Scholarships for Nursing Undergraduates

The USF School of Nursing and Health Professions offers two scholarship programs to help undergraduates complete their bachelor’s degree in nursing. Both programs are designed to support students who have been traditionally underrepresented in higher education (e.g., Black/African American, Latinx, Native American, Alaskan and Hawaiian Native, Cambodian, Hmong, and Vietnamese students).

Song Brown Grant

This grant from the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development is designed to increase the number of nursing students trained in areas of unmet need in the state. Funds are awarded to schools who have successfully recruited, retained, and graduated students who are underrepresented in the health professions and are working in medically underserved, rural, and primary care venues after graduation.

  • Scholarship amount: Awards are $2,500 per semester/$5,000 per year. A total of 18 scholarships were awarded for the 2020-21 academic year.
  • Who can apply: Current full-time nursing students who identify as one of the underrepresented groups listed above, with an overall GPA of 2.9 or higher. Additional consideration is given to first-generation college students.
  • How to apply: Applicants complete a one-page essay describing why they should be considered for the scholarship, submit unofficial transcripts, and interview for the award. Applications open in July for the 2021-22 school year. If selected, students must agree to be followed after graduation until they have passed the NCLEX and found employment as a registered nurse.
  • Contact: Dr. Angela Banks, RN, PhD, adbanks@usfca.edu

HRSA Scholarship

This $3.25 million grant from the U.S. Human Resources and Services Administration will provide 25 nursing students with scholarships through June 30, 2025. Recipients will be supported from recruitment and college entrance through their nursing degrees, with the goal of increasing diversity and the number of healthcare professionals working in medically underserved communities and primary care venues. This grant aims to recruit and retain students who have faced economic, environmental, or educational disadvantages, with a priority focus on African American, Latinx, and Vietnamese students in these circumstances.

  • Scholarship amount: Awards are $13,000 per semester/$26,000 per year. A total of 25 scholarships were awarded for the 2020-21 academic year.
  • Who can apply: Current and incoming full-time nursing students who identify as one of the underrepresented groups listed above, with an overall GPA of 2.9 or higher. Students must have at least two semesters remaining in the nursing program and have at least $26,000 in unmet financial need to qualify.
  • How to apply: Students who qualify for the program will receive an email inviting them to apply. As part of the application, students complete two short essays describing their circumstances and how the funds will help them become a registered nurse. If selected, recipients must reapply for funding each year and maintain a GPA of 2.9 or higher each semester to continue receiving the scholarship funds. They also must enter a mentoring program, meet monthly with their mentor, and be willing to work in a medically underserved community, rural, or primary care setting after graduation.
  • Contact: Dr. Angela Banks, RN, PhD, adbanks@usfca.edu

Financial Aid for Undergraduates

USF offers a wide range of financial aid to all undergraduates, including institutional grants, merit scholarships, loans and federal work-study. Your eligibility can depend on your academic achievement or family financial need.

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