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Columbia College of Nursing Scholarship

Students enrolled in our Bachelors of Science in Nursing Degree Program have the opportunity to qualify for our CCON scholarship each semester while in school. The scholarship award amount is based on the student’s previous full-time semester GPA. Students must be enrolled full-time in the semester the scholarship is awarded. The CCON Scholarship is not available for BSN Completion Program students.

The values below are based on a 4.0 scale.

Scholarship Amount Per Semester  Required Semester GPA
$4,000 3.8 or greater
$3,000 3.5-3.79
$2,000 3.0-3.49
$1,000 2.8-2.99

Students are not required to submit a scholarship application. Once it is determined that criteria are met, students are informed of the award amount.

Private Scholarships & Grants

Hurst Review Service and American Association of Colleges of Nursing

Available to pre-licensure students enrolled at member AACN schools.
Two scholarships in the amount of $2,500 will be awarded twice yearly.

Two deadlines each year: January 15, July 15.


Geraldine “Polly” Bednash Scholarship

All scholarship applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Maintain at least a 3.2 grade point average in current program or at last school attended.
  2. Be admitted or enrolled in a baccalaureate or higher degree nursing program at an AACN member institution affiliated with Or have submitted your application to a nursing school through NursingCAS.

Two $5,000 scholarships for top nursing school applicants four times each year.

Deadlines: January 31, April 30, July 31, and October 31


AfterCollege/AACN $10,000 Scholarship Fund

The AfterCollege-AACN Scholarship Fund supports students who are seeking a baccalaureate, masters or doctoral degree in nursing. Special consideration will be 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.

One scholarship in the amount of $2,500 awarded each quarter.

Deadline: March 31, June 30, September 30, December 31


Minority Nurse Faculty Scholarship

The Johnson & Johnson/AACN Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars Program provides financial support to graduate nursing students from minority backgrounds who agree to teach in a school of nursing after graduation. Students must be enrolled full-time.

Varies based on funds availability.

Current Deadline: May 31


American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN) Scholarships

The AAMN offer scholarships based on the availability of funds.

Varies based on funding availability.


CastleBranch-GNSA Scholarship

Must be enrolled in a graduate nursing program at an AACN member school of Nursing.

  • Must have at least a 3.5 GPA

Two scholarships in the amount of $2,500 will be awarded each semester.

Varies based on funding availability.

Deadlines: September 30 and December 30.


Health Resource & Service Administration Nurse Corps Scholarship Program

Scholarships for nursing students who agree to practice at health care facilities with a critical shortage of nurses. Provides financial support for tuition, fees and monthly stipend, along with secure employment.

Deadline: Annually in May

Federal & State Grants

Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is available to undergraduate students who have not earned their first bachelor’s degree. This grant does not need to be repaid and the amount awarded is based on need as determined by a student’s EFC from their FAFSA application.


State of Wisconsin Aid Programs

The state of Wisconsin Financial Aid programs grant assistance to undergraduate Wisconsin residents. Students are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Program funding is limited, so it is important to complete your FAFSA as soon as possible.

Academic Excellence Scholarship

Academic Excellence Scholarships are awarded to Wisconsin high school seniors who have the highest grade point average in each public and private high school throughout the State of Wisconsin. The number of scholarships each high school is eligible for is based on total student enrollment. The value of the scholarship is $2,250 per year, to be applied towards tuition. Half of the scholarship is funded by the state, while the remaining half is matched by the institution. Eligibility cannot exceed eight semesters.

Hearing and Visually Handicapped Student Grant

The Hearing and Visually Handicapped Student Grant is for Wisconsin residents who show financial need and have a severe or profound hearing or visual impairment. Eligible students receive up to $1,800 per year for up to ten semesters. Please notify the Financial Aid Department of your potential eligibility.

Indian Student Assistant Grant

This Indian Student Assistant grant is for Wisconsin residents who are at least 25% Native American and are undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in a degree or certificate program. Awards are based on financial need and eligibility cannot exceed ten semesters.

Minority Undergraduate Retention Grant

The Minority Undergraduate Retention Grant provides assistance to sophomore, junior and/or senior minority students with financial need. Wisconsin residency is required.

Talent Incentive Program Grant (TIP)

The Talent Incentive Program Grant (TIP) is a state grant designed to provide assistance to the most financially needy and educationally disadvantaged Wisconsin resident students attending colleges and universities in the state of Wisconsin. The student must hold freshman status to receive the grant initially. The maximum grant is $1,800 per year for first year students and up to $1,800 annually for subsequent years. Wisconsin residency is required. To continue to receive the TIP Grant, students must be enrolled for consecutive terms and continue to show financial need. Eligibility cannot exceed ten semesters.

Wisconsin Grant

The Wisconsin Grant is a need-based state grant available for eligible Wisconsin resident undergraduate students pursuing a first bachelor’s degree. Funds are limited for this program, so students are encouraged to complete a FAFSA application as soon as possible. Eligibility cannot exceed ten semesters.