My 2.5yr ELMSN program in California is expected to run ~ $100,000+ in tuition & fees alone. My current income is $0 since I just began the FT accelerated program. I'm a single Dad with 3 kids under 12 to support.
Before I began the program, just about every RN I met (~20) seemed to believe that I would be "swimming in scholarship money" due to these facts:
1. Male in a "female profession"
2. Military Veteran
3. Bilingual / Minority
4. 3.9 out of 4.0 GPA
5. Single Dad w/ young kids (and no help - other than paid help)
6. No Income
I've applied to about a dozen scholarships (all paying $5,000 or more) without success.
What I find interesting is that about 2/3rds of my class have scholarships - all recipients have been women. It was fairly easy to ask the 1/2 dozen men in the class if they've applied and received any scholarships. While they've applied, none have received any scholarships.