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Kentucky Nursing Incentive Scholarship Fund

The Nursing Incentive Scholarship Fund (NISF) provides scholarships to Kentucky residents attending approved prelicensure nursing programs (RN or LPN) or graduate nursing programs. The scholarship requires that a recipient must work as a nurse in Kentucky for one year for each academic year funded. If a recipient does not complete the nursing program within the time frame specified by the program, or does not complete the required employment, then the recipient will be required to repay any NISF monies awarded, plus accrued interest. Applications are accepted each year postmarked January 1st through June 1st.


NISF recipients are selected individually by the NISF Committee, using specified criteria. The amount of each scholarship is $3,000 per year ($1,500 per semester). NISF scholarships may be used for cost of living expenses, as well as school expenses.

Students in prelicensure and BSN completion nursing programs must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours per academic year of published requirements for the program of nursing [9 credit hours per academic year for graduate nursing programs], and maintain a minimum grade point average which will allow continuation in a program of nursing. The required number of credit hours per year can be divided between the fall, spring and summer sessions.

An applicant for an initial NISF award must be a Kentucky resident and have been admitted to a program of nursing (whether located in Kentucky or not).

Preference for awards is given to applicants with financial need; practical nurses pursuing registered nursing education; and registered nurses pursuing graduate nursing education. Scholarship recipients may be eligible to receive continued awards if successful academic progression is maintained throughout the nursing program.

The administrator of the nursing program in which you are enrolled must complete the Verification of Student Status section of your application.

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