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Graduate Scholarships

Graduate Scholarships

To apply for College of Nursing scholarships, students must complete the following online application: College of Nursing Graduate Scholarship Application.

All applications for graduate students must be received by March 1st. Applications received after March 1st 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.

Please direct any questions to Sarah Jones at

PhD Research Award Opportunities

If you would like to be considered for the Martha E. Rogers Memorial Dissertation Research Award or the Sandra P. Thomas PhD Research Award, complete this application by February 15th. 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.

  • A scholarship equal to 25% of tuition awarded yearly for the duration of the program provided the student is in good standing
  • 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?

Prospective students must have submitted their application for admission into one of the College of Nursing’s graduate degree programs by the priority application deadline of December 15th each year for consideration for the Coverdell Fellows Program.

This fellowship is only open to incoming admitted students prior to enrollment, and is not open to existing College of Nursing graduate students.

Applicants must have applied with all items by the fall priority application deadline of December for Fall admissions and submit their statement of interest by February 15th.

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

Visit the official website for more information on the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program.

Contact the Graduate Programs Office ( or 865-974-2594 for more information on becoming a Paul D. Coverdell Fellow in the College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee.


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.

To apply or learn more, visit the program website or contact either Patsy Hamilton or Donna Fraley.

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.