The following scholarships are available to students enrolled in the CSU, Chico nursing program. To be considered for a Wildcat Scholarship, apply online through the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office. The online application is available from January 2 through February 15 each year, for scholarships to be awarded for the next academic year. The application period is extended to March 30 for the new RN to BSN cohort only, to allow for the admission cycle and limited length of the program. 

Students are advised to begin the application process early. The amount and number of awards vary and are dependent upon earnings of the permanent funds.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. continuing student in nursing
  2. evidence of financial need
  3. scholastic excellence 

Scholarships Available

HRSA Nursing Scholarship Program

The Floyd L. English Scholarship

Health Professions Education Foundation

NASFAA - Nursing Scholarship Program
The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators announces scholarships for individuals training to be registered nurses and is open to undergraduate and graduate students.

CampusRN - California Nursing Scholarships will award six $2500 scholarships to needy and deserving nursing students in six different regions across the country. - deadline: April 1, 2017

CSAC Scholarships

Barbara Rhomberg Excellence in Nursing Scholarship - deadline: March 1, 2017

North Valley Health Education Foundation

Good Call a data base of private and college/university specific scholarships

Air Force D.N.P. Scholarships The Air Force Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) helps those with MSN degrees finish their Doctorate and achieve goals without financial worries.

Donor Scholarships

  • Dorothy Minch Scholarship
  • Butte-Glenn Medical Society Auxiliary Scholarship
  • William B. & Beatrice M. Chizlett Nursing Scholarship
  • Peggy Chernow Memorial & Butte-Glenn Medical Society Auxiliary Scholarship
  • Barbara Mullane Culver Memorial Scholarship
  • Agnes Dix Memorial Scholarship
  • Sherry D. Fox Scholarship
  • Lyla Hammock Nursing Scholarship
  • Elsie Latshaw Nursing Scholarship
  • Katherine Barbano Memorial Award
  • William Cody Memorial Scholarship
  • Watling Family Nursing Scholarship
  • School of Nursing Scholarship
  • Gail Peterson Nursing Scholarship
  • Fumiye (Imamura) Phelps Memorial Scholarship
  • Dave and Frances Ramme Scholarship
  • Ethel Robinson Scholarship
  • Helena Mesner-Krum Scholarship
  • Tieck Scholarship Fund
  • Gladys Kolbenson Ownby and James Ownby, Jr., MD
  • Julia Grieco Memorial Nursing Scholarship
  • Helen Hammes Memorial Scholarship
  • Linda Montgomery Brown Memorial Scholarship
  • Robert P. Glick, M.D. Scholarship
  • Susan O. Morrow Nursing Scholarship
  • Chico Creek Nursing Scholarship
  • Josephine E. Keaveney Memorial Nursing Scholarship
  • Augie Merrill Nursing Scholarship

The Chizlett Scholarship and the Phelps Scholarships
designated for upper division or graduate students in nursing, and the Agnes Dix Scholarship is designated for continuing upper division students in nursing. The priority for the Tieck Scholarship is students with second degree tuition expenses. Some scholarships are designated for specific towns or counties.

Helen Hammes Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship gives priority to ethnic minority students with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Watling Family Nursing Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a student accepted in the RN to BSN program based on financial need and 3.0 minimum GPA. Preference is given to a student where English-is-a-second language.

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Special Community Scholarships

Northern Valley Education Foundation
Several scholarships are awarded annually to students selected from Nursing, Medical Technology, Audiology and Speech Therapy. Awards are made in May for the following academic year. Applicants must have completed one year in the nursing program.

Feather River Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship
A scholarship is awarded annually to a student in a Health Career major. Eligibility for this scholarship is as follows:

  • must be a resident of the Paradise area
  • must have sophomore standing
  • minimum of 3.0 GPA
  • evidence of financial need

Contact Feather River Hospital for application.

Alpha Beta Chapter of Omega Nu Scholarship
A scholarship is awarded to a student who is a resident of Oroville. To apply, contact Alpha Beta Chapter of Omega Nu in Oroville.

A number of community agencies and organizations provide scholarship awards to local nursing students. In your local place of residence, inquire of your:

  • County Tuberculosis and Health Association (Lung Association)
  • County Medical Society Auxiliary
  • Local Business and Professional Women's Club
  • Local Hospital
  • Local Veterans Organization
  • Local Service Clubs (such as Soroptimist Club, Business and Professional Women's Club, Quota Club, Pilot Club)
  • Local District of California Nurse's Association
  • Local Parent-Teacher Association

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Other Scholarship Opportunities

Registered Nurse Education Scholarship
Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development

Eligibility for this scholarship is as follows:

  • must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident and a California resident
  • must be enrolled in and/or accepted to a baccalaureate degree nursing program in California
  • must agree to practice nursing in direct patient care for at least two years in a medically underserved area of California
  • must be a member of a demographically underrepresented minority group (African-American, Hispanic-American and Native American. Native Americans must provide documentation showing at least a 1/4 portion heritage.).

Military Scholarships and Loans
Two or three-year scholarships or loans which lead to a commission as an Officer in the Armed Services are sometimes available. Contact the military recruiters.

Minority students, check the Minority Nurse Web site for scholarships.

The Tylenol Brand Scholarship Fund
awards 10 grants of $10,000 each and 150 grants of $1,000 each to help students prepare for health-related careers. To be eligible, applicants must be pursuing an undergraduate course of study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school.

Enloe Medical Center - Scholarships for Employees 

Nursing Loan Funds

Orval and Leola Tatum Nursing Loan Fund
Two loan awards (interest free) of $1,000.00 each are available to students whose applications are to be accompanied by a recommendation from a Nursing faculty member.

For nursing students in need of a small ($500.00 maximum) short-term (90 days maximum) loan, there are two loan funds available to nursing students in need of a small ($500.00 maximum) short-term (90 days maximum) loan. Students apply on-line at

  1. Kathie Barbano Memorial Loan Fund
  2. Harry McKeen Memorial Loan Fund
  3. Michael E. Hanton Loan Fund 

Dorothy C. Wisner Memorial Loan Fund
For residents of Yuba, Sutter, or Colusa counties: an interest-free loan of $500 to $3,000. Repayment is deferred until graduation from a health career program. Contact Mrs. Corrine A. Robson, Auxiliary to the Yuba-Sutter-Colusa County Medical Society.

Check the Scholarship Board located next to Holt 359 for other special scholarship opportunities.

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Nursing Work Study Program

Work study programs for nursing students allow selected students to practice the skills they have mastered as students, while working, if agreeable to the employing agency. This arrangement allows students to gain expanded practical experience while working for pay, and benefits the employer in providing a worker with a higher level of practice capability. Work study arrangements are approved and encouraged by the Board of Registered Nursing.

Benefits for employers

The employer will be able to:

  • Meet routine and special employment needs with high quality employees.
  • Effectively pre-screen and recruit future full-time employees less expensively than through traditional methods.
  • Curb the costs of training employees.
  • Enhance collegiality between nursing education and nursing service by actively involving clinical nurses in the educational experience of nursing students.

Benefits for nursing students

The student will be able to:

  • Obtain additional practical experience in clinical nursing
  • Apply knowledge and skills learned in the academic program.
  • Learn to interact professionally and develop confidence in providing nursing care in a clinical setting.
  • Enhance socialization to the reality of the work setting.
  • Strengthen professional nursing identity by working under the supervision of a clinical nurse as a role model.
  • Gain experience as a member of the health care team.
  • Explore career goals and make informed career choices.
  • Earn money while in school.
  • Develop future employment opportunities and build an employment history
  • Obtain academic credit.

Getting Started With the Work Study Program

The employer may select current employees who are also nursing students, to participate in this program, or students may seek out an employer who is willing to hire them as part of the work-study program.

Once a student/employer relationship is defined, the student seeks a faculty preceptor on the school of nursing faculty. The student may ask an individual faculty member, or consult with the Director of the School of Nursing to determine eligible faculty. Once a faculty supervisor has been designated, the student enrolls in Nursing 289, for 1-4 units. During summer and intersession, enrollment is through Regional and Continuing Education, with a fee of approximately $120 per unit. The employing agency will designate a registered nurse preceptor, who will meet with the faculty and student to establish the parameters of clinical practice and supervision needed.

Although the student is accountable for his/her own actions, the ultimate responsibility for nursing care rests with the nursing staff under whose supervision the student must work. The student must take responsibility for consulting nursing resources for any questions before performing any nursing procedure or intervention. The student may not perform any procedure or intervention which he/she has not already been taught in the nursing program.

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