Undergraduate student funding

Scholarship funds established by the School of Nursing are intended to supplement other University-level sources, and may be awarded based on a variety of factors, including donor-directed criteria, merit, or merit paired with demonstrated financial need. Scholarship funds do not require repayment, and may be awarded for one or more years.

To ensure that you are considered for all funding opportunities for which you qualify, we recommend annually completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and frequently visiting the My Scholarship Profile in Wolverine Access to complete or update your scholarship profile.

School of Nursing Alumni Society scholarships

We are pleased to announce the 2018 annual call for School of Nursing Alumni Society Scholarship applications. Scholarships are available to current students only (i.e., enrolled in at least one term in your current program prior to the fall 2018 term, and continuing to be enrolled through Winter 2019). In order to be considered for awards with a financial need component, you must demonstrate financial need through your 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Deadline for submission is May 18, 2018.

The application is available online. Only one application is required to be considered for all of the scholarships.

  • School of Nursing Alumni Society Scholarship: Open to all current undergraduate BSN (freshman, sophomore and junior only) and graduate students. Evaluation criteria include academic achievement, financial need, and participation in community services.
  • Class of 1956 Scholarship: Open to current undergraduate BSN students in their junior year who will progress to their senior year in the upcoming fall term. Evaluation criteria include participation in social, academic, and professional activities that contribute to camaraderie and colleagueship among nursing students.
  • Esther Smith McCleery Scholarship: Open to current undergraduate BSN students in their junior year who will progress to their senior year in the upcoming fall term. Evaluation criteria include academic achievement, financial need, and participation in community services that demonstrate leadership qualities. 
  • Rhoda Reddig Russell Scholarship: Open to current undergraduate BSN students in their junior year who will progress to their senior year in the upcoming fall term. Evaluation criteria include academic achievement, financial need, and future goals and interests in nursing.

Undergraduate merit scholarships

The School of Nursing has a limited source of funds available for undergraduate merit scholarships. Most merit scholarships are awarded to entering freshman and are based upon a combination of high school GPA and standardized test scores (SAT and/or ACT).

These scholarships are given on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted. Returning students are automatically eligible for merit scholarships based upon their cumulative U-M GPA.

Undergraduate need/merit scholarships

The School of Nursing awards some scholarships based on a combination of need and merit. The same merit criteria used for merit-only scholarships are applied when awarding need/merit scholarships. Financial need must also be demonstrated to qualify.

Financial need is determined using the FAFSA and CSS PROFILE by the U-M Office of Financial Aid (OFA). After University aid has been awarded, the School of Nursing may provide supplemental scholarship funding that either reduces your unmet need or replaces University-level awarded aid that requires repayment.

Undergraduate Honors Program

The Honors Program is reserved for the School of Nursing’s most distinguished undergraduate students and offers an exceptional and academically enriching experience to the group of students accepted into the program.

Students in the Honors Program:

  • Receive a scholarship each term throughout their program

  • Work with faculty doing meaningful research

  • Participate in a student mentorship program first as a mentee and later as a mentor

  • Cultivate leadership capabilities through community service and involvement in planning Honors Program activities

  • Meet and interact with leaders in the nursing profession

  • Engage with faculty in small group settings

The School of Nursing targets students who have identifiable potential for graduate study as demonstrated by a statement of interest in research, leadership capability, volunteer service, and exemplary academic achievements. In late spring, all students of the incoming freshman class who meet criteria for the Honors Program will receive information about the program and will be invited to apply.

In order to foster a community of scholars and to take advantage of the unique opportunities presented by such a program, students joining the Honors Program:

  • Enroll as nursing majors

  • Participate in a designated research-focused Honors course at each level

  • Take N295 Honors Seminar, N395 Honors Directed Research, and N532 Theoretical Base for Advanced Nursing Practice

  • Attend seminars, meetings and activities on a monthly basis

For more information, refer to the Honors Program handbook on the handbook & policies page.