Nursing Assistant (Nurse’s Aide) Grants and Scholarships

With so many scholarship programs out there, it can be difficult to know where to start applying for educational funding. Students looking for nursing assistant (also called “nurse’s aides) grants and scholarships should start by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This application is used to calculate a student’s financial need and their eligibility for federal grant programs, which are mostly “needs-based”.

Pell Grants and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants

The Pell Grant is awarded by the federal government based on financial need. Once a student turns in her FAFSA, the government calculates that student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC), a number used to determine how much that student (or her parents) can reasonable be able to contribute to her education Once the EFC has been figured out, the student can receive funding based on their family’s income. Although the Pell Grant award changes yearly, students can generally receive up to $5,000 toward the cost of their education.

With the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, students are also awarded money based on financial need. Eligible students must exhibit severe financial hardship on their FAFSA to be eligible. This grant is a little different however, in that the funding is not entirely provided by the Federal government. In this case, the student’s college will pay for 25 percent of the award and the federal government will cover the remaining 75 percent.

Both of these grants can be applied for using the aforementioned FAFSA.

National Health Services Corps

Started in 1972, this program is made to encourage health care professionals to enter the field. Once a student graduates from a nursing assistant program, they are repaid for all of their student loans. To receive the funding, students must commit to serving in a medically underserved area for two to four years.

Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students

The federal government has also created a set of scholarships for disadvantaged students. The awards are given out based on a student’s FAFSA application. Applicants must be entering a health science program. This scholarship does not need to be repaid and the award is disbursed through the student’s financial aid office.

National Student Nurses’ Association

This non-profit organization is designed to support students who are pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in nursing. Many of the funds for this program are made available through a partnership with Johnson and Johnson. Although this award is open to any nursing student, it is only available in locations where there is a shortage of qualified nurses.

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State Programs

In addition to federal funding, students can often find grants and scholarships at the state level. With the severe shortage of health care professionals in the country, almost 75 percent of states have raised the amount of grants awarded to nursing students. Any student who lives in Maryland can receive a scholarship from the Higher Education Commission. The State Nursing Scholarship is awarded to nursing students who are in an undergraduate or graduate program. Students must be residents in the state of Maryland and have at least a 3.0 GPA. Once they graduate, award winners must continue to work in the state of Maryland.

In Indiana, the Student Assistance Commission has a funding program that is available to nursing students in the state. Like the Higher Education Commission, students must be state residents and plan on working in the state after graduation. They should exhibit financial need and make satisfactory progress toward their degree. Award winners will receive the entire cost of their tuition for every year that they are eligible. Any student who chooses not to work in the state will be expected to repay their tuition grant.

Most state programs will automatically consider a student for grants after the FAFSA is turned in. Students should also check out their university’s financial aid department to find out about other funding options. See our complete listing of states to see what funding is available, click here!

School Grants Blog: Helping YOU with School Grants, Scholarships, and other Educational Needs!

When it comes to paying for your post secondary education, nothing beats school grants.

For one, you don’t have to pay them back (unlike student loans), and secondly, they are usually doled out without the expectation of scholastic or athletic performance (unlike a scholarship, for instance).

From the student’s perspective – that’s YOU – this makes grant funding one of the most desirable means of paying for a post secondary education.

And speaking of a post secondary education, we both know that these days, it is the critical step on the road to obtaining a well-paying, long term, and sustainable career.

At the same time, it has become prohibitively expensive to do so.

That’s why we’re here.

It’s our job to point you towards all the relevant grants and scholarships to which you may be entitled. To educate you about the programs and resources that are in place to help you follow your dreams. There are, quite honestly, 100’s of grants and scholarships here for you to investigate – including our own, which you must register for before you leave (see above!).

Not sure where to start?

Unless you have already done so, you’ll want to learn about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (or FAFSA) and how to use it to access billions in Federal funds. This is always the first place to start on the quest for any educational funding, because the data in FAFSA is used to determine eligibility for a large number of both federal and state grants.

So start there.

Already done that, or not eligible for need-based grants because either your, or your family’s income is too high? There are other options available.

Check our listings of state-specific grants and scholarships, or career related listings; our listing of healthcare-career programs is especially popular!

And of course, browse the right navigation bar for more options, including the ability to watch our videos on YouTube, or follow us on FaceBook!

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Yes, we’re giving away $500 to one lucky student as a special “thank you” to all of you out there who have made our site one of the most popular destinations for anyone looking for help with school grants, scholarships, and other educational needs.

We’ll show you how to register in just a minute; hang in there!

For the last couple of years we’ve worked on building this site into one of the most comprehensive, information rich resources on the Internet, and now it’s time to give something back  to you, our audience.

Now we know you’re dying to get registered, but hang in there, we’ve got a little bit of house keeping to take care of first.

The Rules…

First, the bad news…

The scholarship is only available to students registered for full time courses in properly accredited post secondary institutions in Canada and the United States for the 2013-2014 school year.

Second, you are only allowed to register for the scholarship once (no registering with different email addresses, for example).

The good news is that those are the only major stipulations (be sure to review the complete terms and conditions of the contest on the sign up page).

It doesn’t matter if you are enrolled in a 1-year program or a 4-year program, whether you are training to become a home health aide or a lawyer, whether your annual income is $10,000 or $100,000, you are still eligible to win this scholarship.

How to Get More Entries…

You can, however, earn additional “entries” to win the scholarship by referring it to your friends and spreading the word about SchoolGrantsBlog.com. The more entries, and the more people you share this with, the greater your chances to win. So use the options available to you on the sign up page.

Your Name in Lights…

Lastly, we’d love to feature the winner here on SchoolGrantsBlog. A picture, a brief bio, and a couple of paragraphs about your hopes and dreams to serve as inspiration to others. If you’re not comfortable with having your name in lights, then maybe this scholarship is not for you!

How We Contact You…

The Scholarship will be awarded by the first week of September 2013 and we will contact the winner by email. It is your responsibility to confirm your subscription and to white list any emails you receive from us to ensure you are able to receive such notifications effectively.

If we do not receive a response from the winner, we will send a second email. If the winner has not responded with 7 days of notification, we will award the scholarship to the runner up, and the original winner will forfeit the scholarship.

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5 Reasons You Should Fill Out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid

On SchoolGrantsBlog, we’ve talked a LOT about the importance of filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), mostly because it is the “gateway” application to the main federal grants (although some states use the data from the FAFSA to determine eligibility for their grants as well).

In that spirit, here’s an article we found the other day which you really should read, if you’re dragging your feet…

1. It’s the only way to gain access to the more than $150 billion available in federal student aid.

Completing the FAFSA is the first step toward getting federal aid for college, career school, or graduate school. Federal Student Aid provides more than $150 billion in grants, loans, and work-study funds each year, but you have to complete the FAFSA to see if you can get any of that money. Not to mention, many states, schools and scholarships also use the FAFSA to award financial aid, so every college-bound student should complete it.

2. It’s FREE!

The FAFSA is free to complete and there is help provided throughout the application. Several websites offer help filing the FAFSA for a fee. These sites are not endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education. We urge you not to pay these sites for assistance that you can get for free at the official FAFSA website: www.fafsa.gov.

3. It’s easier than ever.

We’ve done a lot over the past few years to simplify the FAFSA. One of the most exciting enhancements has been the launch of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. The tool allows students and parents to access the IRS tax return information needed to complete the FAFSA, and transfer the data directly into their FAFSA from the IRS Web site, saving lots of time. This year, the IRS Data Retrieval Tool will launch in early February, so be on the lookout for that.

4. It only takes about 30 minutes to complete.

Given all the simplifications we’ve made over the last couple of years, the FAFSA now only takes about 30 minutes to complete. That’s probably less time than you spend watching your favorite TV show each week. And think of the benefits: spend 30 minutes completing the application and you could qualify for thousands of dollars in financial aid. Talk about return on investment.

Read more at: http://www.ed.gov/blog/2013/01/5-reasons-you-should-complete-the-free-application-for-federal-student-aid-fafsa/

 What more do you need – get that application filed today!

 

13 Grants and Scholarships for MRI Technicians

Many grants and scholarships for MRI technicians are available through the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT). Analysts at the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expect abundant employment opportunities for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technicians until the year 2020.

Financial aid helps aspiring technicians meet rising tuition costs.

American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) Scholarships

ASRT offered eight scholarships for the 2012-2013 academic year with a combined estimated value of $200,000 United States dollars (USD). Awards are available for entry-level and advanced studies. Grants help technicians create groundbreaking research projects. Applicants must display strong leadership and industry commitment in addition to demonstrating financial need.

  • Jerman-Cahoon Student Scholarships awards $2,500 USD to five entry-level MRI students.
  • Royce Osborn Minority Scholarships provides $4,000 USD to five entry-level students.
  • Professional Advancement Scholarships assists technicians completing a second certificate or degree program.
  • Professional Research Grants up to $10,000 USD fund MRI research projects lasting no longer than two years. Applications are due in March and August.
  • Research Seed Grants up to $3,000 USD assist technicians with starting preliminary studies lasting no longer than one year. Application deadlines are in March and August.

Corporate Scholarship Awards

Radiology companies also offer scholarship awards to budding technicians and technologists. Applicants must have a minimum grade point average and United States (U.S.) citizenship or residency. Some companies grant funds with the assistance of ASRT board members.

  1. Elektra radiation therapy awards $5,000 USD to four entry-level students with a 3.0 GPA. Applications are due February 1.
  2. Varian scholarships of $5,000 USD go to 19 students entering certification through graduate-level studies.
  3. Siemens USA offers $4,000 USD scholarships to four students pursuing MRI certification.

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Institutional Awards

Most MRI training programs offer scholarships to incoming students referred to as in-house awards. Administrators grant awards to students with strong academic performance who seem likely to make substantial MRI industry contributions in the future. Scholarship essays require applicants to display strong writing skills.

  • The University of North Carolina (UNC) offers allied health scholarships that cover tuition and student living expenses.
  • Missouri University awards $500 USD to qualifying MRI students.
  • Armstrong Atlantic State University grants $250 to $1,000 USD to qualifying students through the Donald Starr Radiology Scholarship.

State-Specific Programs

Two awards focus on students attending California State institutions. The Ruth McMillan Radiography Grant awards $500 USD to students who display leadership potential combined with impressive academic skills. Anna B Ames Clinical Excellence Awards of $500 USD go to students who exhibit strong clinical abilities and strong leadership skills.

Financial awards permit MRI students to change the world and improve their lives. Membership in professional organizations grants access to a variety of additional resources. Grants and scholarships for MRI technicians help students achieve academic goals without a mountain of debt.

Federal Pell Grants and Applicable State Programs

The Federal government provides several need based grants (which are awarded on the basis of income). The most well-known of these is the Pell grant, which can pay between $500-$5,500 depending on your financial need. While not everyone gets approved for a Pell grant, it costs nothing to apply, so it’s recommended that you do so regardless of your income status (by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – more details here!)

When you consider that eligibility for many relevant state-based grants is based on the information provided in the FAFSA as well, submission becomes even more important. Remember, some states may offer incentive programs to entice students into certain medical fields for which there is a dire need of professionals. These grants may not necessarily be need based, or distributed on basis of income.

Learn more about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid here!

Investigate available state-specific grants here!

5 Best Pharmacist / Pharmacy School Grants and Scholarships

Whether you desire to pursue a certificate, an associate’s, a bachelor’s, or a master’s degree in a pharmacy-related field, there are many options for financial aid available that can assist those you with the financial burdens that those degrees entail.

Some of the best of those options are provided through scholarships and grants, which are offered to qualified students of pharmacy through both private and national organizations.

Provided below is a detailed list of a few of the best, cost-free grants and scholarships for pharmacy education.

Grants and Scholarships for Pharmacy Education

1. AFPE Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in the Pharmaceutical Sciences

Overview: This opportunity for financial aid is offered by the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education (AMPE). Each year, four new and forty-four renewable Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Awards are granted to qualified applicants.

Qualified Applicants: Qualified applicants for this funding opportunity must possess at least the following: three semesters of graduate-level education through a pharmacy school, United States citizenship, and/or permanent residency in the United States.

Funding Amount: New Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Awards provide pharmacy students with $11,000 in funds, and renewable Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Awards provide pharmacy students with $6,500 in funds.

2. J.C. and Rheba Cobb Memorial Scholarship

Overview: This funding opportunity is provided by the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA). The biggest advantage of this scholarship is that it is awarded to both pharmacy technician students and doctorate-level pharmacy students.

Qualified Applicants: Qualified applicants for this funding opportunity must obtain the following prerequisites: good academic standing, evidence of involvement in extracurricular activities, and an essay that demonstrates interest in government-related activities.

Funding Amount: The J.C. and Rheba Cobb Memorial Scholarship is awarded directly to qualified applicants in the amount of $1,000.

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3. Minority Pre-Doctoral Fellowship

Overview: This funding opportunity is offered by the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education (AFPE). Per year, approximately five Minority Pre-Doctoral Fellowships are offered to qualified applicants.

Qualified Applicants: Pharmacy students who desire to obtain a Minority Pre-Doctoral Fellowship must possess the following: African American, Black, Latino, or Hispanic descent; three semesters of graduate-level education in the field of pharmacy; United States citizenship or residency; and three letters of recommendation.

Funding Amount: Minority Pre-Doctoral Fellowships provide pharmacy students with up to $6,500, which can be used for tuition, book, fee, and travel costs.

4. APhA Foundation Student Pharmacist Scholarship Program

Overview: This funding opportunity is offered through the American Pharmacists Association Foundation. Each year, roughly ten APhA Foundation Student Pharmacist Scholarships are awarded to students who wish to become pharmacy technicians.

Qualified Applicants: Qualified applicants for this funding opportunity must possess current enrollment in a pharmacy program, a minimum GPA of 2.75, and membership with their local APhA group.

Funding Amount: APhA Foundation Student Pharmacist Scholarships are rewarded to qualified applicants in the amount of $1,000.

5. Pharmacy Faculty Development Fellowship in Geriatric Pharmacy

Overview: This funding opportunity is granted through the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education (AFPE). Only one Pharmacy Faculty Development Fellowship in Geriatric Pharmacy is awarded per year.

Qualified Applicants: The Pharmacy Faculty Development Fellowship in Geriatric Pharmacy is highly selective, and qualified applicants for it must possess at least a bachelor’s or a master’s degree in pharmacy, United States citizenship or residency, and acceptance into a geriatric-specific training program for pharmacy.

Funding Amount: The Pharmacy Faculty Development Fellowship in Geriatric Pharmacy rewards one applicant per year with $25,000. This $25,000 it matched by the accepted applicant’s pharmacy school.

Federal and State Grants

Both the Federal and State governments offer funding options to students; Federal funding is consistent across the nation, while State funding will vary according to your state and its financial well being, or its ability to sustain robust funding for students of its post secondary schools. In most cases, funding comes in the form of need-based grants, or grants distributed on the basis of financial need (as determined by the income disclosure element of your application). The most well known of these is the Federal Pell Grant.

States may also implement certain programs to provide financial incentive to students to enter a field for which there is great need of trained professionals – like nursing for instance.

While these grants are not specifically for budding pharmacists, they can be used towards such a program, providing it is properly accredited. Better yet, applying is simple and free; just submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA (more details on the form and where to obtain it here).

Most states use the data from the FAFSA to determine eligibility for their own programs, so in most cases, submitting the FAFSA covers you at both the state and Federal levels.

If you’re interested in investigating what grants may be available in your state, check our listings here!

 

 

Psychology/Psychologist School Grants and Scholarships

What draws many individuals to careers in psychology is the fact that they provide their professionals with multiple opportunities to study, examine, and treat in the compelling areas of human behavior and development. Those careers are enjoyed by assistants of psychology, behavioral therapists, addiction counselors, forensic psychologists, developmental psychologists, researchers, and educators to name a few.

For the most part, those experts possess at least a bachelor’s degree and/or a master’s degree in a psychology related field. The biggest disadvantage of any certificate or degree programs in this field is that they can be costly to pursue. Luckily, there are numerous scholarship and grant options that are available to psychology students of all academic pursuits.

Without a doubt, those options represent some of best funding opportunities for eager scholars of all psychology degree programs.

Best Grants and Scholarships for Psychology Students

National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholarship Program

Overview: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) offers scholarship opportunities to psychology students who possess financial need.

Qualified Applicants: Qualified applicants for this scholarship opportunity must be undergraduate students who come from disadvantaged families or living situations. Those students must also agree to engage in a research laboratory that is endorsed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) each summer.

Funding Amount: Each of these scholarships rewards qualified applicants with up to $20,000 per year.

Cappex Psychology Scholarship

Overview: Cappex offers undergraduate psychology students the Cappex Psychology Scholarship, which is provided through this company’s online website.

Qualified Applicants: Qualified applicants for the Cappex Psychology Scholarship must possess the following prerequisites: enrollment in an undergraduate psychology degree program, evidence of participation in extracurricular activities and community service, and a completed profile on Cappex’s website.

Funding Amount: Psychology students who meet the prerequisites mentioned above are rewarded with $1,000 to help fund their degree programs.

Daughters of Indian Wars Scholarship

Overview: This funding opportunity is provided through the Continental Society of Daughters of Indian Wars. This association’s main goal is to encourage the educational advancement of female members of Native American tribes.

Qualified Applicants: Qualified applicants for the Daughters of Indian Wars Scholarship must acquire the following: Native American descent, financial need, current enrollment in an undergraduate degree program for psychology, and a GPA of at least 3.0.

Funding Amount: The Daughters of Indian Wars Scholarship provides qualified applicants with $1,000 to help pay for their psychology degree programs.

 APF Graduate Student Scholarships

Overview: The American Psychological Foundation (APF) grants 16 scholarships per year to graduate students in the field of psychology. Those scholarships include the following: the Harry and Miriam Levinson Scholarship; the William and Dorothy Bevan Scholarship; the Ruth G. and Joseph D. Matarazzo Scholarship; the Clarence J. Rosecrans Scholarship; the William C. Howell Scholarship; and the Peter and Malina James and Dr. Louis P. James Legacy Scholarship.

Qualified Applicants: Qualified applicants for each scholarship opportunity must possess current enrollment in a master’s or doctorate-level degree program in psychology. Those applicants must also obtain a plan for research and advancement in the field of psychology.

Funding Amount: Each scholarship that is offered by the American Psychological Foundation (APF) varies between $1,000 and $5,000.

Gallagher Koster Health Careers Scholarship

Overview: Each year, the Gallagher Koster Organization of the Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, Inc. provides undergraduate students with the Health Koster Health Careers Scholarship to help fund their psychology degree programs.

Qualified Applicants: The most important prerequisite that qualified applicants for this scholarship must possess is financial need. In addition, those applicants must be in their second, third, fourth, fifth, or sixth year of undergraduate study.

Funding Amount: Each Gallagher Koster Health Careers Scholarship consists of $5,000.

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National Pathfinder Scholarship

The National Federation of Republican Women grants three National Pathfinder Scholarships per year to women who pursue undergraduate or graduate degree programs in psychology or other fields. This scholarship opportunity was created in memory of First Lady Nancy Reagan.

Qualified Applicants: Qualified applicants for this funding opportunity must be women who are currently enrolled in either a master’s degree program or their second, third, or fourth year of a bachelor’s degree program.

Funding Amount: The National Pathfinder Scholarship is rewarded to qualified women in the amount of $2,500.

Government Need Based Grants

Of course, no one on the quest for money for school should ever ignore the available need based grants (like the Pell grant, for instance) provided by the government.

“Need based” means the grants are distributed on the basis of financial need. In other words, your income – or that of your parents (if you’re a high school grad) will be the factor that determines whether or not you will be eligible for a grant, and if so, how much.

Of course, the main federal grants are not specifically for Psychology/Psychologist schools, but that does not mean the funds from them cannot be applied towards a degree in this field.

Applying for available Federal grants is easy and free; just submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Most state governments use the data from the FAFSA to determine eligibility for available state grants, so by submitting this form, in most cases you are applying for all available grants at both the state and Federal level. To learn more about state-specific options to fund your post secondary education, please click here!

 

6 Grants & Scholarships for Veterinary Techs (Technicians)

Pets play important roles in many families as sources of love, companionship, and friendship. Thus, it goes without saying that pet care comprises an industry that is as large and career-rich as
any component of humanity’s healthcare industry.

For individuals who possess a true love for animals, the pursuit of a program or degree in veterinary technician training provides a quick, rewarding, and satisfying entry into the field of pet care. Currently, there are over 45 accredited colleges and universities across the country that offer two-year degree programs for veterinary technician training. All of those programs are fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMS), and they include valuable course instruction in pet-related laboratory testing, urinalysis, anatomy, physiology, reproduction, and care techniques.

Highly dependent on the school offering the program, a 2-year degree program for veterinary technician training generally costs between $6,000 and $20,000 to complete. Fortunately, tuition costs for degree programs in this field can be lowered through awesome grant and scholarship opportunities.

The 5 Best Grants & Scholarships for Veterinary Technicians

National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America Program

This program rewards two scholarships per year to students who are enrolled in a veterinary technician degree program that is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Each scholarship is worth $1,000. In addition, qualified applicants must be current members of the National Assocation of Veterinary Technicians. Applications for this scholarship opportunity can be downloaded and submitted online at navta.net.

Irwin Foundation

The Irwin Foundation was established in 1995, and it provides grant and scholarship opportunities for students who are enrolled in the AVMA-accredited veterinary technician degree programs that are offered by Michigan State University, Purdue University, Cornell University, and the University of Pennsylvania. Each college or university that is mentioned above is responsible for selecting qualified students for this foundation’s grant and scholarship opportunities. For more information, students can visit irwinfoundation.com.

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Laurie Page-Peck Scholarship

This scholarship opportunity is funded through the Association of Zoo Veterinary Technicians Foundation, and it rewards $1,000 to students who possess the following: current enrollment in a veterinary technician degree program that is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA); the desire to work as a veterinary technician in a zoo setting; and an agreement to create a scientific paper for presentation at the foundation’s annual conference. Applications for this scholarship opportunity can be filled out and submitted online at azvt.org.

Oxbow Scholarship

This scholarship is funded by the Oxbow Animal Health Organization, and it rewards $500 to students who desire to pursue working with exotic animals as veterinary technicians. Qualified applicants for this opportunity must also meet the following prerequisites: a letter of reference, current enrollment in a veterinary technician degree program that is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), a current resume, and a personal essay. Applications must be submitted through the mail to the Oxbow Animal Health Organization.

Veterinary Scholarship Trust of New England Grant

The Veterinary Scholarship Trust of New England Grant is rewarded to students from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Vermont who desire to pursue a veterinary technician degree program that is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Applications for this grant opportunity must be submitted through the mail to the Veterinary Scholarship Trust of New England.

American Kennel Club Veterinary Technician Student Scholarship

Each year, the American Kennel Club, Bayer K9 Advantix, and the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America work together to provide students of veterinary technician degree programs with a total of $25,000 in scholarships. Qualified applicants for this scholarship opportunity must possess the following: a one-page essay, current membership with the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, work and research experience, and proof of current enrollment in an accredited veterinary technician degree program. Applications for the American Kennel Club Veterinary Technician Student Scholarship can be submitted online through either the American Kennel Club’s website or the National Association of Veterinary Technician’s website.

Federal & State Government Need Based Grants

Federal need based grants (like the Pell grant) which are distributed based on income, can pay out quite handsomely, should you be eligible for funding. We always recommend you apply for available Feberal grants by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Many state grants (the number of which will vary according to your state) use the data from the FAFSA to determine eligibility for the grants they offer, so submission covers a lot of bases.

5 Top Grants & Scholarships for EKG Technicians

To acquire an occupation as an EKG technician, students must first pursue a degree from an accredited institution of higher learning. Most often, students choose to complete an associate’s-level degree program in this field, which provides them with the skills in electrocardiography, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, and cardiac rehabilitation that they need to work as successful EKG technicians in hospitals and medical facilities around the World.

Some of the advantages of acquiring an Associate’s in EKG Technician Training Degree include: individuals obtain an advanced education in only one to two years; graduates are presented with many career opportunities that are expected to grow much faster than average according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics; and individuals who complete these degree programs are rewarded with awesome salaries of between $20,000 and $40,000 per year. Most colleges and universities that offer an associate’s degree program in this field of study are relatively inexpensive.

Even better, there are many grant and/or scholarship options that are available to students who wish to obtain a degree in EKG technician training. Many times, those options can either partially or completely fund students’ educational programs in this field.

Five Top Grants and Scholarships for EKG Technicians:

Anne Jones Scholarship

The Anne Jones Scholarship was established in 2005, and it is funded through the Society for Vascular Ultrasound. A total of $2,500 is granted to eligible students who are enrolled in an accredited vascular ultrasound technology program. Eligible candidates for the Anne Jones Scholarship must possess the following: full-time enrollment in a vascular ultrasound technology degree program, a GPA of at least 3.5, a scholarship application, a personal essay, two letters of recommendation, financial need, and U.S. citizenship. Scholarship applications can be submitted online or through the mail to the Society for Vascular Ultrasound’s National Office.

Alan D. Waggoner Sonographer Student Scholarship

This scholarship opportunity was established in 2001, and it is funded through the American Society of Echocardiography. The biggest attribute of this opportunity for financial aid is that financial need is not a required prerequiste to apply. A total of $1,000 is rewarded to applicants who possess: enrollment in a cardiovascular ultrasound program that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, letters of nomination, and good academic standing. Applications for the Alan D. Waggoner Sonographer Student Scholarship can be submitted online or through the mail to the American Society of Echocardiography Foundation.

Scholarship of Excellence Award

The Scholarship of Excellence Award rewards $1,000 to students who meet the following prerequisites: current enrollment in a college or university that is a member of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions; the successful completion of at least 1 term of study at their college of enrollment; a personal essay; unique accomplishments; academic achievements; and involvement in extracurricular activities. Applications for this scholarship opportunity can be submitted online or through the mail to the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions.

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Sonography Student Scholarship Program

This program is a relatively new scholarship opportunity that is offered by the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography Foundation. Each year, this foundation grants two scholarships that amount to $2,500 each to qualified applicants who meet the following requirements: current enrollment in either a diagnostic medical sonography program or a cardiovascular technology program that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs; good academic standing; financial need; and personal essays. This scholarship may be used to fund tuition, book, and other educational costs. Applications for the Sonography Student Scholarship Program must be submitted online through the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography Foundation’s website.

Pearson Benjamin Cummings Allied Health Student Scholarship:

This scholarship is rewarded to students who are enrolled in educational programs for allied health professions, which include EKG technician training and degree programs. A total of $1,000 is funded to qualified applicants through the Benjamin Cummings Fund, which is an imprint of the Pearson Foundation. Qualified candidates for this scholarship opportunity must submit a personal essay with their application by mail or email.

Other Funding Options: The Job Corps Program

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Job Corps program offers training to become an EKG Technician, and is something you should definitely investigate if you are between the ages of 16-24 and are financially disadvantaged. If accepted into the program you are eligible to have all your costs covered; schooling, housing, meals and even an allowance. They will even help find you a job after you graduate. Good deal!

Federal Grants

Need based grants like the Federal Pell grant  can be applied towards most accredited programs in all fields, but eligibility is based on family income. Nevertheless, the Pell grant can pay in excess of $5,000 per year and it costs you nothing to apply – all you need to do is submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This is definitely something you should do regardless of your financial status – this same application is also used by state authorities too, so by submitting it, you automatically apply for all relevant grants and funding options. Good luck!

Grants and Scholarships for Dental Hygienists

A number of professional organizations offer grants and scholarships for dental hygienists to complete their education. Most programs require enrollment in an accredited institution prior to initiating the application process. Job corps offers free dental hygienist training to individuals 16 to 24 years of age who meet specific income guidelines. All information is current as of November 2012.

American Dental Hygienist Association (ADHA)

The ADHA offers approximately 13 cash scholarships in amounts ranging from $1000 to $2000 United States dollars (USD). One non-cash scholarship has an approximate value of $1000 USD. Most programs require students have a 3.5 grade point average (GPA). Applications are due February 1. Sample scholarship awards include:

1. The Carol Bauhs Benson Scholarship awards $1000 USD to one student from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota or Wisconsin who pursues entry-level certification or an associate’s degree.

2. Dr. Esther Wilkins started a scholarship fund granting $1000 USD to one individual obtaining an advanced dental hygiene degree.

3. Colgate provides $1,250 USD for two minority students obtaining entry-level certification.

4. Karla Girts Memorial Community Outreach Scholarships offer $2,000 USD for two students with 3.0 GPAs to complete associate or bachelor degree studies.

5. Hu-Friedy / Esther Wilkins Instrument Scholarships allow five recipients pursuing certification, associate or bachelor studies to select $1000 USD worth of dental hygiene equipment.

National Dental Hygienist Association (NDHA)

NDHA scholarship applications are due March 15. The historically African-American organization offers $800 awards specifically for dental hygienist studies. Five scholarship categories require students to have a minimum 2.5 GPA and current NDHA membership.

1. First and second year dental hygiene students each have their respective categories.

2. A Mary Hawkins award goes to a student living where the NDHA decides to hold its annual convention (changes annually).

3. Non-traditional students enter first or second year hygienist studies with a background in unrelated subjects.

4. Albretta Merit awards go to a deserving candidate who just missed qualifying for previously listed scholarships.

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Hispanic Dental Association (HDA)

HAD has three scholarship opportunities available to dental hygienist students with current memberships. Applicants must be legal residents of the United States. Mid-July marks the application deadline.

1. Colgate-Palmolive provides up to $10,000 USD for dental hygienists looking to complete graduate-level studies.

2. Hispanic Dental Association Foundation (HDAF) Scholars Awards grants $1,000 USD to first-year students.

3. Dr. Juan D. Villarreal awards between $500 and $1,000 USD to students who study within Texas State.

Department of Labor Job Corps Program

Job Corps offers free dental hygienist training to young adults from low-income households. The United States Department of Labor started the program in 1964 to combat increasing poverty rates. 48 states and United States territories host 125 centers. There is no charge for food, lodging or health care. Dental hygienist training requires 8 to 12 months for completion.

To pass the course students must obtain their high school diploma. Students receive certifications in radiation health and safety (RHS), infection control (ICE) and general chairside (GC). Job Corps’ official website indicates RHS and ICE certification are enough for employment in many states. An extensive post-graduate support system offers valuable leads on employment opportunities.

Scholarship opportunities exist for recent health care industry arrivals and veterans seeking career advancement. Additional funding options are waiting to be discovered. Combining private grants and scholarships with state funds substantially reduces debt incurred by aspiring dental professionals.

Federal Grants

If you’re on the hunt for money for school, then you will definitely want to make sure applying for the main Federal grants (the Pell grant and the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant) is right at the top of your list. These grants are need-based, which means they are awarded on the basis of financial merit. Depending on your financial status, the payout can be quite lucrative; currently, the Pell grant pays out as much as $5,500 per year.

Applying for the Pell grant is easy – just submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Complete details on where to get the application and what to expect from it can be found here!