Scholarships

Each year, the UNM College of Nursing awards more than $270,000 in departmental scholarships. Individual scholarship amounts range from $200-$4,000 annually.

All admitted and current nursing students who complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application will be considered for available College of Nursing scholarship funding. There is no other formal application needed for these scholarships.

FAFSA Application

The College of Nursing does offer scholarships that require additional applications. If you are eligible, the Financial Aid Office will email you scholarship details, the application and deadlines.

Apply for Scholarships

Students are encouraged to explore and apply for other scholarship opportunities from the University, federal and private options. Check out a few options listed below:

  • Undergraduate Scholarship Opportunities
  • Graduate Scholarship Opportunities
  • UNM Scholarship Office
    • The Office of Financial Aid administers scholarships at The University of New Mexico. Scholarships are merit based, and a competitive process usually accompanies the activities surrounding selection and monitoring of the various programs. There are many opportunities—over $50 million in scholarships are awarded each year at the University of New Mexico—and are listed here.

Undergraduate Scholarship Opportunities

The Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities is pleased to be the administrator of scholarship opportunities provided by their partners to assist in defraying some of your college expenditures. 

Learn more and apply at https://www.hacu.net/hacu/Scholarships.asp 

The HSF scholarship is designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a university degree. Scholarships are available, on a competitive basis, to:

  • High school seniors
  • Undergraduate students (all years)
  • Community college students transferring to 4-year universities
  • Graduate students

Awards are based on merit; amounts range from $500 to $5,000, based on relative need, among the Scholars selected.

  • Eligibility Requirements: 
  • Must be of Hispanic heritage
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for high school students
  • Minimum of 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for undergraduate and graduate students
  • Plan to enroll full time in an accredited, not-for-profit, 4-year university or graduate school in the US for the 2020-2021 academic year
  • US Citizen, Permanent Legal Resident, DACA or Eligible Non-Citizen (as defined by FAFSA)
  • Complete FAFSA or state-based financial aid application (if applicable)

Learn more and apply at https://www.hsf.net/en_US/scholarship 

The mission of the AIEF Scholarship service is to give more American Indians and Alaskan Natives the resources and encouragement you need to learn and succeed. By harnessing the power of knowledge, you can bring about positive changes in your communities.

The AIEF program is one of the  largest grantors of scholarships to Native Americans in the United States, providing nearly $450,000 to about 225 students each year. Of these, nearly half are the first in their family to attend college. In addition, they mentor and support scholarship recipients throughout the year, which makes a dramatic difference in their success rates.

Learn more and apply at http://www.nativepartnership.org/site/PageServer?pagename=aief_services_scholarships 

The IHS offers three scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native students in order to educate and train health professionals to staff Indian health programs. They strive to develop the next generation of leaders, as well as to make the pursuit of a meaningful career in Indian health attainable for American Indian and Alaska Native students.

  • The Preparatory Scholarship provides financial aid to qualified American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate students. Recipients must be members or descendents of federally recognized, state-recognized or terminated Tribes enrolled in preparatory courses or prerequisite courses leading to enrollment in an eligible health professions degree program.
  • The Pre-Graduate Scholarship provides financial aid to qualified American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate students. Recipients must be members or descendents of federally recognized, state-recognized or terminated Tribes enrolled in courses leading to a bachelor's degree in pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-podiatry and other subjects needed by the Indian health programs.
  • The Health Professions Scholarship provides financial aid to qualified American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate- and graduate-level students. Recipients must be members of federally recognized Tribes and enrolled in an eligible health professions degree program. In exchange for financial aid, scholarship recipients agree to fulfill a service commitment in full-time clinical practice upon completion of their academic or post-graduate clinical training.

Learn more and apply at https://www.ihs.gov/scholarship/scholarships

The New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence is offering Nightingale Scholarships! There are 20 $1,000 scholarships to New Mexico nursing students, studying in the levels of:

  • ADN
  • RN to BSN
  • BSN
  • Graduate Nursing Students

Application Criteria:

  • Must be a New Mexico resident
  • Currently enrolled in a nursing program approved by the NM Board of Nursing
  • Must have completed the first semester or 6-8 hours of a nursing program (nursing courses, not prerequisites)
  • Maintain at least an overall 3.0 GPA or B average

Learn more and apply at https://www.nmnursingexcellence.org/page/73 

The Pat Tillman Foundation unites and empowers remarkable military veterans and spouses as the next generation of public and private-sector leaders committed to service beyond self. The fellowship program supports Tillman Scholars with academic scholarships, a national network, and professional development opportunities to empower them to make an impact in the world.

Learn more and apply at https://pattillman.smapply.org 

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing has various scholarship opportunities for nursing students. 

Learn more and apply at https://www.aacnnursing.org/students/financial-aid 

  • NursingScholarship.us is the ultimate Scholarship resource for students looking to pursue a nursing career. Their database is constantly updated to include the latest public and private scholarships, as well as research grants for undergraduate and graduate school. 

Learn more and apply at http://www.nursingscholarship.us 

  • Nursing.org provides a database of nearly 300 national nursing scholarships and supports up-and-coming nurses by offering their own nursing scholarships.

Learn more and apply at https://www.nursing.org/scholarships/ 

  • The Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association (FNSNA) promotes the nursing profession through scholarship, leadership and development. Individuals  and organizations with an interest in nursing education have established scholarships within the FNSNA. The FNSNA continues to expand its support for nursing education and the future of the nursing profession. Nursing students in associate, baccalaureate, diploma, generic pre-licensure doctorate or generic pre-licensure master’s degree programs, or enrolled in an RN to BSN completion, RN to MSN completion, or LPN/LVN to RN program are eligible to apply for the undergraduate scholarships that we offer. Matriculation means the student has applied to and has been admitted into a state-approved nursing program. (Students in a 16- to 18-month accelerated program, please contact the FNSNA for more details for eligibility.)
    • ​The FNSNA Undergraduate Scholarship Program comprises two separate but distinct scholarships: 
      • General Scholarship Program
      • Promise of Nursing Program

Learn more and apply at https://www.forevernursing.org/undergraduate-scholarships.html  

  • CollegeScholarships.org/nursing knows that finding the right scholarship program may at first seem daunting, but with due diligence and a bit of research, students can find scholarships dedicated to nearly every field of endeavor. 

Learn more and apply at http://www.collegescholarships.org/nursing.htm 

There are many kinds of financial assistance available to help you on your path to a nursing career.

Learn more and apply at https://nursing.jnj.com/scholarships 

The UNM LGBTQ Resource Center Pride Scholarship is available to any UNM student who can demonstrate financial need for the current semester. Selected undergraduate or graduate students will be awarded up to $500.

Learn more and apply at https://lgbtqrc.unm.edu/about/scholarships.html 

Graduate Scholarship Opportunities

UNM provides graduate student funding in a variety of forms. Many students receive funding through service awards such as assistantships, which are generally offered through the student's program or department. Some assistantships are offered through campus or student organizations (for listings, check "Employment Opportunities" below or contact an organization or department directly, as not all organizations and departments list their assistantships through Graduate Studies).

Students often obtain funding through non-service awards, such as fellowships, grants and scholarships. You can apply for support-based funding solely on need, in the form of work study and loans, through the University Financial Aid Office. You can also apply for extramural support by contacting national, international or private foundations directly; listings are often available through databases such as Pivot.

Learn more and apply at http://grad.unm.edu/funding/index.html 

The Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities is pleased to be the administrator of scholarship opportunities provided by their partners to assist in defraying some of your college expenditures.

Learn more and apply at https://www.hacu.net/hacu/Scholarships.asp 

The HSF Scholarship is designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a university degree. Scholarships are available, on a competitive basis, to:

  • High school seniors
  • Undergraduate students (all years)
  • Community college students transferring to 4-year universities
  • Graduate students

Awards are based on merit; amounts range from $500 to $5,000, based on relative need, among the Scholars selected.

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Must be of Hispanic heritage
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for high school students
  • Minimum of 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for undergraduate and graduate students
  • Plan to enroll full time in an accredited, not-for-profit, 4-year university or graduate school in the US for the 2020-2021 academic year
  • US Citizen, Permanent Legal Resident, DACA or Eligible Non-Citizen (as defined by FAFSA)
  • Complete FAFSA or state-based financial aid application (if applicable)

Learn more and apply at https://www.hsf.net/en_US/scholarship 

The mission of the AIEF Scholarship service is to give more American Indians and Alaskan Natives the resources and encouragement you need to learn and succeed. By harnessing the power of knowledge, you can bring about positive changes in your communities.

The AIEF program is one of the largest grantors of scholarships to Native Americans in the United States, providing nearly $450,000 to about 225 students each year. Of these, nearly half are the first in their family to attend college. In addition, we mentor and support scholarship recipients throughout the year, which makes a dramatic difference in their success rates.

Learn more and apply at http://www.nativepartnership.org/site/PageServer?pagename=aief_services_scholarships 

American Indian Graduate Center offers a variety of funding opportunities for graduate students, including MA, MS, PhD, STEM, Medical, Law, MBA and other professional degrees.

Learn more and apply at https://www.aigcs.org/scholarships-fellowships/graduate-students/ 

The Indian Health Service (IHS) offers three scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native students in order to educate and train health professionals to staff Indian health programs. They strive to develop the next generation of leaders, as well as  to make the pursuit of a meaningful career in Indian health attainable for American Indian and Alaska Native students.

  • The Health Professions Scholarship provides financial aid to qualified American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate- and graduate-level students. Recipients must be members of federally recognized Tribes and enrolled in an eligible health professions degree program. In exchange for financial aid, scholarship recipients agree to fulfill a service commitment in full-time clinical practice upon completion of their academic or post-graduate clinical training.

Learn more and apply at https://www.ihs.gov/scholarship/scholarships/ 

Get a National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship Program overview, understand your eligibility and find out how to apply.

Learn more and apply at https://nhsc.hrsa.gov/scholarships/prospective-scholars/index.html 

The New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence is offering Nightingale Scholarships! There are 20 $1,000 scholarships to New Mexico nursing students, studying in the levels of:

  • ADN
  • RN to BSN
  • BSN
  • Graduate Nursing Students

Application Criteria:

  • Must be a New Mexico resident
  • Currently enrolled in a nursing program approved by the NM Board of Nursing
  • Must have completed the first semester or 6-8 hours of a nursing program (nursing courses, not prerequisites)
  • Maintain at least an overall 3.0 GPA or B average

Learn more and apply at https://www.nmnursingexcellence.org/page/73 

The NMHSC is a state-supported program administered by the Office of Primary Care and Rural Health, which recruits, places and offers financial assistance to designated health professionals in rural and medically underserved areas of the state. The program is divided into two parts, the Stipend Program and the Community Practice Site Support Program.

  • The NMHSC Stipend Program offers primary care medical and dental students stipends to support their education in exchange for 2 years of full-time service at approved rural, medically underserved clinics upon completion of training. Applicants may apply 2 consecutive years.
    • NMHSC Stipend Information & General Guidelines for 2019
    • NMHSC Stipend Application for 2019
    • NMHSC Stipend Applicant Reference Report for 2019
  • Through the Community Practice Site Support Program (also referred to as the Community Contract Program) the New Mexico Health Service Corps provides recruitment and/or retention support to NMHSC-eligible health care providers by awarding community/practice site grants and mid-level provider grants when funding is available.

Learn more and apply at https://nmhealth.org/about/phd/pchb/oprh/nmhsc/ 

The Pat Tillman Foundation unites and empowers remarkable military veterans and spouses as the next generation of public and private sector leaders committed to service beyond self. The fellowship program supports Tillman Scholars with academic scholarships, a national network and professional development opportunities to empower them to make an impact in the world.

Learn more and apply at https://pattillman.smapply.org 

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing has various scholarship opportunities for nursing students.

Learn more and apply at https://www.aacnnursing.org/students/financial-aid 

NursingScholarship.us is the ultimate Scholarship resource for students looking to pursue a nursing career. Their database is constantly updated to include the latest public and private scholarships, as well as research grants for undergraduate and graduate school.

Learn more and apply at http://www.nursingscholarship.us 

 

Nursing.org provides a database of nearly 300 national nursing scholarships and supports up-and-coming nurses by offering their own nursing scholarships.

Learn more and apply at https://www.nursing.org/scholarships/ 

 

Registered nurses enrolled in graduate-level, degree-granting colleges and universities in selected regions of the US may be eligible to apply for a Promise of Nursing Regional Faculty Fellowship (PON Fellowship) through the Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association (FNSNA). The PON Fellowship is designed to assist RNs who are preparing for the nurse educator role to achieve their degrees. 

PON Fellowships are awarded annually and may be applied toward tuition, academic fees and books.  Award amounts range from $1,000 to $7,500 per academic year.

Funding for the PON Fellowship Program is contributed by several hospitals and health care agencies, Johnson & Johnson, and national companies with an interest in supporting nursing education. The funds are raised at gala fundraising events sponsored by Johnson & Johnson.  The PON Fellowship Program is administered by FNSNA.

Learn more and apply at https://www.forevernursing.org/graduate-scholarships-promise-of-nursing-regional-faculty-fellowship.html  

 

CollegeScholarships.org/nursing knows that finding the right scholarship program may at first seem daunting, but with due diligence and a bit of research, students can find scholarships dedicated to nearly every field of endeavor. 

Learn more and apply at http://www.collegescholarships.org/nursing.htm 

There are many kinds of financial assistance available to help you on your path to a nursing career.

Learn more and apply at https://nursing.jnj.com/scholarships 

The UNM LGBTQ Resource Center Pride Scholarship is available to any UNM student who can demonstrate financial need for the current semester. Selected undergraduate or graduate students will be awarded up to $500.

Learn more and apply at https://lgbtqrc.unm.edu/about/scholarships.html 

DoctorsofNursingPractice.org provides a list of student scholarship and grant opportunities for you to explore.

Learn more and apply at http://www.doctorsofnursingpractice.org/resources/grants-and-scholarships/ 

The National CPR Foundation offers the National CPR Foundation Scholarship Program for students aspiring to study or currently studying health care or education.

Every month, they award a $500 scholarship to students pursuing careers in health care or education. 

Learn more and apply at https://www.nationalcprfoundation.com/scholarship/ 

The National League for Nursing (NLN) is proud to be the only member organization providing scholarships specifically to nurse educators. The NLN Foundation for Nursing Education offers scholarships of up to $8,000 each year to support the NLN’s mission to build a strong and diverse nursing workforce to advance the health of the nation and the global community. 

These scholarships are awarded to nurses pursuing advanced degrees to advance their career as a full-time nurse educator. The funds are for master’s or doctoral students enrolled in accredited programs who have completed at least a year of their academic program. The NLN Foundation wants to encourage more experienced and ethnically diverse nurses to pursue advanced degrees to prepare for full-time positions as nurse educators.

Learn more and apply at http://www.nln.org/foundation/overview/foundation-for-nursing-education-scholarship-awards 

To recognize and promote excellence in nursing care of mothers and babies, the March of Dimes offers several $5,000 scholarships annually to registered nurses enrolled in graduate programs of maternal-child nursing.

Learn more and apply at https://www.marchofdimes.org/nursing/index.bm2?cid=00000003&spid=ne_s3_1&tpid=ne_s3_1_3 

The A.C.N.M. Foundation, Inc. offers a variety of Scholarships and Awards for students enrolled in graduate nurse-midwifery programs. Requirements, applications and criteria vary per scholarship.

Learn more and apply at https://www.midwife.org/Foundation-Scholarships-and-Awards