We are aware that training to be a nurse can be extremely expensive. And many nurses would have given up their ambition due to financial constraints.
The good news is that you can pursue a nursing degree on a scholarship or using a government grant.
These Canadian Scholarships give nurses the tools they need to get a good education at a reasonable price. And occasionally even free. As long as the beneficiary needs financial assistance, they are generally awarded based on merit. International students may use these scholarships to study in various colleges and universities that offer nursing degrees at various levels. However, some of them have requirements and national application limits. Always keep in mind that you need to follow all the eligibility requirements.
ARNNL 50th Anniversary Scholarship (Ph.D.)
The Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador (formerly the College of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador) established an annual award for a registered nurse who is enrolled in a Doctorate in Nursing programme in 2004 to commemorate the organization’s 50th anniversary. The ARNNL 50th Anniversary Scholarship will only be given out once each year. In mid to late November, funding decisions for the fall competition will be determined.
Following the meeting of the Awards Committee, applicants will be informed of the results of their applications. Email notifications will be sent to the address you specified in your application using that method. Please make sure you use a valid email address that you frequently check.
To be considered for the ARNNL 50th Anniversary Scholarship, candidates must fulfil the requirements listed below:
- hold a Master of Nursing degree, are enrolled in a doctoral programme in nursing at an accredited university, have made a significant contribution to the nursing profession, have not previously been awarded the scholarship for which they are applying, are members of the Trust, and in good standing with CRNNL.
How to apply?
Before starting the application, please read the document, including the application requirements. The Graduate Nursing Scholarship Application Form must be used to submit applications, and late applications won’t be taken into consideration.
Value: $1000 or $2000 (full-time) (part-time)
deadline for applications: Oct. 15
Canadian Nurses Foundation Scholarships
Over $270,000 in scholarships are awarded each year by the Canadian Nurses Foundation to enhance nursing practice and knowledge across the country. Supporting the most talented nursing students in Canada will ultimately result in improved patient outcomes and a more robust Canadian healthcare system. As the only national nursing foundation in Canada, we are pleased to accept applications from students in every province and territory.
The Canadian Nurses Foundation offers more than 70 scholarships to students at every level, from bachelor’s degrees to doctorates. You’re sure to find an award or two provided by the CNF.
Some awards, like the Tecla Lin & Nelia Laroza Memorial Award and Brenda Jeam IEN Nursing Award, are even open to nurses trained internationally!
Butler-Hushagen Health Education Fund
Check out this award if you live in Canada’s cold north and are pursuing a career in medicine or a health-related job like nursing. You must be enrolled in or beginning a healthcare degree or diploma programme in order to apply. Additionally, you’ll need to compose a brief essay covering the following subjects:
- How have you proven that you have the academic skills necessary to succeed in your chosen field?
- How the North will profit from awarding you the scholarship
- Your community involvement and efforts, both past and present
Candidates should be:
- Residents of the Yukon, Nunavut, or the Northwest Territories for at least two years
- registered in an accredited programme leading to a degree or diploma in a health-related subject at a university, college, technical institute (like SAIT), etc.
- Considering going back to the North after my studies are over
Applications also need to contain:
- Information on the topic of study being pursued Admission confirmation (letter of admission) to a University, College, or Technical Institute (such as SAIT) or a recognized programme leading to a degree or Diploma in a health-related field
- educational records from the most recent academic year
- One letter of recommendation from a professor, physician, or another authority figure in the community
- The application must be filed with a Proof of Residency Form.
Nurse Practitioner Bursary
This prize is completely non-repayable unless you promise to relocate to and work in northern Alberta after graduation. However, you must have lived in Alberta for at least a year before beginning your degree.
Make a promise to reside and work in a particular area or community in northern Alberta that could benefit from the assistance of a qualified nurse like you to receive a grant worth $18,000 instead of $9,000!
Elaine (Sweet) Whitford Scholarship Fund
This grant is available to Northwest Territories residents who have lived there for at least two years and want to pursue careers in nursing or social work.
You must submit a brief essay explaining your need for assistance along with information on your community involvement, professional growth, dedication to nursing, and financial necessity in order to be considered.
To aid citizens of the Northwest Territories (NWT) who are pursuing post-secondary education in social work or nursing, the Elaine (Sweet) Whitford Scholarship Fund was established. All residents of the Northwest Territories who have lived there for at least two years are eligible to apply for the award. A person must be beginning their second or subsequent year of post-secondary social work or nursing studies at an accredited college or university to be eligible.
Every year, May 15 is the application cut-off date. Applications must be accompanied by a written essay explaining the applicant’s need for the grant. Along with proof proving residency, applications must also provide written confirmation of acceptance into the second year of post-secondary social work and nursing courses. The application must be filed with a Proof of Residency Form.
Jonas Konge Memorial Fund
The goal of the Jonas Konge Memorial Fund is:
Encourage people of the NWT to pursue post-secondary education in medicine or nursing, and
Support the procurement of new capital equipment or programmes (authorised and specified by the Department of Health of the GNWT) in the area of paediatrics or neonatal care by giving to the Stanton Territorial Hospital Foundation. Grants will not be intended to replace existing capital equipment, but rather to support innovative projects for the Stanton Territorial Hospital and/or government-approved clinic settings.
People who have lived in Yellowknife (first preference) and other communities in the Northwest Territories for at least five years are eligible to apply for the award. A person must be planning to practise medicine or nursing in the Northwest Territories after graduating from a recognised college or university and be commencing their second or subsequent year of post-secondary education in those fields.
Applications must be accompanied by an essay that addresses:
- Why they are submitting a grant application,
- the traits the applicant demonstrated in their chosen field,
- how the scholarship will help them achieve their objectives.
Applications also need to contain:
- written confirmation of enrollment in the second year of post-secondary medical or nursing education,
- information on the study area being pursued,
- two letters of recommendation confirming the applicant’s participation in the indicated activities and demonstrating the attributes mentioned above,
- latest transcripts from the applicant,
- The application must be filed with a Proof of Residency form.
De Beers Group Scholarships for Canadian Women
In order to encourage the participation of women in STEM and STEM-related academic fields in post-secondary institutions in Canada, the De Beers Group Scholarships for Canadian Women were established.
The De Beers Group Scholarships for Canadian Women have at least ten (10) prizes available. Each prize is worth $4,500 Canadian.
The following standards must be met by candidates in order to be eligible for an award:
- All applicants must be Canadian citizens or have legal status to live in Canada permanently.
- Every applicant must be a woman.
- All candidates must be beginning their first year of an undergraduate degree at a Canadian institution that has earned accreditation.
- The Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and all applicants must be entering a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) or STEM-related programme.
- Women of Indigenous descent or who are Indigenous will be given preference. Indigenous status should be self-identified by applicants in the statement of intent that goes with their application.
- Northern Ontario, Southern Alberta, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut residents will be given preference.
Opterus Helen Rose STEM Award
This prize honours Dr. Helen McKilligin, a pioneer in the fieldof neonatal nursing, and is open to female applicants between the ages of 16 and 28.
In order to apply, you must respond to two brief essay prompts:
- An instance where you fell short of achieving a goal you set for yourself, along with the lessons you learnt
- An instance when you succeeded by breaking the law is when you were a “rebel with a cause.”
- A second essay describing your initiative and how it will affect your neighbourhood and the wider world is required.
Jeanne Henuset-Fraser Memorial Bursary for Rural Manitoba Students
You can be eligible for this award if you live in a rural area of Manitoba, have financial needs, and have already started your post-secondary career by finishing at least one year of study.
Jeanne Henuset-Fraser, who had to leave school at age 12 to care for her family, is honoured by this award. Jeanne wants this scholarship to assist others in realizing their potential.
The Jeanne Henuset-Fraser Memorial Bursary for Rural Manitoba Students was established to help students from rural areas pursue their post-secondary education goals. With one or more awards worth between $500 and $2,000 each. July 31st is the application deadline.
Sunshine Coast Health Centre Scholarship
High school, undergraduate, and graduate students in Canada are eligible to apply for a tuition scholarship through the Sunshine Coast Health Centre scholarship for the 2022–2023 academic year.
A pioneer in the field of addiction treatment is Sunshine Coast Health Centre. You might be eligible for this scholarship if you’re a student doing undergraduate or graduate work in nursing, mental health, or addiction.
In order to apply, you must submit an essay of 500 to 1,000 words on the following subject: “What is your perspective on personal meaning and how it assists people in treatment and recovery from their addiction?”
Students in British Columbia can also participate in co-op programmes at the Sunshine Coast Health Centre.
To Wrap Up
Nursing students need to keep looking for all the financial aid they can get, so the path toward a better career in healthcare becomes easy. It is difficult to pursue such a task without any help, that is why many organizations and governments come forward to help them.