To apply for College of Nursing scholarships, students must download and complete the fillable PDF College of Nursing Scholarship Application and mail it to:
UT College of Nursing
1200 Volunteer Boulevard
Knoxville, TN 37996
All applications for graduate students must be received by April 1. Applications received after April 1 will not be considered.
Students applying for need-based scholarships are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Federal School Code for UT Knoxville is 003530. More information about completing the FAFSA can be obtained through OneStop.
PhD Research Award Opportunities
If you would like to be considered for the Martha E. Rogers Memorial Dissertation Research Award or the College of Nursing PhD Research Award, complete this application by April 1. Applications will be reviewed by the College of Nursing PhD Program Committee as appointed by the dean of the college. Honorees will be notified before May 1. Awards will be presented to honorees at the annual Scholarship and Awards Banquet in August.
PeaceCorps Coverdell Fellows Program
The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program is a graduate fellowship program that offers financial assistance to returned Peace Corps volunteers. Fellows complete internships/preceptorships in underserved communities and translate their volunteer experiences from the Peace Corps to their home community in the Volunteer State.
Fellows work in several communities. Bridge Refugee Services, a nonprofit organization, facilitates the resettlement of refugees to East Tennessee. The Red Bird Mission and Clinic provides critical services to isolated distressed rural communities in the central Appalachian region of eastern Kentucky.
Internships, preceptorships, and/or clinical placements vary by graduate program and by an individual’s area of interest. Coverdell Fellows may tailor their service projects and learning objectives to reflect their chosen concentration.
- Graduate teaching position in the College of Nursing with stipend, tuition and fees
- Additional scholarships to cover costs of books
- Waiver of program seat fees
- Individualized orientation with instructor
- Access to Graduate School’s Best Practices in Teaching program and College of Nursing professional development opportunities
Are you a returning Peace Corps volunteer interested in applying to one of our graduate programs?
Applicants must be admitted to the Graduate School and to a graduate program in the College of Nursing to be eligible for the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program.
Statement of interest: Applicants are required to submit a brief (200–500 words) statement of interest describing their academic, professional, and volunteer experiences and how they relate to becoming a student and Coverdell Fellow in the College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Attach your statement to an email and send to Jenna Russell.
Contact Jenna Russell or 865-974-2743 for more information on becoming a Paul D. Coverdell Fellow in the College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee.
Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP)
The purpose of NFLP is to increase the number of qualified nursing faculty to facilitate education of the nurses needed to address the nursing workforce shortage. The NFLP seeks to achieve this purpose by providing funding to schools of nursing to support the establishment and operation of a NFLP loan fund.
NFLP funds are awarded to institutions. Participating schools of nursing make loans from the fund to assist registered nurses in completing their graduate education to become qualified nurse faculty. The program offers partial loan forgiveness for borrowers that graduate and serve as full-time nursing faculty for the prescribed period of time. The loan recipients may cancel 85 percent of the loan over four years in return for serving full time as faculty in any accredited school of nursing.
Contact the associate dean for academic affairs for details and application process.
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Scholarship Program
The NURSE Corps Scholarship Program (NCSP) is a selective program of the federal government that helps alleviate the critical shortage of registered nurses currently experienced by certain types of health care facilities by helping needy students complete their registered nurse training. NCSP enables students accepted or enrolled in a diploma, associate, baccalaureate or graduate nursing programs (including nursing bridge programs: RN to BSN; RN to NP and non-nursing bachelor’s to NP) to receive funding for tuition, fees and other educational costs in exchange for working at an eligible critical shortage facility upon graduation. Upon graduation, NURSE Corps Scholarship recipients work at these facilities for at least two years, earning the same competitive salary and benefits as any new hire.
As many as half of the award funds are reserved for students pursuing a master’s-level nurse practitioner degree.
For more information, visit the HRSA website.
Tennessee Graduate Nursing Loan Forgiveness Program
The Graduate Nursing Loan Forgiveness Program is designed to encourage Tennessee residents who are nurses to become teachers and administrators in Tennessee nursing education programs. Applicants must be enrolled in an eligible master’s degree or a post-master’s degree in a nursing educational program at an eligible institution. Awards are based on funding.
Participants in this program incur an obligation to enter a faculty or administrative position in a nursing education program in Tennessee immediately upon completion of the education program.
Visit the Tennessee government website about the program for more information.
PEO Program for Continuing Education
The PEO Program for Continuing Education was established in 1973 to provide need-based grants to women in the United States and Canada whose education has been interrupted and who find it necessary to return to school to support themselves and/or their families. The maximum one-time grant is $3,000, though lesser amounts may be awarded according to available funds and financial need. The grant may not be used for living expenses or to repay loans of any kind. It also may not be used to pay past educational expenses, including those previously paid with borrowed monies, credit cards, or student loans. While grants may be used for academic and technical courses, they are not intended to cover the cost of prerequisite courses necessary to secure admission into the final program of study. Furthermore, a PCE grant is not approved for use by those intending immediate continuation of their education beyond the program for which the grant is requested (for example, associate’s to bachelor’s or bachelor’s to master’s.
A woman is eligible to apply if she:
- Is sponsored by a PEO chapter
- Is a citizen of and studying in the United States or Canada
- Has had at least 24 consecutive months as a nonstudent sometime in her adult life while being within 24 months of completing the educational program that will lead to employment or job advancement in her chosen field
- Is not enrolled in a doctoral degree program
Membership in POE is not a requirement for grant award consideration. Access to the online application can only be provided by a sponsoring PEO chapter; however, in order to protect the privacy of our members, chapter membership information is not provided to interested candidates who are seeking chapter sponsorship.
The time frame for submission of completed applications is as follows: Applications will not be considered more than four months before the beginning of a term but must be completed and submitted at least 10 weeks prior to the term for which the grant is to be considered.
National Student Nurses Association Faculty Fellowship for Nurse Educators
Registered nurses enrolled in graduate-level degree-granting colleges and universities in selected regions of the United States may be eligible to apply for a Promise of Nursing Regional Faculty Fellowship (PON Fellowship). The PON Fellowship is designed to assist RNs who are preparing for the nurse educator role to achieve their degrees. PON Fellowships are awarded annually and may be applied toward tuition, academic fees, and books.
Visit the National Student Nurses Association website for more information.