program with focus in pediatrics. Applicants must have an expected graduation date within three years or less. A 3.0 GPA is required.

Judith C. Kelleher Memorial Scholarship
Amount: $5000
Description: This scholarship was established in memory of ENA’s co-founder Judith C. Kelleher, MSN, RN, FAEN, (1923-2013). Judy was an exceptional leader and visionary emergency nurse who directly contributed to raising the standards of how emergency nurses practice today. To honor Judy’s wish to continue to further emergency nursing education and keep her legacy alive. This scholarship is awarded to a nurse pursuing a nurse practitioner degree.

Anita Dorr Graduate Scholarship
Amount: $5000
Description:This scholarship was established in memory of ENA’s co-founder Anita Dorr, RN, FAEN, (1915-1972). Anita was the first executive director of the ENA and her contributions to the specialty of emergency nursing were widely recognized. Anita is credited with the 1967 invention of the first emergency nursing crisis cart, commonly known as the “Crash Cart.” This scholarship is awarded to a nurse pursuing a master’s degree in nursing with a focus in administration.

Stryker Scholarship: Master’s in Healthcare or Related Field
Amount: $5000
Description: Support for this scholarship is provided by Stryker as a 2015 ENA strategic partner. Stryker offers patient handling equipment and products for the emergency medical services industry, including general transport & specialty stretchers, transfer devices, and furniture. These degrees include but are not limited to degrees in business (MBA), public health (MPH), nurse education (N.Ed.) and Informatics.

Teleflex Scholarship
Amount: $5000
Description: Support for this scholarship is provided by Teleflex as a 2015 ENA strategic partner. Teleflex’s corporation’s EZ-IO® Vascular Access System provides immediate vascular access for the delivery of essential medications and fluids using the intraosseous (inside the bone) space when traditional IVs are difficult. The EZ-IO® is recognized as the technology standard for intraosseous access with over 2 million needles sold worldwide. Requirements: This scholarship is awarded to an emergency nurse pursuing a master’s degree in nursing.

ENA Foundation State Fundraising Challenge Scholarship
Amount: $5000
Description: Funding for this scholarship is made possible through the generosity of those state councils, chapters and individuals who contributed to the 2014 State Fundraising Challenge campaign. This scholarship is awarded to an emergency nurse pursuing a master’s degree in nursing.

Physio-Control, Inc. Scholarship
Amount: $3000
Description: Support for this scholarship is provided by Physio-Control, Inc. Physio-Control pioneered defibrillation technology over 50 years ago, and is the world’s leading provider of external defibrillators for the treatment of sudden cardiac arrest. This scholarship is awarded to an emergency nurse pursuing a master’s degree in nursing.

Gisness Advance Practice Scholarship
Amount: $3000
Description: Support for this scholarship is provided by Robert and Christine Gisness. This scholarship is awarded to an emergency nurse pursuing a master’s degree in nursing.

Karen O’Neil Memorial Scholarship
Amount: $3000
Description: This scholarship was established in memory of Karen M. O’Neil, who was a recipient of an ENA Foundation Scholarship herself. Karen was a unique individual whose involvement and dedication to her profession touched her patients, colleagues and her community. Karen, her family, and her friends have provided this opportunity as a way to remember her tireless energy and uplifting spirit, and commitment to emergency nursing. This scholarship is awarded to an emergency nurse pursuing a master’s degree in nursing.

Pamela Stinson Kidd Memorial Doctoral Scholarship
Amount: $10000
Description: This scholarship was established in memory of Pamela Kidd by the ENA Board of Directors and the ENA Foundation Board of Trustees. Pam was a longtime member of ENA and served on the ENA Board of Directors, and was an exemplary educator and nurse researcher who mentored many nurses. This scholarship, named in her honor, is funded by general donations received by the ENA Foundation and through multiple annual fundraising campaigns. This scholarship is awarded to a nurse pursuing a doctoral degree. The applicant’s dissertation must be related to emergency nursing.

ENA Foundation State Fundraising Challenge Doctoral Scholarship
Amount: $5000
Description: This scholarship is awarded to a nurse (RN) pursuing a doctoral degree in nursing (PhD or DNP). Funding for this scholarship is made possible through the generosity of those who contributed to the ENA Foundation State Fundraising Challenge campaign in 2014. Applicants must show proof of acceptance and enrollment into an accredited doctoral program in nursing and must include a statement about their career intent. Applicants who are more than six months beyond the completion of all formal coursework and comprehensive examinations, are not eligible to apply for this scholarship.

Hill-Rom Doctoral Scholarship
Amount: $4000
Description: Support for this scholarship is provided by Hill-Rom as a 2015 ENA Strategic partner. Hill-Rom is a leading manufacturer and provider of medical technologies and services for the healthcare industry, including patient support systems, non-invasive therapeutic products, medical equipment rentals and information technology. This scholarship is awarded to a nurse (RN) pursuing a doctoral degree in nursing (PhD or DNP). Applicants must show proof of acceptance and enrollment into an accredited doctoral program in nursing and must include a statement about their career intent. Applicants who are more than six months beyond the completion of all formal coursework and comprehensive examinations, are not eligible to apply for this scholarship.

Oncology Nurses Society Foundation Doctoral Scholarship
Amount: $5000 to $7500
Description: This scholarship is for registered nurses who are interested in and committed to oncology nursing to continue their education by pursuing a research doctoral degree (PhD or DNSc) or clinical doctoral degree (DNP).

AAMN Foundation Student Nurse Essay Contest
Amount: $1000
Description: This scholarship is for AAMN members who are male students with a bachelor’s degree enrolled in a graduate nursing program. Applicants must have completed at least one Academic Term in nursing program.

Minority Nursing Scholarships

Minority Nurse Faculty Scholarship
Amount: $18000
Description: This scholarship is for student enrolled in a full time doctoral nursing program or a clinically-focused master’s degree program. Commitment to working full time as faculty for an accredited registered nursing program after graduation is required. Applicants must be minority students. This scholarship is sponsored by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and Johnson and Johnson.

National Black Nurses Association Inc. Scholarship
Amount: $1000 to $6000
Description: This scholarship is for NBNA members enrolled in a nursing program (B.S.N., A.D., Diploma or L.P.N./ L.V.N.) and in good scholastic standing at the time of application. If a chapter does not exist within a 50-radius of your location you can join NBNA as a Direct Member. Applicant must have at least one full year of school remaining.

National Association of Hispanic Nurses Scholarships
Amount: Varies
Description: These scholarships are for NAHN members enrolled in accredited full-time LVN/LPN, associate, diploma, baccalaureate, and graduate nursing programs. A 3.0 GPA is required.

Midwives of Color-Watson Midwifery Student Scholarship
Amount: Varies
Description: This scholarship is for student members of ACNM and enrolled in an AMCB-accredited midwifery education program. This scholarship is an American College of Nurse Midwives Basic Midwifery Student Scholarship awarded to student midwives of color.

Sandy Woods Scholarship for Advanced Study – For Midwives of Color
Amount: Varies
Description: This scholarship was established in honor of Sandy Woods, CNM, of Roosevelt Hospital on her retirement. It is awarded to midwives of color (CNM/CM) who are enrolled in doctoral education.

Continuing Education Scholarships

American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Liberty Leadership Scholarship
Amount: $1500
Description: This scholarship is for a licensed occupational health or environmental nurse dedicated to developing leadership skills to better provide for the health and safety of workers in the workplace.

American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Annette Haag Leadership Scholarship
Amount: $1500
Description: This scholarship is for a licensed occupational health or environmental nurse dedicated to developing leadership skills to better provide for the health and safety of workers in the workplace.

Professional Development Scholarship
Amount: $1500
Description: This scholarship is for occupational and environmental health professionals attending and successfully completing continuing education activities that will further their professional development and continued competence. These grants are not intended to supplement tuition in an academic program.