School of Nursing: Program Expenses & Scholarships

Nursing Scholarship Opportunities

The Student Affairs Committee supports, sponsors, and initiates the MOSINA, Tradition of Excellence, Excellence in Clinical Practice Award, and the Excellence in Leadership Award for formal recognition of outstanding student achievement. Each award and scholarship has specific criteria and deadlines.


Tradition of Excellence At least one pre-licensure junior nursing student is selected annually by the nursing faculty following admission to the nursing program and completion of the first semester of nursing courses with a 3.00 nursing GPA or better. The selected student demonstrates through a written essay a commitment and potential for excellence in nursing.

The Research Foundation nursing scholarship is for students pursuing a degree in nursing at the following nursing programs: Avila University (Kansas City, MO), Rockhurst University/Research College of Nursing (Kansas City, MO), or William Jewell College (Liberty, MO).


MOSINA (Most Outstanding Senior in Nursing Award)
This award supports the faculty’s belief that the humanities are an essential part of the nursing program and as such recognizes the senior pre-licensure student who has best achieved the curriculum objective as determined through academic excellence, service, and clinical performance.

Excellence in Clinical Practice Award  This award recognizes the senior pre-licensure nursing student who has best demonstrated overall excellence in the clinical environment.

Excellence in Leadership Award  This award recognizes the pre-licensure nursing student who has best demonstrated overall excellence in leadership potential, interpersonal skills, and a commitment to life-long.

Nursing Academic Honors recognizes senior nursing students who demonstrate excellence in nursing through a nursing GPA of 3.5 or higher and are in the top 35% of the class at graduation.

Program Expenses

Costs that should be anticipated prior to starting and during the nursing program are listed below.  Costs are subject to change.


  • Program fees ($650/semester)
  • Personal Lap Top (prices vary)
  • Text Books
  • Colored scrubs (ordered through nursing program) (approximately $30/set)
  • Watch with second hand (varies)
  • Shoes for clinical – refer to dress code (varies)
  • Stethoscope ($50+)
  • Other clinical agency/site requirements (varies)


  • Program fees ($650/semester)
  • Personal Lap Top (price varies)
  • Text Books
  • Graduation Fee approximately $175 and due with final semester bill. This fee includes rental of hood, cap and gown.
  • Class Ring. Class rings are available for purchase during the spring semester of the senior year. Purchase from university bookstore ($50+)
  • Nursing Composite Photograph. All students are requested to have a photographic sitting for a composite. You may purchase pictures for personal use. A sitting fee of approximately $35 will be required.
  • State Boards of Nursing Licensure fees vary by state, Kansas is $100 – $125, Missouri has waived their licensure fee.
  • National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) and Fee $200.
  • Final transcript fee of $10-$12 and for transcript for state board licensure examination application.
  • Other clinical agency/site requirements (varies).

Outside Financial Aid Resources

After College
New scholarship program for students pursuing professional nursing education programs.

Discover Nursing
Extensive listing of scholarship/loan opportunities

Fast Web
General financial aid information; extensive listing of scholarship/loan opportunities

Federal Student Aid
General financial aid information and links to resources

An online guide to all U.S federal government financial aid programs

FinAid: The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid
General financial aid information; extensive listing of scholarship/loan opportunities

Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association
Extensive listing of scholarship/loan opportunities

Minority Nurse
Maintains a listing of scholarship and fellowship monies for students pursuing undergraduate or graduate work in nursing  

Missouri Department of Health: Missouri Nurse Loan Program
Loan and grant opportunities; PRIMO award has significant monthly stipends; contact student services coordinator for additional information

HRSA Nursing
Recently increased government funding/monthly stipends for nursing education

Nursing Scholarships
Nursing Scholarships, Grants and Financial Aid Resources for Students

Sigma Theta Tau International
Offers a list of scholarships available through organizations and specific nursing schools

The College Board
Provides an up to date scholarship search, as well as advice on how to apply for a scholarship as well as a spot scholarship scam

The Peterson’s Guide to Nursing Programs
Provides information on specific nursing schools and maintains a link to financial aid resources College Resource Network

12 Minority Nursing Scholarships Nursing Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarship information for students, parents and educators.


Office of Nursing

Caryl Goodyear, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, CCRN-K, FAAN, Chair of the School of Nursing, Director of Nursing Partnerships
P: 816-501-3675 / E:

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