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, Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) students with a demonstrated financial need and disadvantaged background.  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).

Students must be accepted and enrolled in the Associate Degree Nursing Program, have a documented unmet need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and maintain good academic standing, as determined by the Nursing Program standards to be considered for the SDS Scholarship.

Please note that LPN students are not eligible for SDS Scholarships.

For more information, call 256-306-2680.