Pediatric nurses provide special care for children and younger people ranging from infancy to their late tens. They may choose to specialize in different areas. Any student who wishes to become a pediatric nurse practitioner has to earn a Masters Degree in Nursing. There are a variety of grants and scholarships for these students as they study.
The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (NAPNAP) award two scholarships to full time students enrolled in Pediatric nurse practitioner programs. The McNeil Scholarships are available for applicants who are registered nurses with no previous education in pediatrics. They should demonstrate financial need. There is also the McNeil Rural Scholarship which is meant for students who plan to work in a rural setting for the first two years after the completion of their program. Students wishing to obtain this scholarship are required to be members of NAPNAP. The Reckitt Benskiser Inc. offers two grants to pediatric nurse practitioner students to allow the attendance at the NAPNAP Annual Meeting.
The graduate student research grant is also available from NAPNAP. It is intended to encourage graduate students to participate in the research process regarding children and their families. The Wyeth Pediatric Immunization Grant is available for the students majoring in pediatric nurse practitioner education. They are three grants one of $7,500 and two for $2,500, with the aim of improving immunization rates in the country.
The American Association of Colleges for Nursing has a number of financial aid options for advanced nursing students. Society of Pediatric Nurses offers the Educational scholarship Award for Bachelor of Science in Nursing students or graduate students. These students are required to be members of SPN and be involved in major related to pediatric health.
Some nursing schools and colleges have their own scholarships and grants for the pediatric nurse practitioner students. Most of these grants and scholarships are merit based and are offered to these students in all programs. Some have requirements that the students have to meet before they are selected. They require the results of the student’s FAFSA application. Some colleges expect the student to pay back by providing services to them for example Vanderbilt University.