Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Advanced Nursing Education Workforce Scholarship Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) Scholarship Program?

The ANEW Scholarship Program provides scholarships/living expense stipends (up to ~$30,000 annually) to graduate nursing students who understand, firsthand, the challenge of being disadvantaged. The program’s goal is to increase the number of primary care providers in rural and underserved areas, and who serve disadvantaged patient populations.

What are the criteria for eligibility?

Funds are awarded to select, eligible full-time students who are: (1) from an educationally and/or environmentally disadvantaged background; (2) have filed a FAFSA form showing financial need; and (3) are citizens/nationals of the United States.

What constitutes an educationally/environmentally disadvantaged background?

An “educationally/environmentally disadvantaged background” means that an individual has experiences that have made it difficult to obtain knowledge, skills, and abilities required to enroll in, progress in, and graduate from a health professions school. For example:

  • The individual is the first generation in his or her family to attend college;
  • English is not the individual’s primary language and language is still a barrier to academic performance;
  • The individual comes from a family that received public assistance (e.g., Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program, Medicaid, and/or public housing);
  • The individual graduated from a high school with low average SAT/ACT scores, or below average state standardized testing results, according to published data.
  • The individual graduated from a high school that had a low percentage of seniors receiving a high school diploma, according to published data.
  • The individual graduated from a high school that had a low percentage of graduates who go to college during the first year after graduation, according to published data.
  • The individual graduated from a high school where at least 30% of students were eligible for free or reduced-price lunches, according to published data. [See for instance New Jersey high school data by district name and New York high school data by district name.]

Am I eligible to receive funds in multiple years of my degree program?

Yes, however you must reapply each year. Selection preference is not based upon prior award.

If I am receiving federal loans, am I eligible to apply for ANEW?

Yes. Loans will usually be reduced by the ANEW scholarship. Please check with a financial aid counselor to confirm what happens to loans in your unique situation.

How are the funds awarded?

ANEW funds are limited. Application is not a guarantee of award. Eligible applicants will have their applications reviewed by the scholarship committee in August/September. Awardees will be notified in October. Awards will be posted to your account in two divided disbursements (Fall and Spring). Students who apply must pay for Summer semester, as awards are not dispersed until Fall semester.

Scholarship Application

Applications for the upcoming academic year (i.e., which considers costs of Fall, Spring, and Summer) will be accepted during summer semester. Please apply through Webcampus “My Organizations/Scholarship Applications” link.

Thank you for your interest in the HRSA ANEW Scholarship Program.