Outside Scholarships

Students are encouraged to investigate sources of financial assistance beyond what is offered by the Federal and State governments and UCSF. Scholarships are gifts. They do not have to be repaid. There are thousands of them, offered by schools, employers, individuals, private companies, nonprofits, communities, religious groups, and professional and social organizations. So explore these scholarships opportunities from business clubs, professional groups, medical and nursing societies, sororities and fraternities, parents’ credit or company unions, and other organizations in their home town or country. Good luck on your scholarship searches!

We understand that financing your education can be costly and that some students have to take our loans. To that effect, UCSF/School of Nursing has a Student Funding Coordinator who can assist you with the scholarship process from finding and applying for scholarships, as well as guiding you through the simple methods of how to approach organizing the search. 

Free Scholarship Search Websites

Agency Specific Grant Websites

  • NIH Guide
  • Grants.gov is the federal government’s online application system. It provides one central portal where organizations and individuals can electronically find and apply for grants throughout the federal government. Grants.gov is THE single access point for over 1,000 grant programs offered by the 26 federal agencies that make grants.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. Find funding opportunities that support programs for substance use disorders and mental illness, and learn about the grant application, review, and management process.
  • Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the HRSA currently offers over a dozen grant programs related to nursing education and training. Funds are granted directly to education programs to help their students pay for costs such as tuition, fees, books, room and board.