Most nursing school is paid for in student loans, but those have to be paid back and then some.
Scholarships and grants are the way to go when trying to finance you nursing school dreams.
Although it may seem odd that someone is just giving you money for your education, many foundations and groups do just that to further nursing in the world.
Unfortunately, not many nursing students take the time to apply for scholarships.
They think that they won’t get them, that the amount won’t matter, and that it is all a colossal waste of time.
That kind of thinking, though, is what allows most nurses to actually get scholarships.
If you put in the time and effort to apply to a wide variety of programs, you may find that you get a good chunk of your schooling paid for.
Cast a Wide Net
Your first mission is to cast a wide net. There are literally thousands of scholarship opportunities out there, and all of them are potentially ones you can win.
Some scholarships have strict guidelines, but you shouldn’t get too hung up on if you qualify. You may find that you are better suited than you think and could end up getting the award.
You also need to find a database that lists a wide selection of scholarships for nurses. Some of them are comprehensive, but some are little more than advertisements for the main site’s scholarship.
Believe it or not, not many people apply for scholarships because of the time commitment, and sometimes you can win an award by default.
The moral of the story is to try even if you think the chances are remote because you may be pleasantly surprised.
The way to cut down on the time investment is to automate as much as you can. If you are going to apply for hundreds of scholarships, you need to find a way to streamline the application process as much as possible.
You can very easily copy and paste your vital information from a Word document into the application document to prevent typing over and over again.
You can also reuse application essays instead of writing a new one each time.
The trick is to make filling out applications as easy as possible, and you can do this with files you tap to make the process streamlined. Don’t type in your name hundreds of times when you can copy and paste it over.
The way to make this easy and fast is to find the commonalities in most applications and have the information on hand.
Essays, statements, and other writings can easily be reused and tweaked to quickly fill out and send an application.
It is easy to get discouraged when applying for scholarships, especially if you apply for a good number of them.
You are going to get rejected, but that’s okay.
You need to keep trying because, honestly, not many students take the time to apply. If the monetary payout is low, you can bet that not many applications are going to be sent in.
Yet those small awards can add up to a decent chunk of money. Anything you don’t have to pay back to the government in the end is a win for you.
When you feel like it isn’t worth it to apply for scholarships, keep going.
You never know where your break is going to come, but if you play the numbers game, you are almost assured that you will get some help with your nursing school tuition.