The five top nursing scholarships in Vermont start the same way as they do in every other state. The first thing you must do, once you have made the decision to go into nursing is figure out how this expensive proposition is going to be funded. Now, unless you are independently wealthy, you will most likely need some assistance in paying for college, post-graduate nursing school, and any other training that must occur, before you even get your first paycheck in the field. So, you apply to college, and get accepted into a BSN program, you fill out a FAFSA form to determine your financial need. This form allows to college to search out; in order of relevance, the Federal funding you are eligible for, then the state funding, and any private organizations or company scholarships that are not necessarily contingent upon financial need.
The Abraham Shapiro Memorial Scholarship is offered to a new student every year and is limited to Vermont residents enrolled in a full or part time college program leading to a degree. An application with the important demographic information plus a personal essay must accompany the application. The total amount of this stipend is $1000/year and is not renewable for the same student two years in a row.
The Evelyn M. Sofororenko Nursing Scholarship is only for Vermont residents, who are enrolled in a nursing program in the state of Vermont. The amount varies and priority is given to those who demonstrate the most financial need. A FAFSA application has to be filled out, plus an essay submitted, and a personal interview has to be arranged to determine eligibility.
Bridges to Vermont Scholarship is offered to non-Vermont residents, who are in their second year of a nursing program, or have transferred into a Vermont school during their second year. The objective of this scholarship is to bring a wider cross section, of the population into nursing to better address the varying needs of its residents. The applicant must fill out an application, and maintain a GPA of 2.5 each year to remain eligible. The student must be able to contribute part of the tuition costs.
There are Vermont Incentive Grants that do not have to be repaid; these are available to Vermont residents who are attending a degree or certificate program full time. Again a FAFSA has to be filled out, as well as an online application, through the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation. The amounts of the grants vary from $700 to $11,200.
The Vermont Pell Grant is awarded to a Vermont student, who is going to school either full or part time. The area of study has no relevance to this award, but a GPA of 3.0 must be maintained, the applicant must fill out of FAFSA form and reapply every year for another grant.
The shortage of personal funds to finance a student’s education, should never be an issue when deciding on a future career, but, we all know that it is.”Money makes the world go around” and without money to pay for college, many potential students will opt out of the opportunity.
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