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Rush College of Nursing understands the importance of preparing nurse clinicians who reflect the populations for which we care and the need to provide financial assistance to help our students meet their goals.

For the Spring and Summer terms of 2015 Rush University and the College of Nursing have dedicated financial need and merit scholarships for diverse and underrepresented students in nursing. These scholarships, many of which are $10,000 awards, come from a number of different sources, but represent a focused effort on the part of the College of Nursing to provide dedicated dollars to increase the diversity of our student body.

We encourage diverse applicants in all degree programs to simply apply for financial aid. If there is an available scholarship for which you qualify, you will be automatically considered. If you have questions about the financial aid process, please refer to the Office of Financial Aid website

Rush University College of Nursing was recently awarded $350,000/year for two years from the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) for ongoing support of the Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (AENT) program. The purpose of this program is to provide funding for tuition, support, textbooks, and stipends for the education of nurses who are enrolled in the Rush University College of Nursing with special emphasis on increasing the number of underrepresented minority, disadvantaged, and veteran nurses who are pursuing advanced degrees as primary care nurse practitioners. Full-time students and part-time students in the last year of their program may apply for AENT grant money. Not all students who meet the above criteria will be awarded funds through the program as the application process is competitive. Award amounts vary based on the funding that is available.

A scholarship available to GEM students for Spring 2015 is the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) Awards.  In Summer and Fall 2015 a number of matching scholarships will also be available. 

Students will be eligible for the Robert Wood Johnson GEM scholarships if they are Black or African-American, Hispanic, American Indian or Alaska Native, specific Asian populations or male (groups underrepresented in nursing) or from financially disadvantaged backgrounds. An individual from a financially disadvantaged background is defined as one who comes from a family with an annual income below a level based on low-income thresholds according to family size published by the U.S. Bureau of the Census, adjusted annually for changes in the consumer price index (CPI), and adjusted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services for use in health professions and nursing programs. Students should contact the Office of Financial Aid if they are interested in applying for this award.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, measurable and timely change. For 40 years the Foundation has brought experience, commitment and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime. For more information, visit 


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