Academic Scholarships

Here are some opportunities for you to check out:
This $2,000 award is available to incoming first-year students with a composite score of 24 or above on the ACT or a 3.00 high school GPA and ranking in the 50th percentile of their graduating class. The scholarship is renewable for three years if the student maintains a 3.00 GPA each semester. Applicants must submit one letter of recommendation from a high school teacher or counselor along with a typed autobiographical essay. Students who receive the Inclusion and Diversity Academic Scholarship are required to participate in the mentor program. To get more information contact the Inclusion & Diversity Office.

To be eligible:
  • Complete scholarship application
  • An ACT composite score of 24 and above or SAT score of 1100 and above, or a 3.0 or above grade point average and in the top 50 percentile of your graduating class
  • Submit a typed 500 word essay on leadership, community service and tell us how you will become a leader at WSU
  • Your application packet must be postmarked by March 30
  • Turn it into the Inclusion and Diversity Office in Kryzsko Commons 236

CANFIT Program Scholarships are open to undergraduate and graduate African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Latino students who express financial need and are studying nutrition, physical education, or culinary arts in the state of California.

Awards range from $500 - $1,100. This scholarship/grant is awarded to students admitted to WSU based on financial need and academic potential; must complete FAFSA.

To be eligible:
  • Complete scholarship application
  • Complete FAFSA form
  • Turn into the Inclusion and Diversity Office in Kryzsko Commons 236

The deadline varies for the American Indian Nurse Scholarship Awards of the Colonel Dames of America. This scholarship has helped students of American Indian heritage cover the cost of nursing school since 1928. The minimum award is $500 with an average award of $1,000 and maximum award of $2,250. The scholarship is renewable for students with passing grades in good standing. To find out more, contact the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, Nine Cross Creek Drive, Birmingham, AL 35213, phone (205) 879-6062, Mrs. Joe Calvin, American Indian Nurse Awards Consultant or visit more information please visit:

Catharine Lealtad Scholarships are awarded to African American, Latino, and Native American students who have a strong high school record. The award is $3,000. Students who are National Achievement or National Hispanic Scholarship Finalists and who have a strong high school record will receive an annual award of $5,000. This scholarship is named for Dr. Catharine Lealtad '15, Macalester's first African American graduate. For more information, please visit Macalester Financial Aid.



A $10,000 award established by 60 Minutes Correspondent Ed Bradley. Preference given to an undergraduate student of color. Career goal must be broadcast journalism. Applications must be postmarked on or before May deadline. For more information please visit RTNDA.

Annually, NABJ awards deserving students interested in pursuing a career in journalism awards of more than $30,000 in NABJ scholarships. Each scholarship is worth up to $5,000. Scholarships are open to any foreign or American born students, currently attending an accredited four-year college/university in the U.S. or those who are candidates for graduate school. For more information, please visit NABJ Scholarships.

The Truman Scholarship provides up to $30,000 to support students who wish to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in government or elsewhere in public service. Candidates must:

Attend an accredited U.S. college or university and be nominated by the institution's Truman Faculty Representative [candidates MAY NOT apply directly]

Be U.S. citizens or U.S. nationals. Complete an application and write a policy recommendation. Be in the upper quarter of their junior class, except for residents of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa or the Northern Marianas who must be in their senior class. The Foundation seeks candidates who: have extensive records of public and community service, are committed to careers in government or elsewhere in public service, and have outstanding leadership potential and communication skills. More information has been made available for the Harry S Truman Scholarship.

University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development: features a very strong graduate program in Literacy Education. Scholarships available to graduate students include:Distinguished Reading and Language Arts Award is a graduate assistantship given to an outstanding student in literacy education. Applicant must be a first year Ph.D. student whose past and future experiences are focused on literacy education in underserved areas and populations. For more information, visit University of Minnesota Scholarships.

Robert Schreiner Memorial Endowment awards $2500 to a doctoral student in the research phase of their program. Student research must be focused on reading and literacy education.

Dora V. Smith Scholarship Fund is in the form of a graduate assistantship. Candidates must demonstrate above average ability in the field of literacy education.

Dr. Frances O. Triggs Memorial Fund awards an assistantship worth 50% of a student's tuition. $5,000 is awarded to the right candidate who is working on their dissertation. Research must be focused on literacy education.

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These scholarships are provided annually to pay educational expenses of full-time students working toward licensure as registered nurses by the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates. Amount of Award: $2,500.Number of Awards: 1 or more annually. Duration of Award: 1 year. Application Deadline: July of each year For more information please visit:>

A long list of sponsors provide scholarships to members of the Health Occupations Students of America each year to fund their pursuit of healthcare careers, especially in nursing. Amount of Award: $1,000 to $7,000.Number of Awards: Varies. Duration of Award: 1 year. Application Deadline: April of each year. For more information please visit:>

Provides financial assistance to undergraduate or graduate students who are planning to attend institutions of higher learning in the areas of nursing (B.S.N.), Presbyterian ministry or engineering. Open to U.S. Citizens. Amount of Award: Varies. Number of Awards: Varies. Duration of Award: 1 year. Application Deadline: March of each year

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This scholarship is presented to students who have lost a parent or guardian to cancer or have a parent or guardian with cancer, and are seeking higher education in the field of nursing. It is named for a caring mother of seven children who was an RN and who spent her lifetime dedicated to helping others. Amount of Award: $2,500 over two semesters. Number of Awards: 1 per year. Duration of Award: 1 year.

Deadline: March 30, 2012; 5:00 PM EST. For more information please visit:>

The National Gerontological Nurses Association provides these scholarships to nurses who have committed to work in geriatric/gerontology settings upon graduation: Amount of Awards: $500 in each category, Number of Awards: 1 graduate and 1 undergraduate, Duration of Award: 1 year. Application Deadline: No later than June 1. For more information please visit:>

Awards are dependent upon Head Coach Review. Students are encouraged to contact Kelsey Homewood of the athletic program for more information.

If you are a member of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, you might qualify for one of their $1,000 scholarships. The number of scholarships awarded annually varies, with an application deadline of April. The duration of this award is one year. To find out more, visit, phone (202) 387-2477 or contact: National Association of Hispanic Nurses, Attn: National Awards and Scholarship Committee Chair, 1501 16th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20036. For more information please visit:>

If you are an ethnic minority interested in pursuing a career in oncology nursing, check out the Ethnic Minority Bachelor's Scholarships in Oncology Nursing. Three awards of $2,000 are given annually. The duration of the award is one year with a January application deadline. To find out more about this exciting scholarship, visit, phone (412) 921-7373 or contact: Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Foundation, 125 Enterprise Drive, Pittsburgh PA 15275. For more information please visit:>

Alaska Natives or American Indians needing pre-professional or compensatory education to qualify for enrollment in a health professions school may qualify for this scholarship program. The duration of the Health Professional Preparatory Scholarship Program award is up to 2 years of full-time study or 4 years of part-time study. The awards is $1,160 per month for 10 months with a February deadline to apply. For additional details, visit, phone (301) 443-6197 or contact: Indian Health Service, Scholarship Program, 801 Thompson Avenue, Suite 120, Rockville, MD 20852.For more information please visit:>

Members of the National American Arab Nurses Association who are nursing students or practicing nurses may qualify for this $10,000 scholarship. The deadline to apply is July 1. For more information please visit: <>


GEM provides three fellowship programs: MS Engineering, Ph.D. Engineering and Ph.D. Science. These fellowship opportunities are for students pursuing a master's degree or doctorate in science, engineering or a closely related field. The deadline for applications is November 15. Applicants are required to submit transcripts and three letters of recommendation. For more information visit the GEM Fellowship Program website.

Provides awards to outstanding undergraduate and graduate minority students who plan to pursue the CPA licensure: An eligible applicant must be/have: a full-time undergraduate or graduate-level accounting student Black or African American; Hispanic or Latino; Native American or Asian American completed at least 30 semester hours in college coursework with at least 6 semester hours in accounting a major and overall GPA of 3.3 Amount: $3,000/year. For more information please visit:>

Awards under this program are made to Wisconsin resident minority undergraduates, excluding first year students, enrolled at least half-time in independent, tribal, or Wisconsin Technical College institutions. According to the statutes, a minority student is defined as a student who is either an African American; American Indian; Hispanic; or Southeast Asian from Laos, Cambodia, or Vietnam admitted to the U. S. after December 31, 1975. Awards are based on financial need with a maximum grant of $2,500 per year for up to eight semesters or twelve quarters. For more information, please visit:

Awards range from $500 - $2,000. Nellie Stone Johnson had a long and distinguished record of public service in support of the advancement of minority concerns, the rights of workers, and equal opportunities for all people. Her life was a series of "firsts." As a leader of organized labor in the 1930s and 1940s, she was the first woman vice-president of the Minnesota Culinary Council and the first woman vice-president of Local 665 Hotel and Restaurant Employees Union. She was also the first black person elected to citywide office in Minneapolis when she won a seat on the Library Board in 1945. Scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,000 are given each year to students who enroll in two year, undergraduate or graduate programs. The scholarship may be renewed for up to four years for students working toward a bachelor's degree, two years for students enrolled in a master's program, and up to two years for community or technical college program. A scholarship may be renewed one successive year if extenuating circumstances exist. When multiple awards are made, at least one recipient must be female.

The Application Form is available as a PDF format. The deadline to mail the application: May 1

An applicant must be a racial minority union member or the son, daughter, grandchild, or spouse of a minority union member. An applicant must enroll or be enrolled in a program at a MnSCU institution. Preference is given to Minnesota residents. An applicant must meet the academic and admission standards of the school where the scholarship will be used. Two letters of recommendation should accompany the application. Letters of recommendation may come from teachers, community organizations, or church leaders, and leaders of clubs or groups. (The letters should address the applicants level of achievement, accomplishments, or determination in pursuing an education.) To be eligible for annual scholarship renewal, the student must maintain satisfactory academic progress and must satisfy other standards applied by the university to scholarship recipients. In order to find additional details requiring the scholarship's requirements, please view the Article Eight of the Program's Articles of Operation.