Although tuition and fees at Western’s School of Nursing are considerably lower than those at most comparable institutions, students often need and are encouraged to apply for scholarships and other assistance.
If you are a prospective nursing student, we recommend you contact hospitals in your area and other community foundations that award scholarships. You cannot apply for our internal nursing scholarships until you are admitted to the university and enrolled in the WCU School of Nursing. We also recommend you contact the following organizations for information on financial aid:
Many health care providers offer scholarships for current employees or nursing students who plan to work at their facilities following graduation. Students are encouraged to inquire with employers in their area concerning these opportunities.
Nursing students planning to pursue a career with the military should contact service branch recruiters concerning scholarships and financial aid.
RN-BRES ScholarshipThe RN-BRES scholarship is available for RN to BSN students who are employed by the Mission Health System and meet specific eligibility requirements. Visit rn-bres.wcu.edu to learn more.
Sharon Jacques Nursing Scholarship
The Sharon Jacques Nursing Scholarship is available for outstanding students currently enrolled in the RN to BSN Program.
This scholarship is available to students who have graduated from a WNC High School (Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania and Yancey). Preference will be given to students who graduated from a Buncombe County high school. Additional criteria include financial need and a demonstrated interest in oncology.
Scholarship Opportunities for Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Forgivable Education Loan Opportunities
The College Foundation of North Carolina offers the Forgivable Education Loan for Service (FELS) Program for undergraduate and graduate nursing students. Click here to visit the CFNC website and view the criteria.
The National Health Service Corps offers loan repayment assistance to support qualified
health care providers who choose to take their skills where they're most needed. Visit
the NHSC Loan Repayment Program website for more details.
Judy Moore Memorial Scholarship Program
The Scholarship Program was established in 1997 to honor Judy Moore who was killed in a tragic accident in 1996. A resident of Macon County, Judy was an inspiration to both nurses and patients in her role as a Community Health Nurse III and as an OB-GYN Nurse Practitioner. She was dedicated to the field of nursing and to the continuation of the learning process through nursing education. Students residing in Macon County with demonstrated scholastic and leadership abilities as well as financial need and successful completion of the first semester of nursing courses are eligible to apply. To learn more, please visit the Judy Moore Memorial Scholarship Program website.
Mission Health System Scholarship
The College of Health and Human Sciences at Western Carolina University has established a fund for student support through the generous gift of Mission Health System of Asheville, North Carolina. The purpose of this fund is to increase the number of qualified health and allied health care providers in and beyond the western North Carolina region. The fund supports scholarships for students demonstrating exceptional academic merit/promise and/or financial need. Click here to read more about the various Mission Health System Scholarship opportunities for current and prospective undergraduate and graduate nursing students.
Nurse Corps Scholarship Program
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration division, offers the Nurse Corp Scholarship Program which enables students accepted or enrolled in a diploma, associate, baccalaureate or graduate nursing programs, including RN to BSN Bridge Program to receive funding for tuition, fees and other educational costs in exchange for working at an eligible Critical Shortage Facility upon graduation. Visit HRSA.gov for more information.
Nurse Specialty Organizations
Many nurse specialty organizations offer scholarship opportunities to members.
Discover Nursing Scholarship Opportunities
Visit Discover Nursing's scholarship webpage for current scholarship opportunities.
WCU Graduate School Funding Sources
The Graduate School offers a variety of funding sources for current and prospective graduate students. Click here to review the current Graduate School Funding Sources, such as fellowships, grants, awards, and graduate assistantships.