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Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) Program

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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 93.178
Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration
Nov 18, 2016

Tara Spencer


Nursing Workforce Diversity Grants (NWD) provide funding to schools of nursing, nursing centers, academic health centers, and state or local governments to establish and/or operate scholarship or stipend programs aimed at increasing nursing education opportunities for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Priority is given to projects in which students receive training at a site serving rural or underserved populations.

Applicants must provide the following:

  1. Student scholarships or stipends for diploma or associate degree nurses to enter a bridge or degree completion program
  2. Student scholarships or stipends for accelerated nursing degree programs, pre-entry preparation, advanced education preparation, and retention activities

Underrepresented minorities include Black or African Americans, Hispanic or Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native, and native Hawaiians.


Eligible applicants are:

  • Schools of nursing
  • Nursing centers
  • Academic health centers
  • State or local governments
  • Tribes and tribal organizations
  • Other private or public entities determined appropriate by the Secretary, including faith-based and community-based organizations

Schools of nursing providing formal degree programs must be accredited by a national nurse education accrediting agency or state approval agency recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Estimate average size of awards: $500,000
Expected number of awards: 25
Project period: 4 years
Total funding available: $12,500,000

Application process

Links to the full announcement and online application procedures are available through

Recording of Technical Assistance Webinar

Tagged as
African Americans · American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians · Health workforce education and training · Hispanics and Latinos · Minorities · Nurse practitioners and other advanced practice registered nurses · Nurses · Scholarships for health careers

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