Programs of Study

Nursing Department Scholarships for Disadvantaged Nursing Students (SDS)


Scholarships for Disadvantaged Nursing Students are awarded through a grant funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  These scholarships are awarded to full-time, financially needy students from disadvantaged backgrounds enrolled in the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program.  For purposes of SDS eligibility, full-time status is based on a combination of traditional contact hours and clinical hours in the Associate Degree Nursing Program.

Disadvantaged backgrounds as defined by HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) include: (a) comes from an environment that has inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skill, and abilities required to enroll in and graduate from a school (environmentally disadvantaged); or (b) comes from a family with an annual income below a level which is based on low-income thresholds according to family size published by the U.S. Bureau of the Census, adjusted annually for changes in the Consumer Price Index, and adjusted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) for adaptation to this program (economically disadvantaged).

For more information, call 256-306-2680.

PLEASE NOTE: As per Federal Grant Guidelines, LPN students do not qualify for SDS Scholarships.