RN Scholarship Program

RN Nursing Scholarship/Loan Program

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About the Program

The West Virginia Center for Nursing (WVCFN) and the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (WVHEPC) provides a range of scholarship/loan opportunities to assist current and future West Virginia nursing professionals and their education.

All students apply in the spring for the upcoming academic year (Fall through Summer). Students must indicate on the application each semester they wish to be considered for the scholarship award.

A scholarship/loan is first and foremost a loan. Like any loan, a scholarship/loan can be repaid with interest over a fixed period of time. Unlike other loans, a scholarship/loan may convert to an interest-free scholarship if the student completes a required service obligation. Therefore, the recipient may repay the scholarship/loan by completing service during a fixed period of time OR make payments with interest over a fixed period of time.

Student Eligibility

Eligible students must be:

  • A West Virginia resident
  • Enrolled in a West Virginia nursing program
  • Planning to work in West Virginia following graduation
  • Student must be in good standing and making satisfactory academic progress as determined by the institution
  • RN nursing students are eligible once they have completed one half of their nursing program.

Work Requirement

Following graduation, a recipient is required to teach in an accredited WV nursing program or work as an RN in West Virginia for two years for each year an award is received.

Award Amounts

Awards are competitively based upon academic achievement. Award amounts vary each year based on the type of program and available funding.


In return for the scholarship award, recipients must begin employment at an eligible work site in West Virginia within six months of graduation to avoid repayment. A recipient who fails to provide verification of meeting the service obligation will be required to repay the principal and any interest that accrues on the award amount.