Nurse Corps Scholarship Program for Patient Care Technicians
Nurse Corps Scholarship Program
The Nurse Corps Scholarship Program, administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is primarily designed for students pursuing nursing degrees, such as Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). While the program primarily targets nursing students, Patient Care Technician (PCT) students may be eligible for some of the program’s benefits if their program is part of a broader nursing degree pathway.
To be eligible for the Nurse Corps Scholarship Program, applicants must:
Be a U.S. citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident.
Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an accredited nursing degree program in the United States or its territories, including PCT programs that are part of a broader nursing degree pathway.
Have no federal judgment liens.
Have no existing service commitment.
Not be overdue on any federal debt.
The Nurse Corps Scholarship Program provides financial support for tuition, fees, and other educational costs, as well as a monthly stipend for living expenses.
In exchange for the scholarship, recipients agree to work at a healthcare facility with a critical shortage of nurses, known as a Critical Shortage Facility (CSF), upon graduation. The service commitment is a minimum of two years for full-time employment, with the possibility of extending the service for an additional year, based on availability of funds and the recipient’s interest.
Scholarship recipients are selected based on various factors, including financial need, academic performance, and the likelihood of completing the nursing degree program and fulfilling the service commitment.
The application process typically involves completing an online application form, providing information about the applicant’s academic background, and submitting supporting documents such as transcripts, proof of enrollment, and a resume.
The application deadline for the Nurse Corps Scholarship Program usually falls in the spring or early summer. The specific deadline may vary each year, so it is essential to check the scholarship provider’s website for the most up-to-date information.