The Nebraska Office of Labor Market Information anticipates a 19 percent increase in the demand for registered nurses in the state from 2008 through 2018. To work as a registered nurse in Nebraska, professional licensing is necessary, which requires the completion of a degree program. Scholarship programs exist to help Nebraska students afford the cost of this required education and begin their nursing careers.
American Legion Auxiliary Department of Nebraska Scholarships
The American Legion Auxiliary Department of Nebraska offers a dozen scholarship programs for Nebraska residents, some of which are exclusively for nursing students. The Practical Nursing Scholarship provides funding for students in diploma or certificate programs in practical nursing who have lived in Nebraska for at least three years. The Nurse's Gift Tuition Scholarship is available for students in any type of state-approved nursing program, including practical, baccalaureate and graduate-level studies. The program does not have a minimum residency requirement. The American Legion nursing scholarships require students to have a parent or grandparent who served as veteran or be veterans themselves.
Heartland Regional Community Foundation
A nonprofit organization, the Heartland Regional Community Foundation sponsors six scholarships for Nebraska nursing students who are residents of either Nemaha or Richardson counties. The Doris R. Hines Ph.D., R.N. CETN Nursing Scholarship provides funding for graduate-level studies in nursing. The Mary Alice Hartigan Scholarship for Nursing and Mary Anne Reinert Scholarships are given to students in any level of nursing program interested specifically in surgical nursing careers. Seniors in undergraduate nursing programs are eligible for the Velma Flies Anderson Scholarship. The Bill and Mary Russell Health Care Scholarship Fund and the Jerry Maki Scholarship are both for study in any year of any type of nursing program.
Community College Scholarships
Nebraska community colleges often sponsor scholarship programs for students in their associate degree nursing programs. Western Nebraska Community College has seven scholarships available exclusively for nursing students, each with its own eligibility criteria. Southeast Nebraska Community College has 10 awards, most of which require students to meet minimum grade point average requirements. Mid-Plains Community College has seven scholarships available for nursing students, including some that require students to work for a particular employer for a set number of years following graduation as a term of the award.
Four-Year College Scholarships
Private and public colleges and universities in Nebraska also offer scholarships for nurses in their baccalaureate degree programs. Students at Nebraska Methodist College, Creighton University and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln can receive full-tuition scholarships by participating in the Army Reserve Officer Training programs at the colleges; these awards require students to complete military service requirements after graduation. Students at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing can benefit from the Northeast Nebraska Scholarship. This award provides students from Antelope, Boone, Boyd, Brown, Burt, Cedar, Cherry, Colfax, Cuming, Dakota, Dixon, Dodge, Holt, Keya Paha, Knox, Madison, Nance, Pierce, Platte Rock, Stanton, Thurston, Wayne and Wheeler counties who meet academic merit requirements the opportunity to receive full tuition funding to attend the nursing school.