Scholarships for American Indians


Tribes and Nations  - Misc. and Other Minorities


Breakthrough To Nursing Scholarships For Racial/Ethnic Minorities

National Students Nurses' Association
Attn: NSNA Foundation
45 Main Street, Suite 606
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 210-0705         Fax: (718) 210-0710


To provide financial assistance to Native American and other disadvantaged minority undergraduate and graduate students who wish to prepare for careers in nursing.


This program is open to students currently enrolled in state-approved schools of nursing or pre-nursing associate degree, baccalaureate, diploma, generic master's, or generic doctoral programs.  Graduating high school seniors are not eligible.  Support for graduate education is provided only for a first degree in nursing. 

Applicants must be:

  • able to demonstrate that they are from a disadvantaged background
  • including membership in a racial or ethnic minority underrepresented among registered nurses (American Indian or Alaska Native, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, Black or African American, or Asian). 

Selection is based on:

  • academic achievement
  • financial need
  • involvement in student nursing organizations and community health activities.

Financial data

Stipends range from $1,000 to $5,000.  A total of approximately $155,000 is awarded each year by the foundation for all its scholarship programs


1 year

Additional information

Applications must be accompanied by a $10 processing fee.

Number awarded

Varies each year.  Recently, 5 of these scholarships were awarded: 2 sponsored by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses and 3 sponsored by the Mayo Clinic.


January of each year