Financial Resources

There are financial resources designed specifically for nursing students. In addition to the following description of sources of financial assistance, students are notified of new information via email as it arrives. Materials and applications, when available, may be obtained from the School of Nursing office or found on designated bulletin boards.

  • Farrell Scholarship Dr. Francis (JMU ’82) and Mary Carter Farrell (JMU ’84) established the endowed Farrell Scholarship in 2004 in honor of their parents, Frank and Eva Farrell. Qualified applicants:  Registered nurse with an Associate Degree who has gained admission to James Madison University RN to BSN program as a full-time student; demonstration of excellence in and commitment to nursing practice; self-reported financial need. View further specifications on the JMU RN-BSN Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Awards page.
  • Federal Loan Programs: Excellent federal loans specifically for nursing students are available at a low rate of interest. No interest is payable while in school and for nine (9) months post-graduation. Repayment can be deferred or canceled depending upon employment following graduation. Eligibility depends on the student’s financial need status. The financial aid office has applications.
  • Whitehead Scholarships: The Whitehead Foundation provides significant money annually to the JMU Nursing program for distribution to students with financial need. It is need-based as determined by the Financial Aid Office, and the student must file a financial aid form with them. Eligibility requires that the student be from designated southern states. If the student qualifies on the basis of geography and financial need they will automatically be considered for this award.
  • Military Scholarship and Loan Programs: All branches of the military (Air Force, Army, Navy, and ROTC) offer programs for nursing students. The student should contact the branch of their choice to explore these programs.

Federal Scholarship Programs

  • The Veterans Administration Scholarship Program is a very good, but highly competitive scholarship program that involves commitment for employment following graduation.
  • The Indian Health Service has a less competitive but excellent scholarship program as well.
  • National Student Nurses Association: The NSNA Foundation awards scholarships annually to NSNA members. Information about these scholarships can be secured through the JMU Chapter of VNSA or directly from NSNA.
  • Virginia League for Nursing: The VLN offers several smaller scholarships annually.

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