New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program

American Association of Colleges of Nursing
Type Scholarship
Amount $10,000
Duration 3 Years


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has joined with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to create the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing, a scholarship program to help alleviate the nursing shortage and increase the diversity of nursing professionals. Through grants to schools of nursing, the program will provide scholarships to college graduates without nursing degrees who have been admitted into accelerated baccalaureate and master's nursing programs.

Through the RWJF New Careers in Nursing program, funds to support up to 500 scholarships of $10,000 each will be awarded to selected schools of nursing annually over a three-year period. A school of nursing may apply for between five and 30 scholarships per year to be awarded to students from underrepresented groups in nursing or disadvantaged backgrounds. Schools must demonstrate that the availability of scholarship funds will expand enrollment in accelerated nursing programs. Up to 75 nursing schools will be selected through a competitive application process.



  • African American
  • Alaskan Native
  • American Indian
  • Hispanic/Latino
  • Mexican American
  • Native American
  • Pacific Islanders
  • Puerto Rican


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

More Information

Joni Chang
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
One Dupont Circle, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-463-6930, extension 232