SNAH Scholarships and Grants

FDU students are encouraged to apply for institutional scholarships and external scholarships to support their educational costs.

Institution Scholarships

Institution scholarships are those offered directly through the university.  These scholarships are provided by donors to the university and given to selected departments to distribute the funds. Many institution scholarships are specific to students with a certain major, who demonstrate financial need, are from an underrepresented population or are merit-based.  Students are required to have a FAFSA on file to be eligible for most of these scholarships. The School of Nursing and Allied Health is fortunate to have many donors supporting scholarships for students in our programs. These funds are usually allocated and distributed in spring.  Please consider applying for one of our institution’s scholarships: 

FDU Scholarships | Fairleigh Dickinson University 

Undergraduate Scholarships | Fairleigh Dickinson University ( 

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External Scholarships

External scholarships are offered by companies, individuals, or professional organizations who are interested in supporting students with qualifications that align with their mission or values.  There are many of these external scholarships available to nursing and health studies students across all degree programs. All legitimate scholarships will be free to apply for, and the information about these scholarships will be readily available online.  The application requirements and deadlines for external scholarships vary, so be sure to review the instructions carefully. Many of these opportunities are highly competitive and if awarded, should be noted on your resume. If you identify an external scholarship opportunity that may be relevant to your peers but is not included on this list, please share it with us ( so that we can post it in this section. Below is a listing of external scholarship opportunities that our SNAH students have been successful in applying for in past years: 

Nurses Educational Funds (NEF)

NEF provides nursing scholarship assistance to support graduate-level nursing students. NEF is the largest, single, private, professionally endorsed source of funds for advanced-level nursing education with many annual scholarship opportunities: 

National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF)

NHHF awards scholarships to nursing (including BSN), pharmacy, public health, and health policy students with outstanding academic records, leadership, and those who are committed to serving Hispanics: 

National League for Nursing (NLN) Foundation 

NLN Foundation provides nursing scholarships. NLN is a professionally endorsed source of funds for nursing education with many annual scholarship opportunities. Please register for the annual webinar (usually in February/March) to learn more and apply by the deadline:

American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)

AANP provides scholarships to nurses who are enrolled in an accredited graduate-level program to become an advanced practice nurse or earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree: 

Sigma Theta Tau

Sigma Theta Tau is the international honor society for nurses and is committed to “developing nurse leaders anywhere to improve healthcare everywhere.” They provide multiple annual scholarships for students enrolled in either an accelerated second degree or Doctor of Nursing Practice program at an accredited school of nursing: 

Letters of Support for External Scholarships

Many external scholarships require a “letter of support” from a faculty member. If you are planning to apply for a scholarship that requires a faculty letter of support, please note the following process: 

(1) Communicate your interest to the faculty member from whom you are seeking support and make an appointment to meet and discuss at least TWO WEEKS prior to the scholarship application due date.   

(2) Send the faculty member a link to the opportunity and a current resume prior to your appointment.   

(3) Send the faculty member a “draft” letter of support prior to your appointment. Although the faculty member will be writing their own letter, this draft version (written by YOU, but as if you were the faculty member providing the recommendation) is an opportunity to assure that the faculty member knows EXACTLY why you believe that you are particularly deserving of the award.  Be sure to include your unique qualities and novel accomplishments in this draft letter, as well as the accurate sponsor name, review committee member name/title (as applicable), award name, and addresses that should be used in the final letter of support.