California Associate Degree Nursing Scholarship (NDA)

Health Professions Education Foundation
Type Scholarship
Amount $10,000
Duration 2 Years

Application cycle: January 3, 2018 – February 28th, 2018

To be eligible for the Associate Degree Nursing Scholarship, the applicant must:

  • be currently accepted or enrolled in an Associate Degree nursing program in California
  • be free from any other service obligation
  • graduate after June 30, 2017
  • be willing to work in a medically underserved area for two years
  • complete and submit your application through CalREACH by the application


The purpose of the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Scholarship is to increase the number of registered nurses (RN) practicing in medically underserved areas (MUA) of California.

Applications for the Associate Degree Nursing Scholarship are accepted bi-annually. Monies awarded under these programs are intended to pay tuition, required fees, books, supplies, and educational equipment costs related to the applicant’s registered nurse education. All awards are subject to the availability of funding.

Recipients will be required to sign a written contract with the Foundation outlining the provisions which must be met to fulfill the obligations under this program. Failure to comply with the terms of the contract may result in the awardee’s repayment of the funds awarded plus interest.

Applicants who owe a service obligation to practice direct patient care to another entity entered into before filing an application with the Foundation are ineligible to receive a scholarship. Previous obligations must be completed before applying. Awardees who breach their contract with the OSHPD/HPEF will not be allowed to reapply for additional awards.





Selection for the ADN Program is based solely on information contained in the application and supporting documentation. Selection for awards is based on the following criteria:



  • Counties in most need of Registered Nurses


  • Work Experience – nursing and non-nursing work experience in a MUA.
  • Financial Need – actual or potential difficulty in completing education in the absence of an award.
  • Career Goals – professional goals for the next five (5) to ten (10) years.
  • Cultural / Linguistic Skills & Abilities – Culture and language experiences; for example, employment, school, travel abroad, and family settings.
  • Community Service – documented volunteer service and/or activities, particularly in a MUA.
  • Community Background – Family structure, socio-economic background and community where the applicant grew up.





Applicant’s who have been accepted or enrolled in an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program. An awardee may receive up to $8,000 for this scholarship and commits to a two-year service obligation practicing in direct patient care in a medically underserved area (MUA) in California.


  • Not Applicable

Other Restrictions

Permanent Resident


This funding opportunity requires applicants to hold U.S. Citizenship.

More Information

ADN & Pre-Nursing Scholarship Programs
Health Professions Education Foundation
818 K Street, Suite 210
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (800) 773-1669