Nursing Scholarships

Each year scholarships are awarded to deserving students who are beginning their nursing education, as well as students who are looking to advance their nursing careers or obtain specialized certificates (such as School Nurse Certificate).

How It Works

Our nurse scholars are making a difference in our community every day. Since 2003, LOHF has invested more than $835,000 in the education of 231 nurses who can be found caring for our family members, friends and neighbors. Realizing that learning never stops, we encourage our past scholarship recipients to continue to apply for support as they grow in their profession so our community benefits from their knowledge and insight.

Who Is Eligible?

  • Practical or registered nursing students who are residents of Lancaster County and attend one of the following schools in Lancaster County: Harrisburg Area Community College (Lancaster Campus), Lancaster Career and Technology Center, and PA College of Health Sciences.
  • Licensed nurses who are residents of Lancaster County and attend any RN to BSN, BSN, master, post-master, or doctoral program, or certification classes (including but not limited to a school nurse, lactation consultant, and others requiring education).

By The Numbers

Since 2003, 206 scholarships have been awarded to local students.
LOHF has invested $751,250 in the education of local nurses. Of the 206 scholarship recipients, 93% have fulfilled the program requirements and are working in Lancaster County health facilities.

In 2018, LOHF helped 28 nursing students with a total of $62,450 in scholarships toward their nursing degrees and specialized certifications.


Scholarship Program Requirements

Applicants must be permanent residents of Lancaster County at the time of application or working in healthcare in Lancaster County. Scholarships renew annually so long as the student remains in the program for which it was awarded.

Applicants must be already admitted to a nursing education program at the time of application.

Scholarships are for tuition costs only. Students eligible for 100% tuition reimbursement from employers are not eligible for this scholarship.

By accepting a nurse education scholarship from LOHF, the scholarship recipient agrees to work full time in nursing in Lancaster County for 1 year for every year of scholarship support awarded; if this condition is not met, the scholarship recipient is required to pay back their scholarship award to LOHF. A written application may be made for an exception from this policy. Scholarship recipients who leave school after receiving a nurse scholarship will be required to pay back their scholarship awards to LOHF.

If the scholarship recipient is granted a leave of absence, LOHF will allow the unspent balance of funds to remain in the student’s account for up to 2 years from the date of the leave approval.

How To Apply

Each year, applications open for scholarship awards open in March and close May 15. 

Our Nurse Scholarship Education Committee will review applications and identify finalists for interviews that will take place at our office in July. Recipients will be notified by mail in July. Scholarship payments are be made to the nursing schools in early August.

Those who have already received a nurse scholarship and wish to continue their nursing education in additional programs are encouraged to re-apply for an additional scholarship.

 A reception to celebrate the nursing profession and honor current and past scholarship recipients is held each September and is open to the public.

Apply Today!

Scholarship applications will be open March 1, 2020 through May 15, 2020.