Nursing Scholarship Information

Pfeffer Scholarship:

Terms of the Scholarship:
The scholarship provides a stipend for one student working toward the B.S. degree in Nursing. A student who receives the scholarship and continues to pursue this degree, completes at least 24 credit hours per year and maintains at least an overall 3.25 grade point average (GPA) will be re-awarded the scholarship for a maximum of eight consecutive, regular semesters (not summer school semesters. The stipend is based upon the earnings on the principal of the endowment and will be about $1,000.00 per year of full time enrollment at ECU. An amount equal to half of the stipend is provided to the recipient by the ECU Foundation at the start of each fall and spring semester. The name of the recipient of the scholarship is announced at the annual College of Health and Sciences awards ceremony held in April.

A student in good standing with the Nursing department and ECU who has completed at least one regular semester of course work, is enrolled as a full time student and has an overall GPA of at least 3.25.
A student who is seeking the B.S. degree in Nursing.

Selection Process:
The recipient of the scholarship will be selected by the School of Nursing. The director of Nursing is ultimately responsible for the selection. No application required. Nursing faculty select the recipient based upon GPA, professionalism, performance in clinical and demonstration of leadership such as participation in the student organization.

Continuation Terms and Details:
The holder of the scholarship will automatically be re-awarded the scholarship for a maximum of four years (eight consecutive, regular college semesters) if the student maintains at least a 3.25 GPA overall, completes at least 24 credit hours per academic year in course leading to the degree of B. S. - Nursing and remains in good standing with the School of Nursing and the University. Should the student declare a second major, the student may continue to receive the scholarship for nursing under the conditions above so long as the second major is not in one of the five other departments supported by the Pfeffer scholarships.


Carlock Scholarship:

Scholarship Guidelines

  1. Applicants must have established a permanent place of residence in one of the following counties: Carter, Love, Marshall, Murray, or Jefferson county in Oklahoma.
  2. Applicants must be at least in their sophomore year and must be enrolled in some field that is health or hospital related. Preference may be given to juniors and seniors.
  3. Applicants should have a minimum grade point average of 2.50 based on a maximum of 4.00.
  4. Applicants will be considered in relation to their dedication, honesty, integrity, motivation, leadership, and willingness to work beyond requirements for minimum accomplishment.
  5. The scholarship will be automatically extended one year to any recipient who is a junior at the time the scholarship is awarded, provided that the student currently meets all scholarship guidelines.
  6. Current scholarship awards will cover the cost of tuition, books, and fees for the fall and spring semesters. (approximately $2,000.00 per semester
  7. Scholarship recipients will be selected by a committee consisting of the Dean, College of Health and Science, two CHS faculty, and two representatives of the East Central University Foundation.
  8. Applicants should complete all of the information on the scholarship application form available from the office of the Dean, College of Health and Sciences or from Dr. Davis, Director, School of Nursing.
  9. All applicants must furnish official transcripts of all collegiate academic work completed to date.
  10. Applicants must submit all application materials to the office of the Dean, College of Health and Sciences by April 1 of each year.
  11. Applicants must to submit a typed written brief summary of their academic achievements, educational goals, financial need, and any additional comments relative to this scholarship on a separate page (It helps to include your plans and goals for the future and how you plan on helping mankind as a nurse!) (If you need help writing this, see Dr. Davis - or a nursing faculty)
  12. Applicants must submit two (2) letters of reference - one from a nursing faculty who knows you or from a nursing advisor you have seen for advisement.


Book Assistance Nursing Alumni Award:

Up to 10 nursing students are selected each year to be awarded $250.00 each at the annual Awards Ceremony held in April to be used for the purchase of nursing textbooks. No application necessary. Students are selected by the Nursing Alumni Association based on need, GPA and professionalism.



The East Central University Nursing Student Association on the Ada campus awards up to four $100.00 scholarships annually at the Awards Ceremony in April each year. Students must be active members of ECUNSA, not officers and write a short essay on their goals in the nursing profession. For more information, contact the current President of ECUNSA or call 888-691-0001



There are a large number of scholarships and awards available for all students, including nursing majors, on the ECU and SOSU campuses. Generally, students enrolled at the UCSO as nursing majors will qualify for ECU scholarships and awards. Please contact the Financial Aid Office or the Foundation at the appropriate campus for more information.


Financial Aid Office

100 Administration Building

ECU Foundation
104 SWFA

Go Online - to complete online applications for financial aid



The recipient of this scholarship must have been accepted into the clinical component of the nursing program. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required. The recipient must have a projected graduation date, be an active member in a professional organization, and be active in civic organizations and other community affairs.



The Frances W. and Elizabeth Schmelling Scholarship is awarded to a student from the School of Nursing.


Local Scholarships

Hospitals Scholarships:

Most of the local and state hospitals where students have clinical rotations also have scholarships for nursing students. Please check with the Personnel Director or Human Resources Department at the hospital in which you are interested. Most of these scholarships cover tuition and books, but have a "payback" requirements for you to work at the facility for one or two years after graduation.

American Indian Scholarships:

The service area for the ECU nursing program at the Ada, Durant and Ardmore campuses includes the tribal areas for both the Choctaw and Chickasaw Indian Nations. Both tribes have a major commitment to health care in their areas and are experiencing nursing shortages. If you are an American Indian, please contact the tribal headquarters for your tribe to receive information about available scholarships. There are some scholarships that are local and come directly from tribal funds and others that are national through the Indian Health Service. These scholarships generally cover tuition, books and provide a living stipend for the duration of the program. There is generally a requirement to work for a designated Indian facility for one or two years after graduation.


Oklahoma State Scholarships

Oklahoma Physician Manpower Training Commission:

This scholarship is sponsored by the State of Oklahoma through the Physician Manpower Training Commission. It provides assistance to Oklahoma nursing students who are interested in practicing nursing in Oklahoma communities. The student must be a US citizen and resident of Oklahoma. Applicants must be unconditionally admitted to ECU's nursing program. Scholarship amounts vary from year to year depending on the number of qualified applicants and the amount of money allocated by the Oklahoma legislature. Maximum scholarships are for $4,000.00 per year. Students must work in Oklahoma at a health care facility for at least one year after graduation or the amount of the scholarship must be repaid. For more information, contact:

Physician Manpower Training Commission
5500 North Western Avenue, Suite 201
Oklahoma City, OK 73118

Nursing Scholarship Program:

In exchange for at least two years service at a health care facility with a critical shortage of nurses (most Oklahoma hospitals meet this requirement), this program will pay for tuition, fees, books and supplies and a living stipend of over $1,000.00 per month. Preference is given to applicants with the greatest financial need. For more information, contact:

Alison Williams
405-424-2282, X 103

Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program:

This program will help pay the majority of any loans students may have incurred during their nursing education in exchange for service in critical shortage facilities. If interested, contact:

Alison Williams
405-424-2282, X 103


National Scholarships

Foundation of the National Student Nurses Association, Inc:

The Foundation awards scholarships ranging from $1,000.00 to $5,000.00 annually. Scholarships may be applied toward tuition, books and academic fees only. For more information, contact the Foundation at and click on "Foundation."


The company that manufactures Tylenol has tuition assistance available for healthcare students. There are twenty $5,000.00 scholarships and 150 - $1,000.00 scholarships available yearly. If interested, go to

Johnson & Johnson:

The Johnson and Johnson Company has a number of scholarships available for nursing students. If interested, go online to

NASA Fellowship Program:

Nursing students are eligible for this award and have been selected for it in the past. Scholarships are $800.00. An essay must be written to demonstrate creativity, initiative and motivation. For more information, contact:

Dr. Mark Micozzi
127C Horace Mann


Note: This is just a partial list of some of the scholarships ECU nursing students have received over the years. For a more complete list, Google search "Nursing Scholarships." Students on the SOSU campus who are residents of Texas may wish to contact the Texas State Department of Education for information about specific scholarships for Texas residents.