Nursing scholarships can literally be a lifesaver for many people who want to train as licensed practical nurses (LPNs, licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) and registered nurses (RN).

The high cost of a good nursing education from an accredited nursing school can often be a heavy burden, particularly if you are juggling a nursing career with the needs of your children and family.

With a nationwide nursing shortage looming in the next decade, hospitals across the United States are desperate for highly qualified and trained nurses. There are going to be many great opportunities in nursing in the coming years.

If you are looking at pursuing a career in nursing, we have found a number of good nursing scholarships that you might not be aware were available. Any of these could help you out with nursing school expenses, books and living expenses.

These nursing scholarships have all been created to help anyone out who is considering entering nursing or the healthcare profession. They will help take some of the financial burden off your shoulders so you can get on with the task of being a qualified and highly skilled nurse.

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Nursing Scholarships

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses scholarship program has expanded to help nurses acquire knowledge and skills beyond traditional academic nursing education. A limited number of nursing scholarships will be awarded in 2013 to active members of the AACN.

American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Family (AFSCME) Scholarship

Each year, the AFSCME Family Scholarship program offers $8,000 scholarships to high school seniors to study in health care. Ten nursing scholarships are available that are spilt into individual grants of $2,000 each year for four years as long as you remain enrolled in fulll-time study.

American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC)

The American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC) provides fellowships and nursing scholarships to American Indian and Alaska Native graduate students throughout the United States.

Established in 1969 in Albuquerque, the nonprofit organization has disbursed more than 15,000 graduate fellowships with the support of the Bureau of Indian Education, corporate and foundation partnerships, and private donors. Over 93% of every dollar donated goes to scholarships, nursing scholarships and services for students.

The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) Nursing Scholarships

The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution has two nursing scholarships available in 2013 that are available to qualified nursing applicants regardless of race, religion, sex or national origin.

Irene and Daisy MacGregor Memorial Nursing Scholarship 

This is available to graduate level psychiatric nursing students. The $20,000 scholarship is awarded in increments of $5,000 annually four years.

Madeline Pickett (Halbert) Cogswell Nursing Scholarship

This $1,000 nursing scholarship is awarded to students enrolled in any accredited school of nursing. Applicants must be members, descendents of members or be eligible for membership in the NSDAR to be eligible.

Disadvantaged Faculty Loan Repayment Program (FLRP)

Health professions from disadvantaged backgrounds can have up to $40,000 of their students loans paid off by the Federal Government for participating in the FLRP program.

By helping to educate the health care professionals of tomorrow for two years at an accredited college or university, your student loan will be paid off. You should also receive matching funds from the educational institution where you are employed. Awards Nursing Scholarships

Since 2003 in Palm Beach has been providing as number of nursing awards and nursing scholarships each year. The following awards are available in 2013.

Peter Gili Scholarship Award

A $500 nursing scholarship will be awarded to a nursing student with a disability.

Jill Laura Creedon Scholarship Award

A $500 scholarship will be awarded to a nursing student with a disability or medical challenge.

Anna May Rolando Scholarship Award

A $500.00 scholarship will be awarded to a nursing student with a disability. Preference will be given to a graduate student who has demonstrated a commitment to working with people with disabilities.

Bruno Rolando Scholarship Award

A $250 nursing scholarship will be awarded to a nursing student with a disability. Preference will be given to a nursing student who is employed at a Veteran’s Hospital.

Mary Serra Gili Scholarship Award

A $250 scholarship will be awarded to a nursing student with a disability.

Genevieve Saran Richmond Award

A $500 scholarship will be awarded to a nursing student with a disability.

Global Scholarship Alliance (GSA) Nurse Leaders for America Scholarship Program

GSA provides the nurses with nursing scholarships to cover the costs of books, fees and tuition.

The program lasts a minimum of three years, with the nurses committed to being permanent hospital employees during the course of the program. To date, GSA and its partners have funded nursing scholarships for more than 150 international nurses. Since 2000, 98% of GSA scholars have graduated and completed their programs.

International Order of the King’s Daughters and Sons ( IOKDS) Health Careers Nursing Scholarships

The IOKDS is dedicated to a life of Christian service. This IOKDS $1000 nursing scholarship is for US and Canadian students enrolled full-time in an accredited nursing program. There is no age limit.

March of Dimes Graduate Nursing Scholarships

To recognize and promote excellence in nursing care of mothers and babies, the March of Dimes offers several $5,000 nursing scholarships annually to registered nurses enrolled in graduate nursing programs of maternal-child nursing. Applications for 2013 scholarships are due on January 15, 2013.

Maryland Public Service Nursing Scholarship

The Parren J. Mitchell State Nursing Scholarship is available to any nurse employed in a Maryland licensed hospital, adult day care center, nursing home, public health agency or home health agency.

National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN)-Lundbeck Neonatal Nursing Scholarship

Awarded in conjunction with the NANN, the Lundbeck Neonatal Nursing Scholarship is available to any neonatal nurse studying to advance their career into the important role of a qualified neonatal nurse practitioner.

Nurse Loan Repayment and Scholarship Program

The Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program is a nursing program designed to help alleviate the shortage of qualified nurses teaching at accredited nursing schools.

The U.S Government helps registered nurses and advanced practice registered nurses pay off your nursing loan in return for them helping to train nurse at an accredited school of nursing.

Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation Nursing Scholarship

The NPHA offers a variety of nursing scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 awards to students in Nurse Practitioner programs for outstanding research, leadership and academic achievements.

Nurses’ Educational Funds (NEF)

Nurses Educational Funds provides a $2,5000 nursing scholarship to nurses enrolled in an accredited nursing master’s or doctoral level nursing program.

Nursing Economic$ Foundation Nursing Scholarships

The Nursing Economic$ Foundation awards up to four $5,000 nursing scholarships to registered nurses in a Masters or Doctoral nursing program with an emphasis on administration or management. Please check in next April for the 2013 application.

The Oncology Nursing Society Nursing Scholarships

The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) offers awards, nursing scholarships and research grants worth over $500,000 to nurses devoted to the care of patients with cancer and ongoing training in oncology nursing.