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Cost and Financial Aid

Mental Health System Reform Scholarship

This scholarship is available for students who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or law school program within the United States. High school seniors who are graduating and will be enrolled in college before the scholarship deadline are also eligible to submit an essay. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher for consideration.

Applications for The Mental Health System Reform Scholarship must include the following:

  • A current resume
  • An academic transcript (grade sheet)
  • A 750 word essay explaining your opinion on the mental health debate in the U.S. and whether you believe the mental health system is in need of reform. If so, include the steps you believe are necessary to accomplish this reform.

To apply for The Mental Health System Reform Scholarship, applicants must submit their complete application including a resume, transcript, and essay by the February 28, 2020 deadline. Applications must be sent to

Association of periOperative Registered Nurses Scholarship

Nursing students (applicant must be in an accredited program leading to initial licensure as an RN), baccalaureate, master, and doctoral candidates with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher. International students are welcome to apply.

Because we are the member association for perioperative nurses, the applicant must possess an interest in the field of perioperative/surgical nursing. This interest and/or experience must be clearly demonstrated in the personal statement.

What are the selection criteria?

The selection of winners is based on academics/transcripts, essay, financial need, and accurate completion of the scholarship application.

Bernard and Carolyn Torraco Memorial Nursing Scholarship

1. Citizenship—The candidate must be a United States citizen. This program is open to applicants of all ethnicities.

2. Sponsorship—An applicant must reside in the home state of an active UNICO Chapter. Every UNICO Chapter or District, in good standing, may sponsor candidates for each of the UNICO Foundation scholarships.

3. Educational Requirements—A candidate must be currently attending an accredited campus based nursing degree program in the United States, completing core nursing courses, at one of the following: An Associate Degree School of Nursing; A Collegiate School of Nursing; A Diploma School of Nursing. The candidate must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Proof of enrollment must be provided prior to issuing the scholarship award check.

4. Financial Need—The candidate’s financial need is a consideration. A current FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) or the previous year income tax return is required.

5. Extra-Curricular and Community Participation—The extent to which a candidate has contributed to the life and welfare of school and community, including health activities and student nursing organizations, will be considered in the assessment of merit.

6. Family Members—UNICANS and their family members may be sponsored by their respective chapters.

7. Timeframe—The candidate must pursue their study within the year of the scholarship grant; any deviation will result in forfeiture.

8. Reapplication—Previous candidates, including recipients, are eligible to reapply provided they have demonstrated academic progress. In this event, a complete and updated application must be submitted.

Melissa’s Hope Scholarship

The Melissa’s Hope Scholarships serve as a tribute to Melissa Centrella’s life of courage and love. Each year, Melissa’s Hope awards several scholarships to New Jersey students pursuing careers in nursing, medical sciences or a medical technical field. Because medicine and care were so important to Melissa’s daily life, she had a deep respect for the people that helped to bring dignity, comfort and attention to her special needs. Questions regarding the scholarship program may be sent to

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. You must be a New Jersey resident

  2. Grades: You must have a 3.0+ grade point average

  3. Applicants must have a history of volunteerism and/or community involvement

  4. Transcript of grades must be emailed to:, subject line: ‘[Your name] – Scholarship Application’

The Melissa’s Hope Scholarship is available to students who will be enrolled in a college, graduate or medical school, nursing or medical trade school for the upcoming academic year. The scholarships range from $1,000-3,000. Applicants will be emailed decisions by April 30th, 2020. Recipients will be presented their scholarships at a special Award Brunch held in honor of them and their families; the date for that event will be communicated to award recipients. Awards are not mailed.

The Institute for Nursing Scholarship

All applicants must be New Jersey residents and must be enrolled (not waiting to hear) in a diploma,
associate, baccalaureate, or masters nursing program located in the State of New Jersey or in a nursing
doctoral program or a related field, preferably located in the State of New Jersey. RN’s must be members
of the New Jersey State Nurses Association (please attach a copy of membership card).
Scholarships are awarded based on financial need, grade point average, and leadership potential. The
Institute awards scholarships ranging $500-$1000 annually. Scholarships may be applied toward tuition, books and academic fees only.

Multiple scholarships available.  Please see website for full details.

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.