Scholarship Opportunities

Thanks to wonderful community partnerships and many generous donors, the UCF College of Nursing is pleased to provide a number of scholarship opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate nursing students. These scholarships are only available to students who are currently enrolled in the UCF College of Nursing.

Download a complete list (PDF) of available scholarships.

It is strongly encouraged that all students read the full list of frequently asked questions below before applying for scholarships.


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Download a complete list (PDF) of FAQs.


When can I apply for a scholarship?

The scholarship application period for the 2014-2015 academic year opens on Monday, August 25 and closes on Sunday, September 28 at 12 midnight. Only completed applications will be considered by the Scholarship Committee.


I am a UCF student who wants to study nursing – can I apply?

These scholarships are only open to junior or senior undergraduate students or graduate students currently enrolled in College of Nursing programs. Contact UCF’s Financial Aid Office for information on other scholarship opportunities.


Does it matter which UCF campus I attend or if I’m in a web-based program?

All undergraduate and graduate nursing students enrolled in a College of Nursing program in Orlando, Daytona and Cocoa are eligible to apply; however, some scholarships have residency or campus requirements. Students in web-based programs may apply for any scholarship for which they meet the criteria. Some scholarships are only open to students in a particular nursing program or graduate track. Undergraduate students dually-enrolled in the Lake-Sumter State College/UCF Concurrent BSN Program are only eligible to apply for the Hans & Cay Jacobsen Foundation Scholarship in January 2015. Undergraduate students dually-enrolled in UCF Concurrent BSN Programs at Seminole State College and Valencia College are not eligible for UCF nursing scholarships at this time.


How do I find out about available scholarships?

Simply follow the link to our online Scholarship Tracking and Review System (STARS). If you have a STARS login, you will enter it or if you are a new applicant, you will create a STARS login to enter the website. Once you enter all your information, go to the ‘Recommended Scholarships’ tab to see a list of scholarships you MAY be eligible to apply for. Then click ‘Apply Now’ to view the specific scholarship criteria and additional requirements to determine if you meet the criteria and are eligible to apply for the scholarship. You are able to log in and out of STARS so you may complete each application at your convenience during the application period.


Do I need to include my resume?

All scholarship applicants are required to upload a resume detailing your extracurricular activities, organizations, clubs, leadership experience, community involvement and volunteer activities.


Do I need to write any essays?

All scholarship applicants are asked to describe your academic and career goals. Some scholarships may require you to upload an additional one-page essay specific to the focus of that scholarship. It is your responsibility to make sure that all required documents are uploaded with each scholarship application as STARS will not notify you if something is missing. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


How do I get a letter of recommendation?

STARS will send an email to anyone on your behalf requesting a letter of recommendation along with a link to upload it to your scholarship application. It is strongly advised that you follow up with the person to make sure they complete this as you will not be notified if the letter is not received by the end of the application period. You can check the status of the letter of recommendation in the STARS system. The letter must be uploaded into STARS by the recommender using the provided link; hard copies will not be accepted. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Do I have to show financial need to apply for a scholarship?

Criteria varies for each scholarship. Some scholarships are need-based, others may give preference to those demonstrating financial need and others do not take financial need into consideration. All students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) to increase your chances for eligibility. Most graduate scholarships do not have financial need criteria.


When will scholarship monies be awarded?

Scholarship monies will be awarded for spring semester which begins January 5, 2015 and will be awarded through the UCF Financial Aid Office. Any questions regarding payment and award disbursement should be directed to UCF Financial Aid.


How and when will I know if I will be awarded a scholarship?

All students will be notified via email toward the end of Fall Semester 2014. If a scholarship has been awarded to you, the email will include the scholarship you have been awarded and the scholarship amount. All scholarship recipients are required to attend our Annual Scholarship Luncheon on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at the FAIRWINDS Alumni Center. All scholarship recipients are also required to write a professional, handwritten thank you note to the donor in appreciation of your scholarship award. Additional information will be provided when students are notified of their award.


For questions regarding scholarships, send an email to


D.N.P. Research Fund Grant — Call for Applications

The College of Nursing is pleased to present a call for applications for funding open to doctoral students in the college’s D.N.P. program with at least part-time status, who have successfully defended their final proposal.

This grant requires a separate application found here (PDF).

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.