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Scholarships from our Schools

Many scholarships available at KU Medical Center are awarded through the individual schools and academic departments.


Dean’s Diversity Scholarship: Full-time students (usually from underserved populations) meeting grade point average and other criteria

Diversity and International Experiences Fund Award: SHP students from minority groups who are first-generation university students; also, SHP students who are offered an international academic trip but have insufficient funds for out-of-pocket expenses

Forever Friends Diana Lain Hughes Scholarship Fund: A student who graduated from the Shawnee Mission School District and is currently in the last year of his or her graduate degree program in occupational therapy, physical therapy or speech-language pathology at KU Medical Center.

Legacy Award, Midwest Association of Allied Health Deans of Academic Health Centers: Students with at least one term or semester remaining in their professional area of

Robinson International Studies Award: Students in the School of Health Professions are eligible to apply for a scholarship to complete an elective rotation at the Christian Medical College in Vellore, India, during the summer of their final year.

Self Memorial Scholarship: Merit-based award that recognizes outstanding KU students who will be transitioning into their first year of a master's or doctoral degree program at KU the following year.

Student Senate Scholarship: Full-time students in the SHP eligible.

Dean's Scholarship: Must be a full-time student within the School of Health Professions to be considered for this merit scholarship. Demonstrated excellence in scholastic accomplishments, professional leadership and commitment to community service are required, as evidenced by achievements while in their program of study.

James P. Cooney Leadership Award: A student demonstrating outstanding leadership and contributions to the profession, community, program and the School of Health Professions. Nominees must be a graduating student or a graduate who met the graduation requirements of the previous year from the SHP.

KU Medical Center Auxiliary Scholarships: Undergraduate and graduate students with at least one year remaining in their program. Formerly known as the Louise De Schweinitz Darrow Awards, these scholarships recognize excellence in scholastic achievement, leadership potential and social consciousness as evidenced by achievements while in the School of Health Professions.

There are many scholarship opportunities available for currently enrolled and incoming medical students. For scholarships awarded by the School of Medicine Scholarship Committee, you must complete a scholarship application each year, and scholarships are generally non-renewable. Scholarships may be based on financial need and/or merit as well as responses to the questions on the application.

Scholarship opportunities within KU School of Nursing differ depending on your program. Students receive notifications about scholarship opportunities through Blackboard, our digital learning interface, and must complete an application to be considered for KU School of Nursing scholarships.

The following list offers a snapshot of some of the available opportunities for students in our graduate-level nursing programs:

General Graduate Program Scholarships
School of Nursing Endowment scholarships are awarded twice a year, in both the fall and spring semesters. Applicants will have completed at least nine graduate credit hours and must be enrolled in at least five credit hours in the award semester. Scholarships may be awarded based on a variety of factors, including donor-directed criteria, merit or merit paired with financial need.

Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholarship Program
The Jonas Scholars Program supports the development of new nursing faculty by preparing nurses with research-focused doctoral degrees. Scholars are funded with support from the Jonas Center and matching support from the KU School of Nursing. Jonas Scholars receive $20,000, distributed over two years, for tuition and other academic costs. Applicants must be pursuing full-time study and have approximately two years remaining in the Ph.D. program.

Zimmerman Ph.D. Nursing Student Scholarship
This 2-year scholarship is awarded to a Ph.D. nursing student pursuing full-time Ph.D. education. The award includes full-time tuition and fees remission, living expense stipend, and graduate teaching/research associate opportunities. When applicable, the Zimmerman scholarship committee selects recipients based upon applicants' student-faculty research mentor match, personal statement, recommendation letters, and graduate GPA.

Please contact the School of Nursing at 913-588-1619 or

Student Financial Aid

University of Kansas Medical Center
Student Financial Aid Office
G035 Dykes Library
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, Kan. 66160

Phone: 913-588-5170
Fax: 913-588-8841