Preparing for a career in nursing requires a college degree, and with tuition costs steadily increasing, achieving that goal is becoming increasingly difficult. If you're a Hispanic student who's planning on pursuing a nursing degree, you have an advantage in that there are a number of scholarships available to help make college more affordable.

National Association of Hispanic Nurses Scholarships

The National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) provides scholarship awards for Hispanic nursing students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. To apply, you must be a student member of the NAHN and be enrolled in an accredited nursing degree program. Selection criteria for the $5,000 award includes academic merit, leadership skills and educational and career goals.

National Association of Hispanic Nurses 1455 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Suite 400 Washington , DC 20004 202-387-2477 thehispanicnurses.org

Kaiser Permanente College To Caring Program

The Kaiser Permanente College 2 Caring Program is a scholarship for Hispanic nursing students in Northern California. To be eligible, you must be enrolled in your junior or senior year at an accredited Northern California college or university and have a demonstrated financial need. Selected students are eligible to receive up to $8,000 per year for every year they are enrolled in nursing school.

Hispanic College Fund 1301 K Street NW, Suite 450-A West Washington, D.C. 20005 800-644-4223 hispanicfund.org

Maria Borrero Scholarship

The Maria Borrero Scholarship is available to Hispanic nursing students who are entering their freshman year of study at accredited colleges and universities in the state of Connecticut. Graduating high school seniors may apply for the $500 award and the criteria for selection is based on academic achievement and leadership potential.

Maria Borrero Scholarship Hispanic Health Council 175 Main St. Hartford, CT 06106 860-527-0856 hispanichealth.com

Saint Thomas Health Services Nursing Advantage Scholarships

The St. Thomas Health Services Nursing Advantage Scholarship Program is designed to increase the number of Hispanic students entering the nursing program at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. Up to five students are selected annually to receive a $16,000 scholarship award. To apply for the award, you must meet academic requirements and you must also commit to completing a clinical rotation and a minimum two-year period of employment at St. Thomas Health Services after graduation.

Lipscomb University One University Park Drive Nashville, TN 37204 615.966.1000 lipscomb.edu