Vocational Nurse Scholarship Program

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The purpose of this program is to increase the number of appropriately trained Licensed Vocational Nurses to provide direct patient care in medically underserved communities in California. 


Persons participating in this program shall be persons who agree in writing prior to completion of vocational nursing school to serve in an eligible county health facility, an eligible state-operated health facility, or a health workforce shortage area, as designated by the director of the office. Persons agreeing to serve in eligible county health facilities, eligible state-operated health facilities, or health workforce shortage areas may apply for scholarship or loan repayment.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Individual

Be enrolled in a minimum of six (6) units, or its equivalent until program completion.  Have a GPA of 2.0 or greater.  Graduate after June 30, 2021.  Be free from any other service obligation.  Be willing to work in a Medically Underserved Area for twelve (12) months.

Eligible Geographies:

Medically Underserved Area (MUA), Health Professional Shortage Area- Primary Care (HPSA-PC), Primary Care Shortage Area (PCSA), or Registered Nurse Shortage Area (RNSA).In addition to the Federal and CA state designations, Native Indian Health Centers and Federally Qualified Health Centers qualify as well.  State, County, and Correctional Facilities may qualify as well as long as in a qualified Shortage Designation.

Important Dates

Application deadline The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantor.
Expected award announcement The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
April 2021
Period of performance The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
1 year
Anticipated Open Date
January 4, 2021

Funding Details

Total estimated available funding The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
Expected number of awards A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Estimated amount per award Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Letter of Intent Required? Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Requires Matched Funding? Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
Funding Source: The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • State

Funding Source Notes:

Program is funded through a $5 surcharge for the renewal of VN licenses in California.

Funding Method: The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Advance(s)

Funding Method Notes:

Funds are disbursed at the time of execution of the grant agreement.

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.


For questions about this grant, contact:
Health Professions Education Foundation, 1-916-326-3640, hpef-email@oshpd.ca.gov