Overview

College of Nursing Undergraduate Scholarships

The College of Nursing offers scholarships to the following students:

  • Undergraduate students accepted to the nursing program
    • Any interested applicant must submit a scholarship application by the deadline
    • Only applicants who are admitted will have their scholarship application reviewed
  • Currently enrolled students in the nursing program

College of Nursing Graduate Scholarships

The College of Nursing was able to distribute over $1.38 million to students during the 2016-17 academic year. The College of Nursing offers several types of scholarships and external funding opportunities to the following students:

  • Graduate students accepted for admission in nursing or gerontology
    • Any interested applicant must submit a scholarship application by the deadline
    • Only applicants who are admitted will have their scholarship application reviewed
  • Current graduate students in the nursing program

NOTE: Scholarships are meant to be a secondary source of funding. Nursing students should always identify alternate funding plans, such as federal student loans or other financial resources, to cover the cost of attendance.

About 

Undergraduate Scholarships

Our three undergraduate programs are a bridge for students to enter the nursing profession or to earn a higher credential. Our undergraduate students come from all over the country and beyond to enroll in our Nursing Early Assurance Program, our Prelicensure Program, and our RN to BS Program. New undergrads start every semester at the College of Nursing, and many are juggling jobs, families, or career changes alongside the rigors of nursing school. Scholarship support helps to ease the burden of tuition for low-income and first-generation college student scholarship recipients and can help students reduce hours at work to spend more time working on educational pursuits.

  • 19% of RN to BS students received scholarships
    • Average award was $2,793.91
  • 28% of Prelicensure students received scholarships
    • Average award was $3,999.49
  • 26% of NEAP students received scholarships
    • Average award was $5,708.58 (largely supported by a HRSA grant, so I’m sure if this is actually going to be useful for fundraising)
  • Our prelicensure program costs approximately $­­­­­­­­­27,287.50 for the full four semesters (changes annually but this is the current sticker price for the Fall 2020 cohort)
  • Our RN to BS program is a fully online program offered through the U of U, with special uOnline pricing at approximately $7,800

Graduate Scholarships (MS, DNP)

Graduate scholarships are an integral component of nursing education. Our masters and DNP programs take two to three years to complete. In addition to the time commitment, the financial commitment is significant. A student paying resident tuition for a DNP degree, for example, can expect to shoulder a cost of over $65,000 just in tuition and fees over the course of their program. In addition, many of our graduate students are working full or part time in order to support families and pay cost of living expenses. Scholarships are crucial to defraying some of those expenses, allowing students to reduce their working hours and focus more intensively on their educational pursuits while maintaining a better mental health balance. With approximately 300 graduate students in the College of Nursing in any given academic year, the need for scholarships is intense. Our graduate students go on to work in advanced practice, teach, and do research that moves healthcare forward with science and compassion in a way that only nurses can do. Supporting their education is a gift that supports our entire community.

  • 21% of MS students (excluding Gerontology) received scholarships
    • Average award was $10,411.54
    • 22 MS students (excluding Gerontology) applied for scholarships
  • 28% of DNP students received scholarships
    • Average award was $9,540.31
    • 179 DNP students applied for scholarships
  • Resident tuition for 9 credits/semester for each year (includes fall/spring/summer) is approximately $20,175.07
    • Many of our grad programs are set up for more than 9 credits per semester, sometimes up to 12 or 13.

PhD Scholarships

PhD scholarships support future nurse scientists, researchers, and faculty. Many of our PhD students are also balancing full-time jobs, family responsibilities, and education. Scholarships for these students also help the College of Nursing to attract the best and brightest students to our program, since a PhD can often take four to five years to complete.

  • 76% of PhD students received scholarships
    • Average award was $17,676.24 (including all internal and external funding like NIH T32)
  • 29 PhD students applied for scholarships
  • Estimated cost for the PhD program (for a Fall 2020 student who finishes in 4 years) is $79,271.50 just in tuition and fees

Ripple Scholarship

The Ripple Scholarship is an emergency fund for students in the College of Nursing. Life doesn’t stop just because a student is in school, and this is our way to helping to make sure our students can get across the finish line. Financial emergencies like unexpected visits to the Emergency Department, a car crash, a flooded home, losing a job, or unplanned childcare expenses can all derail a student’s educational progress. Emergency aid like the Ripple Scholarship can be delivered quickly throughout the academic year to help students get through a financial crisis and keep focusing on academics.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, applications for this scholarship have increased by 330% and the College has made 98 awards totaling $145,150.00. 

Contact Us

Office of Student Services
Phone: 801-587-3194

Questions for an undergraduate advisor?
advising@nurs.utah.edu

Questions about admissions?
admissions@nurs.utah.edu

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Sumiko Martinez, PhD

Associate Director of Scholarships & Student Funding
Phone: 801-585-1671
Email: scholarships@nurs.utah.edu

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