Paying for school is a challenge for the majority of today’s college students. As education costs continue to climb, so too does the competition for the limited financial aid available.
According to the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), the number of students applying for federal financial assistance increased by a staggering 29% between the 2006 and 2016 school years. The healthcare field is no exception to this trend, with record numbers of new students competing for a limited number of available healthcare scholarships, grants and loans.
In the following guide, we’ll take a look at some of the best healthcare scholarships available for the 2018-19 school year.
2019 MedicalFieldCareers.Com Healthcare Scholarship
MedicalFieldCareers.com is pleased to announce its support for the next generation of U.S. healthcare professionals. The 2019 MedicalFieldCareers.com Healthcare Scholarship awards $1,500 to one lucky applicant who is interested in studying for a career in the medical field.
The $1,500 contribution will be paid towards tuition at the winner’s healthcare school of choice. The winner will be chosen based on his or her ability to satisfy the application requirements outlined below.
- MedicalFieldCareers.com will award one (1) $1,500 scholarship to the winning applicant
- The winner will be chosen on April 30, 2019, and will be notified via email by May 15, 2019
- The award will be paid in the form of a check made out to a school or institution of the winner’s choice
- Applicant must currently attend, or have applied to, a nationally-accredited healthcare education program for the Fall 2019 semester
- Applicant must be at least 18 years of age and a U.S. citizen
- Applicant must be a high school graduate or have earned a G.E.D.
How to Apply
- Applicant must completely fill-out all fields of the application form provided below
- Applicant must submit a 1,000-word essay explaining why he or she wants to pursue a career in healthcare
- Essay submissions must be received between September 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019 to qualify for the 2019 award (Only one (1) application may be submitted per person)
Proof of Eligibility for Winner
The winner of the scholarship will be contacted via email between May 1 and May 15, 2019, be required to provide the following documents to confirm his or her eligibility before the award is released:
- Copy of high school diploma or G.E.D.
- Copy of U.S. Driver’s License
- Proof of enrollment or intent to enroll at a nationally-accredited healthcare program
- MedicalFieldCareers.com will not contact applicants unless they are chosen as the scholarship winner
- Personal information collected from applicants will not be shared, sold or otherwise used for any purpose other than to verify the winner’s identity and eligibility
Scholarship Submission Form
Top Healthcare Scholarships for 2018-2019
Listed below are some of what we consider to be the top healthcare scholarships available to students for the 2018-19 academic year. Both needs-based and merit-based scholarships are included on the list, so long as they reward students who are specifically interested in working in a health-related profession.
HRSA health professions loans and scholarships
The (HRSA) Health Resources and Services Administration lists scholarships available to aspiring health professionals here.
Nurse Corps Scholarship Program
The Nurse Corps Scholarship Program is for students who have been accepted or enrolled-in a diploma, associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degree nursing program. Applicants are also eligible to receive funding for school tuition, any applicable fees, and any other costs associated with their education.
In exchange for the financial assistance, applicants must work at an eligible facility with a critical shortage of nurses – a Critical Shortage Facility (CSF) – upon graduation.
To be eligible for this scholarship you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen, a national, or a lawful permanent resident
- Be enrolled/accepted in a professional nursing degree program at an accredited school of nursing in the U.S.
- Be free from any federal judgment liens
- Be free from an existing service commitment
- Not carry a heavy amount of federal debt
You can apply for this scholarship HERE.
The National Health Service Corps Scholarship
According to their website, NHSC Scholarship Program scholarships are awarded to health professions students who are either accepted to, or enrolled-in, an accredited U.S. school in one of the following primary care disciplines:
- Physicians (MD or DO)
- Nurse Practitioners (post-graduate degree with clinical practice focus)
- Certified Nurse-Midwives
- Physician Assistants
Johnson and Johnson
The Johnson and Johnson scholarship program covers a wide range of groups and medical fields, To see their detailed list, go to their website here.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
You can search their database of scholarships here.
Health Occupations Students of America
The Health Occupations Students of America is a wonderful organization that offers annual scholarships to those interested in nursing degrees. These scholarships range from $1k-$7k. You can learn more on their website here.
National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations
The NCEMNA offers annual $1K, $2K and $3K scholarships to ethnic minority nursing students. Learn more on their website here.
Federal College Scholarship Databases
The U.S. Dpartment of Labor has a large listing of federal scholarship options here. There over 8,000 scholarships listed in their database.
Here is a link to all the Sallie Mae scholarship options for High School seniors, college students, minority students and more. You will be hard pressed to find higher quality options for scholarships.
Make applying for healthcare scholarships easier
Making a scholarship application plan is important for many reasons. But, the most pressing reason is that it is a time consuming process with little immediate return than can be real tough. But you can minimize many of the real time consuming parts by taking a few extra steps in the beginning and following the “golden rule” of scholarship searching. That is to be consistent.
In the beginning write a 1,000 to 1,500 word essay on why you are going to school, why you are going to study what you are and what drives you forward. This will allow you to submit multiple essays easier and write them easier. This will happen because you have not just thought out why you are doing what you are doing, but you when you put it on paper, it makes so much easier. Organize your essays and submissions and track everything. Stay organized.
Now, we must cover the golden rule, consistency. On just one website there are over 8,000 scholarships listed so where do you start? That is why you make a plan. Search based on many factors. Search using your income level, field of study and what type of work you will do after studying. These will expose you to a larger array of scholarships that you may qualify for.
For example, do 5 applications a week or whatever number is good for you. But stick with it. The more consistent you are, the more you will get in return for your hardwork and commitment in the search for medical field scholarships. There are vast amounts of people and entities giving away money and scholarships for education. People want to make a difference in the world and help people out. But it is up to you to make yourself available to these entities and people that are giving away money for school.
Do not just go to your counselor and let them give you a FAFSA application and call it a day. Every single scholarship in the world is on the internet. Period. And with the right mindset, planning, and direction, you will take advantage of it!