Top 5 nursing scholarships for accelerated BSN

Scholarships for accelerated nursing programs

If you have already earned a bachelor’s degree in any subjects other than nursing, you can try to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) much sooner by enrolling in accelerated degree program. There are some nursing schools and educational organizations that are willing to provide you with financial help in the form of scholarship or tuition fee discount if you decide to enroll in an accelerated BSN program. The following are some programs that you can apply for if you are interested in such help.

  1. The State of Illinois’s Nursing School Grant Program

The State of Illinois provides financial help to students pursuing an associate degree in nursing, a bachelor’s degree in nursing, and accelerated degree program, which includes RN to BSN degree program and accelerated degree program for students taking subject other than nursing. There are three types of programs available for students looking for scholarship: competitive grants for nursing schools, nursing education scholarship program, and fellowships for nursing school faculty. The first of the three is available for individuals, whereas the latter two are for nursing schools. The amount of grant varies according to type of degree, the institution where the students pursue the degree, and whether they are part-time or full-time students. Application materials are available at the Illinois Board of Higher Education office or website,

  1. Maryland Higher Education Commission

The state of Maryland provides accelerated nursing scholarship and living expenses grant to eligible students who are Maryland residents studying at any Maryland colleges. The award provided will not exceed $12,500 per semester. Candidates may apply for either spring or fall semester. Application materials should include a sponsorship form signed by a dean or director, a tax return copy, and an official transcript. The grant may be revoked under certain circumstances and repayment is necessary following a revocation, so it is important to read about it before applying for it.

  1. Minnesota State University Scholarship

Minnesota State University provides scholarship for students pursuing RN or BSN degree through either regular or accelerated program. The amount of the award varies because the funding comes from not only one source, but from many, including alumni, the faculty administration, and the school. Application procedure and requirements therefore also vary. More comprehensive information about this scholarship can be read at the faculty’s website.

  1. AfterCollege/AACN $10,000 Scholarship Fund

This scholarship is granted four times every year. Each quarter, a scholarship in the amount of $2,500 is awarded to qualified applicants. To be eligible for the grant, applicants must be students in an institution that is member of AACN.

  1. Western Governors University Scholarship

Individuals interested in earning BSN or MSN are eligible to become recipients of grant provided by Western Governors University. The amount of scholarship provided is between $2,000 and $5,000 according to the type of scholarship offered, which includes WGU Nurses Lead the Way, CompTIA, and WGU Emerging Leaders in Business. More comprehensive information about the application procedure for each of those scholarships can be read at Western Governors University’s website at

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