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The “Save a Life” Scholarship

Learning CPR and basic first aid are ways any one of us could potentially save a life. The educators and healthcare professionals of tomorrow take this mission even further by pursuing careers dedicated to the advancement of health and wellness. That is why The American Academy of CPR and First Aid is proud to sponsor the “Save a Life” Scholarship, offered exclusively to students majoring in the healthcare and education fields.

We know that care-giving and teaching can both be challenging but incredibly rewarding professions. That’s precisely why we made this commitment to further the education and career development of future doctors, nurses, technicians, professors, and teachers of all areas of specialization with this scholarship. We want to help with your education.

The “Save a Life” Scholarship

The “Save a Life” Scholarship of, $1,500, is awarded twice per year: once in the spring and once in the fall. Each $1,500 award will go to a different student, in order to maximize the impact of the scholarship, spread the word of the importance first aid and CPR training, and share more stories from future educators and healthcare professionals.

Scholarship Eligibility and Requirements:

  • Any student currently enrolled in, or applying to enroll within the next academic year, in a degree program in the fields of healthcare or education, at an accredited U.S. university, is eligible to apply.
  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • We take a broad view of what counts as a “healthcare field,” and that can include students pursuing mental health degrees or occupations, as well as administrative and non-profit programs. Applicants will have the opportunity to make their case for why their chosen field of study can be classified as healthcare or education-focused as part of their essay.
  • If you aren’t selected, that doesn’t mean we aren’t interested in your story — we still want to hear from you! Unsuccessful applicants may re-apply in subsequent scholarship rounds. Scholarships will only be awarded one time to each winner. Past winners are not eligible to apply again.
  • Scholarship winner will need to submit a photo copy of government issued state identification card or driver license.


How To Apply:

Qualifying applicants will submit the following information via email to

  • Your name, address, phone number, and email
  • Your scholarship essay of between 750 and 1,000 words, explaining your career aspirations, how you plan to advance healthcare and/or education through your work, and what inspired you to commit yourself to this field. Your scholarship essay can be attached as a Word file, or linked as a Google Doc.
  • Submit your essay before each deadline. Essays received after the deadline will not be considered.
    • Fall Scholarship Deadline – October 1st
    • Spring Scholarship Deadline – May 1st
  • A copy of your most recent academic transcript to prove enrollment in a qualifying degree program from accredited US institutions.

    — or —

  • A copy of your letter of acceptance, proving future enrollment in a qualifying degree program from accredited US institutions. Behavioral Health Academic Scholarship

The Behavioral Health Academic Scholarship Program was started to encourage college students to make a difference and inspire change in the health field. We recognize that students who are working on behavioral health degrees face significant academic and economic challenges. This financial award helps students finish their degree and lessen their stress about how to pay for it.

We welcome all eligible students who are passionate about the behavioral health field to apply.

Award Amounts:

1st Place: $5000

2nd Place: $2500

3rd Place: $2500


  1. High School graduate as of Summer 2019
  2. The student must be enrolled in an accredited certificate, associate, baccalaureate or graduate degree as of Fall Semester 2019.
  3. GPA 2.5 or above

Eligible areas of study:

  • Addiction Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Nursing
  • Behavioral Science
  • Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Healthcare Management
  • Health Psychology
  • Therapeutic Intervention
  • Child and Family Advocacy
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Medical Sociology
  • Behavioral Health
  • Counseling
  • Medical Ethics
  • Psychology of Addiction or Substance Abuse
  • Research Related to Addiction or Behavioral Health
  • Other (with a behavioral health focus)

Application Process:

  1. Fill out the Application Form
  2. Write an Essay
  3. Attach and Send All Documents

Application Form:

The 2019 Behavioral Health Academic Scholarship Program Application Form.

Date of Birth:
Phone Number:
School Attending or Planning to Attend:
Location of School: (city and state)
Highest grade completed (12th, freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, bachelors, master, Ph.D., etc.):

Write an Essay:

Please answer the following essay question (no longer than 500 words):

If you woke up tomorrow and you were president of the United States, what is the first thing you would do to help with the current opioid crisis?

Submission Reminder:

  • Application information is accurate
  • Essay is no more than 500 words
  • Application and essay are attached as a single Word document

Send Submission to

Submission Guidelines:

Submission Deadline: May 31, 2019
Award Announcement: June 30, 2019
Award Date: August 26, 2019

William F. Grupe Scholarship

To provide financial assistance to students in several areas of New Jersey who are interested in working on a medical or nursing degree.

Number Awarded: Varies each year.

Duration: 1 year.

Eligibility: This program is open to students who are 1) citizens of the United States, 2) permanent residents of Hudson, Bergen, or Essex counties of New Jersey, and 3) working on an MD or DO degree or enrolled in a graduate nursing program.

Contact Information:
William F. Grupe Foundation, Inc.
Attn: President
PO Box 775
Livingston, NJ 07039

C.R. Bard Foundation Nursing Scholarship

In response to the growing need for highly qualified nurses in health
care industry, the C.R. Bard Foundation has established an annual
nursing scholarship program. The C.R. Bard Foundation Nursing
Scholarship recognizes outstanding nursing students who demonstrate
excellence in scholarship, leadership, and community engagement and who
are planning careers in the health industry.

Students must be enrolled as a full-time student, entering at least the second semester of sophomore year, or the second semester of the second year of a nursing program, possess a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, be pursuing a career in the health industry, and be eligible for financial assistance as confirmed by the university Financial Aid Office.  Please see website for additional information and application.

Hurst Reviews/AACN Scholarship

This scholarship program is for students pursuing professional nursing degrees.  It is available to prelicensure students enrolled at member AACN schools (Monmouth is a member).  Two $2,500 scholarships are awarded twice annually.  Deadlines are January 15 and July 15.

AfterCollege/AACN $10,000 Scholarship Fund

The AfterCollege-AACN Scholarship Fund supports students who are seeking a baccalaureate, master’s or doctoral degree in nursing.  Special consideration will be given to students in a graduate program with the goal of becoming a nurse educator; students completing an RN-to-BSN or RN-to-MSN program; and those enrolled in an accelerated program. One scholarship will be awarded each quarter for $2500.

Deadlines: March 31, June 30, September 30 and December 31

Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills Nursing Scholarship Application

Eligibility criteria:

  • Resident of Morris or Somerset counties
  • Accepted into a program leading to a baccalaureate degree in nursing
  • Above average academic standing

$5000 scholarship award

Essay required describing why you have chosen Nursing as your career goal.  Please visit the website for additional requirements.

Madeline Pickett (Halbert) Cogswell Nursing Scholarship

Madeline Pickett (Halbert) Cogswell Nursing Scholarship

The Madeline Pickett (Halbert) Cogswell Nursing Scholarship, in the amount of $2,500, is awarded to two students who are accepted or enrolled in an accredited school of nursing. Applicants must be members, descendents of members or be eligible for membership in NSDAR. The DAR member number of the mother, who is a current dues paying member, must be on the Application.

Email completed scholarship application form to:

Caroline E. Holt Nursing Scholarship

Caroline E. Holt Nursing Scholarship

A one-time $2,500 award is given to three students who are in financial need and who have been accepted or is currently enrolled in an accredited school of nursing. A letter of acceptance into a nursing program or a transcript stating the applicant is in a

Nursing program must be included with the application.

Email completed scholarship application form to:

Valerie E. Yahn Scholarship


Purpose: To provide an annual scholarship to a deserving New Jersey Burlington,

Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester or Salem County high school graduating senior

intending to pursue a nursing (BSN) degree at a college/university.

Award Components: An annual scholarship awarded to a student selected by the

Institute for Nursing (IFN) Scholarship Selection Committee.


 Applicant must have attended a New Jersey high school and have been a

New Jersey resident of one of the five counties above.

 Applicant must be a graduating high school senior in the year of the award.

 Completed application submitted by deadline of March 18th.

 Preference will be given to applicant who has never been awarded the

scholarship in the past.

Basis for Award: The Valerie E. Yahn Scholarship is awarded without regard to

race, gender, religion, age, or national origin. The Institute for Nursing

Scholarship Committee will give consideration to the following factors when

judging the applicants for the scholarship award:

 Academic Excellence: GPA from 2.5 to 4.0. Upper half of graduating high

school class. Determined through official transcript.

 Passion for Nursing: Demonstrated nursing commitment/ caring for others;

participation in civic, community, and/or volunteer activities. Determined

through written personal statement and application questions.

 Strength of Character: Positive and compassionate leader/ classmate with

demonstrated leadership qualities. Determined through two letters of

recommendation and application questions.

 Completeness, professionalism, legibility, and accuracy of information on the


Application Process: Applicant must submit the following items:

 Cover letter addressed to the IFN Scholarship Committee. The letter should

state purpose for submission and contain brief biographical (background)


 Completed application form (if handwritten, please print legibly).

 An official and recent high school transcript with cumulative grade point

average and class standing/rank.

 A written personal summary statement of no more than 250-300 words. In your

summary statement, please address why you decided to pursue a nursing (BSN)

degree and your plans after graduation.

 Two (2) letters of recommendation from choice of high school teachers,

administrators, counselors, employers, or individual with significant knowledge

of applicant’s experience, character, and involvement.

 Letter of acceptance from an accredited post-secondary institution with a

qualified nursing program- BSN

1. Download a copy of the application at, click on the IFN TAB.

If you download, type or print legibly. Illegible applications will be returned to


2. All applications must be completed and submitted by March 18th (no


3. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

4. If any question does not apply to you in this application, please put ‘N/A’ in the


5. If you have any questions about the application, please call the NJSNA office at

(888) 876-5762 (Sandy Kerr ext. 11).

Deadline: The application package must be completed and mailed with postmark

by February 15th. Applications postmarked after this date will not be considered.

Please mail completed application to:

Valerie E. Yahn Scholarship

The Institute for Nursing Scholarship Committee

1479 Pennington Road

Trenton, New Jersey 08618

NOTE: Scholarship funds will be awarded to the student upon evidence of

registration in an accredited post-secondary institution.

If you would like to receive an on-line version, please email Sandy Ker