Students in the College of Nursing may be eligible for loans and scholarship awards from various sources. Individuals in need of financial assistance must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be considered for loans, scholarships, or traineeships available through the university and College of Nursing. The FAFSA can be accessed at http://www.uthsc.edu/finaid/. Students are encouraged to explore external sources of financial assistance through their employers, service clubs, and professional organizations.
Students may access information regarding Financial Aid, including information on applying for financial aid, available scholarships, financial literacy counseling, and general student loan information at http://www.uthsc.edu/finaid/. Students may also contact the UTHSC Financial Aid Office at (901) 448-5568.
Loans and Scholarships
The College of Nursing may receive traineeships for students through the Professional Nurses Traineeship Program. A limited number of scholarships are sponsored by philanthropic organizations and awarded by the College of Nursing. Application for College of Nursing administered scholarships and traineeships is made by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). A FAFSA may be accessed online via www.uthsc.edu/finaid. Scholarships and Traineeships are awarded only to students who have accepted offers of enrollment from the UTHSC College of Nursing.
The Absher Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Reba Goins Absher, a graduate of the Physician and Surgery Hospital Nursing School in Chattanooga. This fund provides financial aid to students preparing for a career in professional nursing or as an advanced practice nurse at the University of Tennessee.
The Marie E. Buckley Scholarship was established in 1997 by the UT Memphis Student Nurse Class of 1962 to honor Marie Buckley, a Goodman Professor and Assistant Dean for Students at UTHSC College of Nursing. This fund provides support for students demonstrating scholastic ability and dedication to nursing as a career and profession.
The Elizabeth Club Scholarship, established in 1968 by the Women’s Club of Memphis, provides scholarships for two or more students enrolled in the College of Nursing who demonstrate academic ability and financial need, with preference given to citizens of Tennessee.
The Divonis Worton Scholarship Fund assists nursing students with financial need who were enrolled in their 2nd or 3rd year in their nursing program.
The Frances R. Springall RN Endowed Scholarship Fund, established in 2015, provides scholarships to nursing students pursuing a Bachelor’s degree who demonstrate successful academic performance, with preference given to students who have already earned a Bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field and who will be taking courses on the Memphis campus. Financial need may be considered.
The University of Tennessee Alumni Association (UTAA) Legacy Scholarship, created in 2013 by the UTAA, supports students whose parents or grandparents received a degree from the University of Tennessee. Matching funds from the UTHSC Chancellor allows each College to award a $1,000 Legacy Scholarship each year. The UTAA Legacy Scholarship for the College of Nursing is awarded annually to one first year legacy student with an admission GPA ≥ 3.0.
The Andrew D. Holt Scholars Program memorializes UT’s former president Dr. Andy Holt for his efforts to build the university’s scholarship program during his 20-year association with the institution. The most prestigious scholarship awarded by the University of Tennessee Alumni Association, the Andrew D. Holt scholarship recognizes students who have demonstrated academic merit and leadership skills
The Dorothy McCarley Martin Scholarship was established by Mr. Dean Martin, of Franklin, TN, in memory of his wife Dorothy McCarley Martin, 1956 graduate of the UTHSC College of Nursing. This scholarship provides support for deserving nursing students based on academic and financial need, with preference to students in their last year of study with all other criteria being equal..
The Brenda Mills Scholarship was established in 2006 by faculty and friends in memory of Brenda Mills, educator at the College of Nursing and flight nurse in the U. S. Air Force Air National Guard. This scholarship provides support for students demonstrating scholastic ability and financial need, with preference given to the previous year’s recipient.
The Roane County Scholarship was established in 1959 by the Roane County Medical Society for the purpose of providing medical and nursing scholarships to residents of Roane & Anderson counties based on financial need and scholastic merit.
The Dr. Cheryl Cummings Stegbauer Endowed Scholarship was established in honor of Cheryl Stegbauer. This scholarship supports nursing students pursuing a degree in nursing at UTHSC who demonstrate successful academic performance, with preference given to the previous year’s recipient. Financial need may be considered.
The Ruby L. Stephenson Scholarship was established in 1955 to support students based on scholastic ability and dedication to nursing as a career and profession.
The Esther Jean Trentham Scholarship supports nursing students with financial need who are in good academic standing.
The Grace Spice Wallace Scholarship was established in 1996 by friends, students, and colleagues. Ms. Wallace served as the Assistant Director of Nursing Education and Assistant to the Dean and Associate Professor and Coordinator of Basic Sciences in the UT School of Nursing from 1949-1976. This scholarship provides support for students based on scholastic ability and dedication to nursing as a career and profession.
The Frances Wright Washburn Scholarship, established in 1961 by her sister, Mrs. Vivian Chaffin, supports nursing students in good academic standing with financial need.
The Virginia C. Wilson Scholarship was established in honor of Mrs. Wilson, a 1954 graduate of the University of Tennessee, College of Nursing by her husband, Dr. Creighton Wilson, graduate of the UTHSC College of Medicine, knowing that she would be proud to assist future nursing students in their education. This scholarship provides support for students demonstrating academic scholastic ability, with preference given to the previous year’s recipient. Financial need may be considered.
The Chandra Saunders Nursing Scholarship was established in 2012 by students, faculty, staff, and the College of Nursing Practice plan in honor of Chandra Saunders, a student in the College of Nursing who died while enrolled in the MSN-CNL program. This scholarship provides support for nursing students demonstrating academic scholastic ability and may consider financial need.
The Coach Jim Stockdale Endowed Scholarship was established in honor of Jim Stockdale, coach of the nursing basketball team. This scholarship supports nursing students based on scholastic ability and may consider financial need, with preference given to previous year’s recipient.
The Faculty Minority Scholarship was established by faculty of the UTSHC College of Nursing in 1988. This scholarship provides support for minority students demonstrating scholastic ability, financial need, and dedication to the health sciences as a career and profession.
The Sigma Theta Tau International Beta Theta-At-Large Chapter awards scholarships to qualified nurses or nursing students. These awards recognize outstanding scholarship that will advance knowledge in the area of nursing science and practice. Applications should be made to Beta Theta-At-Large Chapter.
Health Resources and Services Administration Loan Repayment Programs
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) offers loan repayment programs for nurses working in designated Health Professional Shortage Areas. Primary care nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and psychiatric nurse specialists are eligible to apply to the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program. Registered nurses, including nurse practitioners are eligible to apply to the NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program.
Access to Emergency Loans
Emergency loans are available for students through the College of Nursing’s Business Office. The emergency loan application is accessible online at: https://www.uthsc.edu/finance/bursar/loan.php. Student Emergency Loans are based on need and availability of funds. Students may borrow up to $600 if the student has elected to take out federal financial aid, and has not already borrowed the maximum amount allowed per year based on the student’s pre-determined cost of attendance. Emergency loans must be repaid within 60 days after receipt with repayment or a late fee of $30.00 will be charged. The interest rate on emergency loans is set by the federal loan program. You cannot have more than one outstanding emergency loan at a time. All previous emergency loans must be repaid before another one can be issued. The University is not obligated to send reminder notices before the payment is due. New students are not eligible for an emergency loan before the commencement of classes. Graduating students are not eligible for an emergency loan 90 days prior to graduation.