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Scholarship FAQs

Get answers to frequently asked questions about AORN Foundation Scholarships, including what is available, how to apply, and more.

  • Who is eligible to apply and how are recipients chosen?
    Who is eligible?

    Nursing students (applicant must be in an accredited program leading to initial licensure as an RN), baccalaureate, master, and doctoral candidates with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher. International students are welcome to apply.

    Because we are the member association for perioperative nurses, the applicant must possess an interest in the field of perioperative/surgical nursing. This interest and/or experience must be clearly demonstrated in the personal statement.

    What are the selection criteria?

    The selection of winners is based on academics/transcripts, essay, financial need, and accurate completion of the scholarship application.

    Note:  AORN Staff, AORN Board of Directors, Scholarship Committee Members and AORN Foundation Board of Trustees are not eligible to apply for the AORN Foundation Scholarship program.

  • How are scholarship awards paid?

    AORN Foundation requires verification of successful completion of coursework with grades of 3.0 or higher and copies of receipts of payment for allowable covered expenses. A check for the amount paid will be processed and sent to the recipient within 10-15 business days of receipt of the documentation.

    Recipients will only be reimbursed for classes taken after August 1 of the awarded academic year through September 30 of the awarded academic year.

    Note: Allowable expenses covered by the AORN Foundation scholarships are tuition charges and the cost of books.

  • How can I be sure my program is accredited?
    Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate and graduate education programs preparing effective nurses.

  • What if my mailing or college information changes; how can I update it?
    Contact the AORN Foundation at (800) 755-2676 or [email protected].
  • Are scholarships taxable?
    Tax laws vary by country. For example, in the United States, scholarship funds used exclusively for the payment of tuition or textbooks are normally not taxable. The scholarship recipient is responsible for taxes, if any, that may be assessed against your scholarship award. We recommend consulting your tax advisor for more guidance.

Contact Us

For additional information regarding the scholarship program, contact the AORN Foundation

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (800) 755-2676