Nursing Scholarships in California

Scholarships in California for Nursing StudentsNursing is a field which will always be in demand. After all, humans are probably not going to stop getting sick. Additionally, as the Baby Boomer generation continues to age, a larger proportion of the US population is elderly, and in need of specialized care.

Nursing is an exciting field with many opportunities for program graduates to work in a variety of fields. Nursing education programs can range from very short, such as a two year LPN program, to very long, such as the certification needed to become a nurse practitioner, who has nearly as much knowledge and privileges as a physician. Nursing has historically been a field dominated by women, but as times change, so does the gender make up of our nursing pool. More men are entering the field all the time, and previous out-dated stigmas about male nurses are beginning to dissipate.

The cost of nursing school varies, depending on the type of degree being sought and the specialty the future nurse chooses. Clearly, a nurse practitioner will have spent much more on his or her education than an LPN, but both are vital to the field.

Paying for nursing school can be a challenge, but the promising job market and appealing salaries for nurses, even in their first years, can help alleviate the some of the nervousness college students with less stable job prospects might face. In addition to student loans and grants, future nurses might choose to pay for their education through scholarships.California State Scholarships for Nursing Studies

The California Board of Nursing has a list of several sites with many scholarships available, including NURSES for a Healthier Tomorrow,  Choose Nursing, and Discover Nursing.

If you belong to a minority group, you may have luck finding a scholarship through Minority Nurse, which is working to bring diversity to the field.
The American Legion gives away a nursing scholarship every year.

CampusRN has a nursing scholarship for California.

The American Association of College Nurses also has an extensive list of scholarships, with many for minority or other under-represented groups of students.

Nursing can be a very rewarding career, and the hard work required to earn a nursing degree pays off quickly once a new nurse enters the field. Nursing is a great career choice for anyone who enjoys caring for and helping others, and a career with a bright and dependable future.

Browse Nursing Scholarships in California:

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Name Amount
2023/2024 College Scholarship $1,000
Sponsored: There is no GPA requirement and no essay to write!
Alice Newell Joslyn Fund $1000-$2000
Established to provide community-based guidance to Latino students pursuing a college education. Contingent on student’s financial need, scholastic abilities, and community contributions. ...
American Legion Auxiliary Nursing Scholarship-CA $2000
For a resident of California who will be attending college in California. Must be a child of a veteran who served during eligibility dates for membership in the American Legion. Must major in ...
American Legion Auxiliary Past Presidents’ Parley Nursing-CA $500-$1500
For residents of California who will attend college in California. Must be the child of a veteran who served during eligibility dates for membership in the American Legion. Must be entering ...
Anna Zak-Violet Dutra, Nurses Educational Programs Interest Group $250
The applicant must be a full-time Nursing student (9 units), show completion of first year of SJDC ADN program, be a resident of San Joaquin County, show financial need, and maintain a ...
Associate Degree in Nursing Scholarship $8000
Must be a U.S. citizen and a California resident. Must be willing to work in a medically underserved area of California for 2 years.
Associates’ Degree Nursing Scholarship $8,000
Scholarship awarded to a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and a California resident; complete a two-year service obligation to practice in a medically underserved area of California as an ...
California Legion Auxiliary Past Presidents’ Parley Nursing Scholarships $500-$1500
Established to provide financial assistance to California residents who are the children of veterans and interested in studying nursing. This program is open to California residents who are ...
California State PTA Continuing Education - School Nurses $500
Scholarships are available from the California State PTA for continuing education use from January 1 through May 31 Scholarships are granted to licensed registered nurses who have been ...
Colton Woman’s Club Scholarship Varies
Scholarship awarded to a female in the Nursing Program, preferably a Colton High School graduate or resident of Colton.
Deloras Jones, R.N.-Kaiser Permanente Scholarship Varies
Scholarship awarded to students attending an approved nursing degree program in California; have completed at least one academic term of a nursing program; cumulative GPA of 2.0 and 3.9 in ...
ScholarshipPoints $10,000 Scholarship $10,000
Sponsored: Thousands available in scholarships this year.
Doctors Hospital of Lodi Auxiliary Scholarship $250
The applicant must be accepted into the registered nursing or health career program at SJDC, be a resident of Lodi School District, show financial need, and have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Doctors Hospital of Manteca Auxiliary Scholarship $1,000
The award requires a separate application form. The applicant must live in Manteca or Ripon Unified District, be accepted in the nursing or health career program at SJDC, show financial ...
Gertrude D. Roeder Nursing Scholarship Varies
Scholarship awarded to a resident of Ventura County, graduate of a high school in Ventura County, and be engaged in studies leading to licensure as a registered nurse.
Ginny Wythe Memorial Scholarship $500
The award is for Eureka High School graduating seniors. Student must be involved in the Project STEM academic mentoring program at Eureka High School. The applicant must demonstrate ...
Health Professions Education Foundation Associate Degree Nursing Award $10,000
The purpose of the Associate Degree Nursing Scholarship Program is to test whether it is possible to encourage articulation from associate degree nursing (A.D.N.) programs to baccalaureate of ...
$2,000 "No Essay" Scholarship - Niche $2,000
Sponsored: Open to all students and those planning on enrolling in either 2023 or 2024.
Jane Frances Valtierra Memorial - Nursing $500
The award is for a graduating high school senior from Edison, having Mexican American descent. The recipient must be entering the Nursing field, show financial need, maintain a full-time ...
John L. Ledgerwood Memorial Scholarship $1,000
One $1,000 annual award is for Humboldt County high school graduates accepted into the nursing program at Humboldt State University or College of the Redwoods.
Joyce D. Greer Nursing Scholarship Varies
This scholarship was established for the benefit of Nursing students. Recipients must be a San Diego County resident at the time of acceptance and enrollment at the University.
Judith Ann Hakari Nursing Scholarship Varies
Applicant must have graduated from a Sacramento area High school. The Student must be an upper classmen who has a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Judson and Helen Jones Memorial Nursing Scholarship $1,000
The applicant must be enrolled in the Nursing Program and have successfully completed the introductory nursing course. Priority is given to Amador County resident, then any qualified ...
CaptainU Student-Athlete Scholarship $2,000
Sponsored: This opportunity is offered to current high school athletes for 2023-2024. Only athletes that want to play in college should apply!
Julia Duley Nursing Scholarship $500
Student must be a graduate of a San Diego County, California, high school, a child of a veteran and and enrolled at San Diego City College. Demonstrate financial need.
Kathy Yip Memorial Scholarship $100
The applicant must be a Nursing major, have completed 15 units, be a resident of San Joaquin County for at least five years, demonstrate leadership ability and community involvement, and have
Kern Registered Nurse Society Scholarship $500
Awarded to a student seeking an associate degree in nursing at Bakersfield College. An ADN major who is a Kern County, California, resident. Demonstrate financial aid. Completed at least 6 ...
Leslie Gendron Scholarship Varies
Available to Registered Nursing students, preferably graduates of Madera High School, with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Maria Rincon and Sara Rodriquez Scholarship-Nursing $250
Preference is given to a Lindsay High School graduate. Must be a full-time student.
Monthly University Scholarships $1,000
Sponsored: Register now for 2025..
Nancy D. Phelps Memorial Scholarship $500
Applicant must be a resident of Monterey County, attended a local high school, be accepted into or enrolled in the RN program at Hartnell College, and must have a grade point average of 2.5 ...
P.E.O. Chapter AJ, Sebastopol Scholarship Varies
Offered to a continuing associate degree nursing major who is from Sebastopol. Contact the scholarship office at the Santa Rosa Junior College for more information.
P.E.O. Chapter TH, Santa Rosa Reentry Scholarship Varies
Awarded to continuing associate degree nursing major from Santa Rosa, California. Contact the scholarship office at the Santa Rosa Junior College for more information.
Phyllis E. Poska Memorial Scholarship $450
Available to students who are residents of Humboldt or Del Norte County, and enrolled in the Registered Nursing or Licensed Vocational Nursing Program at College of the Redwoods.
Registered Nursing-California Congress PTA Scholarship Varies
Must be students who are majoring in nursing, have completed 12 units, have a 2.00 GPA, demonstrate financial need and be a California resident.
Monthly University Scholarships $1,000
Sponsored: Open to High School students and adults looking to head back to school, current college students and anyone else looking to attend college or graduate school this year or in 2024.
San Diego Voiture Scholarship $250
Second year nursing student enrolled at San Diego City College. Recipient must not be receiving any full-tuition award. Applicant must be a San Diego County, California, resident.
San Joaquin Medical Society Scholarship Loan Fund $10000-$40000
Scholarship loans are made available through the San Joaquin County Medical Society. Loans are interest free until one year following graduation. Demonstrate financial need. [email protected] ...
San Luis Ambulance Service-Dale Ashburn Memorial Scholarship $500
Awarded to SLO county residents in nursing or emergency medical technology. The applicant’s career goal should be to work in emergency services or in a hospital.
Service League of Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Scholarship $1,000 - $2,000
Applicant must be a resident of Monterey County for at least one year, be enrolled in the RN or LVN Program at Hartnell College, have a GPA of 2.75 or above, and be a full time employee of ...
Sierra Vista Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary $500
Awarded to students in the nursing program. The applicant must be a SLO county resident.
Soroptimist International of Salinas Nursing Scholarship $1,000
Applicant must be a resident of Monterey County, may be a first or second year nursing student, and have a grade point average of 3.0 or better. Financial need and GPA are primary ...
Stanislaus Voiture 653, 40 et 8 Scholarship $500
This scholarship is for deserving students studying Nursing. The applicant must be enrolled in the MJC Nursing program, and a resident of Stanislaus County.
Sylvia Garvie Memorial Scholarship $375
Available to a first year student who graduated from a Humboldt, Del Norte, Mendicino or Trinity County High School. Must be a first year RN student.